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U.S. military makes plans for massive Kandahar offensive

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U.S. military makes plans for massive Kandahar offensive

As the battle for Marjah goes on, NATO is making plans for an even larger campaign in Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city and a center of the Taliban insurgency. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute about the strategy, and Deutsche Welle reports on the legacy of Russia's war in Afghanistan.

Posted: March 4, 2010 16:59   Comments: 2
Far-right Dutch party makes big gains in local elections

How You See It

Far-right Dutch party makes big gains in local elections

The Netherlands today held municipal elections in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. The Freedom Party, a populist, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigration party led by Geert Wilders, ran in just two of those elections. In one city, it came in first, and in the other city, the Hague, it came in second. The party wants to outlaw Muslim headscarves in Holland.

Posted: March 4, 2010 13:58   Comments: 70
Cultures around the world at risk of losing their languages

Maps & Video

Cultures around the world at risk of losing their languages

Linguists predict that over half of the almost 7,000 languages currently spoken will disappear by the end of the century. Look at maps of endangered languages around the world, and watch a video of the last speaker of Berbice Dutch.

Posted: March 3, 2010 16:58   Comments: 8
Worldfocus Radio: Fear and Loathing in Las Malvinas

Worldfocus Radio

Worldfocus Radio: Fear and Loathing in Las Malvinas

A small island archipelago in the South Atlantic recently made it back into the headlines. Known as the Falkland Islands and in Spanish as Las Malvinas, we look at why this little-known place brought two nations to war in 1982 -- a conflict that threatens to reignite. Martin Savidge hosts Juanita Brock of the Falkland Islands News Network and Professor Maria Victoria Murillo.

Posted: March 3, 2010 14:57   Comments: 3
A young orphan in Haiti steals a volunteer’s heart

From the Field

A young orphan in Haiti steals a volunteer’s heart

Worldfocus associate producer Mohammad Al-Kassim spent five days in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince one month after the devastating earthquake there. He met a Canadian volunteer who has fallen in love with a young boy in her care.

Posted: March 2, 2010 14:15   Comments: 7
Humanitarian disaster continues unabated in Haiti

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Humanitarian disaster continues unabated in Haiti

Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner writes how survivors of the Haitian earthquake need quick solutions that may not come in time for the punishing rainy season that starts in May. Eisner says that Haitians now face the looming threat of disease, misery in makeshift tent camps and a lack of adequate food and water.

Posted: March 1, 2010 12:53   Comments: 6
Series of Taliban bomb attacks rock the Afghan capital

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Series of Taliban bomb attacks rock the Afghan capital

On Friday, a series of deadly attacks rocked Kabul, the Afghan capital. At least 16 people were killed and several dozen wounded in a four-hour assault that involved two suicide attacks and a car bomb. Martin Savidge interviews Rajan Menon of Lehigh University, and Hoda Abdel-Hamid of Al Jazeera English reports from Kabul.

Posted: February 26, 2010 18:09   Comments: 8
Aboriginal culture faces perils in the land down under

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Aboriginal culture faces perils in the land down under

Worldfocus concludes this week's Indigenous Cultures series with a look at the Aboriginal culture of Australia. As we have seen elsewhere, the remnants of an ancient civilization are being threatened by the encroachment of the modern world. In Australia, as Deutsche Welle reports, a history written in the land is in danger of being erased.

Posted: February 26, 2010 15:33   Comments: 9
Indigenous communities struggle for global recognition

Q & A

Indigenous communities struggle for global recognition

During the Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures, we have shown the severe threats facing native communities across the world. Worldfocus interviewed Renee Davis and Tiffany Waters, research associates at the Center for World Indigenous Studies about the movement for self-determination among indigenous people across the globe.

Posted: February 26, 2010 14:21   Comments: 5
Siberian indigenous group threatened in northern Russia

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Siberian indigenous group threatened in northern Russia

Our Worldfocus series Indigenous Cultures continues with a look at the Khanty people, who live inside the Arctic Circle in Russian Siberia. We chose this story because it illustrates how the drive toward what is often called "progress" can threaten a traditional culture. Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on the Khanty people of northern Siberia.

Posted: February 25, 2010 17:01   Comments: 7

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