Because of fundraising difficulties, Worldfocus will go off the air after April 2. During our nearly 18 months, we've sought to inform viewers about life around the world -- as we said in our first broadcast, to give you a better idea how the other 6.5 billion live. Anchor Daljit Dhaliwal explains our decision and thanks our many partners, experts and viewers.
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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.
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.
Today is the 25th anniversary of the world's worst industrial accident in Bhopal, India. Last year, Daljit Dhaliwal visited Bhopal while reporting in India. She toured the site of the tragedy and saw how the people of the area still live with the aftermath. Also, in an extended interview, eyewitness Lalit Shastri describes the horror of the event.
Worldfocus regulars Marcus Mabry of The New York Times and Roben Farzad of BusinessWeek join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the implications for the Obama administration of the U.S role as a debtor nation to China. They talk about whether the Chinese may influence U.S. policy on issues ranging from Afghanistan to health care because of this new reality.
For more on the emerging U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar at the Middle East Institute, joins Daljit Dhaliwal. Also, Jonah Hull of Al Jazeera English reports on the perceptions of corruption from inside Afghanistan.
There are now nearly 400,000 confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. As many as 100 million Americans may become infected with the flu this season, according to Dr. Martin Blaser, the chair of the department of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.
Daljit Dhaliwal and Julia Greenberg of AIDS-Free World discuss Jamaica's AIDS epidemic within the context of the Caribbean region, address anti-sodomy laws in Jamaica and around the world and identify the successes and shortcomings Jamaica has experienced in containing the epidemic.