London-raised Ahmed Jama won't give up on Mogadishu, even though his restaurants have been attacked by suicide bombers more than once. In fact, he's leading the city's cultural revival, one dish at a time, by offering residents and visitors a taste of authentic Somali cuisine and hospitality.
Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice found in cakes and cider, and even spiking our spinach, if we're lucky. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan back in the 1600s.
Host Rachel Martin talks with P.J. Crowley, who served on the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, about the role of the United States in the negotiations between Israel and Hamas and the cease-fire in Gaza. Crowley also served as the U.S. assistant secretary of state for public affairs from 2009 to 2011.
A possible humanitarian crisis was averted recently when hundreds of Kurdish inmates called off a 68-day hunger strike. Talks over more rights for the Kurdish minority are promised, but longstanding grievances and heavy loss of life suggest that the Kurdish issue will continue to be a drag on Turkey's regional ambitions.
Calls for secession in Spain's northern region have been reignited by the economic crisis. Catalonia's leader is vowing to call a referendum on independence, if he's returned to power in Sunday's election.
Fighting between rebel and government forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has set off a humanitarian crisis. In one small refugee camp, workers from international aid groups are doing what they can to try and help some of the roughly 100,000 Congolese displaced by the fighting.
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