News Talk examines the Islamic Republic's crackdown on the Internet and its implications for freedom of expression and open political dialogue. Reza Moeini, Reporters without Borders, Shayan Samii, chairman of the Iranian-American Republican Council, Cyrus Saify, political researcher and Nikahang Kousar, writer/cartoonist, join us.
News & Views covers President Bush's trip to Asia and Secretary Rice's comments regarding direct talks with Syria and Iran. Correspondent Siamak Dehghanpour covers a briefing by the American Foreign Policy Council "Understanding the Iranian Threat." Live interview with Bahman Aghaie Diba, an international lawyer, on Iran's nuclear announcement this week. The Senate Armed Services holds hearings on Iraq with General John Abizaid, Centcom Commander and David Satterfield, Advisor to the Secretary of State on Iraq.
Roundtable speaks with independent journalist Alireza Nourizadeh on the new direction U.S. foreign policy may take towards Iran in light of the new Democratic congressional majority in Congress; Ahmadinejad's announcement that the Iran's nuclear program is near completion and the IAEA's discovery of unexplained plutonium and highly enriched uranium traces in a nuclear waste facility in Iran.
Late Edition leads with a report on the world's water supply and later reviews the latest James Bond film, "Casino Royale" and its opening which was attended by the Queen of England.