March 11 & 14: from Nairobi - Gikongoro, Rwanda - Kabul - London
|One of the Crisis Commons volunteers using Ushahidi on February 27, 2010.(Ann McDonald/toronto365.ca)|
Landmines, kings and castles. Just some of the surprises in store for the Afghans born in the west-and gone searching for their roots.
From Rwanda, scarred bones tell the story of the dead, as a new generation of survivors grapples with the legacy of genocide.
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Crisis Commons volunteers in Toronto on February 27, 2010 use Ushahidi and other online tools to help victims of the earthquake that hit Chile earlier that day. Left to right: Elise Ondet, Steve Kalaydjian, Kate Jongbloed and Melanie Gorka.(Daniel Schwartz/CBC)
Growing up Rwandan
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Ariel Nasr was born to an Afghan father and an American mother. He's currently working on The Boxing Girls Of Kabul, a film about the Afghan National Women's Boxing Team.
And the CITES conference -- the Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species -- is scheduled to begin debate on the tuna ban on March 17th, in Doha, Qatar.
A couple of weeks ago, we heard about Miss Ware and Miss Williams, a pair of elderly neighbours in Watts who've spent their lives raising money for underprivileged kids making their way through college.
Not a lot of money. Just enough to help out with a few books or a bus pass. But it changed a lot of lives, for the better. All these two retired teachers ask in return is a thank-you note, and heaven help you if you get the grammar wrong.
Onni Milne of Vancouver heard that documentary and writes:
Thank you for the wonderful, uplifting report by Jennifer Westaway about two African-American seniors who have helped -- and are continuing to help -- to make a difference in a low-income L.A. neighbourhood.
We usually are presented with stories about the worst of humanity. It is important to hear there are humans who are doing things differently and better.
Our interview about dodgy governance in Tajikistan, with international development specialist Don Bowser, prompted this note from Gail Berg in Windermere, B.C. She spent three months there last year.
The power shortages are ridiculous. If you don't live within a ten-block radius of the president's house, you ... only get electricity for two hours in the morning, and two in the evening. Pretty chilly in those old houses.
They are a highly-educated population who have no meaningful work, or if they do, they can't survive on the wage. My landlady is a doctor. She made 50 dollars U.S. per month. She just quit her job, and went to Moscow to work in a restaurant.A very sad situation, but lovely people who are making the best of the mess they are in.
Then we heard from a listener -- Fred Richardson, in the San Juan Islands off Washington State, who writes:
I was listening with great interest right up to the end, when you announced his affiliation with the... NED. That rang my alarm bells!
NED...is well-known for both its documented, and its suspected, work as a front for the CIA. It has been called a "surrogate" for the CIA. Of course, I immediately wondered what secret agenda was behind the report.
If you read some of the stuff written online about the National Endowment, you might get the same impression.
So here's what NED is telling him, and us:
Please assure your listeners that, contrary to the assertions of Mr. Richardson, the National Endowment for Democracy is an incredibly open and transparent organization, which has earned a global reputation as the world's leading democracy promotion foundation.
Over its 25-year history, NED has worked to support the efforts of grass-roots democrats, in every corner of the world, who seek to build democratic systems of government, that protect basic rights and freedoms.
Your listeners can be assured that NED and our grantees are hard at work, trying to ensure that people everywhere enjoy the same rights as Mr. Richardson - to speak freely - even when they are wrong.
That, from Jane Riley Jacobsen, director of public affairs at the National Endowment For Democracy, in Washington, D.C.
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