The international standoff with Iran over its nuclear ambitions seemed to go from bad to worse today, as the country test-fired a new version of its longest-range Sajjil-2 missile -- capable of reaching Israel, U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf and parts of Europe. This drew quick reaction from western governments. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Ervand Abrahamian.
Correspondent Gizem Yarbil and producer Bryan Myers recently traveled to the Kurdish enclave of Diyarbakir in eastern Turkey for a closer look at the allegations that the Turkish government had engaged in a so-called "dirty war" against the Kurds.
Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil, who grew up in Turkey, writes about the experience of reporting from the Kurdish areas of that country. A recent court ruling has reignited clashes between the Kurdish minority and Turkish authorities, and the issue remains a polarizing one in Turkey.
With U.S. help, Egypt is erecting a massive iron wall to prevent smugglers from entering Gaza. The tunnel network is used to import civilian goods and military weaponry. The decision to step up anti-smuggling efforts came after Operation Cast Lead. For more on recent events in the Palestinian territories, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Ghassan Shabaneh.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times editorial board join Edie Magnus to discuss: continuing security problems in Iraq, President Barack Obama's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize and the prospects of a climate agreement in Copenhagen.
Since 2007, a propaganda show called Tomorrow's Pioneers has taught young Palestinians about the alleged sins of Israel and the West. This week, a Washington D.C.-based NGO released a dispatch on this children's TV program produced by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Watch videos with the show's 4 costumed co-hosts, including Farfour, a Mickey Mouse look-alike.
For much of this week, the mysterious story of five young Muslim Americans has been unfolding in Pakistan and in the U.S. The suspects, who lived in the Washington, D.C. area and allegedly wanted to fight against America in Afghanistan, were detained by Pakistani authorities. To learn more, Edie Magnus interviews Irshad Manji, author of "The Trouble with Islam Today."
Jordan's King Abdallah named a new prime minister yesterday. Samir Rifai, a former minister of the Royal Court, will be the third member of his family to assume the post. Bloggers speculate on what it signifies for Jordanian politics.
As President Obama prepares to send 30,000 more Americans to war in Afghanistan, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo, Norway. Obama said, "The belief in peace is desirable rarely enough to achieve it" and called the escalating conflict in Afghanistan necessary. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English reports on how Afghans are reacting.
Every year, December 7 commemorates the three students killed by police during protests against a 1953 visit by then-U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon. Amateur videos culled from YouTube show that this year's events transformed into demonstrations opposing the Iranian government. Watch footage from some of the country's largest anti-government rallies since July.