Worldview 8.21.12

August 21, 2012

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Tuesday on Worldview:

Ethiopians asking how, and when, their prime minister died

The prime minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi,  died just before midnight last night in a hospital “abroad.” That’s what the official news release said.  But the rumors have been circulating for months, with some suggesting he’s been dead since July.  Chuck Schaefer, a professor of African history, joins us to discuss Zenawi’s legacy and the power struggle that’s been brewing since he became ill.

Rise in 'green-on-blue' attacks in Afghanistan raise tensions

There has been a wave of attacks on NATO service members in recent weeks, all carried out by Afghan forces who are supposed to be working alongside NATO troops.  These attacks from within have seen a resurgence in the past few weeks but this year ten percent of the fatal attacks on international forces have come from members of the Afghan military and police.  Heath Druzin,  a reporter for Stars and Stripes, has spent time with both Afghani and U.S. troops in the region. He joins us to discuss why there’s been an increasing number of attacks on NATO forces.

How a flag on the remote Senkaku island chain set off protests in China

This week Japanese activists planted the Japanese flag on the disputed territory known as the Senkaku islands.  The incident sparked protests throughout China.  Both the Chinese and the Japanese have laid claim to the uninhabited islands.  Andrew Oros, a  professor of political science at Washington College, explains the history behind the competing claims and tells us what this latest scuffle means for relations between the two nations.