Over the past week, Israel has been sending government inspectors to hand out construction freeze orders in West Bank settlements. Clashes continue to escalate between settlers and Israeli police accompanying the inspectors. For more on the situation in Israel, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Yossi Beilin.
There was a stark reminder today of the ongoing challenges in Iraq -- a series of bombings that killed at least 128 and wounded hundreds more in Baghdad. Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at the Century Foundation, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the possible ramifications of the violence. Also, Al Jazeera English's Tareq Bazley reports from Baghdad.
Worldfocus producer Connie Kargbo interviews Columbia University's Scott Barrett on the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. He explains what the United States -- and other nations both rich and poor-- might hope to accomplish.
As protests continue in Iran today, Vali Nasr joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the role of that country's rising middle class in the political process. Nasr, a professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, argues that the protests reflect the aspirations of Iran's educated young people.
After an unusually lengthy and public deliberative process, President Obama has decided to induct a further 30,000 troops in war-torn Afghanistan. He further stated that the U.S. would start withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. But he left open the timeline for total withdrawal, writes contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan.
Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, and Garrick Utley, president of the Levin Institute of the State University of New York, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the impending U.S. troop surge and proposed exit strategy in Afghanistan.
For 2009, UNESCO and the Arab League designated Jerusalem as the year's Arab culture capital. But Israeli authorities forbade events associated with the program, prompting a series of secret indoor gatherings. Worldfocus interviewed the Dutch organizer of Al Quds Underground.
As part of our Beyond the Headlines series, Arieh O'Sullivan of The Media Line reports from the Palestinian town of Qalqilyah about a project on which Israelis and Palestinians are working together. Agriculture liaisons from both sides are cooperating to make strawberry fields blossom -- and as one Beatle might say, to give peace a chance.
President Barack Obama has decided to send at least 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. He also announced an exit strategy to bring them home by the middle of 2011. Anthony Cordesman discusses President Obama's decision and what a shift in warfare tactics will look like. And James Bays reports for Al Jazeera English.
Iran's announcement that it will build ten more uranium processing facilities drew a range of reactions today. Yet Iran itself was saying that a "diplomatic opportunity" is still possible. For more on Iran and its nuclear ambitions Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York.