The Middle East may have been gripped by the Arab Spring over the last two years. But the next phase of change in the region could be heavily influenced by whoever wins the White House Tuesday. The World’s Marco Werman is in London, and speaks with two Libyan writers about the role of the US presidency in their country’s revolution.
The World’s coverage of London 2012 includes features, interviews and other stories including ongoing coverage from reporter Alex Gallafent.
Enrique Pena Nieto has been confirmed as the winner of Mexico’s presidential election, following a partial recount. With almost every vote counted, Pena Nieto had 38.2%, with second placed Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on 31.5%. While third-placed Josefina Vazquez Mota admitted defeat, Lopez Obrador said he would challenge the result in Mexico’s electoral tribunal.
Anand Giridharadas is a columnist for the New York Times and the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking. He was born in Cleveland to Indian immigrant parents. His parents came from different castes, and raised him to ignore the proscriptions of the caste system. Here, he talks with The World’s Marco Werman about how caste came into being and how India is gradually shaking free of it.
The uprising against the government of President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. A team of UN observers is currently in Syria as part of the joint UN-Arab League peace plan. This week, The World’s Laura Lynch was able to visit the embattled city of Homs with UN observers and talk to residents there.
An estimated 1.7 percent of people in greater Toronto cycle to work. That’s a low figure compared to other large North American cities listed. Many European cities such as Berlin, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam leave Toronto in the dust.
Low-budget artists from the West are exploring the opportunity to tap into India’s creative energy turning it into an arts outsourcing destination.
In some parts of Mexico, Catholics are losing parishioners to evangelical churches. It’s a spiritual flip moving throughout the country, and there’s no better place to see the religious context then Zongozotla. Reporter Monica Campbell visits the town where evangelicals are gaining ground.
The 2012 presidential and congressional elections will largely be a referendum on which party can better steer the economy back to health. But other topics matter too: immigration reform, foreign relations, trade issues, and climate change, to name but a few. The World’s Jason Margolis is spending the year looking at a range of international topics that are impacting our domestic elections.
The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 has caused the greatest crisis in that country since the second world war. With towns wiped off the map, 20,000 dead or missing and an ongoing nuclear nightmare around the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the disaster has already cost billions and displaced tens of thousands, and will reverberate far into Japan’s future.
Russians go to the polls on March 4 to elect a president to replace Dmitry Medvedev. The run-up to the election has been marked by opposition protests and a surge of opposition activism sparked by Vladimir Putin’s return to stand for a third term after four years as prime minister, as well as allegations of electoral fraud in last December’s parliamentary elections. The World’s Laura Lynch is in Russia covering the elections.
Myanmar (Burma) is holding parliamentary elections in April, and there’s a feeling of palpable change in what was until recently among the most isolated countries on the planet. The World’s Mary Kay Magistad returned to Myanmar for the first time in 17 years to bring us these stories.