The militant group Al Shabaab has wreaked havoc across Africa throughout this decade. A cell of Al Qaeda, the group has launched attacks on civilians throughout Somalia, Kenya and Uganda, and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people. This past weekend, 29 people were killed in Kenya by armed militants; Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks soon after. Today on Global Journalist, we look at the rise of Al Shabaab, its attacks in the region, and what the group's emergence means for Africa. Our guests:
The University of Missouri has started a research center on disaster and terrorism in hopes of boosting training for mental health workers.
Assistant communications professor J. Brian Houston recently received a $2.4 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He wants to study the long-term emotional turmoil faced by disaster and terror victims.
The center will employ a university social worker to train school teachers and counselors in Joplin, Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans in crisis intervention.
The Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Pope Benedict XVI surprised just about everyone this week by announcing his resignation. The leader of the world’s one billion Catholics held his final public mass on Wednesday, at the end of this month, he will become the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years.
Turkey portrays itself as the leading nation in an increasingly turbulent region of the world. The country that straddles Europe and the Middle East is a secular democracy with a thriving economy. It's also a member of NATO and a potential member of the European Union.
Southeast Missouri State University officials say the university did nothing wrong in allowing the overseas student charged with attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve to be a student there last spring.
Quazi Nafis is the former international student from Bangladesh charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York.
University leaders told the Southeast Missourian that they followed protocol and procedures throughout their brief affiliation with Nafis. They say they never saw anything that would warrant alarm or rouse suspicion.
The Bangladeshi man who allegedly tried to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank with 1,000 pounds of inert explosives has Missouri connections.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis came to the United States on a student visa to study at Southeast at Southeast Missouri State University.
He arrived at the university in January, but did not do well academically - he took 12 hours of entry level courses on transfer probation but could not earn a 2.0 grade point average and the university suspended him.
At the 2008 Republican Convention, two Texas boyhood friends were accused of domestic terrorism. Better This World is a documentary film that follows David McKay, 22, and Bradley Crowder, 23, who befriend a radical activist before their arrest months later. The film illuminates the ripple effects of the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent.