ATLANTA, Georgia -- It's nice to be back in Atlanta. I used to work out of the CNN headquarters every weekend, and tonight we will broadcast from here.
My book "Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival" just came out in paperback. The response to the book has been amazing. I've received hundreds of letters and emails from people about the book, and it's very moving to know my words have resonated with them. There is a new chapter in the paperback version of the book updating some of the stories I've worked on since the hardcover version was published. I hope you like it.
Tonight on the program, we're going to talk about "honor killings." That's where family members kill relatives, almost always female, because their actions shame a family. It's an ancient tradition that's still going on today.
A recent case that caught our attention happened in Iraq. A 17-year-old girl fell in love with a boy and paid for it with her life. She was stoned to death while people cheered and took pictures with their cell phone cameras. The video is disturbing... (Watch a report on the Iraq stoning death investigation
It's hard to believe that something like this could happen in 2007. We've seen stories like this before, most notably in Pakistan, but this does not just occur among conservative Muslims. In this case the girl was Yazdi, an ancient Mesopotamian faith. Yazidis look down on mixing with people of other faiths. The boy she fell in love with is a Sunni Muslim. She was killed a month ago.
Today, four people are in jail for the stoning and police are looking for at least four more including the girl's cousin who is described as the "main killer." In addition to the Iraq story, we are going to air a report I did on this issue while I was in Turkey last November.
Also tonight, we're going to talk about the mounting political pressure on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Senate Democrats are pushing for a no confidence vote and even some Republicans, including Senator John McCain, are putting pressure on Gonzales to step down. Is it only a matter of time? If so, what is he waiting for? We're keeping him honest, comparing what the attorney general has said to what the facts are now known to be.
That's it for now, but as you know if you read our blog posts, a lot could change before 10 p.m. I hope to see you then.
-- By Anderson Cooper