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Guinea Bissau's drugs corruption

The West African country of Guinea-Bissau is one of the poorest nations in the world, is a base for narcotics heading to Europe and has a big crack cocaine problem.

It has suffered a series of coups and a civil war. Earlier this year the head of the armed forces was killed and, a few hours later, the president was murdered in retaliation.

But are things turning around for Guinea-Bissau? The killings led to elections being held last weekend.

Vietnam: The Price of Rice

War decimated the landscape of Vietnam. The drastic economic times that followed drove Vietnam into the globalizing economy at lightning speed — and the country soon became the second largest exporter of rice in the world. After the war, Vietnam catapulted into the global marketplace, fast becoming the second largest producer of rice in the world. But the price of this rice is still being calculated: one out of every seven people in Vietnam goes hungry, for lack of rice, and farmers are spending more on chemical fertilizer than they are earning in profits.

Nigeria: Land Battles

For centuries, nomads from the Fulani ethnic group have driven their cattle across thousands of miles of African grazing lands, through countries including Mali, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria. But Nigeria is Africa's most populated country. And more and more land there is being used for food production.

In the far north of Nigeria, the situation has put farmers and nomads at odds with each other. David Hecht reports from the small village of Yardanko.

Jason Motlagh on the war in Afghanistan

Jason Motlagh, who recently returned from a Pulitzer Center-funded trip to Afghanistan, talks to C-SPAN's Washington Journal about the current situation on the ground there. In this half-hour program he fields questions about the challenging terrain in Helmand province, the opium poppy industry and the US's long-term objectives in the war in Afghanistan. Watch the interview on C-SPAN's website.

Jason Motlagh Reporting from Afghanistan, on Stand Up!

"We found a great journalist. We've been trying to find as many people as we can to talk about the situation in Afghanistan, and my guest now is a roving freelance multimedia journalist. He has reported from over 30 countries throughout West Africa, the Mideast, Central and South Asia for leading U.S. and international media outlets. And a series of recent multimedia projects undertaken with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting have explored conflicts with India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Mary Wiltenburg joins panel on Urban Slums

Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. EDT explores urbanization and the rise of slums, examining how such deplorable conditions might be addressed, even as the global economic crisis looms.

WorldFocus anchor Martin Savidge hosts a panel of guests:

Swat Refugees

Listen to this story at World Vision Report.

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis were already fleeing the Swat Valley before the latest fighting broke out.

Sher Ali Khan, 55, is one of them. He fled his home in a village in the Swat Valley nine months ago. Sher Ali Khan now lives in a rented house in Landhi, a largely Pashtun settlement on the outskirts of Karachi.

Legal Coca Farming

Bolivian President Evo Morales says he's committed to fighting cocaine production and trafficking in his country. Three years ago, he instituted a drug program called "Coca si, cocaine no." That means it's illegal to make cocaine -- but farmers are allowed to grow the coca plant, the basis of cocaine, for traditional uses such as chewing or making tea.