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A wave of unrest is building across Europe, as governments there seek to impose austerity measures. Several European countries -- Greece, Spain and Ireland -- are deeply in debt and under intense pressure to slash spending. For more, Martin Savidge interviews John Authers, and Deutsche Welle reports from around Europe.
Worldfocus' Mohammad al-Kassim writes about bias in the Arab media's depiction of recent political violence in Iran. The post-presidential election demonstrations in Iran have been closely monitored by Western media outlets, and the coverage is sympathetic with the reform movement. But the coverage in the Middle East -- especially the Gulf region -- is conflicted.
Today, a funeral for Hossein Ali Montazeri, an 87-year-old dissident Iranian cleric, turned into a massive protest against the Iranian authorities. Ervand Abrahamian, a professor of history at the City University of New York, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the significance of the protests. And, Nazanine Sadri of Al Jazeera English reports on Montazeri's life.
Every year, December 7 commemorates the three students killed by police during protests against a 1953 visit by then-U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon. Amateur videos culled from YouTube show that this year's events transformed into demonstrations opposing the Iranian government. Watch footage from some of the country's largest anti-government rallies since July.
Worldfocus producer Christine Kiernan writes about the case of Russian activist Eduard Limonov, who was picked up for participating in an “unsanctioned rally” in Moscow on October 31. Activists from the opposition Solidarity movement say they have uncovered a high-level police memo ordering officers to disrupt the protests.
Anti-government protesters have clashed with security forces, resulting in widespread chaos throughout the Iranian capital city. Al Jazeera English reports from Tehran, and Geneive Abdo of The Century Foundation discusses the day's protests.
Protesters rallied outside as Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations on Wednesday, and several delegations walked out. But Iran's state-run television saw the speech in a different light.
There is no sign of a quick resolution in the standoff between the de facto Honduran government and the deposed Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya. Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner and a contributor in Honduras describe the political climate in the country.
In Honduras, supporters of deposed President Manuel Zelaya again took to the streets on Tuesday night in defiance of a government curfew. Zelaya has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Honduras after sneaking back into the country Monday.