Worldfocus' Mohammad al-Kassim writes about bias in the Arab media's depiction of recent political violence in Iran. The post-presidential election demonstrations in Iran have been closely monitored by Western media outlets, and the coverage is sympathetic with the reform movement. But the coverage in the Middle East -- especially the Gulf region -- is conflicted.
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Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day plane bombing, and Yemeni security forces raided an al-Qaeda hideout today. And last week, U.S.-supported missile strikes may have killed American-born imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who purportedly has links to the accused Ft. Hood shooter. For more, Martin Savidge speaks with Anthony Cordesman.
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.
Large-scale political violence has returned to the streets of Tehran, but foreign media have been banned by the Iranian government from covering the protests. Post-election protests are now in their sixth month, and demonstrators are now frequently attacking Basiji security forces. For more on the situation in Iran, Martin Savidge interviews Ervand Abrahamian.
On Sunday, Iranians observed the Shiite holiday of Ashura, which commemorates the death of Shiite Islam's holiest martyr, Imam Hussein. Anti-government protests were met with severe violence by state security forces. Witnesses said the protests were the largest and bloodiest since those following the disputed presidential elections in June.
Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes about the challenges facing the administration in 2010. Hassan argues tangible progress in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond will require hard work, patience and luck.
In Iran, protests erupted again this week as the U.S. deadline for imposing sanctions looms. Carol Giacomo, a member of The New York Times editorial board, and Irshad Manji, a professor at New York University and the author of "The Trouble With Islam Today," join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the mounting pressures on Iran, both internal and external.
Recently, the U.S. is said to have provided support for an airstrike against al-Qaeda members inside Yemen. Juan Carlos Zarate, a senior adviser on terrorism at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Edie Magnus to discuss the Obama administration's strategy in Yemen and beyond.
Today, a funeral for Hossein Ali Montazeri, an 87-year-old dissident Iranian cleric, turned into a massive protest against the Iranian authorities. Ervand Abrahamian, a professor of history at the City University of New York, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the significance of the protests. And, Nazanine Sadri of Al Jazeera English reports on Montazeri's life.