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South African legend Miriam Makeba dies

Posted by Zeeska Lee on November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba, or ‘Mama Africa’, the South African singer who wooed the world with her sultry voice, has died at the age of 76, leaving a great legacy behind.

Al Jazeera’s Dorsa Jabbari looks back at her life of struggle and achievement.

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Did Obamas sex appeal help him win?

Posted by Zeeska Lee on November 8, 2008

He’s cool, charismatic and sexy! Americans seem to be collectively swooning over Barack Obama. And, while it’s his policies that have primarily attracted them, some haven’t been shy about admitting they find America’s President-elect fetching.

Russia Today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxeT9MjBv98

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Beijing criticises US on human rights record

Posted by Zeeska Lee on October 22, 2008

One of the big foreign policy challenges facing the next US president is how to handle China.

Trade has grown exponentially between the two nations but bilateral ties remain strained.

The US accuses Beijing of locking up political dissidents and brutally suppressing a separatist movement by Uighur Muslims.

But China has published its own reports on human rights abuses in the US, saying Washington has been incapable of lifting many African-Americans out of poverty.

In our second of a series of reports examing this fractious relationship, Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng has more

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Al Jazeera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2eKfd62BMY

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Cambodia’s thriving child prostitution industry

Posted by Zeeska Lee on October 21, 2008

Child prostitution in Cambodia is often associated with foreign sex tourists but Al Jazeera has found new evidence which suggests that the clientele are mostly local men, including members of the country’s elite.

Al Jazeera’s David Hawkins reports from Phnom Penh.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44adVh9-NoQ

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Capitalism on Trial

Posted by Zeeska Lee on October 20, 2008

Is capitalism taking a pounding as Western nations try to handle the global financial crisis?

On Thursday, Riz Khan speaks to economist Robert Shiller, the best-selling author of The Subprime Solution, in which he charts the origins of the ongoing crisis and calls for an aggressive solution.

Mark Bloomfield, the president and CEO of the American Council for Capital Formation, also joins the show.

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Al Jazeera: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/insidestory/2008/10/200810161365822531.html

Riz Khan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W646OE1W1UM

Riz Khan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlf1mEp5i0o

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One on One with Spike Lee

Posted by Zeeska Lee on October 19, 2008

One on One meets the outspoken, award-winning filmmaker.

Source: One on One http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NePIS-R3Sgg

Source: One on One http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkTMqYKVFSY

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China’s media laws under scrutiny

Posted by Zeeska Lee on October 18, 2008

China’s temporary media laws – designed to give greater, freedoms to foreign journalists during the Olympics, are due to expire on Friday.

The Chinese government has given no indication that it plans to renew the law.

That could see reporters once again having to seek permission every time they want to leave Beijing.

Melissa Chan reports.

Source: Al Jazeera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Fm6VdV-Dk

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UAE invests in film production

Posted by Zeeska Lee on October 14, 2008

The United Arab Emirates is known globally for its huge investments.

Now it has set its sights on the movie industry.

Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, has launched a new production company hoping to become a top producer of feature movies.

Source: Al Jazeera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_dzW8DNRhA

Hashem Ahelbarra reports.

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Crime pays for Somalia’s pirates

Posted by Zeeska Lee on October 9, 2008

Somali pirates are demanding an $8m ransom for the release of a Ukrainian ship they are holding off the coast off their country’s northern coast.

The pirates appear to rule the seas around Somalia with impunity, while towns in Somalia’s Puntland region have become the hub for many of their activities.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow sent this exclusive report.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJmDrm80o7M

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Jitters in Japanese stock markets

Posted by Zeeska Lee on October 9, 2008

After the Nikkei Index dropped more than 9 per cent on October 7, Japanese investors remain jittery about whether a worldwide, co-ordinated cut in interest-rates will shore up the markets and whether the US bank bailout will do any good.

Japan’s banks are in pretty good shape: they’ve been through something like this once before – in the late 1980s and early 1990s when a bubble in Japanese real estate popped.

But, as David Hawkins reports, that’s small comfort and hasn’t kept the diseased US economy from infecting the Japanese stock market.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOEdxtQ-AWQ

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