By 1990, it was no longer compulsory to learn Russian in Hungary. Students celebrated, no longer forced to learn the "language of oppression." But fast-forward to 2009, and Hungary is facing a foreign language gap, writes a Worldfocus contributing blogger.
Archive for June, 2009
As General Motors filed for bankruptcy, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrived in Beijing to reassure the Chinese that the U.S. is committed to bringing down its deficit. Marcus Mabry of The New York Times discusses China's concerns and Geithner's trip.
As El Salvador inaugurates Mauricio Funes, the U.S. has praised the peaceful transfer of power between former adversaries. Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner traces the country's troubled history and U.S. involvement.
On Monday, Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian workers in one town on the West Bank as a protest against the removal of several settler squatter camps by the government. Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, discusses how people in his city view the settlement movement in the West Bank and Tel Aviv's efforts to promote coexistence.
Approximately 50 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000. A Worldfocus contributing blogger in Mexico writes about facing masked guerillas and tear gas in a survival training session for journalists.