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The Ethiopian dream: come to America then go back home

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The Ethiopian dream: come to America then go back home

Tesfaye Negussie is an American journalist whose parents emigrated from Ethiopia. Last month, Tesfaye traveled to Ethiopia to visit family and friends. He writes how the desire to emigrate to America is common in the Ethiopian psyche -- along with an equally strong desire to return to the homeland.

Posted: January 22, 2010 15:15   Comments: 54
Yemen’s UN ambassador calls al-Qaeda a ‘pestilence’

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Yemen’s UN ambassador calls al-Qaeda a ‘pestilence’

Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim interviews Abdullah Alsaidi, Yemen’s Ambassador to the U.N. They discuss Yemen's battle against al-Qaeda in light of its own internal difficulties, as well as the failed Christmas day bomb attempt by a Nigerian man who had lived in Yemen.

Posted: January 20, 2010 16:31   Comments: 3
Obama and the World: Africa

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Obama and the World: Africa

For part 2 of our "Obama and the World" series on the first year of Obama's foreign policy, we turn to Africa. Martin Savidge is joined by Sarjoh Bah, a senior fellow at New York University's Center on International Cooperation, and Emira Woods, co-director of the Foreign Policy in Focus program at the Institute of Policy Studies, to discuss American foreign policy and Africa.

Posted: January 19, 2010 18:30   Comments: 3
S. Sudan makes some progress amid possibility of war

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S. Sudan makes some progress amid possibility of war

Jen Marlowe, a journalist with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is currently traveling through South Sudan. It's the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended Africa's longest running civil war.

Posted: January 18, 2010 13:32   Comments: 3
Ethiopia’s government tamps down on press freedoms

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Ethiopia’s government tamps down on press freedoms

“Remember, this is still Africa,” warned a friend of Tesfaye Negussie, an American journalist whose parents emigrated from Ethiopia. Last month, Tesfaye traveled to Ethiopia to visit family and friends and shares a story about the restrictions on press freedoms that excuse those in power and propel social injustices.

Posted: January 13, 2010 15:45   Comments: 25
Nations on every continent struggle with racism

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Nations on every continent struggle with racism

Comments about President Obama by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the 2008 campaign have sparked racial debate in the U.S. and abroad. Racial discrimination is not unique to the U.S. and exists in almost every country. We take a look at racism and discrimination against people of African origin in Iraq and Peru -- and Indians in Australia.

Posted: January 12, 2010 15:08   Comments: 11
UN, Rwanda and investors entangled in Congo’s future

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UN, Rwanda and investors entangled in Congo’s future

Worldfocus contributor Michael J. Kavanagh is based in the DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa. In this Q&A, he explains the controversy surrounding the United Nations peacekeeping mission, rebel integration into Congolese Army ranks and the economic viability of this resource-rich, war-torn country.

Posted: January 7, 2010 16:04   Comments: 1
West African leaders pledge to battle corruption

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West African leaders pledge to battle corruption

Worldfocus contributing blogger Ayo Johnson writes about the importance of battling corruption in Africa. He points to certain leaders who exemplify efforts to change a practice that costs Africa over $150 billion per year.

Posted: January 7, 2010 16:01   Comments: 26
Yemen enters media spotlight after terror links exposed

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Yemen enters media spotlight after terror links exposed

It was Yemen where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allegedly trained by al-Qaeda. Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim writes how Yemen offers al-Qaeda the perfect environment to reorganize and reinvent itself, and that’s precisely why the world’s focus is now shifting to the Arabian Peninsula nation. It’s not news that Yemen has been a terrorist safe haven.

Posted: January 6, 2010 15:39   Comments: 2
U.S. government implements tougher airport security rules

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U.S. government implements tougher airport security rules

Following a failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a flight into Detroit on Christmas morning, the Transportation Security Administration imposed tougher screening rules for passengers originating in 14 mostly Muslim nations. See more about the countries selected.

Posted: January 6, 2010 14:46   Comments: 3
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