In China, we meet a modern-day Thomas Edison who helped give birth to the country's "knockoff" electric car industry. Chinese consumers in second-tier cities can't get enough of these small, cheap electric cars that require 6 hours of charging to go 75 miles -- at a maximum of 35 mph. Video journalist Jimmy Wang produced the video for TIME and the Asia Society.
The automobile industry, hard hit by the recession, is facing a fundamental shift in direction. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, a correspondent for The Economist and the co-author of "Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future," about what he calls the coming "end of the age of oil."
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has traveled freely for months, despite the existence of an international warrant for his arrest from the International Criminal Court. Today an ICC ruling raised the possibility that genocide could be added to the charges against Bashir, reports Deutsche Welle.
Iran this week offered to accept a deal that would swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel -- and launched yet another rocket into space. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Geneive Abdo of the Century Foundation for more about the implications of President Ahmadinejad's latest actions and the challenges faced by the U.S. as in refining its policy toward Iran.
Iran's nuclear ambitions are again taking center stage. In a TV interview, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country is ready to honor a deal to curb its nuclear program. The agreement would require Iran to send uranium abroad to be processed for civilian use. But several countries involved in negotiations are skeptical. Nazanine Moshiri of Al Jazeera English has more.
Media attention has recently focused on the Ugandan government's consideration of legislation that would make homosexual behavior punishable with the death penalty. For a wider look at the issue of gay rights in Africa, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Michael Heflin, the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Intersex Rights Initiative at the Open Society Institute.
On Saturday, a huge rally took place in Tokyo at which many called for an end to the American military presence in Okinawa. U.S. diplomats are working to preserve an agreement that would allow the troops to remain by moving them to a less populated part of the island. Tom Metcalf of Al Jazeera English reports, and Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Weston Konishi.
Over the past few weeks, Vietnamese courts have convicted several dissidents of subversion, sentencing them to prison terms of up to 16 years. For more insight into what's happening, Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the political situation in Vietnam.
The idea of a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war gained new currency this week. In our weekly roundtable, James Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration, and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the pitfalls and possibilities of negotiating with the Taliban.
GlobalPost's Julia Kumari Drapkin traveled to the remote region of Patagonia, on the southern tip of Argentina, to visit with biologists studying the penguin population. The scientists are examining the impact of the 150,000 tourists who visit the penguins. So far, the effects appear to be largely benign.