When Jackie Redd was 14, she was forced to join the NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia), a rebel group. She was raped and forced to be the "wife" of three men for 11 years, until she escaped in 2001. Jackie is now speaking out.
At an international donors conference in Tokyo, the United States and Japan each pledged $1 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next two years. Ahmed Rashid, a leading Pakistani journalist, discusses the deteriorating economic and political situations in Pakistan.
United Nations aid workers in the Gaza Strip have asked Israel to ease restrictions on aid. Around 80 percent of Palestinians are reliant on aid. The Israeli government does allow aid shipments into Gaza, but fears that opening the borders would allow Hamas to bring weapons into the area.
Some of the biggest victims of Liberia's 14-year civil war were young women who were taken prisoner and forced to fight, or made into sex slaves. Many of them are now struggling to recover and struggling to forget.
A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that mass protests against Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili have failed to gain traction, unlike the "Rose Revolution" of 2003 that put Saakashvili in power. Back then, Saakashvili's supporters carried flowers -- today, his opponents throw cabbages and carrots.
Another American ship came under attack by Somali pirates on Tuesday, though the crew managed to hold them off. Bronwyn Bruton of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses Somalia's onshore instability, American options for dealing with piracy and how pirates are regarded inside Somalia.
Four days of days of protests in Thailand came to an end on Tuesday. But as a Worldfocus contributing blogger writes, with competing groups still vying for power, the new year may bring little relief to the country.
U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to venture to Mexico on Thursday for talks with President Felipe Calderon. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner argues that unless political leaders are willing to commit to real change and take the resulting flak, it will be impossible to alleviate Mexico's drug problem.
To get Iran to come to the negotiating table for talks on its nuclear program, the United States is proposing a shift in strategy, including possibly dropping the requirement that Tehran shut down its nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations. David Sanger of The New York Times discusses the implications of this potential shift in U.S. policy.
After the rescue of an American ship captain, Barry Parker, a writer and a maritime consultant, discusses the continuing piracy problem and what can be done about it.