Last July, Nigeria was racked by four days of violence between security forces and a militant group trying to impose strict Islamic law. Ever since, there has been concern that the security forces may have killed many innocent civilians. Mike Hanna of Al Jazeera English reports, and Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Eric Guttschuss of Human Rights Watch for more.
The world's largest automaker is attempting to fix its cars and its reputation. The company announced its latest recall -- more than 400,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide -- bringing the total recalls to 8.5 million. The announcement was accompanied by a new apology by Toyota's chairman. Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Roben Farzad for more.
After months of conflicting signals on its nuclear intentions, Iran formally moved forward today on a significant change in its uranium enrichment program. Patrick Clawson, deputy director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the issue. Worldfocus partner Deutsche Welle reports on the controversy.
In Turkey, there is an average of about one honor killing per week. To understand more about this troubling issue, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Gönül Tol, director of the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute, about what she says is a growing trend in Turkey.
In Ukraine, there has been a political turnaround for a man who was defeated six years ago in the country's Orange Revolution. Opposition candidate Viktor Yanukovich is the likely winner of Ukraine's presidential election. He is more aligned with Russia than with the West and has said he would abandon Ukraine's bid to join NATO. Neave Barker reports for Al Jazeera English.
Lawmakers in Portugal today defeated a plan to cut government spending, adding to fears that financial crisis will spread across the region. Daljit Dhaliwal spoke with Marcus Mabry, international business editor of The New York Times, about a potential European financial meltdown.
David Andelman, editor of the World Policy Journal, and Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, join us for our weekly roundtable to talk about relations between the United States and China. The two countries have been at odds over trade, Tibet, and Taiwan in recent days.
Edward Lincoln, Director of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies at New York University, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the economic fallout for Toyota as it grapples with recent recalls. He estimates they may cost Toyota one billion dollars. Lincoln says the company can probably weather the crisis -- but not without damage to its reputation.
Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Dr. Neil Schluger, Chief Scientific Officer of World Lung Foundation, for more about tobacco use among the estimated 1.1 billion smokers in the world. He points out that getting rid of cigarettes would increase the health of the planet more than curing tuberculosis, AIDS or malaria.
Toyota admits that some Prius models -- considered by many to be the pride of the company's fleet -- may have faulty brakes. The announcement comes one week after it suspended the production and sale of 8 other models because of a sticky gas pedal problem. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation is widening its investigation. Divya Gopalan of Al Jazeera English has more.