The Alyona Show: New rules in Afghanistan
The Taliban presented its new code of conduct in Afghanistan just before top NATO commander General David Petraeus issued his guidelines urging soldiers to avoid civilian casualties. Matthew Hoh, a former state department appointee serving in Afghanistan and former Marine Corps captain, says Afghanistan sees the Taliban as protective forces. Hoh also discusses the intentions behind the new TIME Magazine cover on the abuse of women in Afghanistan.
Then, a carnival game on the grounds of a Pennsylvania church was allowing people to shoot US President Barack Obama. It was called "Alien Attack,” and foam darts were shot at an African-American man in a suit who had a presidential seal on his belt and was holding a health care bill in his hand. The pastor of the church said he didn't see the game and would have ordered it taken down if he had.
Regardless of where you fall on the issue of gay marriage, another debate has come out of the Prop 8 ruling. Fifty-two percent of California voters decided they didn’t want same sex couples to be married, but the ballot measure was overruled by a federal judge. J.P. Freire from the Washington Examiner says that a judge overturning a popular vote creates even more conflict. Should people be able to weigh in on an issue like the legality of Prop 8 and limit the voice of the people? Lauren debates with Freire.
Then, the State Department released its annual terror watch list and it includes Iran with the explanation that the country aids the Taliban. But RT Correspondent Jihan Hafiz raises questions that the State Department isn’t answering. Hafiz says she wants to see concrete evidence, because a direct link can’t be found between Iran and the Taliban.
And, is the military jumping in bed with the media? CNN and the Chicago Tribune have been embedding active military personnel inside the news organizations. The military has allowed active duty service members to serve as interns in the companies. Jamie McIntyre, former CNN Senior Pentagon Correspondent discusses Michael Hastings Rolling Stone Article and says US military officers can’t say what they really think on the record without getting fired.
Later, are X-ray body scanners a violation of your privacy? What if those images were stored? The government and X-ray body scanner companies have said that as soon as images are viewed on a screen, they are discarded, and the TSA claimed that images cannot be stored at all. But new reports from the US Marshals service say that images from the x-ray scanners have been saved from machines at a Florida courthouse. This is not an airport, but Lauren wonders if federal officials were wrong all along? If a courthouse has the capability to store images with ease, what's stopping TSA agents?
And, tonight's tool time award goes to State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. This week he was greeted by protesters upset over housing cuts in the budget. Watch how Espada, Jr. throws money at the problem, literally. Last month, a local CBS affiliate was trying to get an interview with him when he turned the sprinklers on them. And he's under investigation for skimming millions from a health care clinic he owns.
Then, guys, do you want to know how to score? Well, this new video game is trying to make it harder for guys to pick up girls. This game was designed to help teenage girls to turn down sexual advances. The Alyona Show put it to the test with RT Producer Jenny Churchill. Watch how it works. You may even learn some new pick-up tricks.
And finally, the US may not be on the road to recovery after all. Pimco Chief Executive El-Erian warns the that US is headed for deflation. Remember Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's New York Times op-ed earlier this week, where he said the US is in a recovery? Well not exactly, according to several economists. Anthony Randazzo, director of economic research of Reason Foundation discusses the latest in economic news.