Melissa Block speaks with Karim Sadjadpour, a Middle East expert with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. They discuss Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's final speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday and what the future holds for him. Ahmadinejad's second term as president ends next year.
As the world watches to see if Israel will strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, few have a greater interest than Iran's Arab Gulf state neighbors. The region largely weathered the latest economic slump, but analysts say a fragile recovery could be destroyed by a prolonged conflict and even a relatively brief war could be a significant setback.
Tens of thousands of Greeks protested austerity measures Wednesday in a largely peaceful demonstration. But the march broke up after a small band of hooded militants threw rocks and firebombs at riot police, who responded with rounds of tear gas that sent most of the crowd home. Anti-austerity protests have not abated in the two and a half years since Greece received hundreds of billions of euros in bailout loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The protests have brought down two governments and forced new elections, but they haven't rolled back austerity.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's addressed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. His speech came at a time when Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging the United States to join it in drawing clear lines that Iran's nuclear program can't cross.
One of the key challenges to Greek businesses in the wake of the financial crisis is getting credit. Some companies have turned to cash and laid off workers, but it's been difficult to find the funds to keep up production.
Tokyo's flamboyant and ultraconservative governor, Shintaro Ishihara, said last spring that his city would buy some islands in the East China Sea. Today, China and Japan are caught in a war of words over who controls those islands. Some observers call Ishihara's move a power play that has sparked a crisis.
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