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First Female Cabinet Minister

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia shook up his kingdom by boldly appointing the first female minister to his government cabinet earlier this week.

Feb 19th, 2009

World Links: Base Closing in Kyrgyzstan; Not Guity in Politkovskaya Case

A round-up of today's global news headlines.

Feb 19th, 2009

Buzzwords: Bushfires

Recent bushfires in Australia have killed more than 180 people, destroyed over 1,800 houses and left about 7,000 people homeless. Not to mention the burned paws. Poor koalas!

Feb 13th, 2009

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Underground Zimbabwe: Life Lines

In Zimbabwe's Life Lines, we meet a young man who survives by selling basic goods on the black market.

Feb 11th, 2009

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Underground Zimbabwe: Demonstrating Under Dictatorship

In defiance of repressive laws curtailing public gatherings, a women's empowerment movement stages non-violent street protests to agitate bread-and-butter issues.

Feb 11th, 2009

Underground Zimbabwe: Interview with Mahmood Mamdani

One of Foreign Policy magazine's top 20 public intellectuals explains why he believes that the new power-sharing agreement between President Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is the best way forward.

Feb 11th, 2009

Underground Zimbabwe: Photos of Life in Bulawayo

Photos of daily life taken by a resident of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city.

Feb 11th, 2009

Underground Zimbabwe: Audio Interview with Filmmaker Robyn Kriel

Native Zimbabwean journalist Robyn Kriel talks about the risks she took reporting from her country in the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election.

Feb 11th, 2009

Underground Zimbabwe: Credits

In this episode of Focal Point, director Robyn Kriel takes us inside the black markets and protest movements of her native Zimbabwe.

Feb 10th, 2009

Underground Zimbabwe: Resources

Learn more about Zimbabwe from these additional web resources.

Feb 10th, 2009

Buzzwords: Dawa Party

Results from the recent provincial elections in Iraq saw Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Dawa Party gain power in many of the country’s provinces. According to preliminary returns, Dawa is now the most powerful Shiite party in Iraq. No small potatoes.

Feb 6th, 2009

Buzzwords: Davos

High in the Swiss Alps lies the small town of Davos, and once every year this mountain hamlet explodes with international schmoozapalooza as the World Economic Forum hosts its annual meeting.

Jan 30th, 2009

Iraqi Women Campaign for Change

Of an estimated 14,400 candidates for provincial offices, nearly 4,000 are women.

Jan 30th, 2009

First Trial for International Criminal Court

Will the Obama administration reverse Bush's antagonism towards the ICC?

Jan 26th, 2009

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