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March 25 & 28: from Karachi - San Giuseppe - Jato - Eleuthera

The militarization of the Arctic. How the promise of new energy and new shipping lanes is changing the North.

Pizzo, and the murdering Pig. Reporting on the Sicilian Mafia has some chilling moments for our correspondent.

It's better in the Bahamas, especially if you're poaching from the sea. We'll hear how the country's trying to change that, before it's too late.

Why Big Tobacco is taking on an entire country in Latin America.

And, it's burgers versus bun kebabs in Pakistan, where what you eat, says who you are.

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Staking claims in the Arctic Ice

The "Arctic Five" is onstage in Quebec next week. And this band is playing for one very large pot.

It's a meeting of Foreign Ministers from the five states with Arctic coastlines, for a polite tussle over claims to the North.

The prospect of new shipping lanes emerging from the Arctic ice -- and potential petroleum wealth beneath it -- has already triggered a gradual militarization of the region.

Later this decade, a U.N. body will begin to decide who owns how much. In the meantime, host nation Canada suffers from a crediblity gap, according to Charles Emmerson.

Charles Emmerson has been a foreign policy expert with the World Economic Forum, and has just released his new book, The Future History Of The Arctic, published by Public Affairs.

Rick's talk with Charles.

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 Are you a Burger or a Bun Kabab?

They say, you are what you eat, and that's never been more true than it is in Pakistan right now.

Its urban elites have come to like western-style fast food so much, it's become their nickname.

And the average man-in-the-street is also tagged with a gastonomic handle all his own.

In Pakistan, food can define you.

Food is culture. Food is politics. It can fill and confuse you, as Natasha Fatah discovers as she returns to her homeland to get acquainted with its future, and her family.

Natasha's dispatch...

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Cigarette showdown in Latin America

The Marlboro Man is fixing to put his brand on Uruguay, and one way or another, somebody's going to get burned.

With markets drying up in the developing world, the cigarette company Philip Morris hopes to expand in Latin America.

But Uruguay's non-smoking policy is costing it money, so it's fighting for compensation.

Here's where it gets even more interesting.

This is the first time Big Tobacco has challenged a government, using the terms of an international trade agreement.

Roberto Bissio is Director of the Third World Institute in Uruguay, a civil society organization.

The street sign photo that led to Nancy's detention by Sicilian police. (Photo/Nancy Greenleese)

He's been monitoring the case. And we caught up to him in Paris.

Our interview with Roberto.

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No pics please, we're Sicilian  

In Sicily, there's been a campaign to weed out the island's legendary organized crime figures and seize their assets. We've mentioned it on the program before.

But just when it seems to be working, something mysteriously catches fire.

As we hear in this week's essay from contributor Nancy Greenleese, it makes for a kind of contradictory atmosphere in Sicily's mountainous north.

Nancy's essay...

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Better in the Bahamas?

Imagine fishing laws without enforcement. It's a poachers paradise.

Conch shell graveyard on Eleuthera Island, the Bahamas (Photo/Vanessa Kalisz)

Well in the Bahamas, disappearing stocks are proof of the damage being done.

The challenge to its government now is to change that freebooting culture, and the appetite of the tourists that sustain it.

Canadian journalist Cesil Fernandes has more from a beach on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera.

 

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Postscript: Tuna ban torpedoed

Last program we heard about an international vote to ban further fishing of declining stocks of bluefin tuna. The ban failed to pass. Canada was among those voting against it. There are about 300 licenced bluefin tuna fishers on Prince Edward Island.

 

This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally, technical producers Victor Johnston and Tim Lorimer and Senior Producer Alan Guettel and Rick MacInnes-Rae.

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