India's Constitution, which banned caste discrimination, turned 60 last week. But caste has existed for over 3 millennia, and many people view caste - in addition to curry and the Taj Mahal - as one of India's defining features. We discuss the culture of caste, the reservation system and comparisons to the U.S. Joining Martin Savidge are Vivek Kumar and Corey Washington.
Archive for February, 2010
Iran's nuclear ambitions are again taking center stage. In a TV interview, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country is ready to honor a deal to curb its nuclear program. The agreement would require Iran to send uranium abroad to be processed for civilian use. But several countries involved in negotiations are skeptical. Nazanine Moshiri of Al Jazeera English has more.
Watch the full show from Tuesday, February 2: Ten Americans remain in custody in Haiti, accused of trafficking children; a French court probes the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde; some people believe the Jamaican government is encouraging anti-gay violence; and, a look at the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.
The news of suspected child smugglers operating in Haiti has highlighted longstanding concerns about the trafficking of children from poor countries. Patrick McCormick of the United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, talked to Worldfocus about vulnerable children around the world.
Aida Alami is a Moroccan freelance journalist who wrote for Le Journal Hebdomadaire until the magazine was shut down by the government last week. Worldfocus interviewed her about why the Moroccan government closed one of the country's most independent news outlets.
Talk of war is widespread in the Middle Eastern press recently, with many speculating about a possible outbreak of hostilities not only between Israel and Hamas, but Israel and Syria, or Iran and a host of adversaries. Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al-Kassim offers a roundup from around the region.
Media attention has recently focused on the Ugandan government's consideration of legislation that would make homosexual behavior punishable with the death penalty. For a wider look at the issue of gay rights in Africa, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Michael Heflin, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Intersex Rights Initiative at the Open Society Institute.
In October 2009, Uganda proposed a bill that would introduce the death penalty for those who are HIV-positive. In Malawi the first gay couple to marry openly was arrested in early January 2010 and faces up to 14 years in prison. Read how African bloggers have reacted to increased legal restrictions.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its nominations for the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Nominees include films from Germany, Peru, Argentina, France, and Israel. See the trailers here.
Ten Americans remain in custody in Haiti, accused of illegally trafficking children after they tried to cross into the Dominican Republic on a bus. Haitian authorities are debating what to do with the group of missionaries that allegedly intended to smuggle the children -- after reportedly being told they were all orphans.