Watch the full show from Friday, January 29: The war in Iraq -- a strong and unequivocal defense by Tony Blair; on an island paradise, secret talks on ending the war in Afghanistan; more than two weeks after Haiti's quake, the growing threat of disease; and, life among the penguins of Patagonia.
Archive for January, 2010
The idea of a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war gained new currency this week. In our weekly roundtable, James Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration, and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the pitfalls and possibilities of negotiating with the Taliban.
GlobalPost's Julia Kumari Drapkin traveled to the remote region of Patagonia, on the southern tip of Argentina, to visit with biologists studying the penguin population. The scientists are examining the impact of the 150,000 tourists who visit the penguins. So far, the effects appear to be largely benign.
Ushahidi, which is Swahili for “testimony,” is an innovative computer platform that crowd-sources crisis information. Worldfocus spoke with Ushahidi about their efforts in Haiti to map out reports from the ground and help disaster relief organizations to provide aid to those in need.
In Haiti, doctors and aid workers say they are running dangerously low on medical supplies, including antibiotics. One of the big fears is that disease will spread, and there are already reports of a growing number of cases of diarrhea. Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on a deepening medical emergency.
Watch the full show from Thursday, January 28: World leaders plot a roadmap in Afghanistan and pledge money to buy the loyalties of Taliban; locals in one Afghan region have created their own militia; a remarkable Indian woman provides hope to Dalits; and, newly discovered Mayan ruins help explain history.
In the final installment of our two-week-long series, "Obama and the World," we focus on China. Adam Segal, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and John Delury, associate director of the Center for U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss Sino-American relations and whether China will assume global supremacy.
Worldfocus' German partner Deutsche Welle reports on a successful effort by local groups to drive out the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. And, Nora Bensahel, senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the likelihood of succeeding with this strategy.
As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become increasingly central to America's wars, "drone porn" has taken the internet by storm with captivating aerial images of death and destruction. The Defense Department actually posts its drone attack footage on YouTube via public relations firm DVidsHub. Some of the videos have caught the attention of millions.
Worldfocus Mohammad Al-Kassim writes about the emotional soccer rivalry between Algeria and Egypt. The rhetoric is high, and the war drum beat is getting louder. Meanwhile, the Algerian government is helping to shuttle at least a thousand of its citizens to watch the match in Angola.