Worldfocus spoke to Margaret Aguirre of the International Medical Corps, who is on the ground in Haiti, about the organization's work there. Aid workers are struggling to provide healthcare and safeguard against crippling disease as the aftermath of the disaster drags into its second week.
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High-speed train travel is set to take over in China. New lines linking major cities are providing faster and faster routes. China has committed almost $300 billion over the next decade to build the planet's most expansive high-speed network. The world's fastest train covers the 664-mile Guangzhou-Wuhan trip in just three hours -- an average speed of 217 mph.
In a new setback for Japan today, Japan Airlines, the country's top carrier, filed for bankruptcy protection. The company is staggering under almost $26 billion in debt. It will cut almost 16,000 jobs, reduce pensions and cut routes. Here's how Deutsche Welle covered the demise of a Japanese giant.
The Samaritan community, numbering around 740 people, is split between Holon, Israel, and Kiryat Luza, near Nablus in the West Bank. Neither Muslim nor Jewish, they have been in the Holy Land for over three millennia. Worldfocus spoke with Benyamin Tsedaka, editor of the Samaritan newspaper and chairman of the Samaritan Medal project.
For the next two weeks, we present "Obama and the World," an in-depth interview series that examines the first year of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. This week's four extended interviews address Iran, Africa, Israel-Palestine and Latin America. And next week we'll look at Afghanistan-Pakistan, China, Russia and the global economy.
Watch the full show from Monday, January 18: Haitian police fire on looters; Taliban militants launch attacks in Afghanistan; President Barack Obama's foreign policy successes and failures during the last year; and, a food fight between Lebanon and Israel over who invented hummus.
Iran -- and the stalemate over its nuclear program -- is an issue most analysts believe will be one of the top foreign policy stories in 2010. Martin Savidge is joined by Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York and Arang Keshavarzian of New York University.
The capital of Afghanistan has been struck by a series of highly coordinated terrorist attacks, including explosions next to Kabul's heavily secured ministry buildings. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the largest Kabul attack since 2001 and announced that their goal was an assault on the presidential palace. Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley reports on the fragile security situation.
Ben Malor, an associate spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, visited the earthquake zone yesterday. He and Martin Savidge discuss the looting, violence, aid distribution and what the situation is like outside the capital.
In Haiti, the highest-ranking U.S. general on the ground, Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, described the destruction as being of "epic proportions." Bill Clinton, U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti, arrived in the capital to help with the relief effort, as local authorities struggled to maintain control. Worldfocus speaks with Dominic MacSorley, who in Port-au-Prince with Concern Worldwide.