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Month of February , 2008
NATO allies resist more troops for Afghanistan (4:05) February 7, 2008permalink
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told NATO allies in Afghanistan today that the country needs more military assistance. But many European leaders are reluctant to put more of their own troops in harm's way. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan (3:40) February 7, 2008permalink
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Thomas Gouttierre, director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, about the challenges facing Allied forces in their fight against the Taliban.
Secrets behind military patches (4:45) February 7, 2008permalink
The meanings behind the patches that some in the military sew on their uniforms can be obscure, but author Trevor Paglen did his best. His new book is called, "I could tell you but then you would have to be destroyed by me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World." Marco Werman speaks with him.
Mexico human rights case in international court (4:50) February 7, 2008permalink
Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho exposed a pedophile ring with ties to Mexican officials. Her work got her kidnapped, threatened, and even jailed -- all by state police. Now she's fighting back and taking her case to an international court for human rights abuses. The World's Lorne Matalon has the story.
The downside of biofuels (3:30) February 7, 2008permalink
Washington has touted the increased use of biofuels, such as ethanol, as a way to reduce carbon emissions. But a study published today suggesting boosting the use of biofuels also poses some environmental hazards. The World's Jason Margolis explains.
Refugee crisis in Chad (4:40) February 7, 2008permalink
An outbreak of violence in the African country of Chad has put increasing strain on humanitarian efforts there. It's created a large number of internally displaced people. And Chad is already struggling to care for the hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees camped out within its borders. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more from Serge Male, head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Chad.
Keeping out peacekeepers (4:20) February 7, 2008permalink
The chaos in Chad has prevented European peacekeeping forces from deploying there. It's also raising more concerns about the long-delayed peacekeeping force for Darfur. The World's Jeb Sharp has more.
France's role in Chad (5:15) February 7, 2008permalink
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with writer James Traub about French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and France's relationship with the troubled African nation of Chad. Traub profiled Kouchner for last Sunday's New York Times Magazine.
British bingo halls under threat (3:30) February 7, 2008permalink
Britain's ban on public smoking has had an unintended impact. It's putting a damper on bingo clubs. So many smokers are staying away from bingo halls that now many are in danger of shutting down. The BBC's Helena Merriman has the story.