Thousands of truck drivers in the Chinese city of Shanghai staged a third day of protest Friday over rising fuel prices they say are crippling their businesses. Truck drivers blockaded part of the city's port — China's busiest — disrupting the flow of goods.
The protests that began on Wednesday are the latest sign of rising public anger over surging inflation that the country's leaders have failed to tame. They come amid a government crackdown on intellectual and political dissent of any sort.
As China presses on with its harshest crackdown in years, one of its most famous artists has been blocked from leaving the country. Artist Ai Weiwei is best-known for helping design Beijing's Olympic stadium, known as the Birds Nest. He was taken into detention at Beijing airport yesterday morning, as he tried to travel to Hong Kong – and onto to Taipei - and has not been heard from since, the highest profile victim yet of Beijing's latest clampdown.
As revolution sweeps the Middle East, Syria has become a focal point of protest. Host Liane Hansen talks to Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Landis writes Syria Comet, a blog of Syrian politics and culture.
While President Obama is facing some criticism over America's role in Libya — it's just the opposite for French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
He pushed for military action against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from the start of the uprising. A few critics have suggested Sarkozy's motives are linked to boosting his flagging domestic popularity.
But for the most part, Sarkozy's bold actions have earned him a rare respite from the usual barrage of criticism.