An aftershock hit Haiti as the country tries to recover from last week's 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Wednesday's aftershock registered a 5.9 magnitude, with an epicenter about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of Port-au-Prince. Reports and blogs are coming from around the world on the crisis in Haiti and the global impact.
For more on the relief effort in Haiti, Martin Savidge interviews Tom Arnold, chief executive of Concern Worldwide and Concern Worldwide in the U.S. Arnold was in Haiti earlier this week. And Zeina Khodr of Al Jazeera English has more on the devastated Haitian government's recovery.
Worldfocus contributing blogger Jamblichus analyzes the leadership style of conservative South Korean president Lee Myung-bak. He argues that Lee, a former CEO of Hyundai Engineering, has a penchant for mammoth projects such as a controversial plan to dredge Korea's major waterways.
President Obama visited Mexico early in his term, and the U.S. has been active in funding the Mexican authorities in their war on drugs. Recently, violent conflict with drug cartels has been on the upswing. And today, 23 people died in a fight between rival gangs in a Mexican prison. Many experts believe that the American appetite for illicit drugs is fueling the drug wars.
For part 2 of our "Obama and the World" series on the first year of Obama's foreign policy, we turn to Africa. Martin Savidge is joined by Sarjoh Bah, a senior fellow at New York University's Center on International Cooperation, and Emira Woods, co-director of the Foreign Policy in Focus program at the Institute of Policy Studies, to discuss American foreign policy and Africa.
High-speed train travel is set to take over in China. New lines linking major cities are providing faster and faster routes. China has committed almost $300 billion over the next decade to build the planet's most expansive high-speed network. The world's fastest train covers the 664-mile Guangzhou-Wuhan trip in just three hours -- an average speed of 217 mph.
The Samaritan community, numbering around 740 people, is split between Holon, Israel, and Kiryat Luza, near Nablus in the West Bank. Neither Muslim nor Jewish, they have been in the Holy Land for over three millennia. Worldfocus spoke with Benyamin Tsedaka, editor of the Samaritan newspaper and chairman of the Samaritan Medal project.
For the next two weeks, we present "Obama and the World," an in-depth interview series that examines the first year of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. This week's four extended interviews address Iran, Africa, Israel-Palestine and Latin America. And next week we'll look at Afghanistan-Pakistan, China, Russia and the global economy.
Iran -- and the stalemate over its nuclear program -- is an issue most analysts believe will be one of the top foreign policy stories in 2010. Martin Savidge is joined by Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York and Arang Keshavarzian of New York University.
The capital of Afghanistan has been struck by a series of highly coordinated terrorist attacks, including explosions next to Kabul's heavily secured ministry buildings. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the largest Kabul attack since 2001 and announced that their goal was an assault on the presidential palace. Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports on the fragile security situation.