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Worldfocus

Worldfocus

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“Worldfocus” – the nightly newscast syndicated to television stations nationwide – delivers in-depth international news that American audiences would be hard-pressed to find on commercial broadcast networks. The 30 minute program moves beyond crisis reporting to explore the connections between issues unfolding abroad and developments in the U.S. Hosted by veteran news correspondent Martin Savidge and produced by Creative News Group for PBS flagship station Thirteen/WNET, “Worldfocus” was launched in October 2008. The newscast’s companion BlogTalkRadio series, “Worldfocus Radio,” launched January 13, 2008. Also hosted by Savidge, the live, weekly half-hour series goes even further in-depth into stories covered on “Worldfocus,” while opening up the conversation, via phone calls and text chats, to people throughout the globe.

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‘The Stans’ refer to the five post-Soviet Central Asian republics — Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan — with similar historical, political and cultural roots. ‘The Stans’ are protecting their cultural identity by... more

This week, world leaders from almost 200 countries are meeting to discuss the future of our planet. From Tonga and Mauritius to Japan and Brazil, the community of nations hopes to enact lasting change. While a host of difficult... more

Chile’s economic “miracle” has lifted many Chileans from poverty and become a fiscal model for Latin America. Since the 1980s, Chile’s has halved the number of people below the poverty line. But while the middle class grows, the divide... more

In one of the world’s most contentious cities, there are two conflicting claims to sovereignty over holy places and residential neighborhoods. East and West Jerusalem are divided along ethnic and religious lines — in addition to the... more

From human rights abuses to political progress, the gay rights movement is at different stages throughout the world. We’ll take a comparative look at the progress of LGBT politics and the gay rights movement in different countries... more

Martin Savidge hosts Filipino peace negotiator and Catholic priest Eliseo Mercado and security analyst Zachary Abuza when Worldfocus Radio explores the forgotten terrorist front in the Philippines. Since 9/11, the U.S. has stationed 500... more

Last year, the Economist magazine slotted Ethiopia as the fourth fastest economy in the world, ahead of China. The World Bank report “Doing Business 2010” ranks Ethiopia in the top 10 African nations in terms of the ease of doing business.... more

Martin Savidge hosts Gareth Jenkins and Mustafa Akyol to discuss whether Turkey is leaning West or moving East. They discuss the country's growing Islamicization, strained relations with Israel and the limbo of European Union... more

Last month, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a "state of calamity" to shunt mass hunger and the worst drought in 70 years. More than half of Guatemala's 13 million inhabitants live below the poverty line and 50 percent of... more

Somalia, Zimbabwe and Sudan topped the list of failed states this year — rankings based on human rights, governance, economic activity and other indicators. Also among the top 10 are Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic... more

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