The Somali government has requested help from foreign troops to stabilize the nation, and declared a state of emergency following weeks of intense fighting between Islamic militants and pro-government forces. David Shinn, a former ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, joins Worldfocus to discuss the escalating crisis in Somalia.
Archive for June, 2009
Anup Kaphle is embedded with British and Canadian forces in Afghanistan and describes how soldiers stay sane and find relief and entertainment on a military base in Kandahar.
Iran's highest election authority said on Tuesday that there was no major fraud in the presidential vote and the results will stand, but U.S. President Barack Obama responded by saying there were "big questions" about the election. Richard Bulliet of Columbia University discusses what role the U.S. may play in Iran.
Pakistani government forces have stepped up their attacks on Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan. Ahmad Kamal, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Nations, discusses the offensive and the refugee situation.
The United States has its fingerprints all over the history of both Iran and Panama, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner -- a legacy of manipulation, greed, disregard of human rights and failed understanding.
On the surface, the turmoil in Iran has been attributed to anger over the disputed election -- but a deeper religious struggle is also taking place within Iranian politics, says Geneive Abdo of The Century Foundation.