Thursday, November 08, 2007
Raw Politics: Economic woes
CNN's Tom Foreman reports on the economy, new legislation, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Barack Obama's lost airplane. (Click image at left to play video)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Raw Politics: Field of Dreams
CNN's Tom Foreman is on the campaign train from Iowa's "Field of Dreams." (Click image at left to play video)
Raw Politics: On the road in Iowa
Raw Politics is on the road in Iowa. CNN's Tom Foreman has the latest. (Click image at left to play video)
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Will Sen. Clinton Win the Democratic Nomination?
We've reached another milestone in the presidential campaign --- we're now one year out from Election Day. Tonight we want to know what you think about the Democratic frontrunner
. Do you expect her to be the Democratic nominee? Or is still too soon to know? Share your thoughts via the comments link below. We'll also read some of your comments on tonight's program at 10pm ET.
Weapons of War: Girl Soldiers
Jennifer, Milly, Nighty, Sarah and Maurine were led into the studio for our interview looking bewildered and barely uttering hello. Perhaps it was the lights, the cameras, the attention. They aren't used to any of it. This is their first trip to New York and they have only been here for 36 hours. The five are from Uganda and have been flown to the U.S. by Glamour Magazine. More on that in a bit, first some details on who they are ...
These women are all former child soldiers and survivors of civil war in Uganda. The two-decade conflict between the government and the LRA militia has caused no shortage of pain and loss. Among the casualties -- roughly 25,000 children who have been abducted and forced to act as soldiers for the rebels. Maurine was 16 when she was taken from her home in the middle of the night. She was forced to fight the war her captors had chosen. An estimated that one third of the child soldiers were girls. Many became sex slaves to militiamen. Anyone caught trying to escape was paraded in front of others as examples and killed.
Those who did manage to escape were often rejected by their families and their villages. Maurine told us the survivors are thought to be cursed; She said told she was not even allowed to draw water from the village well because people were so afraid of her.
Rather than let the rejection control her, Maurine found help in a group of women and a small non-profit called Empowering Hands. Empowering Hands was formed on a simple concept: When people talk and share mutual experiences, they heal. The people who have seen the worst of humanity need help finding hope again. Through counseling and small grants, the women of Empowering Hands have helped nearly 1,000 former child soldiers. Their resources are basic. Meetings often take place under a tree.
So, why New York and why Glamour? Glamour has awarded Empowering Hands the Women of the Year award and a grant that will help them purchase some of the basics they need. As they work to heal lives one person at a time, the women of Empowering Hands have come with a message to all of us. "The world should also come out and help Uganda as a country," she says, "because we also need peace."
-- By Amanda Townsend, 360 Producer
Monday, November 05, 2007
Should the U.S. Cut Off Military Aid to Pakistan?
With the situation in Pakistan growing more tense
, we want to know what you think: should the Bush administration cut off the billions of dollars it gives Pakistan in military aid? Join the conversation via the comments link below. As always, we'll be sharing some of your thoughts during the program, which will also include the very latest from Pakistan, including insight from CNN Terrorism Analyst Peter Bergen. See you at 10pm ET.