Riot police in Tehran followed through on their threats to crush any new demonstrations against Iran's disputed presidential election, using tear gas and gunfire to break up protests. View images, blogs and video from Iran's continued unrest.
Archive for June, 2009
As the battles intensify and suicide attacks increase in Afghanistan, the Taliban is in talks with the Afghan government -- and on some level, with American officials. Charles Sennott of GlobalPost recently returned from Afghanistan and Pakistan and discusses the talks and their chances of success.
Somalia's president has declared a state of emergency following weeks of intense fighting, and the government has requested foreign troops from neighboring countries to help stabilize the troubled nation. A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes how Somalia's neighbors have reacted to the request for intervention.
Garrick Utley of the State University of New York and Ervand Abharamian of the City University of New York discuss the top story of the week: Iran. They discuss Ayatollah Khamenei's speech, the massive protests and where the crisis may be headed.
In a speech on Friday, Iran's supreme leader blamed Americans, the British and Zionists for the turmoil in his country, and once again criticized the United States for its support of Israel. Ronen Bergman, one of Israel's leading investigative journalists, discusses the Israeli government's take on the current showdown in Iran.
Some in the U.S. Congress wanted to tie funding for the International Monetary Fund to specific changes in how the IMF conducts its business. Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian agrees, but says this could slow the process down too much at a time of unprecendented crisis.