Europe's rapid colonization of Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries came to be known as the 'Scramble for Africa.' Is China's increasing involvement in Africa the 21st century version? From Algeria to Zambia, from aluminum up the resource ladder to zinc, Behar, an award-winning investigative journalist, will discuss an economic model that is at once formidably efficient and tragically flawed and how China's new 'scramble for Africa' is interlocked with America's economy. Richard Behar has garnered 20 journalism awards over a career spanning 25 years. He was called 'one of the most dogged of our watchdogs' by the late syndicated columnist Jack Anderson. Behar spent nine years with Fortune magazine, preceded by six years at Time and six years at Forbes. Prior to that, he was a stringer/researcher at the New York Times. Behar has also done assignments for BBC, CNN, FoxNews.com, Fast Company, and PBS.
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