Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is in a state of chaos after a major escalation of political violence and the cancellation of an Asian summit meeting over the weekend because of protests. Fighting took place across the city as thousands of troops fired warning shots and tear gas at anti-government protesters.
Archive for April, 2009
The United Nations has said joint efforts between Rwanda and Congo represent real hope in a war that has raged for more than a decade. But since late January, Human Rights Watch cites continued insecurity, reporting that over 180 civilians have been killed and at least 90 women and girls have been raped.
The CIA announced that it will close its secret overseas detention centers -- prisons set up for the sometimes brutal interrogation of terrorism suspects. Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch discusses how U.S. counter-terrorism efforts will change under President Obama and how terror suspects will be handled in the future.
Carol Giacomo of The New York Times and Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations discuss the week's top stories: The continuing threat of piracy from Somalia's failed state, the terror threat in Britain and Europe and the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.
A new World Bank report calls China's progress in reducing poverty "enviable" and shows that the percent of the Chinese population living below the poverty line declined from 65 percent in 1981 to 4 percent in 2007. David Dollar of the World Bank, a Worldfocus contributing blogger, explains the report's findings and explores the challenges still facing China.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist Wangari Maathai discusses how to balance the needs of developing countries with the need for conservation, as well as the impact of climate change on Africa and how African governments are dealing with environmental challenges.