Since Friday, tensions between Malaysian Muslims and Christians have escalated, with attacks on nine Christan churches in retaliation for use of the word "Allah." Jamie Metzl of the Asia Society discusses rising religious tensions and how the conflict might be resolved.
Comments about President Obama by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the 2008 campaign have sparked racial debate in the U.S. and abroad. Racial discrimination is not unique to the U.S. and exists in almost every country. We take a look at racism and discrimination against people of African origin in Iraq and Peru -- and Indians in Australia.
It's been 20 years since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, guaranteeing disabled Americans protection under the law. That is not always the case in other countries. During a trip to Greece last summer, producer Megan Thompson met a young woman who showed her how challenging Athens life is in a wheelchair.
Worldfocus blogger S. Azmat Hassan writes how mankind has engaged in violent extremism since Biblical times. Terrorism is propaganda by deed, since terrorism is theater. So, Hassan argues, al-Qaeda succeeds every time it plants fear and uncertainty in our hearts and minds.
More than 200,000 Prius cars were sold in Japan, three times the number from 2008. Hybrids account for 10% of auto sales in Japan, compared to 3% percent in the U.S. In 2009, China surpassed the U.S. as the world's largest car market. American auto sales dipped 21% to about 10.5 million. Will the United States ever regain its stature as an auto industry powerhouse?
Worldfocus contributing blogger Ayo Johnson writes about the importance of battling corruption in Africa. He points to certain leaders who exemplify efforts to change a practice that costs Africa over $150 billion per year.
Once considered sacred, the ancient tradition of Taiwanese sword-making is dying out. But one man is trying to keep the craft going. Steve Chao of Al Jazeera English traveled to the town of Cheding to meet Taiwan's last professional sword-maker, who at 65, hopes to pass the tradition on.
An estimated 100,000 people were killed and another 2 million displaced during Bosnia's civil war 14 years ago. Special correspondent Kira Kay and producer Jason Maloney of the Bureau for International Reporting recently traveled to central Bosnia to report on how one ethnically-partitioned school mirrors the country's struggles with identity today.
It was Yemen where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allegedly trained by al-Qaeda. Worldfocus producer Mohammad al-Kassim writes how Yemen offers al-Qaeda the perfect environment to reorganize and reinvent itself, and that’s precisely why the world’s focus is now shifting to the Arabian Peninsula nation. It’s not news that Yemen has been a terrorist safe haven.
In an effort to curb exposure to unsavory web material, China has massively strengthened its Great Firewall. Internet censorship in China targets perceived threats to the government: political sites, social networks and more. But during brief periods in the past few days, internet users have been able to access forbidden sites -- even without going through a proxy.