Tuesday on Worldview:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is on an 11 day tour of Africa, where she is focusing on President Obama’s “partnership, not patronage,” policy. China has increasingly turned to Africa as a source of raw materials and many observers believe this is a trip meant to help the U.S. play catch up and halt China’s growing influence on the continent.
In one speech to African leaders Clinton said the U.S. would stand up for democracy and human rights, “even when it might be easier or more profitable to look the other way, to keep the resources flowing.” Clinton has already been to South Sudan, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa. She’s scheduled to travel to Nigeria, Ghana and Benin. Chicago-based Ugandan journalist Kisuule Magala and Mamadou Diouf, director of the Institute for African Studies at Columbia University, give us their take on the political stakes that lie behind the speeches and handshaking.
Then, when the Scholar Rescue Fund suggested that Leopold Munyakazi, a former political prisoner in his native Rwanda, come to Maryland to teach French at Goucher College in 2008, the school president Sanford Ungar welcomed him with open arms, thinking it would boost Goucher’s liberal arts bona fides. Munyakazi brought attention to the school but of a different kind: He was arrested and accused of ties to the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Sanford Ungar wrote about his quest to find out the truth in a recent article for New York magazine. He joins Worldview to discuss the case and what it says about the murky politics of genocide.