In contrast to much of the developed world, Vietnam’s economy grows at seven percent a year. But those numbers weren’t cause for celebration at the Communist Party’s five-year Congress, when the nation’s one-party system chose its new leaders.
It’s Thursday, and time for our Global Activism series. Each Thursday, we hear about an individual who’s decided to work to make the world a better place.Today, our segment is about Zimbabwe. And with us is one of our former Global Activists, Elizabeth Mhangami.
It was no surprise that President Obama’s State of the Union speech focused on domestic issues and the economy. He did get to foreign policy close to the end of the hour, however the issues he failed to mention happen to be some of our thorniest.
Heads of state from around the world are on the way to Copenhagen to conclude two weeks of climate-change talks. In a couple Latino neighborhoods of Chicago, meanwhile, environmentalists are hatching a climate plan of their own.