Compared to other regions, the Arab world has been experiencing one of the fastest population growth rates -- over 2% per year -- which has led to more than its doubling within the last 30 years. Worldfocus discusses Middle Eastern demographics with Patrick Gerland, a demographer at the United Nations Population Division.
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Watch the full show from Tuesday, March 23. A special edition on health care challenges around the world: The battle against cervical cancer in Nicaragua; helping more women survive childbirth in Guatemala; the struggle for basic care in Uganda; and, tuberculosis still takes a heavy toll in India.
The recent suicide bombings in the heart of Pakistan’s cultural capital of Lahore demonstrate the continuing ability of the Pakistani Taliban to spread death, destruction and fear amongst soldiers and civilians alike, writes blogger S. Azmat Hassan.
Watch the full show from Monday, March 22. The Health of Nations special edition: in Chile, how fast you get treated depends on what ails you; in Brazil, emphasis is on medical care for the poor; Singapore's health care is funded by an unusual savings plan; and, Canada saves on admin costs.
In southern Yemen, opposition to the central government is growing. Some fear that the rebellion may be turning more violent and that increasing instability in the fragile nation could create room for Al-Qaeda to grow. Supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, freelance reporter Paul Stephens reports on the latest developments from Sana'a, Yemen.
Watch the full show from Friday, March 19. A special edition on Mexico: hundreds of thousands of immigrants risk their lives fleeing into Mexico; how the recession is affecting ordinary Mexicans; Mexico City becomes the first place in Latin America to legalize abortion; and, how the arts are used to preserve Mayan languages.
Watch the full show from Thursday, March 18. A special edition on women in the Muslim world: more and more Jordanian women are leaving home to work; in Egypt, freedom of choice means embracing tradition and the veil; from Iran, how women are moving forward; and, in Turkey, a soccer league of their own.
India, seizing on Afghanistan’s travails, has pumped in over a billion dollars toward improving Afghanistan’s economic and social infrastructure. On the face of it, this magnanimity should be considered a praiseworthy gesture. But Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes how the U.S. needs to help fix Indo-Pak relations.
Watch the full show from Wednesday, March 17. A special edition on the changing face of the Arab world: In Beirut, gay rights are being defended, and the party scene is hot; West Bank factory owners struggle to compete against Chinese imports; Oprah is on the air in Jordan; and, Turkish soap operas are popular in Ramallah.
While no full-scale agreement was reached in Copenhagen, a non-binding political accord emerged from the conference, which China and India just endorsed last week. We look deeper at the immediate consequences of climate change on small islands. Ronald Jumeau and May Boeve join Martin Savidge to discuss how to stop global warming.