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Archive for June, 2009
On Tuesday, sirens blared as Israel conducted a nationwide drill aimed at preparing citizens in the event of missile attacks, suicide bombings and natural disasters. Israeli bloggers shared their experiences and wondered about the meaning behind the drills.
As the U.S. protests the idea of letting Cuba become a member of the Organization of American States, Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner argues that it's time for the U.S. to stop thinking of Latin American nations in terms of "left versus right."
U.S. President Obama's upcoming speech to the Muslim world in Cairo has been highly anticipated and generated controversy over everything from the location to what the president may say about Israel and the Palestinians. But Egyptians are working hard to make their capital picture-perfect, right down to the street level.
Under pressure from the U.S., Israel has begun dismantling small settler outposts built in the West Bank without formal government authorization. Worldfocus partner The Media Line reports on the rising tensions from one tiny settlement outpost, built illegally by a small group of Jews.
Shen Tong, who as a young student was one of the leaders behind the Tiananmen Square protests, takes a look back on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the astonishing pro-democracy movement that ended in bloodshed. He discusses how Tiananmen Square has and has not changed China.
Lebanon will head to the polls on June 7 in an election that could alter the political fabric of the country, with Hezbollah and its allies poised to make significant gains. Worldfocus.org’s weekly radio show explored the issues and implications of Lebanon’s election. Melani Cammett, Ben Gilbert and Ghassan Schbley joined the conversation. Listen now.
South Korea's national intelligence service reports that North Korean leader Kim Jung-il has chosen a possible successor -- his third son, Kim Jong-un. John Park of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the significance of the announcement.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Honduras on Tuesday, attending a meeting of the Organization of American States. One issue on the table was Cuba, which was kicked out of the OAS in 1962. Shannon O'Neil of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses what it would take for Cuba to be re-admitted into the organization.