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Reflecting on Pres. Obama’s maiden voyage to the East

Perspectives

Reflecting on Pres. Obama’s maiden voyage to the East

Worldfocus contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes how President Obama’s first visit to China elicited considerable curiosity among the Chinese, though Obama could not have expected the generally rapturous welcome he has received in Europe. Additionally, the Chinese government saw to it that his visit was strictly controlled and choreographed.

Posted: November 23, 2009 17:00   Comments: 1
Today: contracts for immigrants and prisoner exchanges

Daily News Brief

Today: contracts for immigrants and prisoner exchanges

Top stories from around the world brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: Germany plans to have immigrants sign "integration contracts," Israel may be closer to securing the release of hostage Gilad Shalit; and political violence in the Philippines.

Posted: November 23, 2009 12:36   Comments: 5
Week in Review: President Obama’s trip to Asia

Week in Review

Week in Review: President Obama’s trip to Asia

Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine and James Rubin of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss President Barack Obama's trip to Asia and the focus of U.S.-China relations.

Posted: November 20, 2009 17:20   Comments: 7
North Korean economy sandwiched by the dragon and tiger

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North Korean economy sandwiched by the dragon and tiger

Part 6 of 6 in our Inside the Hermit Kingdom series on the people and culture of North Korea. Worldfocus multimedia producer Ben Piven writes about the stark contrast between the stagnant North Korean economy and the booming economies of China and South Korea to the north and south.

Posted: November 20, 2009 15:41   Comments: 3
In Seoul, Obama takes on North Korea’s nuclear challenge

Interview

In Seoul, Obama takes on North Korea’s nuclear challenge

The Obama administration is dealing with the thorny issue of North Korea's nuclear program. To take a closer look, Leon Sigal of the Social Science Research Council in New York speaks with Daljit Dhaliwal. They discuss Sigal's recent meeting with a North Korean delegation in New York -- and how willing the North Koreans are to negotiate.

Posted: November 19, 2009 17:53   Comments: 0
Today: Obama in Korea and a World Cup controversy

Daily News Brief

Today: Obama in Korea and a World Cup controversy

Today's top stores as brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. President Obama has tough words for Iran and North Korea; Russia has over 3,500 people die in road accidents daily; and Irish sports officials protest the winning goal scored by France in the World Cup playoffs.

Posted: November 19, 2009 11:19   Comments: 2
Summing up the U.S.-China summit: baby steps forward

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Summing up the U.S.-China summit: baby steps forward

Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian analyzes the outcome of the recent U.S.-China meeting. While no great gains were made, she says that the cautious Chinese steps towards engagement signal a welcome change in Beijing's foreign policy.

Posted: November 18, 2009 15:56   Comments: 1
Africa remains the final frontier for economic growth

Perspectives

Africa remains the final frontier for economic growth

Ayo Johnson, a Worldfocus contributing blogger, writes about extraction of natural resources in Africa. The piece, excerpted from his blog, Africa Speak International, argues that Chinese investment in Africa has benefited that continent and speaks to Africa's natural strategic importance.

Posted: November 18, 2009 12:07   Comments: 32
Afghan minister of mines embroiled in corruption scandal

How You See It

Afghan minister of mines embroiled in corruption scandal

In a reminder of just how bad the problem of corruption is in Afghanistan, today's Washington Post quotes an American official as saying that the Afghan minister of mines accepted a $30 million bribe to award its largest mining project to a Chinese firm. Should the United States continue to give aid if Afghanistan doesn't clean up corruption?

Posted: November 18, 2009 12:04   Comments: 6
Today: Somali pirates, German troops and obese kids

Daily News Brief

Today: Somali pirates, German troops and obese kids

Top stories from around the world brought to you by the Worldfocus newsroom. Today: President Obama leaves China with few concessions; Germany will extend its mission in Afghanistan for another year; and an epidemic of childhood obesity threatens to lower life expectancy in Mexico.

Posted: November 18, 2009 12:01   Comments: 0

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