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    January, 2010

  • Devastating Earthquake Renews Focus on Haiti - January 09, 2010 05:30 AM
    A 7.0 magnitude earthquake in the impoverished Caribbean nation is drawing international attention. Despite being located in one of the wealthiest regions of the world, Haiti has been plagued by political insecurities, violence and poverty for decades. How did Haiti reach this point, and how do others view the country given all that’s happened there?
  • October, 2008

  • Focus on Fiji - October 30, 2008 06:00 AM
    The island nation of Fiji is known by some as a great place to vacation, but the country’s government is struggling to gain worldwide recognition. After its last coup, when the military overthrew the government in 2006 and instituted a new regime, Fiji’s neighbors responded with sanctions. There were hopes and promises of elections occurring in early 2009, but the country’s self-appointed prime minister recently told the United Nations General Assembly that voting would likely be delayed.
  • Focus on Eritrea - October 09, 2008 12:30 AM
    Eritrea, the small country in northeast Africa bordered by Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti, has been the center of colonization, cultural and religious divides, border wars and trade disputes for centuries. Today, it is a haven for Ethiopian and Sudanese refugees, and has governed by the autocratic Isais Afewerki since 1993.
  • August, 2008

  • Focus on Haiti - August 29, 2008 12:30 AM
    The small island nation of Haiti may be located in one of the wealthiest regions of the world, but political insecurities, violence and poverty have plagued the country for decades. How did Haiti reach this point, and how do others view the country given all that’s happened there?
  • Focus on Bolivia - August 15, 2008 12:30 AM
    Bolivia is a fertile country rife with internal conflict. The country has a long history of political upheaval. Today, its burgeoning coca trade furnishes much of South America’s cocaine exports. The current president, Evo Morales, is Bolivia’s first native-born head of state. A major platform in his campaign was a pledge to be America’s “worst nightmare.” Morales maintains strong ties to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro, both outspoken enemies of the United States.
  • July, 2008

  • Focus on Somalia - July 11, 2008 12:30 AM
    Recent peace talks in Somalia suggest a glimmer of hope for this struggling East African nation. Somalia has been in turmoil ever since the last true head of state, President Muhammad Siad Barre, was overthrown in 1991. Like so many African countries, Somalia’s problems are sourced in colonialism.
  • June, 2008

  • Focus on Gabon - June 13, 2008 12:30 AM
    Gabon, the small country in West Africa, has been ruled by its president, Omar Bongo, for 40 years. He is the longest-serving nonmonarchial leader in the world. How has he retained his hold on power and what is the state of this nation today?
  • May, 2008

  • Focus on Darfur - May 30, 2008 12:30 AM
    The U.N. considers Darfur to be one of the “world’s greatest humanitarian crises.” The region, in the western part of Sudan, is continually in the news. But what is the history of the conflict, what are the most recent developments in Darfur and what is being done to resolve the situation?
  • Focus on Myanmar - May 16, 2008 12:30 AM
    The devastating cyclone in Myanmar has left over a hundred thousand dead, and returned world attention to a region plagued by political oppression.