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October 29 & November 1: from Shanghai - Mexico City - Prey Takoy, Cambodia - Berlin - Uganda

China wants more folks drinking from the double-happiness cup because world's most populous nation needs more people.

Kicked out of the factories and sent back to their farms: the crackdown on illegal workers is hurting America and illegals alike.

Speakers in the trees: how Canada's contributed to creating town criers in rural Cambodia.

The Teeth May Smile But The heart Does Not Forget: a new book revisits the crimes of Idi Amin that Ugandans had agreed to ignore.

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China Doubles Up

China is under pressure to relax the controversial one-child policy.

Gong Jue Rui, 26, and Shen Ci Chen, 27, at their wedding ceremony in Shanghai earlier this month. (Photo/Anthony Germain)
Seems a plan intended to boost the economy, now threatens to slow it down.

The restriction began in the '70s, so development wouldn't be overwhelmed by a population explosion.

Thirty years on though, China's population is aging and there may not be enough young people in the workforce to pay for it.

So in Shanghai, China's most liberal city, officials are encouraging some Chinese couples to double-up, and have two children.

The state may be changing its mind. But it may have a job on its hands persuading the children of its policy to change theirs, as we hear from the CBC's China correspondent Anthony Germain, a witness to a happy day.

Click here to read more from Anthony on CBC.ca

In the Shadow of the Raid

Jesus Xicay poses with a photograph of his niece Lilian Ordóñez in the village of San José Calderas, Guatemala. Prior to Ordóñez's arrest, Xicay had survived thanks to money she sent back from Postville.(Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek)

Willian Toj was hiding in the meatlocker when Immigration agents caught up with him.

It was the Guatemalan's first day working illegally in the United States. So he did the only thing he could under the circumstance.

He burst into tears.

His job at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa -- was over, and so were those of nearly four-hundred other illegal immigrants. Some had worked there eleven years.

It was the largest raid the Bush administration had ever conducted. The targetting of illegal employees inflamed the immigration debate. Now, the Obama adminstration is going after their employers, too.

When he heard about the raid, journalist Greg Brosnan and his partner were researching a film about the effect of declining remittances on central America.

Their film, In The Shadow Of The Raid, is now finished, and Greg joined Rick from his office in Mexico City to talk about it.

You can watch a trailer for In the Shadow of the Raid.

Keying up Cambodia

    Imagine a computer keyboard that can handle the longest alphabet in the world.

That's the Khmer alphabet, the one they use in Cambodia. It's got more than 100 basic characters -- plus countless combinations of accents and markings to go along with them.

Now thanks in part to Canadian funding, there is such a keyboard.

And as we heard from Dispatches contributor David Kattenburg, it's helping deliver the news of the day to the rice paddies of rural Cambodia.

Back to the Wall

    It's been almost twenty years since the Berlin Wall came down. And with it, the end of Communism.

Remarkably, some students in what used to be East Germany are learning little about the country where their parents grew up.

Next week, Dispatches contributor Alexa Dvorson picks up a story which began for her during those heady nights of November '89, when the air was alive with the sound of jackhammers and euphoric crowds chanting "Mauer weg" -- "Away with the wall."

Alexa will return next week with more of Berlin then and now.

The Teeth May Smile the Heart Does Not Forget

    Memory of course, is often a casualty of history.

Take Eliphaz Laki for example, shot in the back of the neck.

We know that now.

But when he disappeared during the vicious rule of Idi Amin in Uganda, his family knew nothing at all.

He simply disappeared, like so many other Ugandans.

It would take thirty years for his son to uncover why he'd been taken to a farmer's field by two of Amin's men, who argued over which would kill him.

Andrew Rice reading from "The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget."

There are a lot of stories like that in Uganda's bloody history.

But it prefers to leave them in the ground with the bones of the dead.

However, journalist Andrew Rice sees Laki's story as a window on the country's unreconciled past, an era that began in the '70's with the turbulent leadership of Presidents Milton Obote, Idi Amin, and then -- as now -- Yoweri Museveni.

And he's written it up in a new book titled after a proverb of Laki's Banyankole tribe, "The Teeth May Smile But The Heart Does Not Forget."

Click here to see Andrew's website.

You DO know Hula

You might remember last week in the opening headlines, Rick said none of you out there knew hula. Well, we didn't know Pam Pitz of Mississauga, Ontario.


She wrote us an email to say:

I am a Hawaiian/Hula enthusiast and recently we brought to Toronto, for the first time, one of the top bands from Hawaii to play at two concerts.The band is the Makaha Sons and included cultural exchanges and Hula dancing. We have several (hula schools) in Toronto who are very good...and the interest here is very strong.

Dispatches feels a song coming on.

The mellow sounds of Hi'Ilawe, written back in 1902 and performed in Hawaiian by those same Makaha Sons, off their album, Live on the Road.

"Hurry, let us go close to the wharf" the lyrics go, "I am your new love to be kissed."

They don't write 'em like that anymore...

This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally. With technical producers Greg Fleet and Victor Johnston, and senior producer Alan Guettel.

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