The United States has turned off the news ticker that was running across the U.S. interests section in Havana. But though that sign is off, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner, there's no sign that the Obama administration plans to go much further than that to improve relations with Cuba.
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The U.S. and China began two days of high-level meetings in Washington on Monday, with nuclear proliferation and the global economic crisis among the issues on the agenda. Orville Schell of the Asia Society discusses what may come of the dialogue.
Seven years ago, investigators for Physicians for Human Rights discovered what appeared to be a mass grave in northern Afghanistan. The bodies, they were told, were those of Taliban fighters who had allegedly been mistreated. Susannah Sirkin of Physicians for Human Rights discusses the case.
Political upheaval continues in Honduras, after liberal leader Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a military coup in late June. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explores the coup and how Latin America's media have become a political battleground. Sandra Cuffe, Daniel Duquenal and Silvio Waisbord join the conversation.
U.S. President Barack Obama's message in Ghana on Saturday was described as a kind of "tough love," encouraging democracy and at the same time warning African nations they need to take care of themselves. Yaw Nyarko of New York University discusses why Obama chose Ghana and what is at stake for the U.S. in Africa.
Following the G-8 summit in Italy, U.S. President Barack Obama met in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI. The two men greeted each other warmly, with Obama characterizing the meeting positively -- despite their differences over issues like stem cell research and abortion. Reverend Drew Christiansen of "America" magazine discusses the meeting.
James Hoge of Foreign Affairs magazine and Nina Khrushcheva of The New School discuss the U.S. relationship with Russia. That relationship evolved this week as the two countries agreed to deeper cuts in their nuclear arsenals and as President Obama met with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, and with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
One of President Obama's goals in his travels to Russia and the G-8 meeting in Italy this week was to undo damage done long ago by former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, writes Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner, and to defuse the drive to war. If you're talking, you're not fighting.
At the annual G-8 summit, the gathering of leaders from the world's largest economies, the global recession remains a big concern. John Authers of The Financial Times discusses what new regulations may be proposed at the summit and where the markets could be headed.
It’s not going to be an easy or smooth road with Moscow, writes Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian, since Russia and the U.S. disagree on key questions like the importance of a free press and the status of Georgia. But a stable, working relationship with Russia will best further U.S. interests.