In South Africa, there's a growing rivalry between the powerful Congress of South African Trade Unions, or COSATU, and the ruling African National Congress. COSATU has long been a supporter, but it's tired of the Congress failing to deliver on promises for nearly 20 years.
In Syria, clashes continue between forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel groups. On the diplomatic side, Kofi Annan has announced he will brief the Security Council on Friday about his meetings with the president in Syria last week. Melissa Block talks with three guests about different perspectives on what should occur in Syria. Anne-Marie Slaughter is a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University and is former director of planning at the State Department. Paul Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar the American Enterprise Institute and former deputy secretary of Defense. And Daniel Serwer was a former U.S. special envoy and coordinator for the Bosnian Federation.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is in Afghanistan on Wednesday. As he arrived, a vehicle exploded at the base where the secretary was scheduled to speak. Panetta is unhurt, and it's not clear whether it was an attack on the secretary or not. His long-planned trip comes in the middle of a crisis in relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The U.S. is investigating the killings of 16 Afghan civilians, apparently committed by a U.S. soldier.
When U.S. troops inadvertently burned Qurans last month, it triggered large-scale rioting across Afghanistan that led to dozens of deaths. By comparison, the Afghan reaction has been comparatively muted so far to the shooting deaths of 16 innocent civilians. Why the difference?
Global online pressure group Avaaz has given crucial support to activists who aim to topple President Bashar Assad. It has smuggled in medical supplies and smuggled out images and information. But its high-profile and high-risk operations have stirred debate about the role it's playing.
The cooking show, which will have its semi-finals next week, pits Indian chefs against Pakistani chefs. It exploits the long rivalry between the two countries — something that has rarely been a joking matter.
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