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Nations on every continent struggle with racism

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Nations on every continent struggle with racism

Comments about President Obama by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the 2008 campaign have sparked racial debate in the U.S. and abroad. Racial discrimination is not unique to the U.S. and exists in almost every country. We take a look at racism and discrimination against people of African origin in Iraq and Peru -- and Indians in Australia.

Posted: January 12, 2010 15:08   Comments: 11
U.S. auto industry struggles to regain its global stature

How You See It

U.S. auto industry struggles to regain its global stature

More than 200,000 Prius cars were sold in Japan, three times the number from 2008. Hybrids account for 10% of auto sales in Japan, compared to 3% percent in the U.S. In 2009, China surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. American auto sales dipped 21% to about 10.5 million. Will the United States ever regain its stature as an auto industry powerhouse?

Posted: January 8, 2010 13:37   Comments: 28
Taiwan’s last sword-maker clings to his ancient craft

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Taiwan’s last sword-maker clings to his ancient craft

Once considered sacred, the ancient tradition of Taiwanese sword-making is dying out. But one man is trying to keep the craft going. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English traveled to the town of Cheding to meet Taiwan's last professional sword-maker, who at 65, hopes to pass the tradition on.

Posted: January 7, 2010 15:37   Comments: 2
U.S. government implements tougher airport security rules

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U.S. government implements tougher airport security rules

Following a failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a flight into Detroit on Christmas morning, the Transportation Security Administration imposed tougher screening rules for passengers originating in 14 mostly Muslim nations. See more about the countries selected.

Posted: January 6, 2010 14:46   Comments: 3
China’s Great Firewall falls briefly, allowing YouTube & porn

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China’s Great Firewall falls briefly, allowing YouTube & porn

In an effort to curb exposure to unsavory web material, China has massively strengthened its Great Firewall. Internet censorship in China targets perceived threats to the government: political sites, social networks and more. But during brief periods in the past few days, internet users have been able to access forbidden sites -- even without going through a proxy.

Posted: January 5, 2010 16:11   Comments: 2
Top 10 Worldfocus Blogwatch Features of 2009

Worldfocus Best of 2009

Top 10 Worldfocus Blogwatch Features of 2009

Worldfocus presents highlights from our Blogwatch section, as well as other web feature articles. This year saw many significant events -- ranging from great recession to the post-presidential election protests in Iran. Read our top 10 web articles from 2009, about Dubai, cartoon porn and Ogadeni militants.

Posted: December 31, 2009 14:42   Comments: 0
Assessing the watershed events of 2009 on the eve of 2010

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Assessing the watershed events of 2009 on the eve of 2010

With the New Year's holiday at hand, we've convened our panel for the last Worldfocus roundtable of 2009. We depart from our usual pattern. Instead we look at a broad issue that was a subtext for much news in 2009 -- what Fareed Zakaria terms the "rise of the rest." To discuss America's changing role, Martin Savidge is joined by Garrick Utley and Rana Foroohar.

Posted: December 31, 2009 13:42   Comments: 29
The Top 10 Innovative Global Solutions of the Decade

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The Top 10 Innovative Global Solutions of the Decade

The Worldfocus newsroom celebrates the end of the decade with a look at some of the smartest ideas worldwide. We produced an eclectic list of ten innovative solutions to social and political problems. View a slideshow of the winners -- from Bangladesh and Bhutan to Guyana and Rwanda.

Posted: December 30, 2009 19:20   Comments: 0
In poll, overwhelming majority of Chinese support execution

Hsin-Yin Lee

In poll, overwhelming majority of Chinese support execution

An online poll by a Chinese newspaper shows most Chinese support executing the British man convicted of drug smuggling. Worldfocus contributing blogger Hsin-Yin Lee writes about the impact of history, in particular the Opium Wars, on the controversy.

Posted: December 30, 2009 16:06   Comments: 28
Tracking the legality of same-sex marriage around the world

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Tracking the legality of same-sex marriage around the world

This week, two men in Argentina became the first homosexual married couple in Latin America. Although legal recognition of civil unions exist in various regions worldwide, there are only seven countries that permit the marriage of same-sex couples: the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Norway, Sweden and South Africa.

Posted: December 29, 2009 16:32   Comments: 17

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