Some call it a state within a state; a movement that is all too willing to fill any gaps it perceives left open by the government. Hezbollah, with its close ties to Iran, has become very influential in Lebanon -- and though the U.S. government considers them terrorists, they are heroes to their many followers.
Archive for April, 2009
Worldfocus correspondent Kristen Gillespie looks at Hezbollah's presence in Lebanon's capital city with an overload of billboards, posters and Hezbollah souvenir shops.
According final results announced Saturday, the ruling African National Congress won South Africa's national elections, though it failed to gain a two-thirds majority and its leader has faced growing criticism. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner examines South Africa's progress since apartheid, however imperfect the country and its leaders may still be.
Governments the world over are racing to find and contain pockets of swine flu. Andrew Garrett of Columbia University discusses the threat posed by swine flu, how the disease spread from Mexico and how long it might be before it is brought under control.
After the Taliban briefly gained control of Pakistan's Buner district last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded bluntly, saying "I think that the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists." Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner weighs the pros and cons of this loud and public warning to a U.S. ally.
Roben Farzad of BusinessWeek magazine discusses the optimism about the global economy in Europe. Britain reported its sharpest economic decline in 30 years on Friday, yet economists were upbeat, saying it was the beginning of the end.
On Friday, for a second day in a row, the Iraqi capital of Baghdad was hit with a devastating bombing attack.These latest attacks have raised new concerns about the abilities of Iraq's security forces. General David Petraeus cautioned that progress in Iraq continues to be fragile and reversible.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine and Carol Giacomo of The New York Times editorial board discuss the week's top stories: A new wave of violence in Iraq, growing concern about the spread of the Taliban in Pakistan and South Africa's national election.