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.
Archive for August, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.