Russia is about to join the World Trade Organization, which means the country will have to lower trade barriers and expose Russian companies to more international competition than before. Will Russia follow in the footsteps of China when it entered the WTO and prosper, or will the new affiliation prove to be too much?
Ukraine's newly passed language law, which gives Russian status as the the country's official language, is a very emotional issue. The law illustrates how Ukraine remains a divided nation, with a Russian-speaking, Moscow-leaning east and Ukrainian-speaking, Hapsburg- and Polish-influenced west.
Pakistan's most famous, and infamous, TV evangelist has been rehired by a top station. In 2008, Aamir Liaquat made on-air threats against a religious minority, the Ahmadis. Those comments were followed by widespread violence against the group. Liaquat's return to the airwaves has rekindled the controversy.
Ecuador granted asylum to Julian Assange this week, but Britain says it still intends to arrest the WikiLeaks chief the moment he steps out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and extradite him to Sweden for questioning about alleged sexual assaults. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon has one way he could get out — via diplomatic mail.
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