By a margin of one vote, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a non-binding resolution calling the World War I-era killing of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a "genocide." The fallout continues between the U.S. and Turkey, one of America's key allies. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Bulent Aliriza, and Tarek Bazley reports for Al Jazeera English.
Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner looks at how major natural disasters have played out differently in Haiti and Chile. He argues that the suffering in Haiti cannot be forgotten and the rescue mission should be the responsibility of all governments and all people.
As the battle for Marjah goes on, NATO is making plans for an even larger campaign in Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city and a center of the Taliban insurgency. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute about the strategy, and Deutsche Welle reports on the legacy of Russia's war in Afghanistan.
Yesterday the Arab League gave the green light for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to engage in four months of indirect peace talks with Israel. Today, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the talks could begin as early as Sunday. Daljit Dhaliwal discusses developments with Martin Fletcher, former Tel Aviv bureau chief for NBC News.
The Netherlands today held municipal elections in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. The Freedom Party, a populist, anti-Muslim, and anti-immigration party led by Geert Wilders, ran in just two of those elections. In one city, it came in first, and in the other city, the Hague, it came in second. The party wants to outlaw Muslim headscarves in Holland.
Linguists predict that over half of the almost 7,000 languages currently spoken will disappear by the end of the century. Look at maps of endangered languages around the world, and watch a video of the last speaker of Berbice Dutch.
Arab foreign ministers from 14 nations meeting in Cairo gave Palestinian President Abbas four months to pursue indirect negotiations with Israel. An Israeli government spokesman welcomed the news, saying he hoped Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would resume soon. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Daniel Levy.
The Greek government has imposed new austerity measures, including raising sales taxes and cutting pay for civil servants, to help fix its budgetary crisis. For more on the impact of this major financial issue in the eurozone, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Peter Coy, the economics editor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek. And our German partner Deutsche Welle reports.
Chile continues to grapple with the aftermath of the massive earthquake which killed some 800 people. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Christopher Sabatini of the Council of the Americas for more on Chile's capacity to respond to the disaster. Lucía Newman and Teresa Bo report from Chile for Al Jazeera English.
The Ushahidi crisis mapping site, which recently collated information from Haitian earthquake victims, has set up a sister site to aggregate similar data from Chile. And, listen to an audio interview from Concepción with journalist Annie Murphy.