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Gregory Alonso Pirio serves as president of Empowering Communications, a firm that provide consulting services on a variety of communications and media issues, especially in the arena of health, human rights, political transitions, humanitarian crises, participatory democracy, good governance and the peaceful resolution of conflict. Through writings, workshops, lectures and CD-ROMs, he has motivated many in TV, radio and the print media to use their influential positions to uplift and empower individuals and their communities. His greatest impact has been felt in societies in transition from conflict, tyranny and other unhealthy conditions.

Dr. Pirio possesses over 20 years of experiences in the international media. He previously served at the International Broadcasting Bureau/Voice of America, as Director of Development and Associate Director of Business Development. In his development work, he raised funding for special radio, TV and training initiative in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America, and directly managed the implementation of many health and conflict resolution projects.

From 1985 to 1994, he consecutively held the positions of Chief of the Portuguese-to-Africa and Chief of the English-to-Africa Services of the Voice of America. In these capacities, he managed sizeable newsgathering and radio production staffs that broadcast daily news and information programs to millions of listeners in Africa.

Dr. Pirio was trained as an historian and holds an M.A. in African Studies and a Ph.D. in African History from the University of California Los Angeles. He has conducted a number of studies on Pan-Africanism, the Communist International, militant Islamic groups and political economy.

Dr. Pirio can be reached at 310-625-7146 and by email. at



The African Jihad
by Dr. Gregory Pirio

The African Jihad is a fascinating examination of the efforts by international jihadists to bring about their grand vision of Islamist hegemony in the greater Horn of Africa region. These efforts began with the collaboration between Al Qaeda and the National Islamic Front (NIF) government of Sudan. The NIF under the ideological leadership of Hasan al-Turabi and Al Qaeda under Osama bin Laden sought to channel the social, political and economic grievances of Muslim communities into a global jihadist narrative, and the NIF and Al Qaeda worked hand in glove to set up and/or support several, coordinated jihadist movements in the countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. The combined Al Qaeda-NIF regional onslaught bequeathed a legacy of proxy wars and terrorism against Eritrea, Ethiopia and Uganda and Al Qaeda terror operations in Kenya and Tanzania. Dr. Gregory Alonso Pirio takes the story of Horn of Africa jihadism up to the defeat of Union of Islamic Courts in Somalia by the combined forces of Ethiopia and the Somali Transitional Federal Government in early 2007; Dr. Pirio demonstrates how a faction within Somalia s Islamic Courts movement with historic ties to Al Qaeda had come to dominate the Islamic Court s movement and threatened wider regional insecurity and the expansion of the Middle East conflict into Africa. The radicalization of Islam is a convergence of two contradictory forces petroleum in one part of the Muslim world and poverty in another. This volume identifies the shadow of the petro-center (Usama bin Laden) upon the African periphery the Horn of Africa. Has the Horn become Al Qaeda s third most important constituency after the Middle East and South Asia? This book may convince you of that. --Ali A. Mazrui, Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, State University of New York, Binghamton Upon reading the African Jihad, you come away with a clearer understanding of the relentless cycle of violence engulfing the Horn of Africa region. We need leaders to emerge who can articulate a vision of justice, truth and reconciliation that can lead to peace and regional integration. In this way, we Africans can start to put the ways of violence behind us once and for all.

--Paul Rusesabagina,
the man whose story of courageous defiance to the Rwandan genocide inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda

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