After months of conflicting signals on its nuclear intentions, Iran formally moved forward today on a significant change in its uranium enrichment program. Patrick Clawson, deputy director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the issue. Worldfocus partner Deutsche Welle reports on the controversy.
In Turkey, there is an average of about one honor killing per week. To understand more about this troubling issue, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Gönül Tol, director of the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute, about what she says is a growing trend in Turkey.
Gizem Yarbil is an associate producer at Worldfocus who grew up in Turkey. She argues that Turkish immigrants may cling even more strongly to their customs-- including honor killings-- when faced with the difficulties of life in the West.
Cari Machet, who has worked as a multimedia producer throughout the Middle East, writes about a new House bill that could sanction satellite operators if they contract their services to TV stations classified as terrorist entities by Congress. She argues it may prove to be a counterproductive crackdown on Arab press freedom.
Today there was another reminder of just how fragile the world economy remains. The budget deficits of Greece, Portugal and Spain -- nations that use the Euro -- exceed 8 percent of GDP and could impact the economic fortunes of countries far from Southern Europe. These governments risk defaulting on their debts by failing to control spending.
According to the World Health Organization, while cigarette consumption is declining in some countries, the number of smokers worldwide is on the upswing. Those smokers also consume more cigarettes than ever. Explore our maps of smoking rates around the globe.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has traveled freely for months, despite the existence of an international warrant for his arrest from the International Criminal Court. Today an ICC ruling raised the possibility that genocide could be added to the charges against Bashir, reports Deutsche Welle.
Iran this week offered to accept a deal that would swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel -- and launched yet another rocket into space. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Geneive Abdo of the Century Foundation for more about the implications of President Ahmadinejad's latest actions and the challenges faced by the U.S. as in refining its policy toward Iran.
Iran's nuclear ambitions are again taking center stage. In a TV interview, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country is ready to honor a deal to curb its nuclear program. The agreement would require Iran to send uranium abroad to be processed for civilian use. But several countries involved in negotiations are skeptical. Nazanine Moshiri of Al Jazeera English has more.
Aida Alami is a Moroccan freelance journalist who wrote for Le Journal Hebdomadaire until the magazine was shut down by the government last week. Worldfocus interviewed her about why the Moroccan government closed one of the country's most independent news outlets.