Explore the personal stories of Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Ghana's mixed fortune as a dumping ground for e-waste
Inside Story | 25 Nov 2010 08:48 GMT | Politics, China, North Korea, South Korea
In what appears to be one of the most serious border incidents since the end of the Korean war in 1953, South Korea says it has returned fire after some 50 North Korean shells landed on the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong near the tense Yellow Sea border.
Both countries accuse each other of firing first.
At least two soldiers were killed and the clashes prompted Seoul to raise its military alert to its highest non-war level.
Is North Korea taking a calculated risk or is it sending a political message?
Is Beijing likely to stand firm in the face of increased international condemnation and are we heading towards a new Korean conflict?
Joining the programme are Bryan Myers, the director of the Department of International Studies at Dongseo University and the author of The Cleanest Race. How North Koreans See Themselves - And Why it Matters; Paul Chamberlin, a former military attache to South Korea, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the author of Korea 2010: The Challenges of the new Millennium; and Steve Tsang, a specialist on China and a member of China Centre at Oxford University.
This episode of Inside Story aired on Tuesday, November 24, 2010.
Source: Al Jazeera
Obama assures Seoul that the US "stands shoulder to shoulder" with its ally after Tuesday's clash with North Korea.
Politics, Asia Pacific, US & Canada, China, Japan
Political analysts speculate why North Korea decided to shell its southern neighbour and spark in further insecurity.
Politics, Asia Pacific, US & Canada, North Korea, South Korea
Forgiveness, reconciliation and an arms embargo are key ingredients for peace in South Sudan, says Bishop Paride Taban.
War & Conflict, Africa, Sudan
The number of Muslims has burgeoned in this Italian city, but plans to build a mosque have been contentious.
Europe, Religion, Italy
Plans are afoot to build power plants and frack near one of California's biggest reserves of fresh water.
Environment, Human Rights, US & Canada
By jailing a group of young activists, Angola's government has invited criticism of its rule - and its economic policy.
Human Rights, Africa, Angola
We expose the dirty secrets behind Australia's fresh food industry and the widespread exploitation of foreign workers.
Human Rights, Australia, Food
Portraits of four individuals who are fighting against the odds to succeed and give back to their African communities.
Human Rights, Arts & Culture, Africa
The devastating impact that war and living under the constant threat of drones has had on the people of Afghanistan.
War & Conflict, Health, Afghanistan
We look at American engagement in Africa and examine how important the resource-rich continent is to the US.
Business & Economy, Africa, US & Canada