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December 2nd, 2008
11:15 AM ET

Bollywood will beat al Qaeda – every time

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Editor’s Note: Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of www.TheMuslimGuy.comand contributing editor for Islamica Magazine in Washington.

Arsalan Iftikhar | BIO
Founder, themuslimguy.com

The world mourns for the people of Mumbai. Ranked immediately behind New York City as the 5th largest metropolitan city in the entire world; over 19.2 million Mumbai citizens of all religions and ethnicities watched in horror as part of the city’s virtual ‘five-star’ district reeled from the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks which has (thus far) claimed the lives of 179 people and wounded at least 300 more.

As the financial capital of India and birthplace to the global phenomenon known as Bollywood, in many ways, the city formerly known as Bombay is central to the societal heartbeat of our world’s largest democracy. As people all around the world send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the victims of these outrageous terrorist attacks; the world can again reunite to send our thoughts and prayers to anyone touched by this terrible tragedy.

Most people are unaware of the fact that there are over 1.1 billion (yes, one billion) inhabitants of India today. As the single largest democracy in the entire world, India’s ethnic and religious diversity will withstand these latest heinous terrorist attacks and strengthen its own democratic social fabric amidst the shattered glass of the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotel lobbies. The ridiculously hateful ideology of criminal terrorists who would carry out such a senseless terror campaign will not unravel the resilient social fabric which is turning India into a future millennial global powerhouse.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Arsalan Iftikhar • India Attacked • T1
December 2nd, 2008
10:43 AM ET

A single act of courage

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Editor’s Note: You can read more Jami Floyd blogs on In Session”

Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

Fifty-three years ago today, Rosa Parks greatly advanced the cause of civil rights with a single dignified act. She refused to stand.

The year was 1955 when the seamstress quietly explained to a Montgomery, Alabama bus driver, James Blake, that she would not give up her seat for a white passenger. It was the year my parents were married and I wasn’t born until nearly a decade later. But I always knew of Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement. Her story, and that of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that followed, was part of the context of my childhood.

Children today can only imagine that time when black people were forced to sit at the back of the bus, to drink from separate water fountains, to swim in separate pools and beaches and of course to attend separate schools. Segregationists insisted that such separation could be equal. But we all now know what the U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1954. That separate can never be equal.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Global 360° • Jami Floyd
December 2nd, 2008
10:35 AM ET

Even more babies killed by melamine

John Vause | BIO
CNN Beijing Correspondent

It just won’t go away.

The latest figures from China’s health ministry show that even now, more than two months after the melamine in the baby milk scandal broke, almost a thousand Chinese kids are still in hospital, and according to China’s health Ministry, almost 300 thousand were made ill and a total of six kids were killed.

It is not too much of a stretch to suggest that even these numbers, do not reflect the full extent of how many babies and infants were left sick and dying. Consider this: China is the same size geographically as the US, give or take, with four times the population, and once you leave the big cities and head west, you step back in time and about two worlds. Many in the small isolated rural areas probably had no idea their kids were drinking poison, no idea why their only precious child was screaming in pain from kidney stones. This scandal has been going on for years.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Global 360° • John Vause • Tainted Milk
December 2nd, 2008
08:29 AM ET

Latino Immigrants and the Current Economic Crisis

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Editor’s Note: Juan Tornoe is a marketing consultant and trend watcher. See his blog at juantornoe.blogs.com.

Juan Tornoe | BIO
Hispanic Trending

Recently I've been pondering about how will Hispanics, specifically Hispanic immigrants, be affected with the current crisis, how will their buying habits shift, and most importantly to you, how will this affect all those marketing to Latinos.

A few weeks back I received a message asking how to "build the case for continued Hispanic market outreach in these times of economic crisis." Then I participated on an online forum where we discussed, among other things, "the financial value of the Hispanic Segment". Right after that I received another invitation to participate in a panel where we will discuss "Investing in the Hispanic Market." You can tell that this is a hot topic for everyone (you, me, and the guy in the cube or office next to you), so I decided to share with you my thoughts on this "Hot Issue".

As you've heard me say before, the Latino community is way too diverse to gather them into one single group and come up with a rational, practical and true conclusion. It is a completely different reality for a 3rd Generation Latino Baby Boomer living in Santa Fe, NM than for an immigrant in its early 30s who's starting a family in Houston, TX. The former's experience is way more similar to that of the "average American" that the latter's will ever be.

I have purposely focused this analysis on Latino Immigrants.

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Filed under: Juan Tornoe • Race Gender & Politics
December 2nd, 2008
08:27 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Give Us Cash

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

A day after Barack Obama unveiled his new National Security Team, complete with former rival Hillary Clinton now his current BFF or the more technical term would be Secretary of State, the focus is once again on MONEY. He meets with the nation’s governors in Philly today, and they are expected to hit him up for cash to stay afloat.

The governors will discuss how the economic crisis is causing their state budgets to take a hit. Sarah Palin will be part of this meeting as Alaskan Governor and sure to capture or seek attention, depending on how you look at it. She is fielding more than a dozen book offers and hundreds of requests for interviews and appearances so for those who wonder why she is still in the mix, that’s why. Candy Crowley will have the latest.

Speaking of Palin, she was “the closer’ for Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss who needs her to sway conservatives in that state in his runoff against Democrat Jim Martin. The last votes of the 2008 election year will be cast in this state today. Dems have 58 votes secured in the Senate right now. They need GA, and are hoping the recount of the Senate race in Minnesota works in their favor to reach the 60 they need for a filibuster-proof senate. Dana Bash has this story tonight.

Today is the deadline for the Big 3 automakers to reveal their economic recovery plans to Congress. Congress told them they would not get a Penny without a Plan to convince them they would use the money for innovation. Congress will chew over these plans and then the Big 3 CEO’s will hit Capital Hill Thurs/Friday for more hearings.

Apparently they learned their lesson from last time when they arrived in private jets, and a senator told them it was the equivalent of showing up to a soup kitchen in a tux. This time, the head of Ford will trade in his private jet for a Ford Hybrid and drive to the nation’s capital. Both GM and Chrysler say their bosses are going to travel on the cheap, too.

All this as there is confirmation we are in a Recession (duh, no kidding). The markets overnight took a nosedive on this news. We’ll see how today fares, after our own markets yesterday suffered one of the worst days since the financial meltdown. Ali Velshi will have the latest.

John McCain is in India today visiting leaders in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last week. As we know he has deep foreign affairs experience and was on his way to Asia but made a stopover to help demonstrate US solidarity with India. We may hit Nic Robertson up for another update from Mumbai tonight.

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Filed under: The Buzz
December 2nd, 2008
08:22 AM ET

A progressive case for Gates

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Max Bergmann
The Huffington Post

The appointment of Secretary Gates is sure to irk many progressives – and for good reason. Gates was a part of the Bush administration, he oversaw the implementation of the President's "surge" strategy, and has supported missile defense. While many progressives acknowledge that Gates has said some reasonable things (on Iran and Russia) and has been a positive influence within the Bush administration, many argue that this does not justify keeping someone on who was simply not as bad as the rest – especially when you have an opportunity to bring in someone more progressive.

But in keeping Gates, Obama, is actually indicating that he is very serious about instituting significant reform of the Pentagon.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Max Bergmann • Raw Politics
December 2nd, 2008
08:12 AM ET

Will Bush-bashing end?

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Ron Radosh
Pajamas Media

There is a strange symmetry between the Bush hatred that emanated from the Left and what the writer John Avlon calls “irrational Obama exuberance.” Barack Obama has not spent one day as President, yet his admirers speak and write as if he has not and will not do anything wrong. I agree with Avlon that Obama’s centrist Cabinet choices have encouraged confidence in his ability to tackle our country’s problems. But when President Obama steps into the oval office, like any other President who is a human being, he will call some shots incorrectly, and polls will reflect disillusionment among his followers.

If you consider Obama the closest man can get to God, you are probably among those who think that George W. Bush is the closest man can get to being the devil. As Canadian journalist Robert Fulford writes in The National Post, “liberal Americans who see the Republicans as the party of the devil have enjoyed eight years of intense self-righteousness.” These are about to end, thankfully. As Obama takes over our nation’s helm, hopefully more reasoned opinion will prevail on the question of George W. Bush’s legacy as President.

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December 2nd, 2008
08:08 AM ET

The Henry Paulson eclipse could be the global turning point

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Anatole Kaletsky
The Times of London

You may not have noticed it if you get most of your economic information from media headlines, but there were some pretty important events in the world economy last week – certainly more important than the Pre-Budget Report and fatuous arguments about public borrowing and taxes under the next-government-but-one in post-2015 Britain.

Share prices on Wall Street enjoyed their biggest five-day gain since the 25 per cent one-week surge that ended the 1932 bear market; US mortgage costs fell by the largest amount in living memory; and the traditional start of holiday sales was much stronger than expected, with one Wal-Mart employee tragically killed in a rush of shoppers at the Thanksgiving sales.

In Britain, sterling jumped by almost 4 per cent against the euro and the pace of house price declines diminished significantly in October, while Selfridges and PizzaExpress, two high street brands more important (and better managed) than Woolworths, MFI or Curry's, announced record profits.

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