Iran's supreme leader has ordered an investigation into claims of fraud in the country's recent presidential election. Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York discusses the election results and how this complicates U.S. President Barack Obama's desire to start a dialogue.
Archive for June, 2009
Somaliland, the break-away region of northern Somalia, has remained a fairly stable and peaceful state -- but has gone unrecognized by the international community. The Pulitzer Center's Tristan McConnell discusses why.
After bailing out countries from Iceland to Pakistan, the International Monetary Fund needs additional funds that it can loan to other nations on the brink. Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian gives five reasons the United States should agree to fund the IMF, despite the naysayers.
Carol Giacomo of The New York Times and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine discuss the top stories of the week. They look at the election in Iran and changing leadership in North Korea, where two American journalists were also sentenced to 12 years of hard labor earlier this week.
Rising sea levels could force the evacuation of entire populations from low-lying countries like the Maldives, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands, according to a recent report. Climate change could potentially create 200 million refugees by 2050.
Here’s a different take on the issue of piracy off the African coast: the people we call pirates think that they are the ones under attack? It reminds Peter Eisner of the old saying: One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.
Today, Iranians exercise their right to vote in a hotly contested election that pits incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against three opponents. Due to heavy turnout, voting has been extended several hours, and tallies will begin coming in throughout the night.
Worldfocus correspondent Ivette Feliciano reported on Bolivia’s coca plant cultivation. The coca plant is used to make teas, pastas, shampoos and medicines -- but as she found out, fortune tellers have also found a spiritual use for the leaves.