After months of conflicting signals on its nuclear intentions, Iran formally moved forward today on a significant change in its uranium enrichment program. Patrick Clawson, deputy director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the issue. Worldfocus partner Deutsche Welle reports on the controversy.
In our broadcast this week, we showed how some Chinese drivers are opting for knockoff electric cars that are non-polluting and cheap -- but the electricity that these vehicles use is generated by coal, which increases air pollution and greenhouse gases. We take a deeper look at China's battle against air pollution, courtesy of the Asia Society's China Green multimedia project.
Edward Lincoln, Director of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies at New York University, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the economic fallout for Toyota as it grapples with recent recalls. He estimates they may cost Toyota one billion dollars. Lincoln says the company can probably weather the crisis -- but not without damage to its reputation.
In North Korea, radio signals are jammed, internet connections blocked and cell phones monitored. Outside news organizations pay underground stringers to smuggle news out. Read how U.S. newspapers treat this info, and see our list of North Korean news websites.
Toyota admits that some Prius models -- considered by many to be the pride of the company's fleet -- may have faulty brakes. The announcement comes one week after it suspended the production and sale of 8 other models because of a sticky gas pedal problem. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation is widening its investigation. Divya Gopalan of Al Jazeera English has more.
In China, we meet a modern-day Thomas Edison who helped give birth to the country's "knockoff" electric car industry. Chinese consumers in second-tier cities can't get enough of these small, cheap electric cars that require 6 hours of charging to go 75 miles -- at a maximum of 35 mph. Video journalist Jimmy Wang produced the video for TIME and the Asia Society.
The automobile industry, hard hit by the recession, is facing a fundamental shift in direction. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, a correspondent for The Economist and the co-author of "Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future," about what he calls the coming "end of the age of oil."
Ushahidi, which is Swahili for “testimony,” is an innovative computer platform that crowd-sources crisis information. Worldfocus spoke with Ushahidi about their efforts in Haiti to map out reports from the ground and help disaster relief organizations to provide aid to those in need.
As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become increasingly central to America's wars, "drone porn" has taken the internet by storm with captivating aerial images of death and destruction. The Defense Department actually posts its drone attack footage on YouTube via public relations firm DVidsHub. Some of the videos have caught the attention of millions.
Today the Chinese government criticized Hillary Clinton's call for China and other countries to stop censoring web content, including Google searches. Those restrictions have prompted Google to threaten to pull out of China. China's Foreign Ministry has urged the U.S. to "respect facts and stop using so-called freedom of the internet to make unjustified accusations."