Omer Ismail & Judge Jack Farley III on SPEAKING FREELY

This week's show, broadcast Tuesday March 27 from 1pm-2pm Central Standard Time and rebroadcast Thursday March 29 from 8am-9am Central Standard Time, will feature:

1:00pm-1:30pm: Omer Ismail

Omer Ismail, born in El Fashir, Western Sudan. After graduating from Khartoum University, he worked as research assistant to Dr. Mansour Khalid, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sudan. His work with international relief and development organizations continued until 1988 when he became the Operations Manager for the United Nations Operation Life Line Sudan, the largest relief operation in the world at the time. He fled Sudan after the NIF (National Islamic Front) took power in 1989 and since lived as a refugee in the US. He returned to the United Nations to serve in Somalia between 1992-1994. In Washington, he helped found the Sudan Democratic Forum, a think tank of Sudanese intellectuals working for advancement of democracy in Sudan. He is the spokesperson for The Darfur Union an advocacy group and the co-founder of Darfur Peace and Development. Mr. Ismail is currently a Fellow at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

1:30pm-2:00 pm: Judge Jack Farley III

In September 1989, Jack Farley was nominated by President George H. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate as a Judge of the United States Court of Veterans Appeals for a term of fifteen years. Judge Farley received his A.B. degree in economics in 1964 from the College of the Holy Cross, where he was captain of the freshman and varsity lacrosse teams, and his M.B.A. degree in 1966 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he was a Samuel Bronfman Fellow and president of Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity. He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 1973 from Hofstra University School of Law, graduating first in his class and serving as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Hofstra Law Review. Judge Farley served in the United States Army from 1966 until his retirement as a captain in 1970 due to 100% disability from wounds received during combat in Vietnam. His decorations include four Bronze Star Awards (three with "V" Device), two Purple Hearts, and the Army Commendation Medal.