Obama administration officials have just announced that the president has finished gathering information about the situation in Afghanistan and will likely address the nation on Dec. 1 about the planned troop increases. For more on Pres. Obama's plan in Afghanistan, Martin Savidge speaks with Juan Carlos Zarate.
War in Afghanistan
Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the offensive in South Waziristan, Pakistan -- and the latest developments in Afghanistan. Also, Kamal Hyder of Al Jazeera English reports from South Waziristan.
In a reminder of just how bad the problem of corruption is in Afghanistan, today's Washington Post quotes an American official as saying that the Afghan minister of mines accepted a $30 million bribe to award its largest mining project to a Chinese firm. Should the United States continue to give aid if Afghanistan doesn't clean up corruption?
Worldfocus contributing blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes about the recent shooting at the U.S. military base in Ft. Hood, Texas. He explains why the event should not cause Americans to question the presence of Muslims in the army and also why the U.S. needs better gun control.
For more on the emerging U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar at the Middle East Institute, joins Daljit Dhaliwal. Also, Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on the perceptions of corruption from inside Afghanistan.
As President Obama considers his options in Afghanistan, a voice of dissent has emerged, challenging the American commander in Afghanistan's call for another 40,000 troops. The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan says that no more than 15,000 more forces should be committed. Should the United States commit any more troops to the war in Afghanistan?
On this Veteran's Day, we look at the role of journalists and their coverage of America's conflicts. John Maxwell Hamilton, former foreign correspondent and currently the dean of journalism at Louisiana State University, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the role of journalists in recent war coverage.
Carla Robbins of The New York Times and James Rubin of Columbia University discuss Hamid Karzai's second term and the worsening security situation in Afghanistan. They also examine the fallout from a landmark case in Italy involving the alleged CIA abduction and "rendition" of a Muslim cleric.
Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al Kassim interviews Malalai Joya -- the first Afghan woman to be elected to parliament. She has openly challenged the Afghan government, U.S. and NATO military presence, warlords and the Taliban.
Martin Savidge hosts Filipino peace negotiator and Catholic priest Eliseo Mercado and security analyst Zachary Abuza when Worldfocus Radio explores the forgotten terrorist front in the Philippines. LISTEN NOW.