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Worldview 8.13.12

Indian school children hold portraits of American astronaut of Indian origin Sunita Williams as they pray for Williams’ successful journey to the International Space Station. (AP/Ajit Solanki)

Monday on Worldview:

In a remarkable move over the weekendm Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi dismissed several top military generals. The military has ruled the country for nearly six decades. We’ll discuss the implications with Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations.

Then, Worldview talks with Naomi Roht-Arriaza, professor of Law at the University of California Hastings School of Law about "Deadly Aid," her recent article for Foreign Policy uncovering the negative social impacts the U.S. Agency for Inernational Developement (USAID) creates with some of its programs.

And, though it hasn’t been discussed as such in decades here in the United States, the “space race” is far from over. Reaching the outer limits is at once a source of national pride and indication of technical prowess, an implied military chest-beating and a business opportunity in the making. But who’s throwing these rockets, satellites and astronauts up into the darkness beyond, and why? We look at the status of the space race in emerging nations with Subrata Ghoshroy, a research associate at MIT's program in Science, Technology and Society.

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