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  • Christiane Amanpour’s Journey in the Footsteps of Moses

    This week on “Around the World,” we have another exclusive sneak preview of Christiane Amanpour’s very personal journey for her two-part ABC News special, “Back to the Beginning.”

    It’s a journey in the footsteps of Moses, who received the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments, in one of the most well-known stories from the Bible. Christiane and her 12-year-old son Darius travel to the Sinai Desert in Egypt where the current political situation makes for a perilous hours-long trip through the arid plains. Setting out in the middle of the night, they make the arduous trek up to the 7,500-foot peak of Mount Sinai, still a challenge for the modern-day traveler.

    “Back to the Beginning” is a journey back in time to explore the history and the mysteries of some of the oldest stories ever told: those of Abraham and Moses, King David and Jesus. Christiane and Darius visit the great sites common to the three monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In exploring the ancient

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  • This week on “Around the World,” we have an exclusive sneak preview of Christiane Amanpour’s very personal journey for her two-part ABC News special, “Back to the Beginning.”

    It’s a journey back in time to explore the history and the mysteries of some of the oldest stories ever told: those of Abraham and Moses, King David and Jesus. As she visits the great sites common to the three monotheistic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, she brought along her 12-year-old son, Darius. With a Muslim grandfather, Christian grandmother and Jewish father, these three religious traditions come together in him.

    As they explore the ancient stories, Christiane and her son embark on an experience that takes them from the remotest corners of Turkey through the Middle East and even to the American heartland.

    You can watch the entire two-part miniseries, “Back to the Beginning,” on your local ABC station on Friday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. It continues at the same time on Friday, Dec. 28.

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  • A new documentary, "Breaking the Taboo," looks at the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an organization pushing for a radical change in the war on drugs.

    "What we're proposing is to decriminalize and in some circumstances, as in the case of marijuana, to legalize," said Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil and chair of the commission.

    In the case of drugs such as heroin and cocaine, Cardoso advocates that they be regulated in the "hands of appropriate people," instead of on the streets or on the black market. He also urges that addicts get treatment instead of prison terms.

    "One thing is clear," said Cardoso. "If you put a person in jail, this person will learn much more, not just about drugs, but about crime."

    The filmmaker who made "Breaking the Taboo," Sam Branson, says that "taking away the taboo" on narcotics will yield better results in solving the insidious problem of the drug trade. Branson's father, Richard, is a commission member.

    "The world is going to need

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