After the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Russians are asking themselves why they performed so poorly. Russia, which dominated the Winter Olympics throughout the seventies and eighties as the Soviet Union, finished sixth on this year's medal table. Neave Barker of Al Jazeera English reports from Moscow on anger at Russia's Olympics performance.
In our weekly wrap-up of the week's top stories, James Rubin, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the implications of the killing in Dubai and the NATO offensive in Afghanistan.
During the Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures, we have shown the severe threats facing native communities across the world. Worldfocus interviewed Renee Davis and Tiffany Waters, research associates at the Center for World Indigenous Studies about the movement for self-determination among indigenous people across the globe.
This week, NATO launched a large operation to take the Taliban-controlled town of Marjah, as part of its new counter-insurgency strategy. NATO hopes to wipe out the Taliban presence in this part of Helmand province, clearing the way for the Afghan government to take control. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Marvin Weinbaum, and James Bays of Al Jazeera English has more.
Militia violence is resurfacing in Colombia, with groups targeting ordinary people and threatening to kidnap and kill their families. The groups are successors to the paramilitaries who inflicted terror upon Colombia for decades. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Maria McFarland, Deputy Washington Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch.
As a reporter, Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff hitch-hiked overnight to Berlin to cover the story. Daniel Fried was working at the Polish desk at the U.S. State Department when the wall came down. Sergey Shestakov was the chief of staff for the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations.