Hello, it’s Shaimaa here. As the two presidential candidates spend the final day of campaigning across the country, economy and security remain the ever persisting challenges facing them and the world.
With a complex international and domestic backdrop to the presidential elections, what do you think should be the very first decision of the new president of the United States?
On the economy front Stocks have climbed slightly in Europe echoing rises in Asia, but traders were cautious, saying uncertainty remained in the market.
On the BBC’s special coverage of the financial crisis, World Have Your Say asked how you’ve been affected , the stories that you shared varied from people losing their life savings, to others losing their jobs and many of view very worried about what’s to come.
As for security, the latest twin bomb blasts in Baghdad show that security in Iraq is still work in – very slow – progress. And in Afghanistan a French aid worker was kidnapped in the capital Kabul today. Last week the Taliban claimed responsibility for the bomb blast in the Ministry of Information and Culture.
Gordon Brown says that Saudi Arabia is pumping money into the IMF to help stricken economies — doesn’t that compromise the position of the international community towards a country with policies the world constantly criticises? How can the world ask Saudi Arabia to review many of its policies specially those towards women and then ask it for money?
And the Talk to the Taliban debate is still going strong —- your main question is; what do they want? Many of you made other really interesting points that would be great to put to the Taliban spokesman and even greater to get an answer to! Jered asked many good questions and he started with these three basic ones…
What is your primary motivation for fighting?
Who are your enemies besides the US?
What would cause you to stop fighting, specifically?
As Ros said in an earlier post we don’t know exactly when this talk will happen but keep the questions coming.