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Providing hope for troubled youth in Israel

April 17, 2010

Worldfocus associate producer Mohammad Al-Kassim visited a school in Israel where he met several young men who had found a new purpose in life through their studies there.

Israel’s Hadassah Neurim Youth Village, founded in 1948, offers a second chance for a diverse group of young people who are having trouble in traditional schools.


Worldfocus Radio: Demographics of the Arab World

April 17, 2010

The Arab world has over 350 million people and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf. Unified by a common Arabic culture and history, these 25 countries are at varying levels of economic and political development.

But there seems to be a set of demographic issues that apply to many — if not all — of the nations in the Arab world. We take a deeper look at high birth rates and gender inequality and then compare them to other regions of the world.

Martin Savidge hosts Magda Abu-Fadil and Bernard Haykel to discuss these issues:

  • Youth bulge: jobs for young people, emigration, political instability
  • Gender gap: young women, variation across Arab states, political power
  • Big picture: comparisons to other regions, replacement level, demographic transition

Vote counting begins in Sudan elections

April 17, 2010

Al Arabiya news channel reports on Sudan’s vote counting.

Vote counting began on Friday in Sudan‘s first multi-party election in over two decades following a five-day ballot marked by delays, logistical problems and an opposition boycott.

Sudanese polling staffers sort votes for counting at a polling station in Khartoum

‘Hezbollah arms not Israel’s business’

April 17, 2010

Israel has received a humiliating rebuff over its recent remarks about Hezbollah arms after a senior official said the movement’s weaponry are not Tel Aviv’s business.

Press TV

Fayyad’s big gamble

April 16, 2010

Uri Avnery the Israeli writer and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement writes about Salam Fayyad style of governing.Palestinian news agency Ma’an published his column.

I met Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, two weeks ago, and was again impressed by the calm and modesty he radiates. Generally, I meet him at demonstrations, such as those at the Bi’lin fence. This time, too, there was no opportunity for more than a perfunctory handshake and a few polite words.

Jerusalem neighborhood Al Bustan

April 15, 2010

Al Jazeera English reports on the hundreds of Palestinians could be displaced if Jerusalem authorities carry out a plan to turn the neighborhood of Al Bustan into a tourist park.

President Ben Ali wins 2009 Presidential Elections with 89.62 %

October 26, 2009

President Ben Ali

Tunisia Online news site reports that  incumbent Tunisian President Zein al-Abidin bin Ali was re-elected with 89.62 percent of the vote in Sunday’s elections for a fifth term in office after two decades in power.