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Archive for April, 2009
As hostage negotiators work to free U.S. Captain Richard Phillips from a group of Somali pirates, Barry Parker, a writer and a maritime consultant, discusses the pirates' operation and how best to deter the growing problem of piracy.
Fighting is heating up in Sri Lanka as the government launches what the U.N. says may be a "final confrontation" with the rebel Tamil Tigers. But Maura R. O'Connor of the Pulitzer Center writes that regardless of the outcome of the battle with the Tigers, peace may not be in Sri Lanka's future given tensions between the country's various paramilitary groups.
Worldfocus producer Ara Ayer reported on a signature series from the Baltics and writes about those nations' efforts to retain their national and cultural identities, even as the global economic crisis looms and Russia reemerges as a world power.
Watch the show from Wednesday, April 8: Pirate attack off Somalia's coast, fears of violence between Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq once American troops withdraw, scenes from the ghost towns of central Italy and the struggle to save the language of Lithuania.
During 50 years of Soviet occupation, Lithuanians hung on to their language as a not-so-quiet form of rebellion. Today, they want to protect it -- not from an occupying force, but from other languages.
Pirates in the waters off the coast of Somalia seized an American-flagged ship and took American hostages, before the crew successfully regained control -- though the ship's captain reportedly was still being held hostage late Wednesday. Barry Parker, a writer and maritime consultant, discusses piracy, an enormous and expensive international threat.
Bernard Haykel of Princeton University discusses a bombing in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad -- the third straight day of violent attacks in Iraq -- and new fears of violence between Sunnis and Shiites once American troops withdraw.
In a scene that might appear to be déjà vu in politically-unstable Thailand, thousands of protesters massed in Bangkok Wednesday demanding the government's resignation. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about the reasons for the current protests.
Riots broke out in Moldova as thousands protested the Communist party's victory in parliamentary elections, claiming the results were falsified. One woman was killed and at least 100 were injured after the protests turned violent.