Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim interviews Abdullah Alsaidi, Yemen’s Ambassador to the U.N. They discuss Yemen's battle against al-Qaeda in light of its own internal difficulties, as well as the failed Christmas day bomb attempt by a Nigerian man who had lived in Yemen.
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It was Yemen where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allegedly trained by al-Qaeda. Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim writes how Yemen offers al-Qaeda the perfect environment to reorganize and reinvent itself, and that’s precisely why the world’s focus is now shifting to the Arabian Peninsula nation. It’s not news that Yemen has been a terrorist safe haven.
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.
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A U.S. Congressional advisory panel warned lawmakers that Chinese spies are aggressively stealing American secrets to build-up Beijing's military and economic strength. And over a dozen white Zimbabwean farmers that lost their land under President Mugabe's land redistribution program have found a new home: Nigeria.
Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al-Kassim interviews Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, the Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, a party that supports nonviolent resistance and the establishment of a pluralistic, democratic Palestinian state. Barghouti discusses the peace process, Palestinian infighting and the Obama administration.