The Chinese authorities announced that the Green Dam program, which would have required Internet filtering software, is being delayed. But Green Dam is just part of a larger crackdown, writes Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian, and Chinese Internet users are fighting back.
Social networking sites like Twitter have become important tools of communication as Iran has cracked down on news organizations trying to cover protests over disputed presidential election results. But is Iran really experiencing a "Twitter Revolution?" Social media expert Gaurav Mishra discusses the role of Twitter in the election's aftermath.
South Korea is prepared to join with the United States and search North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction. North Korea responded with new threats. Abraham Denmark of the Center for a New American Security discusses how North Korea and South Korea match up militarily.
Following North Korea’s recent nuclear test, a Worldfocus contributing blogger describes Japan’s response and evaluates calls for the country to develop its own nuclear weapons to bolster its defense capabilities.
The nuclear standoff between North Korea and the rest of the world rose to a frightening new level on Monday as North Korea conducted its second test of a nuclear explosive. Charles Armstrong of Columbia University discusses the military and political significance of the nuclear test.
Ammunition that the U.S. provides to allies in the Afghan army may be falling into the hands of Taliban militants. Rick Barton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses how the Taliban is getting the ammunition and how the U.S. can prevent the diversion of its arms in the future.
Bolivia controls nearly half of the world's reserves of lithium, a metal crucial for electric cars and other alternative energy technologies. But who will benefit from this discovery is creating controversy.
Thailand's Skytrain opened in 1999, in an effort to relieve the country's crowded roads and frequent traffic jams. A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that despite continued economic and political troubles, Thailand has worked to improve infrastructure and its mass transit system sets an example for neighboring Asian countries.