In a case that has captivated the Arab world, multimillionaire Egyptian businessman Hisham Talaat Moustafa was sentenced to death on Thursday for his role in the killing of Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim.
The U.S. has pledged more than $100 million dollars in emergency assistance for Pakistan. Ahmad Kamal, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United Nations, discusses Pakistan's humanitarian crisis and the anti-Taliban military campaign.
In the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama's meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner writes to explore how the new U.S. administration is changing relations with Israel, discussing Netanyahu's difficult position and the Israeli reaction to the meeting.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for two hours at the White House on Monday. Daniel Levy of the New America Foundation discusses the issues raised at the meeting, including dealing with Iran and efforts to get Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations.
There was a political milestone in Kuwait this weekend, where for the first time, women were elected to Kuwait's parliament. It was only four years ago that women won the right to vote in Kuwait.
On Friday, Human Rights Watch accused the U.S. military of "inadequate" measures to protect civilians in Afghanistan. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner looks at how the Obama administration has tried to revamp the war strategy in Afghanistan and the battle for hearts and minds.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Charles Sennott of GlobalPost discuss the week's top stories: Afghanistan, the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Sri Lanka and the pope's visit to the Holy Land.
While visiting Bethlehem, Pope Benedict XVI used the symbolism of his first official visit to what Christians consider to be the birthplace of Jesus to endorse the creation of a Palestinian state. Mary Boys of the Union Theological Seminary discusses the pope’s relations with Jews and Muslims and how his trip is being perceived on all sides.
On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced he had asked for the resignation of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, David McKiernan, saying new leadership was needed to go along with a new strategy to turn around the war. McKiernan will be replaced by Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal.
Pakistan's armed forces are engaged in a widening offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest part of the country. Jeff Stein of Congressional Quarterly discusses the ethnic dimension of Pakistan's conflict and the security of the country's nuclear weapons.