In a country consumed by poverty and vulnerable to radical influences, the future of Pakistan's children is bleak. Amna Nawaz of NBC News traveled to Pakistan to report on one charity that has built 600 schools and enrolled over 80,000 Pakistani students.
Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said there were global implications of al-Qaeda's efforts to use Yemen as a base for terrorist attacks far beyond the Middle East. This warning came as Yemeni officials said security forces killed two al-Qaeda fighters in a gun battle. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Juan Carlos Zarate, and Omar Al Saleh reports for Al Jazeera English.
Deforestation in Indonesia is responsible for much of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. Indonesia's failure to slow the destruction could impact global warming. Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History discusses the acute problem of deforestation in Indonesia.
The Canadian contribution to Afghanistan has generally received little attention, even though there are 2,500 Canadian troops in Afghanistan, mostly in the dangerous southern areas. The latest casualties are likely to increase the debate in Canada over their commitment to the war. In a Worldfocus Signature story, Martin Himel takes a look at Canada's war role.
Yesterday, a suicide bombing at a U.S. base in Afghanistan killed eight Americans, seven of whom were CIA employees. Today, a spokesperson for the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a Taliban bomber wearing an Afghan military uniform blew himself up. Jeff Stein, a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer, joins Martin Savidge for more information.
With the New Year's holiday at hand, we've convened our panel for the last Worldfocus roundtable of 2009. We depart from our usual pattern. Instead we look at a broad issue that was a subtext for much news in 2009 -- what Fareed Zakaria terms the "rise of the rest." To discuss America's changing role, Martin Savidge is joined by Garrick Utley and Rana Foroohar.
China has spent 3.5 billion dollars to purchase a huge copper mine in Afghanistan -- the largest foreign investment project in that country. Roben Farzad, a senior writer for BusinessWeek, joins Martin Savidge to discuss China's increasingly assertive role on the world stage and the state of the global economy as the year 2009 draws to a close.
Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day plane bombing, and Yemeni security forces raided an al-Qaeda hideout today. And last week, U.S.-supported missile strikes may have killed American-born imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who purportedly has links to the accused Ft. Hood shooter. For more, Martin Savidge speaks with Anthony Cordesman.
The attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 to Detroit has led to increased security measures in U.S. airports. To find out what other countries are doing to protect passengers, Martin Savidge speaks with Vahid Motevalli, an expert on aviation security. Motevalli explains passenger profiling, technological improvements and the long-term threat of terrorism.
China has executed a British man convicted of drug smuggling, despite his family's protestations that he was mentally unstable. The incident has provoked outrage around the world. Andrew James Nathan, a political science professor at Columbia University, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the death penalty in China.