Though Cuba's communist government was known to discriminate against gays and lesbians in its early days, change is afoot on the island. A Worldfocus contributing blogger attended a street dance in Havana on the International Day Against Homophobia, led by Cuban President Raul Castro's daughter Mariela.
President Barack Obama announced his choice for the Supreme Court on Tuesday -- Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge from New York whose parents came from Puerto Rico. Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas discusses how the story is playing in Latin America.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Carla Robbins of The New York Times discuss the week’s top stories: Israel and the peace process, Iran's missile test and President Obama's speech on national security and Guantanamo.
Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian reacts to President Barack Obama's speech on national security and argues that the best way to spread values of human rights and democracy is to act as a good example.
Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner reacts to former Vice President Dick Cheney's speech discussing the use of torture and the detention of terrorists at Guantanamo, tracing Cheney's attitude toward transparency and justice.
On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a strong defense of his decision to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. Shayana Kadidal of the Center for Constitutional Rights discusses how the president made his case, the next step and potential pitfalls of the Obama plan.
President Obama is pressing ahead with his plan to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo. Could it mean suspected terrorists are headed to America? A Worldfocus contributing blogger explores what the future holds for Guantanamo and its detainees.
As the World Health Organization convenes public health officials from around the world to tackle the H1N1 flu and other diseases, Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian writes that international institutions like the WHO are critical in the face of globe-circling threats.