2010 Season: December 2010 Archives

December 30 & Jan 2: from Kibera, Kenya - Montevideo, Uruguay - Dublin, Ireland - New York

A scene from "Togetherness Supreme", a film about people caught up in post-election violence in Kenya (photo/David McDougall)

Art imitates dangerous life in Kenya, where political violence lies dormant, but deadly.

How Ireland's Celtic Tiger got to be one sick cat. A new book predicts the Irish economy will be a zombie for years to come.

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

And possession of cocaine got Amir Amma 25-to-life, a sentence seemingly more suited to murder. But times are changing in New York, and so is he. 

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Dispatches, our soundtrack edition: we sing you the world!

As a holiday special, Dispatches raided the program vaults for the music, songs and sounds collected from around the world for our shows. 

Tunes created from honking horns?  Got 'em!

What's happening in Sheng and Marjinal music?  Check! 

Songs favoured by randy taxi drivers about fornicating wildlife?  You know we got that one!   

And there's a lot more.  We've also got the stories behind them from the correspondents, contributors and even the listeners who brought them to us.  

They're all in our three-part holiday special called Soundtracks of Dispatches 

(A two-part edition of this Soundtrack Edition will be broadcast 5-6:00 pm on January 3 on CBC Radio One.)

Part 1 features sounds and stories from Rick's field archives, the afore-mentioned "wild" life song, a touching tsunami dispatch from a listener, a tribute to a Colombian music legend, a Czech hymn to beer hops, an African witchdoctor with a taste for Barry White, and Austrian monks chantin' and rockin' like it's 999!

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Part 2 features the CBC's Neil Macdonald stuck in a nazi time warp, a hopping recording from a presidential contender in Haiti, a Tina tune turned Icelandic anthem, Egyptian  jazz stylings on the rango, songs for peace from residents of Congo, a citizen's dispatch on Rumours of Glory, and our own Margaret Evans from the streets of grieving Spain. 

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Part 3 features the most requested song in the history of Dispatches!  Hint, it's at the end.  Along with it, music from the waves of the Adriatic and the taxi cars of Ghana.  We hit the streets of Havana with Cuba's punk pundit of politics, and go to the bridges of Jakarta where street kids have their own punk poets laureate.  Then it's songs you might not understand but will love in Africaans and sheng.   Enjoy!

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 Sorry, we can't podcast the Soundtracks edition due to copyright regulations.  

December 23 & 26: from Pakistan - Peja, Kosovo - Hawaii - New York

A hula dancer performs a traditional Hawaiian dance at the nightly torch-lighting and hula show held at sunset on Kuhio Beach in Waikiki in Honolulu. By Marco Garcia, AP

Think you know hula? You don't know hula. "Pops" Pilippo, he knows hula. And he'll teach you to dance it with integrity.

Women living a man's life. Meet the "burnesh" of the Balkans. Women who lead their lives as men.

Could you live on $2 a day? You'll be surprised how many do.

Are you a burger or a bun?  In Pakistan you're be called one or the other depending on what you eat.

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December 16 & 19: from Haiti - Moscow - Cambodia - South Africa

Haitian crowds surge along Champs de Mars Blvd. near the presidential palace. Photo/David Gutnick CBC

Moonshine, machetes and mayhem: Our correspondent's end notes from the crisis in Haiti.

Moscow vs. the mosque: a religious dispute mirrors new tensions between Russia and its Muslims.

Exporting children: why Cambodians are keen to put their kids to work in another country. 

Xenophobia South Africa: The director of a new film about moral choices and mob violence against foreigners.


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December 9 & 12: from Kabul - Goma, DRC - Monrovia, Liberia - Honduras - Vigo, Spain - Los Angeles

Rewti Arjunan, Indian police officer and member of landmark all-female peacekeeping unit in Liberia, teaching martial arts to teenage boys in Monrovia (photo/Bonnie Allen).
The bull leaves the china shop: a look at the political legacy of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Afghan workaround: how to play the system when the system doesn't work.

The killing of a Canadian off Honduras raises questions about the security behind all that sun and sand.

And we're on patrol with one of the world's only female peacekeeping units, in a country where police are considered too dangerous to be given guns.

All that and something new under the sun.  It's got new management.

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December 2 & 5: from Jerusalem - China - Bogota, Colombia - Kabul

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Israeli M.K. Danny Danon favours more laws to compel non Jews to swear loyalty to the Jewish State.

Is it racism or real politik? Why Israel's loyalty oath upsets Jews and Arabs alike.  

As China goes, so goes the world: The author of a new book warns Chinese consumers are transforming everything.

Kidnap radio: So many are held hostage in Colombia their families have their own radio program. Our correspondent's father was one of them.

One-legged bandits? Afghanistan's war-wounded set up a roadside pension plan, though some might call it extortion.

Rikileaks: Rick dishes some diplomatic indiscretions you won't find in Wikileaks.

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