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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
On the road in Mumbai with a Muslim female taxi driver

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On the road in Mumbai with a Muslim female taxi driver

In "The Taxi Takes on Terror" project, freelance documentary filmmaker Vandana Sood set out last year to report from India's largest city through conversations with cab drivers. She meets a young Mumbai woman whose story is a surprising commentary on faith and fashion.

Posted: April 1, 2010 11:23   Comments: 5
Air pollution worsens from world’s biggest emitter nation

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Air pollution worsens from world’s biggest emitter nation

Worldfocus blogger Hsin-Yin Lee writes about her personal experience with the health consequences of climate change. She explains how the number of Taiwanese people with significant eye irritation has surged by 20-30 percent since mid-March, since the onset of the worst-ever dust storms from mainland China.

Posted: March 29, 2010 11:46   Comments: 1
Traditions thrive in remote island chain of Tonga

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Traditions thrive in remote island chain of Tonga

Worldfocus producer Megan Thompson recently completed a series on climate change and small island nations. This report from Tonga explore the origins of tapa, an ornate papery cloth made from pounded tree bark, and the ta’ovala, the traditional woven mat worn around the waist, which is also derived from local plants.

Posted: March 26, 2010 12:44   Comments: 0
Ethiopian marathon runner fueled by homeland

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Ethiopian marathon runner fueled by homeland

Long-distance running is not only Ethiopia’s national sport; it is a source of pride for Ethiopians all over the world. Worldfocus contributing blogger Tesfaye Negussie went to Ethiopia and interviewed Derartu Tulu, who won the New York City Marathon in 2009, about what it takes to be one of the best runners in the world.

Posted: March 25, 2010 13:14   Comments: 24
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
Suicide attacks remain potent tool for Pakistani Taliban

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Suicide attacks remain potent tool for Pakistani Taliban

The recent suicide bombings in the heart of Pakistan’s cultural capital of Lahore demonstrate the continuing ability of the Pakistani Taliban to spread death, destruction and fear amongst soldiers and civilians alike, writes blogger S. Azmat Hassan.

Posted: March 23, 2010 13:01   Comments: 2
Catholic Church grapples with sex crimes in Germany

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Catholic Church grapples with sex crimes in Germany

In Germany, there are increasing calls by Catholic groups for Pope Benedict to make a statement about a growing scandal involving violence and sexual abuse. The latest chapter involves allegations of such abuse against children in a boys' choir. For more on the sex scandal, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Nikolaus Piper, and Deutsche Welle reports.

Posted: March 15, 2010 13:20   Comments: 9
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