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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

  • Clinton Unveils US Plan to Combat Sexual Violence in Visit to Eastern Congo

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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with survivors of violent sexual assault in the war-ravaged eastern Congo city of Goma in the first-ever visit by a high-level American official to the area. The staggeringly high number of rapes in the DRC have doubled and in some cases tripled since the deployment of a US- and UN-backed Congolese army force in January. We speak with Congolese human rights activist Christine Schuler Deschryver, who met with Clinton on Tuesday. [includes rush transcript]

  • African Development Hindered by Vast US Corporate Interests in Continent’s Land, Resources

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    As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Nigeria today, we turn to the issue of US corporate interests in Africa’s natural resources. Clinton’s seven-country tour of Africa includes both Nigeria and Angola, the continent’s top two oil producers. We speak with Amy Barry of Global Witness, an anti-corruption watchdog that focuses on natural resources. [includes rush transcript]

  • Jeff Sharlet on "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power"

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    A secretive group known as The Fellowship, or "The Family," is one of the most powerful Christian fundamentalist movements in the United States. The Family’s devoted membership includes congressmen, corporate leaders, generals and foreign heads of state. Author Jeff Sharlet profiles the group in his book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. [includes rush transcript]