War Rages in Somalia
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War in the Horn of Africa: what does the conflict there mean for the region, and the world? Plus, former President Gerald Ford, dead at 93, and a look at the life of African-American activist Max Yergan.
President Gerald Ford Dies at 93 ()
Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States passed away last night. President Bush hailed the man who came to power briefly during the turmoil of Watergate, as a "gentleman who reflected the best in American character."
- Ron Nessen: Press Secretary to then-President Gerald Ford
The Conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia ()
Fighting continues in Somalia, after Ethiopian troops attacked Islamist forces there. While Ethiopia wants to see the moderate transitional government of Somalia back in power, old regional rivalries threaten to spread the conflict. Do Islamic fundamentalists pose a real threat in eastern Africa? Is the unstable region a breeding ground for al Qaeda terrorists? Are humanitarian agencies able to cope with the number of refugees fleeing yet another war? We look at the rise of Islamic fundamentalists in Somalia, the implications for the region, the west and the world.
- Jeffrey Gettleman: Reporter for the New York Times, @gettleman
- Herman Cohen: Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
- Matt Bryden: Consultant with the International Crisis Group
- Brian Jenkins: Security and terrorism expert
- Gordon Denoon: Senior Program Manager of Refugee Assistance for CARE International
Biography Explores Pan Africanist Turned Apartheid Apologist ()
Max Yergan was a contemporary of African-American civil rights pioneers, including Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, singer and activist Paul Robeson, educator and writer W.E.B. Du Bois and union leader A. Phillip Randolph. Yergan was among the first black missionaries sent to South Africa by the YMCA. What happened after that is the subject of a new book called, Max Yergan: Race Man, Internationalist, Cold Warrier.
- David Anthony: Professor of African History at UC Santa Cruz
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