October 8 - A Pollster on Romney's Surge in the Polls; Iran's Economy in Collapse; The International Crisis Group's Alarming Report on Afghanistan

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We begin with the presidential polls where the race is narrowing following President Obama’s lackluster performance in the first debate. Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll and the chief spokesman for the Florida and Ohio polls joins us to discuss how much Mitt Romney has gained and the president has lost as the election enters its last month. peter brown

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Then, as the Iranian government’s oil revenues shrink from international sanctions while the regime continues to hide its nuclear program and finance the besieged Assad clan in Syria, we look into the collapse of Iran’s currency. A former advisor to the Director of the National Iranian Oil Company, Dr Sara Vakhsouri joins us to discuss the devastating effect inflation is having on Iran’s middle class and the poor who cannot afford basic food and medicine.

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Then finally we speak with Paul Quinn Judge, the Director of the International Crisis Group, who have just released a devastating report on Afghanistan’s future when the US and NATO pulls out, “Afghanistan: The Long Hard Road to the 2014 Transition”. We discuss the report’s bleak findings and whether the Karzai government will deal with its own mismanagement and corruption to stave off a likely defeat by the Taliban.

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