Tough time in Britain have fueled a growing debate about immigration -- and a backlash that is forcing the government to respond. The issue is jobs, and Gordon Brown's aides worry that the government has been too quiet on immigration. Should countries that have historically welcomed immigrants close their doors during tough economic times?
Archive for November, 2009
Today's news compiled by Worldfocus staff. The Syrian president is in France today and talks with Israel are on the agenda. Global warming may be causing Lake Titicaca to sink; and the Vatican tries to get hip to social media.
Watch the full show from Thursday, November 12: a top American diplomat says fewer troops should be sent to Afghanistan; how China, France and other countries are battling the H1N1 disease; gays in Greece fight for marriage rights; and a U.K. computer denies Hemingway's genius.
Cary Alan Johnson of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission joins Daljit Dhaliwal for a wider discussion about gay rights around the world. He describes how an increase in worldwide gay and lesbian rights movements has also created a backlash and an even stronger anti-gay movement.
Homosexuality dates back thousands of years in Ancient Greece, where same-sex relationships were well-known - even among the gods. But today in Greece, gay rights are not as accepted. Special correspondent Lynn Sherr and producer Megan Thompson examine the state of gay marriage in Greece.
For more on the emerging U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar at the Middle East Institute, joins Daljit Dhaliwal. Also, Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on the perceptions of corruption from inside Afghanistan.
Worldfocus interviews the director of Amnesty International's Greek division on the situation of gays in Greece. Georgia Trismpioti says that attitudes towards homosexuality in Greece are among the most conservative in Europe.
Argentina has passed a new media law. Given President Fernández de Kirchner's notoriously icy relationship with the press, detractors call it as a ploy for the government to gain more control over the media. But supporters argue that it replaces a more regressive law that dates back to the era of Peron.
In today's daily news brief, the Palestinian elections may be postponed; Maoist rebels take to the streets in Nepal, and a Mexican drug lord makes the Forbes list of the world's most powerful people.
As President Obama considers his options in Afghanistan, a voice of dissent has emerged, challenging the American commander in Afghanistan's call for another 40,000 troops. The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan says that no more than 15,000 more forces should be committed. Should the United States commit any more troops to the war in Afghanistan?