Following a failed attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow up a flight into Detroit on Christmas morning, the Transportation Security Administration imposed tougher screening rules for passengers originating in 14 mostly Muslim nations. See more about the countries selected.
Jordanian blogger Naseem Tarawnah writes about the suicide bombing that killed seven C.I.A. members in Afghanistan this week and its impact on Jordanians. He argues that the Jordanian government will find it difficult to contain the damage from the connection to the C.I.A.
One week after the killing of 7 CIA officers in Afghanistan, an American military official has condemned U.S. intelligence failures. A new report by the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, Major-General Michael Flynn, says that there is too much emphasis on collecting info about capturing insurgents. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Jeff Stein.
After the failed Christmas Day bombing of Northwest flight 253, Europe weighs new security measures to guarantee passenger safety. Some experts argue that transit airports should implement much stricter security screening for passengers coming from developing countries with poor security. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Patrick Smith.
The world's tallest building opened for business Monday. Next to Dubai's business district stands the Burj Khalifa, whose 2,717 ft. spire reaches over 1,000 ft. higher than its closest competitor, Taipei 101. Read what bloggers around the world say about the $1.5 billion invested in the Burj Khalifa -- which opens at a time of deep economic and ecological uncertainty.
Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there were global implications of al-Qaeda's efforts to use Yemen as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the Middle East. This warning came as Yemeni officials said security forces killed two al-Qaeda fighters in a gun battle. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Juan Carlos Zarate, and Omar Al Saleh reports for Al Jazeera English.
Umar Abdulmutallab’s audacious attempt on Christmas Day -- to ignite explosives that he had smuggled on board a Northwest Airlines flight approaching Detroit from Holland -- has been a top story for the past few days. Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes how the U.S. should rely more on soft power to prevent violent Islamic extremism.
Worldfocus presents highlights from our Blogwatch section, as well as other web feature articles. This year saw many significant events -- ranging from great recession to the post-presidential election protests in Iran. Read our top 10 web articles from 2009, about Dubai, cartoon porn and Ogadeni militants.
With the New Year's holiday at hand, we've convened our panel for the last Worldfocus roundtable of 2009. We depart from our usual pattern. Instead we look at a broad issue that was a subtext for much news in 2009 -- what Fareed Zakaria terms the "rise of the rest." To discuss America's changing role, Martin Savidge is joined by Garrick Utley and Rana Foroohar.
Worldfocus multimedia producer Ben Piven writes about the U.S. war in Pashtunistan, a misunderstood place not found on any world map. The knee-jerk American reaction after September 11th was to strike at the Taliban-ruled nation that harbored a huge al-Qaeda contingent: Afghanistan. But the U.S. has widened its campaign to the region of Pashtunistan.