China has executed a British man convicted of drug smuggling, despite his family's protestations that he was mentally unstable. The incident has provoked outrage around the world. Andrew James Nathan, a political science professor at Columbia University, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the death penalty in China.
According to the World Health Organization, the H1N1 virus has peaked in much of the northern hemisphere, with substantial declines in the U.S. and Canada. While the disease is still active in the U.S., increases are occurring in central and eastern Europe, and in parts of west, central and south Asia. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Martin Blaser.
Tonight's special edition of Worldfocus looks at people lending a helping hand around the globe. We bring you four signature stories that were aired earlier in the year. What do you think about these bold individuals who dedicate their lives to charity work?
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) just released its picks for the Top Ten Humanitarian Crises of 2009. MSF operates in 70 countries that host some of the world's most dire emergencies. The 12th annual list focuses on catastrophic circumstances where civilians are "attacked, bombed, and cut off from aid."
The average year-end bonus at major Japanese companies this year plunged. Worldfocus contributing blogger Hsin-Yin Lee writes about how Japanese retailers are trying to lure customers during the holiday season with creative marketing campaigns.
Regardless of what the long-term implications of Copenhagen may be, the conference was different from others in the past. Perhaps most notable was how the nations of the developing world came together to make their case. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Lane Greene, an international correspondent for The Economist who recently returned from Copenhagen.
Martin Savidge hosts William Fierman and Nikolay Petrov to discuss the Central Asian "stans" (Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). We examine emerging language policies, cultural identity and geopolitical relationships with Russia, China and the United States.
Finding a solution to climate change will involve a balancing act that addresses human and economic needs and ensures the long-term future of the natural world. The debate is often portrayed as an "either-or" proposition in which economic needs trump nature. For a closer look at the impact of climate change on nature, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Steve Sanderson.
In recent months, U.S. policy on the isolated Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar has been shifting toward greater engagement. Worldfocus blogger Michael Lwin, who recently returned from Myanmar and is of Burmese descent, argues that ineffective U.S. sanctions have mainly caused suffering for the Burmese people.
To help developing nations deal with global warming, Hillary Clinton said the U.S. would join other countries in raising $100 billion per year. But the economic impact of cleaning up the environment is preventing many nations from committing to a regulatory blueprint. Melissa Chan of Al Jazeera English reports from Shanxi province in the coal belt of northern China.