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Tom's Take:

January 20th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

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On AMANPOUR. today, we continue to examine the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake and the prospects of recovery. Is this the chance of a lifetime, as former President Bill Clinton characterized it, to build a true modern state in Haiti?  Will all the relief pouring in now translate into a sustainable blueprint for a stable country?  And in our look at the Obama Administration one year on, we examine torture in a post-9/11 world where national security concerns compete with international law.  Should those responsible for reinterpreting the law and sanctioning harsh interrogation techniques be held accountable?  So please watch our show today. Now here are some perspectives on some headlines in the news today.

Tom Evans
Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

HAITI – How soon before there will be enough doctors, nurses and medical supplies available to treat injured survivors?

–         Strong aftershock hits Haiti as a U.S. hospital ship approaches the country with nearly 550 doctors, nurses, corpsmen, technicians and support staff on board

–         Thousands of wounded people still awaiting treatment at Haiti’s remaining medical facilities, which are desperately short of supplies

–         U.N. estimates three million Haitians still in need of medical assistance, food, water, and shelter

QUESTION: Why is it still taking so long to get badly needed supplies out of Port-au-Prince airport?

AFGHANISTAN – Can President Karzai build up security forces that have the confidence of the Afghan people?

–         Joint government and international panel calling for number of Afghan security forces to be increased from 191,000 to 400,000 in five years

–         Karzai appoints former warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, who has been criticized in the past by the U.S., as head of the country’s armed forces

–         Rapid buildup of Afghan military strength important to future coalition withdrawals, but Western officials say military effort won’t succeed without reforms in weak and corrupt Karzai government

QUESTION: Will Karzai government ever take serious action to tackle endemic problems of corruption and bad governance that are giving Taliban a boost in this war?

UNITED STATES – How badly has President Obama’s political authority been damaged by stunning election upset in state of Massachusetts?

–         Republican Scott Brown pulls off remarkable victory in race for Edward Kennedy’s former seat in the U.S. Senate

–         Victory deprives Democrats of ability to ram their agenda through the Senate over Republican opposition

–         Democrats’ defeat in Massachusetts may force Obama to reconsider his legislative priorities, and even perhaps retreat on his health care agenda

QUESTION: Exactly one year after his inauguration, can President Obama still achieve his political goals, not just in the U.S. but also overseas?

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  1. Chaliwa Truth Katola

    Hello, Amanpour I know it sent chills down your spine when a doctor in Haiti told you that they went to a public market to buy a saw for amputation. I saw you looking shocked at his statement and you made him repeat so it could be audibly clear. I too, just got in your shoes, I couldn't believe it mainly when I remembered that the medical sector in Haiti was already complaining over scarcity of anaesthesia and I thought how much then would one feel seeing his/her bone being cut off the body BUT using a saw?

    All this compounds a clear scenario of being in an environment where there's a heavy shortfall for most vital equipment to work with and again it also raised questions within myself about those who went field whose type of challenge they already know but without proper equipment!

    Again, Amanpour accept my congratulations for doing a very good job on Haiti disaster all through I've been reading your feelings as you asked people on the ground with a very deep concern unfortunately though some of them were not impressing you with their answers at all. Any way to me it showed also have a human face in the tragedy apart from just doing the job. Really such disaster can happen to any of us, our relations or to any nation. Keep up the good job!

    Finally, CNN has been so great in this and better than all other global TV giants according to me and without doubt it has made a very sound appeal to well-wishers world over. I even have shed tears several times while watching events on Haiti I salute all your crews and Larry King Live.

    Chaliwa Truth Katola
    Malawi TV,
    Malawi, Southern Africa.

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