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Global Citizenship

Tense negotiations are continuing after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas last week urged world leaders to support his bid for membership in the United Nations.  Currently, the Palestinian Territories are not recognized as a state:  the West Bank exists under Israeli occupation, and the Gaza Strip has some degree of autonomy. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with an expert to learn more.

Hala Giryani is a native of Libya living in Nixa, Missouri. Her mother and cousins are still in the north African country, where rebels stormed the compound of their decades-long dictator, Moammar Gadhafi in what appears to be the final throes of revolution.  KSMU's Jennifer Moore checked in with Giryani again Wednesday. 

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A Springfield humanitarian organization—Friends Against Hunger—says it would like to help refugees fleeing famine in Somalia.  However, it’s faced with a problem. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

Gulf Map

Within hours of the deadly tornado that took 160 lives in Joplin in May, phones were ringing off the hook with calls of people who wanted to help.  One of those phone calls in the coming days was from a representative of a tiny Persian Gulf state with deep pockets and a record of philanthropy. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore talked with the superintendent of Joplin Public Schools and has this interview about a donation that came to fruition this week.

On Tuesday, longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro let his country know he would no longer hold a top position in government. The ill and aging leader’s stepping down is the end of an era for the Latin American country, and he has handed the reigns over to his brother, Raul Castro. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with Jorge Padron, a retired Chemistry professor from Drury University who once called Cuba home.

An expert in modern-day Iraq will be in Springfield Wednesday evening to give his perspective on the American legacy in Iraq. KSMU's Jennifer Moore caught up with him by phone.

Disaster Relief

One of the most destructive natural disasters in Japanese history has taken an extreme toll on the lives of those affected. Although the situation looks dire on the ground in Japan, many here in the Ozarks are doing what they can to aid in relief efforts. KSMU’s Mike Donnelly reports

Hala from Libya

As the country of Libya rises up against decades-long dictator Moammar Qadhafi, Libyans living in the United States say they feel almost helpless watching the situation from afar. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore talked with one local woman about how her life has been turned upside down since the unrest began…and we want to let you know that this woman’s memories include events that some listeners may find disturbing.

Egypt is giving birth to a new government after its people finally ousted their 30-year president Hosni Mubarak. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore spoke with Dr. David Romano, who teaches Middle Eastern politics in MSU’s political science department, about what this means for Americans.