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On Amanpour, we’ll find out if Obama’s Cairo speech has had any lasting impact on U.S. / Muslim relations. Christiane is joined by controversial Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan, in his first U.S. television interview since the Obama administration lifted his six year travel ban, and James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute. Ramadan is best known for his thoughts on Muslims in Europe and the compatibility of Islam with democracy. How does the American Muslim experience differ and what are the unique issues America’s Muslim population faces? There is plenty of other news to tell you about today. Here are some perspectives.
– Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.
RUSSIA/U.S. – Does new U.S./Russia arms control agreement signal an era of improved relations between Washington and Moscow?
– Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev in Prague in the Czech Republic sign an agreement to cut their strategic nuclear warheads by one-third, and delivery systems by more than a half
– It’s the biggest arms control agreement between the two countries in a generation, and comes as the U.S. pushes for tough new measures to prevent nuclear proliferation
– At news conference in Prague, Medvedev and Obama reaffirmed their commitment to pursue new sanctions against Iran if Tehran continues to refuse to suspend uranium enrichment
QUESTION: Does apparent U.S./Russia unity on Iran sanctions make it easier to convince other countries such as China to support enhanced sanctions against Tehran?
KYRGYZSTAN – Does the overthrow of the government mark the end of violence in the Central Asian republic?
– Opposition pledges to address citizens’ concerns as a former foreign minister announces that President Kurmanbek Bakiev has been forced out of office and she’s now in charge as interim leader
– Wave of protests yesterday left at least 75 people dead and hundreds of others injured after clashes between demonstrators and security forces
– Former president is believed to have fled to the south of the country with his entourage. Opposition wants to negotiate the terms of his resignation
QUESTION: Will new government in Kyrgyzstan be any more successful over the long term in dealing with endemic corruption, nepotism, and the economic grievances of the nation’s population?
SRI LANKA – Do today’s parliamentary elections mark the beginning of a new peaceful era after the three decades long conflict with the Tamils?
– Country holds its first parliamentary election since ruling party of President Mahinda Rajapaksa militarily defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels in May last year
– Turnout at polling stations is reported to be low, despite heavy security and deployment of 75,000 police and soldiers
– President’s party is expected to easily win the election. Many analysts believe political stability afterward would increase the pace of the country’s rapid economic recovery
QUESTION: If the President’s party wins the election, will he loosen his vice-like grip on the nation, and lift measures that opposition groups say are designed to stifle dissent?