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Aug. 09, 2012

Thursday on Worldview:

Seven Olympic athletes from Cameroon have been missing for several days. None of them have applied for asylum at this point, and they all have valid visas which would allow to legally remain in Britain for six months. There is wide speculation the athletes have no plans to return to Cameroon. The country is one of the poorest in the world and its current president, Paul Biya, has has been in power for 30 years. Innocent Chia, a former journalist for Cameroon state television and Richard Joseph, a professor of political science who has written about Cameroon, explain what might have driven these athletes from their homeland.

Then, the law that exempts ultra-orthodox Jews from serving in the Israeli army has just expired, and there's a push to begin drafting them immedately. Israeli politicians face the possibility that if they continue to exempt the ultra-orthodox, nearly 50 percent of their eligible draft-age youths will be exempt from the draft in less than ten years. The debate is raging about what to do, and just how to incorporate ultra-orthodox into the ranks, while respecting their strict dietary and religious requirements. Yaakov Katz, military correspondent and defense analyst for The Jerusalem Post tells us about the history of conscription in Israeli and explains what the change means for Israeli society.

And, in our Global Activism series, Estephan Salameh, special advisor to the Palestinian Minister of Planning, tells us about Seraj Library Project a project to build libraries in rural villages in the West Bank.