The government of Afghanistan claimed control of the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in southern Helmand province today. For more insight into the ongoing war against the Taliban, Martin Savidge speaks to Rajan Menon, a professor of international relations at Lehigh University, and James Bays of Al Jazeera English reports from Marjah.
The creation of Canada's Inuit-majority Nunavut territory in 1999 marked a leap forward for indigenous self-rule. Worldfocus spoke with Stephen Hendrie of Canada's Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for more on the issue, including the differences between Inuit in Canada and the U.S.
Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil, who grew up in Turkey, shares her opinion about the recent detention of several high-profile Turkish military commanders. She argues it raises troubling questions about the role of the military in Turkey.
The Nukak, an indigenous Colombian people living on the edge of the Amazon basin, only had their first official contact with the outside world in 1988. Since making contact, the Nukak have seen their numbers drop significantly and face the possible extinction of their culture.
Rwanda has come a long way since a horrific genocide 16 years ago resulted in the death of around 800,000 Tutsis, as well as "moderate" Hutus who opposed the genocidaires. The Rwandan leader is often seen as a model for the developing world. Martin Savidge hosts Stephen Kinzer and Noel Twagiramungu to discuss the issues.
General Stanley McChrystal made the unusual move of directly apologizing to the Afghan people on local television. He sought to control the damage in the aftermath of Sunday's deadly U.S. airstrike. For more, Martin Savidge speaks with Rick Nelson, and James Bays of Al Jazeera English interviews a Taliban commander about the Marjah offensive.
In the tiny Canadian Arctic town of Igloolik, where there are barely 1,500 inhabitants, around 5 young adults commit suicide every year. Filmmaker Linda Matchan, in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, is documenting the efforts of a circus troupe there called Artcirq, formed to offer young people hope.
In Afghanistan, officials said that 27 people were killed last night in Uruzgan province, when NATO aircraft fired on what was believed to be a convoy of insurgents. It turned out that the people were all civilians, including women and children. For more on the civilian toll in Afghanistan, Martin Savidge interviews Alex Thier, and James Bays reports for Al Jazeera English.
The Japanese government is moving ahead with plans to improve relations with the Ainu people, the country's indigenous inhabitants. Mostly living in the northern island of Hokkaido, Ainu are believed to descend from people who lived in Japan as early as 13,000 years ago. Harry Fawcett of Al Jazeera English has more, and bloggers offer their perspectives.
General David Petraeus, the commander who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said yesterday that the Marjah battle was the opening salvo in a broader campaign to turn back the Taliban, which could last 12 to 18 months. On NBC's "Meet the Press," he described the Taliban as both "formidable" and "a bit disjointed at this point."