In Haiti, doctors and aid workers say they are running dangerously low on medical supplies, including antibiotics. One of the big fears is that disease will spread, and there are already reports of a growing number of cases of diarrhea. Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on a deepening medical emergency.
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.
Two students were killed by stray bullets on January 25 in a clash between pro- and anti-government protesters in Mérida, Venezuela, after controversial moves by the government to restrict media outlets. Bloggers are outraged.
Jens Kristensen, a senior humanitarian officer with the UN's peacekeeping force in Haiti, survived for five days under the rubble of the UN headquarters. Since he was largely unharmed, Mr. Kristensen chose to stay in Haiti to help with the rescue mission. Listen to our interview with him from Port-au-Prince.
It's been 10 days since the quake in Haiti. Increasingly, the focus is on recovering the dead -- and improving conditions for many hundreds of thousands just trying to get by. Officials say that 200,000 people have left the ruined capital, reversing decades of migration into Port-au-Prince. Rob Reynolds and Tony Birtley of Al Jazeera English have more.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Nina Hachigian writes that one unquestionable success of the Obama administration so far has been to turn the page on the failed Bush foreign policy framework, which clung to the belief that the linchpin of American security was for it to remain more powerful than all other countries by a huge, fixed margin.
Dozens of countries are contributing to the relief effort in Haiti. China's mission is using life detectors and snake-eye cameras to find survivors. According to China Central TV, the Chinese team has found 15 bodies in 23 collapsed buildings.
The World Bank released its annual economic report this week, predicting that the global economy will grow by 2.7 percent in 2010. Yet, today the U.S. Dept. of Labor announced an increase in unemployment, and GM said that it will cut 8,300 more jobs in Europe. Also, economists are worried about asset bubbles in China and about stimulus packages wearing off.
Martin Savidge hosts Marselha Gonçalves Margerin of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and Michele Wucker of the World Policy Institute to discuss these unequal neighbors. From racism and hate crimes to migration and increased trading, they examine the relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic and the role of the U.S.
Christopher Sabatini, the senior director of policy for the Council of the Americas, and Shannon O’Neil, a fellow in Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, join Martin Savidge to discuss U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. They discuss natural resources, relations with Cuba, Venezuela and the war on drugs.