Kenya

In this hour-long program, we look at poaching — once a conservation issue, but now a full-blown threat to national security.

The recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi underscored the dangers posed by extremist groups in Libya. But these risks extend beyond Libya, with the rise of jihadist organizations like al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar Dine, and Boko Haram. This month America Abroad takes listeners to Mali, Nigeria, Libya and Kenya to explore Islamism in Africa.

From the Boston Marathon bombings to a recent attack on the Westgate Mall in Kenya, 2013 has seen a spike in terrorism worldwide. Even as the U.S. uses military force to try and weaken Al Qaeda and affiliated groups, it is grappling with how to fight terrorism on another front -- battling the extremist ideas and ideologies that drive the violence. It is a battle that is waged in schools, mosques, community centers and any other place you might find potential terror recruits.

Sub-Saharan Africa is a religious place. It’s also riddled with disease. AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis prey upon Africa’s faithful, often in the prime of their lives. And anemic public health systems can’t carry the cross. And so, into the valleys of death step medical missionaries. They are welcomed by a continent where prayer and pills often go hand in hand. And, they provide some of the best healthcare in Africa. But sometimes doctrine overrules doctor’s orders, and that can leave patients in limbo.

The UN convention on genocide has been on paper for sixty years, but never put into practice. In 2005, the UN adopted a new idea, the responsibility to protect (R2P). America Abroad traces the evolution and history of R2P and visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo where years of internal conflict and proxy wars brings questions about the limits of R2P and the international community's willingness and ability to protect civilians. 

AK-47s, grenades, water?  Earth's most precious resource doesn't fire bullets or explode but it is guarded, hoarded, and stolen in a way that ignites political tensions on a local level and an international scale.