China has spent 3.5 billion dollars to purchase a huge copper mine in Afghanistan -- the largest foreign investment project in that country. Roben Farzad, a senior writer for BusinessWeek, joins Martin Savidge to discuss China's increasingly assertive role on the world stage and the state of the global economy as the year 2009 draws to a close.
This week, two men in Argentina became the first homosexual married couple in Latin America. Although legal recognition of civil unions exist in various regions worldwide, there are only seven countries that permit the marriage of same-sex couples: the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain, Norway, Sweden and South Africa.
Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes about the challenges facing the administration in 2010. Hassan argues tangible progress in Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond will require hard work, patience and luck.
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) just released its picks for the Top Ten Humanitarian Crises of 2009. MSF operates in 70 countries that host some of the world's most dire emergencies. The 12th annual list focuses on catastrophic circumstances where civilians are "attacked, bombed, and cut off from aid."
The Indian government says food prices have increased almost 20 percent over last year, reaching a 10-year high. That is adversely affecting most of India's 1.1 billion people. Worldfocus producers Mary Lockhart and Ara Ayer and correspondent Daljit Dhaliwal report on the food crisis from the slums to high-rise buildings of Delhi.
Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Dan Rather, who recently returned from his eleventh trip to Afghanistan. Rather was in the eastern part of the country, near the Pakistan border, where the fight against the Taliban has been particularly fierce.
Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan argues that U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan will not succeed in helping the Pakistani government take on the Taliban. Hassan outlines the different Taliban groups on either side of the border and explains the Pakistani reluctance to take on the Afghan Taliban.
Pakistan remains mired in violence after another attack followed Friday prayers at a mosque. Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss whether Pakistan's once-close relationship with America is deteriorating.
Although almost all scientists agree that the world is getting warmer, not all agree exactly what the effects will be. But in Bangladesh, there is no such certainty. Step Vaessen of Al Jazeera English recently traveled to the island of Bhola in southern Bangladesh, where more than a million people have had to flee to higher ground.
President Obama recently wrote a letter to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari calling for a quick expansion of military operations against insurgents in Pakistan's tribal region. Zardari responded by saying that his government is determined to take action -- according to Pakistani priorities. Will Pakistan actually crack down on militants operating along the Afghan border?