World leaders gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday for the 19th annual World Economic Forum on Africa. Mojubaolu Okome of Brooklyn College discusses the forum and how the global economic crisis has impacted African countries.
Archive for June, 2009
Thirteen former Generals and Admirals — representing the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force — asked Congress to support the 2010 Defense budget that Defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Barack Obama developed.
On Tuesday, militants stormed the gates of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshwar, Pakistan, where they detonated explosives that killed at least 11 people. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Karachi reacts to the recent violence.
The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau has agreed to accept 17 Chinese Muslims, members of an ethnic group known as Uighurs, who are being held at Guantanamo Bay. The U.S. may reportedly give Palau up to $200 million dollars in exchange for accepting the detainees.
More than a decade after the war in Bosnia came to an end, tensions are high and officials warn that the country's peace deal is on the brink of collapse. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explored the roots of conflict and Bosnia's fragile peace. Nenad Pejic, Sarah Meharg and Srecko Latal joined the conversation. Listen now.
Ahmed Ghailani, a detainee from Guantanamo Bay, arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday and was brought to a federal prison in New York to stand trial. Victoria Toensing, a former deputy assistant U.S. attorney general, discusses the future of Guantanamo.
In Africa, several governments have implemented male circumcision as part of their AIDS prevention strategies. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Cameroon who works to fight HIV/AIDS discusses the dangers of relying extensively on circumcision, given widespread rumors and misinformation.