Talk of war is widespread in the Middle Eastern press recently, with many speculating about a possible outbreak of hostilities not only between Israel and Hamas, but Israel and Syria, or Iran and a host of adversaries. Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al-Kassim offers a roundup from around the region.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its nominations for the 2010 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Nominees include films from Germany, Peru, Argentina, France, and Israel. See the trailers here.
As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become increasingly central to America's wars, "drone porn" has taken the internet by storm with captivating aerial images of death and destruction. The Defense Department actually posts its drone attack footage on YouTube via public relations firm DVidsHub. Some of the videos have caught the attention of millions.
Worldfocus Mohammad Al-Kassim writes about the emotional soccer rivalry between Algeria and Egypt. The rhetoric is high, and the war drum beat is getting louder. Meanwhile, the Algerian government is helping to shuttle at least a thousand of its citizens to watch the match in Angola.
An international conference about Yemen was held Wednesday in London, with officials from Yemen and about 20 other countries. There seemed to be broad agreement that Yemen needs help fighting the root causes of terrorism. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Bernard Haykel, a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian argues that while President Obama probably won't highlight it in his speech, he has revolutionized the U.S. approach to foreign policy by emphasizing our multipolar world.
Worldfocus' Mohammad Al-Kassim looks at headlines from Middle East news outlets, including: a talk-show host's critical assessment of President Obama's first year in office; a legendary football rivalry; and a prediction about a third intifada.
Religious leaders in Yemen are decrying foreign interference, as the U.S. becomes more involved in secret missions there. The Washington Post reports that U.S. teams and have been deeply involved in joint operations with Yemeni troops for six weeks. Thus far, the effort has killed six local al-Qaeda leaders. Mohamed Vall of of Al Jazeera English has more.
The attempted Christmas day bombing -- and a recent message purportedly from Osama bin Laden -- have focused new attention on al-Qaeda. A report from a former senior C.I.A. official warns that al-Qaeda is being patient but has not abandoned its mission. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, and Al Jazeera English's Nadim Baba reports from London.
A French parliamentary panel recommended today that France impose a ban on wearing the full face veil in public -- buses, subways and hospitals. Under the proposal, women would have to show their faces when entering a facility and remain uncovered. The ban could take effect by the end of the year -- but would not apply to wearing the veil on the street or in private.