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Archive for August, 2009

To shave or not to shave in Pakistan’s Swat Valley

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To shave or not to shave in Pakistan’s Swat Valley

Residents of Pakistan's Swat Valley are readjusting to life after the end of Taliban rule. Under Taliban rule, barbers were banned from shaving off beards. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that even now, having a beard is not a matter of choice.

Posted: August 26, 2009 11:42   Comments: 2
Full Show: August 25, 2009

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Full Show: August 25, 2009

Watch the show from Tuesday, August 25: Gordon Brown on the Lockerbie bomber, more violence in Afghanistan, rising sea levels in South Asia and the question of gender in sports.

Posted: August 25, 2009 16:58   Comments Off on Full Show: August 25, 2009
British interests in Libya probed after bomber’s release

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British interests in Libya probed after bomber’s release

Geoff Porter, the head of Middle Eastern and African affairs for the Eurasia Group, examines the extent to which the business relationship between the U.K. and Libya influenced the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber.

Posted: August 25, 2009 14:26   Comments: 5
Q&A: Detainee tells of squalor, beatings in Malaysian camp

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Q&A: Detainee tells of squalor, beatings in Malaysian camp

Worldfocus speaks with "David," a Burmese refugee who was recently released from a Malaysian detention camp. The camps are severely overcrowded, and conditions are reportedly wretched, with limited or no access to clean water, medical treatment and food.

Posted: August 25, 2009 14:13   Comments: 4
Cheap fuel takes disastrous toll on Mozambique’s forests

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Cheap fuel takes disastrous toll on Mozambique’s forests

Charcoal is a thriving industry in Mozambique, because it is cheap, easily accessible, easy to transport and burns longer than wood. But the growing demand for charcoal is placing increasing pressure on Mozambique's forests.

Posted: August 25, 2009 13:29   Comments: 2
South Korea launches first rocket into space

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South Korea launches first rocket into space

South Korea has launched its first rocket, claiming that the test was for purely scientific and peaceful purposes. The launch comes at a time of thawing relations with the country's neighbor to the north.

Posted: August 25, 2009 10:29   Comments: 1
Young Guantanamo detainee returns home to Afghanistan

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Young Guantanamo detainee returns home to Afghanistan

Mohammed Jawad, one of the youngest people ever held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, has returned to his home in Afghanistan. Was detention at Guantanamo the right treatment for Jawad? How should the U.S. deal with terror suspects arrested as children? Tell us what you think.

Posted: August 25, 2009 09:15   Comments: 24
Full Show: August 24, 2009

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Full Show: August 24, 2009

Watch the show from Monday, August 24: Worsening conditions in Afghanistan, Estonia's role in the war in Afghanistan, Greek fires and the Lockerbie bomber in Scotland.

Posted: August 24, 2009 17:04   Comments: 1
Afghanistan commanders warn U.S. force is insufficient

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Afghanistan commanders warn U.S. force is insufficient

Even though U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, American military commanders say that may not be enough to fight the Taliban. Eric Bjornlund of Democracy International discusses the recent election and reports of fraud.

Posted: August 24, 2009 14:10   Comments: 73
Critics say Greece didn’t learn its lesson from past fires

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Critics say Greece didn’t learn its lesson from past fires

Massive fires near Athens have forced thousands of Greeks to flee their homes, destroying roughly 37,000 acres of forest. Firefighters have been battling to contain the blaze for days.

Posted: August 24, 2009 12:13   Comments: 1

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