Yesterday the Arab League gave the green light for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to engage in four months of indirect peace talks with Israel. Today, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the talks could begin as early as Sunday. Daljit Dhaliwal discusses developments with Martin Fletcher, former Tel Aviv bureau chief for NBC News.
The Netherlands today held municipal elections in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. The Freedom Party, a populist, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigration party led by Geert Wilders, ran in just two of those elections. In one city, it came in first, and in the other city, the Hague, it came in second. The party wants to outlaw Muslim headscarves in Holland.
Even as Iraq prepares for elections, there were three separate suicide bombings in the northeastern provincial capital of Baqouba today that killed at least 30 people. For more on the violence and the upcoming elections, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at the Century Foundation. And Anita McNaught reports for Al Jazeera English.
Arab foreign ministers from 14 nations meeting in Cairo gave Palestinian President Abbas four months to pursue indirect negotiations with Israel. An Israeli government spokesman welcomed the news, saying he hoped Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would resume soon. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Daniel Levy.
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.
A small island archipelago in the South Atlantic recently made it back into the headlines. Known as the Falkland Islands and in Spanish as Las Malvinas, we look at why this little-known place brought two nations to war in 1982 -- a conflict that threatens to reignite. Martin Savidge hosts Juanita Brock of the Falkland Islands News Network and Professor Maria Victoria Murillo.
The Ushahidi crisis mapping site, which recently collated information from Haitian earthquake victims, has set up a sister site to aggregate similar data from Chile. And, listen to an audio interview from Concepción with journalist Annie Murphy.
In the Hague, the man accused of presiding over one of Europe's worst cases of genocide since World War II began his defense today. Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, is charged with mass murder at Srebrenica and the destruction of Muslim and Croat villages. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Belinda Cooper.
On Friday, a series of deadly attacks rocked Kabul, the Afghan capital. At least 16 people were killed and several dozen wounded in a four-hour assault that involved two suicide attacks and a car bomb. Martin Savidge interviews Rajan Menon of Lehigh University, and Hoda Abdel-Hamid of Al Jazeera English reports from Kabul.
In our weekly wrap-up of the week's top stories, James Rubin, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the implications of the killing in Dubai and the NATO offensive in Afghanistan.