Watch the show from Friday, August 7: A top Taliban leader dead in Pakistan, anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war, the British take on Goldman Sachs and a sulfur mine in Java.
Archive for August, 2009
This week's hotspots ranged from Iran, where protesters took to the streets during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's inauguration, to China, where authorities sealed off a remote western village to prevent the spread of pneumonic plague.
On Friday, the Pakistani government said Baitullah Mehsud -- the head of the Taliban in Pakistan -- had been killed in the South Waziristan tribal area by a U.S. missile on Wednesday. Lisa Curtis of The Heritage Foundation discusses what the apparent death means for the war against the Taliban.
Baitullah Mehsud, the head of the Taliban in Pakistan, was likely killed by a U.S. drone this week. Worldfocus contributing blogger Sana Saleem explores how Mehsud's apparent death will impact the war on the Taliban and Pakistanis' perception of the U.S.
Nikhil Deogun of The Wall Street Journal and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal discuss the week's top stories: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tour of Africa and her husband's mission to North Korea to secure the release of two American journalists.
Indonesian workers on the island of Java brave harsh conditions to mine sulfur, an essential mineral used in items that many people take for granted, like fertilizers, insecticides, gunpowder and matches.
On Friday, Russia and Georgia marked the first anniversary of the five-day war that erupted a year ago. But tensions between the countries are still running high, writes Ivan Krastev, and there will be lasting political fallout for Russia, Georgia, Europe and the U.S.
On Thursday, Human Rights Watch released a report condemning Hamas, the militant group in charge of the Gaza Strip, for its rocket attacks on Israel during the three-week Gaza War last December. Joe Stork of Human Rights Watch discusses the report.