The drone war in northwest Pakistan has brought attention to the attenuated al-Qaeda core that moved from Afghanistan in late 2001. But two events in December -- a failed Christmas Day bombing and an attack on CIA operatives in Afghanistan -- have led analysts to re-assess al-Qaeda's perceived decline. Worldfocus takes a look at the organization's evolution.
Archive for February, 2010
Pakistani and American agents recently captured the second-in-command of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Hailed as a major victory in the war in Afghanistan, last week's raid was revealed today by the New York Times. Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera English has more on the latest news.
Watch the full show from Monday, February 15: From Afghanistan, day three of the biggest NATO offensive since 2001; in Ireland, the latest on that country's "dirty secret" about abuse by Catholic clergy; a special report about business in Cuba; and, an avant-garde art colony in Berlin.
On the third day of the biggest allied military offensive in Afghanistan since 2001, U.S., British and Afghan troops have converged on Marjah, a Taliban stronghold and opium hub in Helmand province. Coalition forces are said to be engaged in numerous firefights throughout the city. Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, joins Daljit Dhaliwal for more.
Prior to taking office, Barack Obama spoke of the need for a new approach to U.S.-Cuba relations and a sea change from the past. Last April, the Obama administration lifted a few restrictions on Cuban-Americans, including some on travel and on sending money back to Cuba. However, the 47-year-old embargo remain intact. Read what Cuban bloggers are saying.
Jose Moya, a professor of Latin American history at Barnard College, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the impact of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. Moya explains what U.S. policy has meant for Cuban businesses and for American companies investing in Cuba. He also discusses the future of U.S.-Cuba economic relations.
One of the world's most famous art collectives fears going from avant-garde to art history. Born in the frenzy that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall, the artists' compound known as "Tacheles" is among Berlin's most popular -- albeit unusual -- tourist attractions. As Deutsche Welle reports, 20 years of life on the cutting edge may soon come to an end.
In February 2008, newly elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a historic apology to Australia's Aboriginal population. No other Western leader has made such an unqualified acknowledgment of wrongdoing toward an indigenous population. Two years later, Rudd has reported to parliament on what he promised would mark a new chapter in Australian history.
In Ireland, survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy have called upon several Irish church leaders to resign, but many have refused to do so. Today, 24 Irish bishops are in Rome meeting with the Pope, trying to figure out how to respond to the victims' demands. Alan Fisher of Al Jazeera English speaks to some of Ireland's abuse survivors.
Watch the full show from Friday, February 12: Mexico's president visits Ciudad Juarez, the country's murder capital, just miles from the U.S. border; one month after the earthquake, Haitians struggle for survival; and, the Olympic torch arrives in Vancouver for tonight's opening ceremonies.