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December 28, 2009
Top 10 Worldfocus Interviews of 2009

Worldfocus presents our most memorable interviews from 2009 — both in the studio and from the field.

The list was chosen based on popularity on our site and on our YouTube channel, along with input from the newsroom:

World’s strongest economies quickly deteriorating

(Jan. 2009)

The OECD warns that some of the world’s strongest economies — China, Russia and Germany — are now deteriorating the most quickly. Marcus Mabry of The New York Times discusses how this will impact the U.S.
How U.S. compares to Canada healthcare

(Jan. 2009)

Uwe Reinhardt, a leading adviser on health care economics, compares the Canadian and American health care systems. Despite his optimism about the Obama administration, he criticizes the U.S. health care model.
Obama switches course on Europe missile defense

(Sept. 2009)

Heather Conley of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses Obama’s decision to scrap a controversial plan for a missile defense system in Europe that would counter potential threats from Iran.
Africa’s first elected female president lifts Liberia

(March 2009)

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is leading Liberia’s efforts to rebuild after a 14-year civil war. In this extended interview, Sirleaf discusses the position of women in Liberia, the country’s recovery and relations with the U.S.
Morales: U.S. must “restore trust” with Bolivia

(May 2009)

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first popularly-elected indigenous president, joins Worldfocus’ Ivette Feliciano to discuss an alleged assassination plot, why he chose to expel U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg and the future of U.S.-Bolivian relations.
At home in Morocco with an Islamist-feminist

(Sept. 2009)

Nadia Yassine is a Moroccan political activist and the face of Al-Adl wal Ihsane, the Movement for Justice and Spirituality. She describes the social and political goals of her organization and the situation of women in Morocco.
U.S., Japan pledge aid as Pakistan conditions decline

(April 2009)

At a conference in Tokyo, the U.S. and Japan each pledged $1 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next two years. Ahmed Rashid, a leading Pakistani journalist, discusses the deteriorating situation in Pakistan.
In quest to develop, Africa squanders nature

(April 2009)

Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist Wangari Maathai discusses how to balance the needs of developing countries with the need for conservation, as well as the impact of climate change on Africa.
Post-9/11 U.S. image improves with many Muslims

(Sept. 2009)

Dalia Mogahed, the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and an adviser to the Obama administration, joins Daljit Dhaliwal for a look at how the eighth anniversary of 9/11 is resonating among Muslims around the world.
Britain defends its health care against U.S. criticisms

(Aug. 2009)

Officials in Great Britain are fighting back to defend their system against criticism from the American right. Andrew Clark of The Guardian discusses how Britons view the U.S. health care debate.

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