Large-scale political violence has returned to the streets of Tehran, but foreign media have been banned by the Iranian government from covering the protests. Post-election protests are now in their sixth month, and demonstrators are now frequently attacking Basiji security forces. For more on the situation in Iran, Martin Savidge interviews Ervand Abrahamian.
This week, 25 sailors aboard a Chinese cargo ship were set free off the coast of Somalia after the pirates who seized them were reportedly paid a $4 million ransom. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews maritime writer Barry Parker, who says that there are still hundreds of people being held hostage by pirates.
In Iran, protests erupted again this week as the U.S. deadline for imposing sanctions looms. Carol Giacomo, a member of The New York Times editorial board, and Irshad Manji, a professor at New York University and the author of "The Trouble With Islam Today," join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the mounting pressures on Iran, both internal and external.
According to the World Health Organization, the H1N1 virus has peaked in much of the northern hemisphere, with substantial declines in the U.S. and Canada. While the disease is still active in the U.S., increases are occurring in central and eastern Europe, and in parts of west, central and south Asia. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Martin Blaser.
Recently, the U.S. is said to have provided support for an airstrike against al-Qaeda members inside Yemen. Juan Carlos Zarate, a senior adviser on terrorism at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Edie Magnus to discuss the Obama administration's strategy in Yemen and beyond.
Since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against drug traffickers three years ago, more than 15,000 people have been killed by drug violence, including more than 7,000 this year alone. Rodolfo de la Garza of Columbia University joins Edie Magnus to discuss the ongoing violence and the U.S. response.
The Indian government says food prices have increased almost 20 percent over last year, reaching a 10-year high. That is adversely affecting most of India's 1.1 billion people. Worldfocus producers Mary Lockhart and Ara Ayer and correspondent Daljit Dhaliwal report on the food crisis from the slums to high-rise buildings of Delhi.
Today, a funeral for Hossein Ali Montazeri, an 87-year-old dissident Iranian cleric, turned into a massive protest against the Iranian authorities. Ervand Abrahamian, a professor of history at the City University of New York, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the significance of the protests. And, Nazanine Sadri of Al Jazeera English reports on Montazeri's life.
Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Dan Rather, who recently returned from his eleventh trip to Afghanistan. Rather was in the eastern part of the country, near the Pakistan border, where the fight against the Taliban has been particularly fierce.
Pakistan remains mired in violence after another attack followed Friday prayers at a mosque. Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss whether Pakistan's once-close relationship with America is deteriorating.