Periscope – World in Focus

February, 2015

  • 25 February

    Khojaly Massacre and Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

    After 23 years, emotions still run high in Azerbaijan and Armenia over the mass killings in Khojaly and the identity of the perpetrators of this war crime. What is it about the tragedy that still stirs intense feelings in the two countries and how does it impact the prospects for peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict?

  • 19 February

    Can the Violence in Honduras Be Stopped?

    Nearly 100 percent of the murders in Honduras' second city go unsolved. Community development, not militarization, is the answer.

  • 16 February

    Book Review: Cambodia’s Remarkable Journey

    Amazingly, Cambodia's transition out of rule by the Khmer Rouge, its long civil war, and its descent into electoral authoritarianism have all been guided by one man. A new book looks at his legacy.

  • 16 February

    Life Inside Libya’s Benghazi War Zone

    A blogger shares the day-to-day struggles for a safer life in Benghazi, Libya's second largest city. The port city has been scene of intense fighting between Libya's rival militias since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

  • 9 February

    The US Congress, Israel and the Middle East

    Congress's embrace of Israel may result in the scuttling of the nuclear negotiations and worsening relations with Iran that could result in widening turmoil, war and terrorism throughout the Middle East, including the strategic Persian Gulf, especially Afghanistan, in addition to Central Asia.

  • 8 February

    The Power of Stones Used in Ottoman Jewelry

    Could the Ottomans have known something that we didn’t about the stones and gems they used in their jewelry? Here is a look at the significance of the stones used in the making of these flamboyant pieces

  • 5 February

    Latin America’s Decline in Poverty Rates Has Stalled

    Poverty affected 167 million people in 2014, 2 million more than 2013. Similarly, 71 million suffered extreme poverty or indigence, an increase of 2 million over the previous year.

  • 4 February

    The New Russia, the New Ukraine, and Europe’s Future

    A stable international order requires a hegemonic power or powers to contain conflicts. As the West has turned inwards, emerging regional powers have tried to fill the vacuum and conflicts have festered, says George Soros.

  • 3 February

    Dangers of Journalism’s New Age

    One of three Al Jazeera journalists has been released from Egypt, and about time too. No such luck for the other two, however, who remain behind bars. Their continuing plight illustrates just how dangerous journalism can be in unstable countries, and how much more dangerous it can be when the line between politics and publication is blurred.

  • 2 February

    Presence of ISIL in Afghanistan and Central Asia

    Currently, ISIL does not seem to be operating in Afghanistan or Central Asian countries; yet, all necessary measures should be taken by the regional governments to take away the hope of ISIL surviving in the region.