Aired: January 7, 2012

Ghostwriter in Bahrain

In the early 1990s, a young American man worked as a ghostwriter for a member of the royal family of Bahrain. Now, 20 years later, Ranjit Singh (University of Mary Washington) is sharing his story about the man who would become the Bahraini minister of information and a key figure in the brutal response to that country’s recent uprising. Also featured: Camels were once imported from Afghanistan to build the Australian railroad and telegraph lines.  Now their numbers are so abundant in the wild that they have become a nuisance and the Australian government is permitting people to shoot them from helicopters and use the meat for burgers.   Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (James Madison University) studied the camel trade and presented his findings at the international Camel Conference in London.