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Reaping the benefits of Obama’s East Asia tour

Nina Hachigian (blog)

Reaping the benefits of Obama’s East Asia tour

Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian argues that President Obama's East Asia trip produced important results, particularly on climate: an electric car initiative, a joint clean-energy research center and a partnership on developing clean coal technologies.

Posted: December 3, 2009 13:40   Comments: 0
New EU leader inspired by traditional Japanese haiku

Hsin-Yin Lee (blog)

New EU leader inspired by traditional Japanese haiku

Hsin-Yin Lee, a former associate producer at Worldfocus, writes about the new EU leader's hobby. With the international community focused on the Wall Street crisis and China's rise, Lee blogs that it's refreshing to know that the first EU president is a haiku poet.

Posted: December 2, 2009 15:30   Comments: 1
Young North Korean defectors strive to assimilate in South

Perspectives

Young North Korean defectors strive to assimilate in South

Worldfocus is partnering with Pearl World Youth News, an initiative of Daniel Pearl Foundation and iEARN, to bring the voices of young reporters to our viewers. Ji Eun Lee writes about the challenge of integrating young North Korean defectors into South Korean society.

Posted: December 1, 2009 17:46   Comments: 6
Calling the world’s attention to the caste issue in India

Q & A

Calling the world’s attention to the caste issue in India

For more on the Indian Prime Minister's visit to Washington D.C. last week, Worldfocus spoke with Ramaiah Avatthi, a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. Currently a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, Ramaiah contends that Manmohan Singh has ignored the caste issue during his stewardship of India.

Posted: December 1, 2009 15:47   Comments: 21
Outsiders wonder why Myanmar built brand new capital

Perspectives

Outsiders wonder why Myanmar built brand new capital

Worldfocus blogger Michael Lwin, a research fellow at Georgetown University, recently traveled to Myanmar to research Burmese law, culture and religion. He writes about his experiences in Naypyidaw. Five years ago the Burmese military junta decided to move Myanmar’s capital from Yangon to Naypyidaw, meaning "city of kings."

Posted: November 30, 2009 16:03   Comments: 7
Obama’s gracious bow receives thumbs-up in Japan

Blogwatch

Obama’s gracious bow receives thumbs-up in Japan

An editorial in The Japan Times argues that Obama's controversial bow to the Japanese Emperor in fact symbolized a healthy step forward in U.S. relations with East Asia, despite its awkward juxtaposition with a Western-style handshake.

Posted: November 30, 2009 15:05   Comments: 4
Today: A tanker hijack and a Swiss vote to ban minarets

Daily News Brief

Today: A tanker hijack and a Swiss vote to ban minarets

Top stories from around the world as brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: Somali pirates seize an oil tanker; Honduras holds a presidential election; and the Swiss vote to ban the construction of new minarets to accompany mosques.

Posted: November 30, 2009 11:50   Comments: 3
Today: Dubai World’s debts and an Irish abuse report

Daily News Brief

Today: Dubai World’s debts and an Irish abuse report

Top stories from around the world brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: the fallout continues from the financial woes of Dubai World; an Irish report finds evidence of a church cover-up of abuse; and Cuba stages its first military exercises in 5 years.

Posted: November 27, 2009 12:15   Comments: 0
Today: A settlement freeze offer and a missing tiger

Daily News Brief

Today: A settlement freeze offer and a missing tiger

Stories from around the world brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: the death toll continues to rise in the Philippines from a massacre allegedly ordered by a clan close to the government. In Russia, a rare Siberian tiger tagged by Vladimir Putin goes missing.

Posted: November 25, 2009 12:06   Comments: 2
Today: Violence in the Philippines, Ahmadinejad in Brazil

Daily News Brief

Today: Violence in the Philippines, Ahmadinejad in Brazil

Stories from around the world brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: the death toll from a political massacre rises in the Philippines; scientists say climate change may cause conflict in Africa; and the Iranian president is in Brazil.

Posted: November 24, 2009 12:47   Comments: 1
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