Japan is set to head to the polls for parliamentary elections on August 30, and polling suggests Prime Minister Taro Aso's conservative party will lose power after ruling for most of the past 54 years. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about changes ahead for the Japanese political landscape.
Archive for August, 2009
Afghanistan's presidential election continues to generate widespread allegations of fraud and intimidation as the votes are counted. James Bays of Worldfocus partner Al Jazeera English takes a look at what some Afghans faced.
In a nationwide referendum, nearly 88 percent of New Zealanders voted "NO" when asked: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offense?" Do you think governments should make laws about how to punish children, or it is a private matter? Tell us what you think.
Charles Sennott of GlobalPost and Dagmar Aalund of the Wall Street Journal discuss the week's top stories: The presidential election in Afghanistan, the ongoing security nightmare in Iraq and a controversial decision in Scotland.
Worldfocus contributor Scott Bohlinger is a political analyst living in Afghanistan. He compares how people talk about politics and their candidates in the U.S. and Afghanistan.
America's special representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, has been holding a series of meetings in Pakistan -- and not just with top government officials. Holbrooke reached out to conservative Muslim leaders -- and got an earful once he did.
Worldfocus contributor Jen Marlowe is currently traveling in Israel and Palestine and explores the lives of Troy Davis, an African American man on death row in the U.S., and Asel Asleh, a young Palestinian citizen of Israel killed by Israeli police.
U.N. inspectors were reportedly allowed last week to visit Iran’s new, nearly-completed nuclear reactor. Charles Ferguson of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses this development in the standoff between Iran and the international community.