Last July, Nigeria was racked by four days of violence between security forces and a militant group trying to impose strict Islamic law. Ever since, there has been concern that the security forces may have killed many innocent civilians. Mike Hanna of Al Jazeera English reports, and Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Eric Guttschuss of Human Rights Watch for more.
Archive for February, 2010
The world's largest automaker is attempting to fix its cars and its reputation. The company announced its latest recall -- more than 400,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide -- bringing the total recalls to 8.5 million. The announcement was accompanied by a new apology by Toyota's chairman. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Roben Farzad for more.
The Nigerian national assembly voted today to install Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan as interim leader until ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua is fit enough to return to office. Nigerian bloggers comment on the unfolding leadership crisis in the country.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Sana Saleem writes about the Pakistani reaction to the trial of Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill American soldiers while in custody in Afghanistan. She argues Aafia’s case highlights the underlying mistrust amongst the Pakistani people for the United States.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, argues that recent criticism of President Obama's China policy is both overwrought and inaccurate.
Watch the full show from Monday, February 8: A defiant Iran moves ahead with plans for higher-level uranium enrichment, claiming it's for medical use; in Ukraine, the opposition candidate is the apparent election winner; an inside look at the battle for women's rights in Turkey; and, meet the Buddhist hip hop monk.
After months of conflicting signals on its nuclear intentions, Iran formally moved forward today on a significant change in its uranium enrichment program. Patrick Clawson, deputy director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the issue. Worldfocus partner Deutsche Welle reports on the controversy.
In Turkey, there is an average of about one honor killing per week. To understand more about this troubling issue, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Gönül Tol, director of the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute, about what she says is a growing trend in Turkey.
Gizem Yarbil is an associate producer at Worldfocus who grew up in Turkey. She argues that Turkish immigrants may cling even more strongly to their customs-- including honor killings-- when faced with the difficulties of life in the West.
In Ukraine, there has been a political turnaround for a man who was defeated six years ago in the country's Orange Revolution. Opposition candidate Viktor Yanukovich is the likely winner of Ukraine's presidential election. He is more aligned with Russia than with the West and has said he would abandon Ukraine's bid to join NATO. Neave Barker reports for Al Jazeera English.