Two decades ago -- after 27 years in prison -- Nelson Mandela walked out of prison in South Africa. But while black South Africans are politically equal, they still don't enjoy economic equality with whites. The disparities are perhaps best illustrated by the country's black townships. Haru Mutasa reports for Worldfocus partner Al Jazeera English.
Archive for February, 2010
The 2010 Winter Olympic Games begin tomorrow in Vancouver. Canada, which has limited exposure to the threat of international terrorism, has been preparing its security arrangements well in advance of the two-week series of events. Our German partner Deutsche Welle reports on security issues in the host city.
China is rapidly becoming the leading manufacturer of clean energy. The country has become the largest producer of wind turbines and solar panels and also provides almost 97 percent of the world's supply of rare-earth materials. The world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter could also make the rest of the world reliant on its alternative energy products.
Watch the full show from Wednesday, February 10: From Haiti, the curse of corruption taints the food aid program; in Greece, unhappy workers take to the streets as the government considers a new austerity plan; and, a crackdown by the Iranian government in advance of tomorrow's anniversary.
Today's New York Times reports that the Iranian government has engaged in "an epidemic" of arrests in advance of the 31st anniversary of the Iranian Revolution tomorrow. The crackdown is designed to head off opposition street protests. For more on the situation inside Iran, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Ervand Abrahamian.
Peter Eisner blogs about conditions in Haiti one month after the Haiti earthquake. The international television units are mostly gone, a smattering of foreign reporters are still in Port-au-Prince, and what's the situation on the ground? Hopelessness and helplessness, according to Eisner.
Almost 7 years after the start of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, the international community still struggles to help the 2 million refugees and almost 3 million internally displaced persons who have not been able to return home. Martin Savidge hosts Aidan Goldsmith and Sawsan Al-Sayyab of the International Rescue Committee.
Four weeks have passed since the earthquake in Haiti, and the death toll has climbed over 200,000. It's an unfortunate reality that in any disaster, there are those who will seek to profit from the situation -- a fact re-confirmed by allegations that some Haitian officials are rigging the system by which food aid and medicine are distributed. Rob Reynolds of AJE has more.
On Sunday, February 7, Costa Rica elected Laura Chinchilla as the country's first female president. Chinchilla, of the ruling National Liberation Party, will succeed the incumbent president, Oscar Arias. Costa Rican bloggers react to the election result.
Watch the full show from Tuesday, February 9: The latest roadblock from Toyota is the recall of hundreds of thousands of cars and a new apology; from Nigeria, new allegations that may implicate security forces in the killing of civilians during a battle with Islamic insurgents; and, an update on the Israeli electric car infrastructure.