Worldfocus partner Al Jazeera English called this unique Japanese religious icon a practitioner of "Holy Hip Hop," and we're calling him the hip hop monk. He calls himself MC Happiness, and he's become a rap sensation in Tokyo. Zayna Awad of AJE explains this monk's fusion of music and religion.
Archive for February, 2010
Cari Machet, who has worked as a multimedia producer throughout the Middle East, writes about a new House bill that could sanction satellite operators if they contract their services to TV stations classified as terrorist entities by Congress. She argues it may prove to be a counterproductive crackdown on Arab press freedom.
Watch the full show from Friday, February 5: The economic damage continues to spread, as southern Europe faces major debt woes; in Afghanistan, NATO commanders say they're on the verge of a major attack; more fallout from an American airstrike last September; and, millions of Japanese behold a city of ice in Sapporo.
Lawmakers in Portugal today defeated a plan to cut government spending, adding to fears that financial crisis will spread across the region. Daljit Dhaliwal spoke with Marcus Mabry, international business editor of The New York Times, about a potential European financial meltdown.
David Andelman, editor of the World Policy Journal, and Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, join us for our weekly roundtable to talk about relations between the United States and China. The two countries have been at odds over trade, Tibet, and Taiwan in recent days.
In our broadcast this week, we showed how some Chinese drivers are opting for knockoff electric cars that are non-polluting and cheap -- but the electricity that these vehicles use is generated by coal, which increases air pollution and greenhouse gases. We take a deeper look at China's battle against air pollution, courtesy of the Asia Society's China Green multimedia project.
This week, an appeals chamber at the International Criminal Court ruled that the ICC should review evidence of genocide against the current President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. Worldfocus contributing blogger Ayo Johnson and others weigh in on the decision.
Today there was another reminder of just how fragile the world economy remains. The budget deficits of Greece, Portugal and Spain -- nations that use the Euro -- exceed 8 percent of GDP and could impact the economic fortunes of countries far from Southern Europe. These governments risk defaulting on their debts by failing to control spending.
Watch the full show from Thursday, February 4: Toyota's troubles grow deeper, as the Prius comes under fire; from France, more controversy over Muslim identity and what it means to be French; how tobacco companies are courting Indonesian smokers; and, a secret dream house in the U.K. may come tumbling down.
Edward Lincoln, Director of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies at New York University, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the economic fallout for Toyota as it grapples with recent recalls. He estimates they may cost Toyota one billion dollars. Lincoln says the company can probably weather the crisis -- but not without damage to its reputation.