The global recession may cost the African continent billions in aid, and several African leaders have acknowledged that they underestimated the effects of the financial crisis. However, a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that there is a bright side for rural Africans.
Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations and Carla Robbins of The New York Times discuss the week's top stories: The G-20 summit meeting, the meeting between President Obama and his Russian counterpart and whether Iran and the United States actually talked this week or not.
Martin Wolf of the Financial Times of London discusses whether the measures announced by the G-20 leaders in London will have a real impact on the global economic crisis.
After President Barack Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and both agreed to reduce nuclear arsenals, a Worldfocus contributing blogger discusses the broader implications of "resetting" relations with Russia.
As U.S. President Barack Obama prepares for the G-20 economic summit and offers assurances that differences between world leaders are exaggerated, a Worldfocus contributing blogger argues that member states' interests are too divergent to find an economic fix, and that the G-20 is not a representative international body.
Reginald Dale, a senior fellow in the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, discusses the divide over regulation between France and Germany and the UK and U.S. and whether Russia will respond to President Obama's pledge to "reset" the relationship with Russia.
For all the progress seen in India's transformation into a modern global economy, the country remains strongly tied to the traditions of its caste system, which largely governs where Indians work and in what jobs. Worldfocus reports on the lowest form of work, for members of India's lowest class.
Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explored the state of natural resource use, opportunities and dangers for resource-rich developing countries and the role played by the U.S. in this global issue. Dave Burdick, Michael Cohen and Alf Hornborg joined the conversation.
For years, as Spain's economy soared, immigrants poured into the country from Africa, Eastern Europe and even South America. It was a land of opportunity -- but no longer, with jobs vanishing and antagonism growing.