Worldfocus Best of 2009
Top 15 Worldfocus Signature Stories of 2009
Our signature stories delve into issues around the world -- from the long-term effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam and escalating gang violence in Mexico to discrimination against whites in South Africa and Afghan immigrants in Iran. See our best Signature videos of the year.
Posted: December 24, 2009 16:21 Comments: 3
Journalists risk their lives reporting in the Philippines
Correspondent Mark Litke and producer Ara Ayer report from the Philippines where there are more newspapers in print, more points of view and more influence in broadcast journalism than ever before. But since People Power in 1986, more than 70 journalists have been murdered.
Posted: November 3, 2009 17:56 Comments: 4
Love-hate feelings complicate U.S.-Philippines relationship
From 50 years of American colonial rule to the emigration of Filipino nurses and a love of basketball, Correspondent Mark Litke and Producer Ara Ayer report on the unique historical relationship between the U.S. and Philippines from Manila.
Posted: November 2, 2009 18:20 Comments: 2
Filipino children driven to the streets by crushing poverty
UNICEF estimates that one billion children live in poverty -- almost every second child in the world. The Philippines can be seen as a microcosm of the problem, with children driven to the streets. One man -- a former child of the streets himself -- is trying to help.
Posted: October 6, 2009 14:25 Comments: 25
Former U.S. bases in the Philippines transform and thrive
The American troop presence in the Philippines is tiny compared to what it was before two major U.S. military bases closed down almost two decades ago. In the years since, a stunning transformation has taken place, turning those bases from the ash heap of history into thriving economic enterprises.
Posted: September 28, 2009 13:21 Comments: 5
Agent Orange devastates generations of Vietnamese
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. dropped millions of gallons of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant, on Vietnam. Generations of civilians have suffered the consequences.
Posted: January 15, 2009 16:33 Comments: 32
Unexploded bombs leave a deadly legacy in Vietnam
All across Vietnam, thousands of unexploded bombs and grenades are still buried in the ground. At least 38,000 people have been killed by leftover explosives since the Vietnam War ended in 1975.
Posted: January 14, 2009 08:09 Comments: 4
Vietnam on a bumpy road to economic power
In the U.S., Vietnam has been largely out of public view in the three decades since the war. But during that time, Vietnam has gone through remarkable changes, and is now on the road to becoming an economic powerhouse.
Posted: January 13, 2009 20:50 Comments: 5
Vietnamese embrace the U.S. decades after war
In the years since the Vietnam War, Vietnam has undergone radical changes, as have attitudes among many of its 86 million people toward the United States.
Posted: January 12, 2009 12:38 Comments: 4
Thailand’s “Mr. Condom” battles AIDS
In Thailand, AIDS remains a leading cause of death despite significant successes against the disease.
Posted: December 18, 2008 11:43 Comments: 10