Posted on May 28, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: Amal Mudullali, Advisor to Lebanon Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri; Daniel Weiss, Senior Fellow and the Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress.
Amal Mudallali, Advisor to Lebanon Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri, discussed the Prime Minister’s first official visit to Washington. Mudallali spoke about the current status of U.S.-Lebanese relations and highlighted the significance of Hariri’s visit for Lebanon’s role in Middle East and international community at large. Hariri’s visit to Washington this week came after a trip to Syria and many other countries in the Mid-East region in which the Prime Minister has begun the process of brokering new relations and opening new channels of discussion. “There’s a mood in the country [Lebanon]. I think the Lebanese people are really seeking stability and security in the country, and they want to keep on going with their own daily lives and having peace in the country”, said Mudalluli.
Daniel Weiss, Senior Fellow and the Director of Climate Strategy at the Center for American Progress, discussed the BP oil spill. Weiss, who leads the center’s clean energy and climate advocacy campaign, gave viewers an overview of damage caused by the the spill. “We’ve really never seen anything like this”, he said. “This is a slow motion catastrophe.” Weiss also gave analysis of the political implications the spill is having on the Obama administration, which has recently come under fire from some groups claiming that the president has not done enough to solve the crisis. “The real problem is that B.P. is both the criminal and really in charge of fixing up the crime”, said Weiss.
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