Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today he is looking into whether Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms may have helped push Greece toward a ruinous level of debt through the use of credit default swaps. For more, Martin Savidge speaks with Roben Farzad, a senior writer for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Archive for February, 2010
Our Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures continues with a look at the Khanty people, who live inside the Arctic Circle in Russian Siberia. We chose this story because it illustrates how the drive toward what is often called "progress" can threaten a traditional culture. Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on the Khanty people of northern Siberia.
The government of Afghanistan claimed control of the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in southern Helmand province today. For more insight into the ongoing war against the Taliban, Martin Savidge speaks to Rajan Menon, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University, and James Bays of Al Jazeera English reports from Marjah.
The government of India announced plans earlier this week to do comprehensive mapping of slums in the entire country -- to further the ambitious goal of making India slum-free within five years. Worldfocus spoke with Pratima Joshi of Shelter Associates for more on slum mapping.
Greece is continuing its struggle against debt that is threatening the entire eurozone economy. U.S. and European stocks fell amid concern that Greece will not be able to meet its budget deficit targets. We offer a wrap-up of online commentary.
Australia's foreign minister has summoned Israel's ambassador, expressing concern about the alleged use of Australian passports by several of the 26 suspects identified by Dubai officials as being part of the ring that carried out the assassination of a Hamas militant last month.
Watch the full show from Wednesday, February 24: The governments of Greece, Spain and Ireland are implementing unpopular austerity programs to combat huge deficits; in Turkey, a high-profile crackdown on the military is raising tensions; and, we continue our look at indigenous groups with the Nukak of Colombia.
A wave of unrest is building across Europe, as governments there seek to impose austerity measures. Several European countries -- Greece, Spain and Ireland -- are deeply in debt and under intense pressure to slash spending. For more, Martin Savidge interviews John Authers, and Deutsche Welle reports from around Europe.
The creation of Canada's Inuit-majority Nunavut territory in 1999 marked a leap forward for indigenous self-rule. Worldfocus spoke with Stephen Hendrie of Canada's Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for more on the issue, including the differences between Inuit in Canada and the U.S.
On Monday, the Turkish government arrested 51 high ranking military officers who were allegedly part of a plot to overthrow the democratically elected, Islamist-leaning government. Martin Savidge speaks with Dr. Ömer Taşpınar, the director of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, for insight into the issue.