Chile has gone further than any other country in privatizing social security, embracing private pension accounts in 1981. But the fund will soon be paying out more than it takes in and is projected to be exhausted by 2036. Worldfocus special correspondent Edie Magnus reports on the health of private social security and new regulation from the Chilean government.
Human Rights Watch issued a report this week suggesting that Brazilian police have gone way out of bounds in dealing with crime suspects -- taking justice into their own hands and killing thousands of them in recent years. To take a closer look at police human rights abuses in Brazil and other countries such as Nigeria, Maria Hinojosa interviews Maki Haberfeld.
Chile is among Latin America's most prosperous nations. Some analysts partially attribute the success to a group of economists from Chicago. Worldfocus special correspondent Edie Magnus traveled to Chile earlier this year to explore the lasting legacy of the "Chicago Boys."
An uproar has broken out in Copenhagen after The Guardian obtained a copy of a proposal called the "Danish Text," which turns the existing approach upside down. Among other things, it would allow rich countries to pollute more than poor nations. For more on the controversy in Copenhagen, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Scott Barrett.
Addressing the effects of rising seas, a Bangladeshi man created "school boats" to bring school to children. Producer Steve Sapienza of the Pulitzer Center reports on how social entrepreneurs, NGOs and governments in poorer countries are trying to deal with climate change today.
Over the past week, Israel has been sending government inspectors to hand out construction freeze orders in West Bank settlements. Clashes continue to escalate between settlers and Israeli police accompanying the inspectors. For more on the situation in Israel, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Yossi Beilin.
There was a stark reminder today of the ongoing challenges in Iraq -- a series of bombings that killed at least 128 and wounded hundreds more in Baghdad. Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at the Century Foundation, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the possible ramifications of the violence. Also, Al Jazeera English's Tareq Bazley reports from Baghdad.
As protests continue in Iran today, Vali Nasr joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the role of that country's rising middle class in the political process. Nasr, a professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, argues that the protests reflect the aspirations of Iran's educated young people.
John Larson travels to Denmark's Samso Island to report on its efforts to eliminate fossil fuel use. In 1998, Samso, population 4,000, devised a bold plan to completely switch to renewable energy. Today, the island is 100% carbon-neutral.
U.N. officials say that the time has come, not only to reduce carbon emission in the developed and developing worlds, but also for wealthier countries to help poorer countries deal with the devastating effects of climate change. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Robert Guest, Washington correspondent for The Economist.