AirTalk for April 8, 2003

War Update

The Battle for Baghdad continues, with US forces making forays into the heart of the city. Hal Kempfer, a military analyst for ABC 7 News and a Reserve Marine Lt. Colonel, joins host Larry Mantle to give an update.

Forming An Interim Government In Iraq

President Bush and Tony Blair are discussing the future of Iraq at a summit in Belfast today. What will happen after Saddam Hussein's regime is gone? Dr. Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, just touched down near Nasiriyah, along with a force of Iraqi soldiers. As events progress in Baghdad, an interim government for Iraq must get ready to stabilize the country. Organized at the London Conference in December, the interim government is composed of Iraqis from all ethnic groups--Kurds, Shiites, Sunnis, Chaldeans, and more. It includes Iraqis who live in Iraq, although it is composed mainly of exiles. The body will have to write a constitution within two years and hold democratic elections. Experts Basam Al-Husseini, spokesman for Iraqi-American Council, engineer, recruited by the Dept. of Defense to help re-build Iraq, and Dr. Lewis Snider, Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University join host Larry Mantle to discuss an Iraqi interim government.

The Company

The limited liability joint stock company is a marvel of the world economy, a historical force to rival religion, monarchies and even states. Adrian Wooldridge, Washington correspondent for The Economist and author of The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, joins Larry to explore the colorful birth and maturation of the company and its social and cultural consequences.
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