Middle East

At home with Moroccan champions

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At home with Moroccan champions

The El Gaara sisters, who live in Rabat, Morocco, are athletic champions who compete in Paralympics against other athletes with dwarfism. Their story came to the attention of Moroccan filmmaker Reda Fakhar, who used it as a window to explore the life of short people in his country.

Posted: April 2, 2010 10:00   Comments: 0
Moroccan hip-hop group fuses traditional music with rap

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Moroccan hip-hop group fuses traditional music with rap

During a reporting trip to Morocco last year, Worldfocus' Hoda Osman, Rebecca Haggerty and Megan Thompson met the members of hip-hop group H-Kayne. In this brief interview, the rap trio discuss their musical influences, including Moroccan traditional music such as Aissawa and Gnawa.

Posted: April 1, 2010 13:21   Comments: 0
Migrants stranded en route to Europe

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Migrants stranded en route to Europe

Last year, during a trip to Morocco, Worldfocus correspondent Hoda Osman, producer Rebecca Haggerty, and cameraperson Megan Thompson visited the autonomous city of Melilla. There they met migrants desperate to get to Europe but stranded in limbo.

Posted: March 31, 2010 15:01   Comments: 2
In Middle East, leaders on religious left offer reconciliation

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In Middle East, leaders on religious left offer reconciliation

Religious politicians are usually considered to be on the right of the ideological spectrum. However, we look at three figures -- Iyad Jamal Al-Din in Iraq, Menachem Froman in Israel and Mehdi Karroubi in Iran -- who advocate pacifism and pluralism yet are grounded in traditional spirituality.

Posted: March 25, 2010 12:02   Comments: 13
Arab world experiences rapid population explosion

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Arab world experiences rapid population explosion

Compared to other regions, the Arab world has been experiencing one of the fastest population growth rates -- over 2% per year -- which has led to more than its doubling within the last 30 years. Worldfocus discusses Middle Eastern demographics with Patrick Gerland, a demographer at the United Nations Population Division.

Posted: March 23, 2010 15:14   Comments: 7
South Yemeni separatists continue agitating for secession

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South Yemeni separatists continue agitating for secession

In southern Yemen, opposition to the central government is growing. Some fear that the rebellion may be turning more violent and that increasing instability in the fragile nation could create room for Al-Qaeda to grow. Supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, freelance reporter Paul Stephens reports on the latest developments from Sana'a, Yemen.

Posted: March 22, 2010 14:22   Comments: 1
Week in Review: Middle East peace process

Week in Review

Week in Review: Middle East peace process

Israel today tightened security in Jerusalem and sealed off the West Bank for 48 hours to prevent a repeat of last Friday's clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, but there were nonetheless more scuffles. To discuss the tension in the region, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with James Rubin and Ian Bremmer in our weekly roundtable.

Posted: March 12, 2010 18:05   Comments: 95
Worldfocus Radio: Demographics of the Arab World

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Worldfocus Radio: Demographics of the Arab World

The Arab world has over 350 million people and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf. Most of its countries also share a set of demographic issues, including a youth population explosion and gender inequality. Martin Savidge hosts Magda Abu-Fadil and Bernard Haykel to discuss Arab demography.

Posted: March 11, 2010 15:45   Comments: 3
Jordanian advocate fights against puppy mills

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Jordanian advocate fights against puppy mills

In a Worldfocus signature story, we turn to the issue of animal rights. While such protections are well-established in the U.S., in many parts of the world, they are all but nonexistent. Special correspondent Kristen Gillespie looks at an unusual effort in Jordan, where an unlikely champion of animal rights is trying to end widespread abuse and help her canine friends.

Posted: March 9, 2010 18:00   Comments: 18
Tentative talks resume in the Middle East

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Tentative talks resume in the Middle East

After 14 months of silence, Israeli and Palestinian leaders are set to hold indirect peace talks. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Ghassan Shabaneh, assistant professor of international studies at Marymount Manhattan College, and Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Posted: March 9, 2010 17:58   Comments: 82
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