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Worldview 6.21.12

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, right, meets with Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, left, during a condolence call at the Royal Court in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Thursday on Worldview:

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was officially named crown prince earlier this week, making him the heir-apparent to the aging King Abdullah. His promotion followed the unexpected death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Albdulaziz al-Saud. Middle East scholar Joseph Kéchichian tells Worldview what the jostling means for the complicated web of Saudi family politics.

Worldview soccer contributors Euan Hague, a professor of geography at DePaul, and Michael Madero, assistant coach for the University of Chicago’s men’s soccer team, share their predictions for upcoming Euro 2012 quarterfinals matches. Plus, Jakub Parusinski, staff writer for the Kyiv Post, describes how fans in Ukraine and Poland have been behaving at the matches (hint: they haven't always been peaceful).

To join the conversation call us at 312-923-9239 and tell us why you think your team will take the championship.

On our Global Activism segment, Holly Ezinga talks about her company, Fair Earth, a socially-conscious, eco-friendly company that produces and markets high quality, Fair Trade merchandise from East Africa.

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