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‘Bootleg’ electric cars thrive in China’s second-tier cities

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‘Bootleg’ electric cars thrive in China’s second-tier cities

In China, we meet a modern-day Thomas Edison who helped give birth to the country's "knockoff" electric car industry. Chinese consumers in second-tier cities can't get enough of these small, cheap electric cars that require 6 hours of charging to go 75 miles -- at a maximum of 35 mph. Video journalist Jimmy Wang produced the video for TIME and the Asia Society.

Posted: February 3, 2010 17:14   Comments: 6
Global auto industry slowly adapts to alternative energy

Interview

Global auto industry slowly adapts to alternative energy

The automobile industry, hard hit by the recession, is facing a fundamental shift in direction. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, a correspondent for The Economist and the co-author of "Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future," about what he calls the coming "end of the age of oil."

Posted: February 3, 2010 16:53   Comments: 1
Worldfocus Radio: Future of Caste in India

Worldfocus Radio

Worldfocus Radio: Future of Caste in India

India's Constitution, which banned caste discrimination, turned 60 last week. But caste has existed for over 3 millennia, and many people view caste - in addition to curry and the Taj Mahal - as one of India's defining features. We discuss the culture of caste, the reservation system and comparisons to the U.S. Joining Martin Savidge are Vivek Kumar and Corey Washington.

Posted: February 3, 2010 15:12   Comments: 1
Gays in Africa face increasing homophobia

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Gays in Africa face increasing homophobia

In October 2009, Uganda proposed a bill that would introduce the death penalty for those who are HIV-positive. In Malawi the first gay couple to marry openly was arrested in early January 2010 and faces up to 14 years in prison. Read how African bloggers have reacted to increased legal restrictions.

Posted: February 2, 2010 15:56   Comments: 4
American missionaries still in custody of Haitian authorities

How You See It

American missionaries still in custody of Haitian authorities

Ten Americans remain in custody in Haiti, accused of illegally trafficking children after they tried to cross into the Dominican Republic on a bus. Haitian authorities are debating what to do with the group of missionaries that allegedly intended to smuggle the children -- after reportedly being told they were all orphans.

Posted: February 2, 2010 13:35   Comments: 65
Week in Review: Negotiating with the Taliban

Week in Review

Week in Review: Negotiating with the Taliban

The idea of a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war gained new currency this week. In our weekly roundtable, James Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration, and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the pitfalls and possibilities of negotiating with the Taliban.

Posted: January 29, 2010 16:40   Comments: 11
Born in Africa, crisis-mapping site comes of age in Haiti

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Born in Africa, crisis-mapping site comes of age in Haiti

Ushahidi, which is Swahili for “testimony,” is an innovative computer platform that crowd-sources crisis information. Worldfocus spoke with Ushahidi about their efforts in Haiti to map out reports from the ground and help disaster relief organizations to provide aid to those in need.

Posted: January 29, 2010 15:28   Comments: 0
Haiti’s public health situation becomes even more dire

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Haiti’s public health situation becomes even more dire

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.

Posted: January 29, 2010 13:50   Comments: 3
Can local militias fight the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Interview & Video

Can local militias fight the Taliban in Afghanistan?

Worldfocus' German partner Deutsche Welle reports on a successful effort by local groups to drive out the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. And, Nora Bensahel, senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the likelihood of succeeding with this strategy.

Posted: January 28, 2010 16:54   Comments: 3
‘Drone porn’ develops a cult following on the internet

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‘Drone porn’ develops a cult following on the internet

As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become increasingly central to America's wars, "drone porn" has taken the internet by storm with captivating aerial images of death and destruction. The Defense Department actually posts its drone attack footage on YouTube via public relations firm DVidsHub. Some of the videos have caught the attention of millions.

Posted: January 28, 2010 14:40   Comments: 6

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