information policy

Arts, Culture & Media

Cantonese: a Dialect in Peril?

In official China, Mandarin is favored over all other dialects. That has had a knock-on effect here in the US, where Cantonese used to be the dominant Chinese language. Reporter Nina Porzucki reports from New York on how Cantonese is faring.

Conflict & Justice

Europe slow to react

The World's Gerry Hadden reports on the slow and muddled European reaction to the anti-government protests in Egypt. Like the US, many European countries are caught between supporting an old ally and calling for an orderly democratic transition in Egypt.

Conflict & Justice

What's a pandemic

The World's Katy Clark reports on confusion surrounding what exactly constitutes a pandemic. The debate is sparked by the spread of the swine flu in Australia. The World Health Organization has stopped short of declaring a pandemic.

Conflict & Justice

Keeping secrets from Congress

This weekend the New York Times broke the story that the Bush administration had a secret counter-terrorism program started after the 9/11 attacks and that Vice President Cheney directed the CIA to keep it from Congress. Jason Margolis reports.

Global Politics

Valedictory dispatches

Here's a satisfying day-dream: you have quit your job, but you're encouraged to write down your opinion about the whole thing � and then publish it to your colleagues. Well, that was long standard practice for British diplomats. Alex Gallafent reports

Global Politics

NYC bomb suspect ?nearly escaped US'

Details have emerged of how Pakistan-born Faisal Shahzad, who is suspected of plotting to bomb New York City's Times Square, was arrested while trying to leave the US. The World's Matthew Bell reports on changes being made to the way no-fly lists work.

Conflict & Justice

Offline in China

The US-based rights group, Freedom House, said today that China tops the charts as one of the world's worst offenders of internet censorship. The World's Clark Boyd has details.

Conflict & Justice

Spy crackdown in Lebanon

Lebanon has been rocked by an espionage scandal. The country has arrested scores of its own citizens on charges of spying for Israel. As The World's Aaron Schachter reports, Lebanese feel betrayed ? and baffled ? by the revelations.