On Friday, a series of deadly attacks rocked Kabul, the Afghan capital. At least 16 people were killed and several dozen wounded in a four-hour assault that involved two suicide attacks and a car bomb. Martin Savidge interviews Rajan Menon of Lehigh University, and Hoda Abdel-Hamid of Al Jazeera English reports from Kabul.
Archive for February, 2010
Worldfocus contributing blogger Peter Eisner writes about a new generation of Latin American leaders who seem to be going beyond traditional political camps of left and right. José Mujica of Uruguay and Sebastian Piñera of Chile, while very different, have similar centrist messages.
Watch the full show from Friday, February 26: In the Afghan capital, suicide attackers target hotels used by foreigners, killing 17 people; outrage over bank bonuses in Britain after major losses last year; the Chinese are hitting the slopes and becoming a snowy super power; and, a deeper look at Australian Aboriginal culture.
In our weekly wrap-up of the week's top stories, James Rubin, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the implications of the killing in Dubai and the NATO offensive in Afghanistan.
Worldfocus concludes this week's Indigenous Cultures series with a look at the Aboriginal culture of Australia. As we have seen elsewhere, the remnants of an ancient civilization are being threatened by the encroachment of the modern world. In Australia, as Deutsche Welle reports, a history written in the land is in danger of being erased.
Myanmar has announced elections will take place in fall 2010, but no exact date has been set. The country has been ruled by a military junta since 1962. Worldfocus spoke to Professor David Williams for more on the significance of the events.
Worldfocus associate producer Mohammad Al-Kassim traveled to Israel last December. He filmed at the Hadassah Neurim Youth Village, where he found a diverse group of at-risk young people reinventing themselves through their studies.
During the Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures, we have shown the severe threats facing native communities across the world. Worldfocus interviewed Renee Davis and Tiffany Waters, research associates at the Center for World Indigenous Studies about the movement for self-determination among indigenous people across the globe.
The Royal Bank of Scotland has become the leading symbol of the U.K.'s banking crisis. RBS announced more big losses this week yet still found room to award its employees almost $2.5 billion in bonuses. That has sparked a good deal of outrage. The bank's rationale for the bonuses is similar to what many U.S. banks have said to justify big payouts.
Watch the full show from Thursday, February 25: The Afghan government takes control of Marjah thanks to the largest military operation of the war; more Israeli names appear as suspects in the Hamas hit; U.K. conservatives have found a new way to become popular; and, a glimpse of indigenous people in Arctic Siberia.