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Assessing whether America has lost its mojo

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Assessing whether America has lost its mojo

Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian writes that many commentators are questioning America's place in the world. But, she argues, while the economic situation may appear bleak now, Americans should step back from the ledge and look at the big picture. She offers 10 things to remember about the U.S. and its supposed decline.

Posted: March 3, 2010 15:51   Comments: 8
Toyota continues battle to restore customer confidence

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Toyota continues battle to restore customer confidence

In addition to brake problems, Toyota announced today that it will be fixing oil hoses in 1.6 million vehicles around the world, most of them in the U.S. A famous American adage states, "As General Motors goes, so goes the nation." In Japan, many are wondering if the same principle applies to Toyota. Our German partner Deutsche Welle reports from Japan.

Posted: March 2, 2010 13:36   Comments: 34
Aboriginal culture faces perils in the land down under

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Aboriginal culture faces perils in the land down under

Worldfocus concludes this week's Indigenous Cultures series with a look at the Aboriginal culture of Australia. As we have seen elsewhere, the remnants of an ancient civilization are being threatened by the encroachment of the modern world. In Australia, as Deutsche Welle reports, a history written in the land is in danger of being erased.

Posted: February 26, 2010 15:33   Comments: 9
Myanmar junta delays announcement of 2010 election date

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Myanmar junta delays announcement of 2010 election date

Myanmar has announced elections will take place in fall 2010, but no exact date has been set. The country has been ruled by a military junta since 1962. Worldfocus spoke to Professor David Williams for more on the significance of the events.

Posted: February 26, 2010 14:55   Comments: 5
Indigenous communities struggle for global recognition

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Indigenous communities struggle for global recognition

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.

Posted: February 26, 2010 14:21   Comments: 5
Siberian indigenous group threatened in northern Russia

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Siberian indigenous group threatened in northern Russia

Our Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures continues with a look at the Khanty people, who live inside the Arctic Circle in Russian Siberia. We chose this story because it illustrates how the drive toward what is often called "progress" can threaten a traditional culture. Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on the Khanty people of northern Siberia.

Posted: February 25, 2010 17:01   Comments: 7
Japan’s indigenous Ainu people struggle to keep way of life

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Japan’s indigenous Ainu people struggle to keep way of life

The Japanese government is moving ahead with plans to improve relations with the Ainu people, the country's indigenous inhabitants. Mostly living in the northern island of Hokkaido, Ainu are believed to descend from people who lived in Japan as early as 13,000 years ago. Harry Fawcett of Al Jazeera English has more, and bloggers offer their perspectives.

Posted: February 22, 2010 17:03   Comments: 7
Cyber-security risks test U.S. government preparedness

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Cyber-security risks test U.S. government preparedness

We take a look beyond the headlines at increasing concerns over cyber-security, a problem that was recently highlighted by an online assault on Google from China. This event added to fears about a digital attack that could cripple the information superhighway. For more, Martin Savidge interviews James Lewis.

Posted: February 22, 2010 16:46   Comments: 3
Chinese media fault Obama for meeting with Dalai Lama

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Chinese media fault Obama for meeting with Dalai Lama

China continues to criticize the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to Washington. China's state-controlled media claims the Obama administration used the meeting to divert attention from economic and political challenges at home. As the English-language channel of China's state television reports, the meeting was damaging to U.S.-China relations.

Posted: February 19, 2010 15:22   Comments: 7
U.S-China relations chill further over Tibetan question

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U.S-China relations chill further over Tibetan question

Disputes surrounding U.S. military support for Taiwan, internet freedoms and currency appreciation have created tension between the two countries in recent months. Washington's Tibetan community is reportedly proud that their spiritual leader was invited to the White House, but many have played down the visit. Here's more from our German partner Deutsche Welle.

Posted: February 18, 2010 16:20   Comments: 17
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