As the battle for Marjah goes on, NATO is making plans for an even larger campaign in Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city and a center of the Taliban insurgency. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute about the strategy, and Deutsche Welle reports on the legacy of Russia's war in Afghanistan.
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Russians considered fast food items to be delicacies back in 1990, when the cuisine first arrived in Moscow. McDonald's opened in the Russian capital 20 years ago, and the company recently marked the anniversary. Oksana Boyko of Russia Today reports how McDonald's was more than just fast food.
After the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Russians are asking themselves why they performed so poorly. Russia, which dominated the Winter Olympics throughout the seventies and eighties as the Soviet Union, finished sixth on this year's medal table. Neave Barker of Al Jazeera English reports from Moscow on anger at Russia's Olympics performance.
Our Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures continues with a look at the Khanty people, who live inside the Arctic Circle in Russian Siberia. We chose this story because it illustrates how the drive toward what is often called "progress" can threaten a traditional culture. Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on the Khanty people of northern Siberia.
The creation of Canada's Inuit-majority Nunavut territory in 1999 marked a leap forward for indigenous self-rule. Worldfocus spoke with Stephen Hendrie of Canada's Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for more on the issue, including the differences between Inuit in Canada and the U.S.
In the tiny Canadian Arctic town of Igloolik, where there are barely 1,500 inhabitants, around 5 young adults commit suicide every year. Filmmaker Linda Matchan, in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is documenting the efforts of a circus troupe there called Artcirq, formed to offer young people hope.
Google and Russian Railways have teamed up to provide a virtual tour of the world's longest continuous railroad. Worldfocus researcher Christine Kiernan explains how you can take one of the great train journeys of the world without leaving the comfort of your home.
Vladimir Lensky of Russia’s Channel One and former Soviet foreign ministry official Sergey Shestakov join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss Obama's progress in resetting American-Russian relations, Russia's cooperation in war effort in Afghanistan, relations with Iran and Russia's own economic downturn.
Worldfocus researcher Christine Kiernan writes about the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in Moscow's Butyrka prison. Magnitsky's numerous appeals for medical care had gone unanswered, and the 37-year-old died from pancreatitis that he developed while in custody.
One of the architects of the so-called “shock therapy” economic reforms that dismantled post-Soviet Russia’s state-controlled economy died last week. Worldfocus researcher Christine Kiernan interviews Nina Krushcheva about the mixed legacy of Russian economist-cum-politician Yegor Gaidar.