For more than six centuries, the Ottoman Empire controlled Arab lands, leaving its imprint on art, language and food. Today, Turkey is wielding influence once again in the Arab world -- not militarily, but through its soap operas.
Archive for April, 2009
Israel's new conservative government says the country will not move ahead with peace talks with the Palestinians until the U.S. makes progress in stopping Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner takes a look at Israel's new approach, which diverges significantly from the Obama administration's.
Olav Kjorven, director for the United Nations Development Program's Bureau for Development Policy, discusses how sustainable development can be encouraged in very poor countries and how best to address environmental issues in a time of economic stress.
Recent pirate attacks on U.S.-flagged ships have thrust the issue of Somali piracy into the spotlight and prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to vow to "halt the rise of piracy." David Shinn, a former ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, discusses how the U.S. can approach Somalia given its poor reputation in the African country.
As the Sri Lankan military wages a bloody battle against the rebel Tamil Tigers, civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio explores the background to the conflict and what the future holds for Sri Lanka. Rohan Gunaratna, Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead and Ahilan Kadirgamar join the conversation. Listen now.
For more than two decades, the government of Sri Lanka has been fighting a civil war with a rebel group known as the Tamil Tigers. Now, the war may be reaching a climax as the government launches a final assault in the last rebel-held area, after the Tamil Tigers ignored an ultimatum to surrender.
The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday that the financial crisis "is likely to be deep and long lasting." Peter Coy of BusinessWeek magazine discusses Britain's plans to help struggling homeowners and Germany's new approach to getting rid of toxic assets.
Though China's growth rate is sluggish compared to recent years, some media reports have referred to China as a "knight" who will rescue the world from the global financial crisis. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes to explore how China is leveraging its power and planning for the future.
South Africans are scheduled to head to the polls on Wednesday to vote in the country’s fourth national elections since the end of apartheid. PBS WIDE ANGLE speaks with Azad Essa, a political blogger for the South African newspaper The Mail and Guardian, about the significance of the upcoming elections.