On Monday, Iran released American journalist Roxana Saberi, who had been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of spying for the United States. Her release removes an obstacle in President Barack Obama's efforts to open a dialogue with Iran.
Archive for May, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI has begun a visit to the Middle East that is being viewed in part as a mission to mend fences with Muslims and Jews after comments that have angered both groups. Nihad Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations discusses the importance of the trip.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine and Carol Giacomo of The New York Times editorial board discuss the week’s top stories.
For the first time in history, more people are living in cities rather than in the country. But urbanization has come with a cost -- there has been an explosion of world slums over the past decade. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. EDT will explore urban slums. Ask your questions now.
Sudan has agreed to allow aid agencies to return to the violence-ridden Darfur region. However, the 13 aid agencies that were expelled in March will not be allowed back. A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes the predicament of aid groups and criticizes the arrangement.
Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses whether the U.S. will become more involved in Pakistan and compare the strategies and outcomes of the two Iraq wars.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Washington on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both emphasizing the importance of reducing nuclear arsenals. Daryl Kimball of the Arms Control Association discusses the progression of arms talks.