Watch the show from Thursday, April 30: Pakistan's offensive against the Taliban, swine flu protection, Britain ends combat patrols in Iraq and changing sexual attitudes in Beirut.
Archive for April, 2009
From the Arab world's first gay rights demonstration to wild parties to a new graphic magazine, sexual attitudes are changing in Beirut.
While Beirut is the most gay-friendly city in the Arab world, it is still a conservative atmosphere in which gay couples are not socially accepted. Worldfocus correspondent Kristen Gillespie writes about her experience reporting on the underground gay community from a small bar in Gemayze.
As Pakistan battles Taliban militants, President Obama said he was "gravely concerned" about the stability of the Pakistani government. Teresita Schaffer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses Pakistan's offensive and security concerns over the country's nuclear arsenal.
The World Health Organization said on Thursday that the number of confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide has now risen to at least 257. Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses the scientific community's attempts to pinpoint and fight the virus.
The mountainous region of eastern Lebanon has a rich history spanning thousands of years -- and equally rich land that makes it a fertile location for some of the country's top vineyards. Lebanon produces rich red wines, crisp whites and smooth, fruity rosés.
In response to the spread of swine flu, the World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert from phase four to phase five -- one step short of a full-scale pandemic. Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the origins of the swine flu and how governments have responded.
Facing dual threats of low birth rates and soaring mortality rates, the ethnic Russian population is aging and dying. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explored Russia's population decline. Paul Goble, Vladimir Lensky and Louisa Vinton joined the conversation. Listen now.