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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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The governor, terminated

Outgoing California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

California won't have the Governator to kick around much longer. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term is up in a few weeks, and the latest American experiment with a high-profile actor-in-office will be over.

In seven years on the job, Schwarzenegger had it all. Low approval ratings. A massive state deficit, and high unemployment.

His politics could be a contradiction, leading some to to label him a "liberal Republican" who subscribed to one party while cribbing from the other. 

So was he a politician?  Or was he acting? Let's review, with CBC correspondent Jennifer Westaway...

Click here for Jennifer's dispatch


War and impunity

The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to suffer the perfect storm.

Dictatorship in the 1990s melted into what's been termed Africa's World War.  Neighbouring countries piled in to grab a share of the country's vast mineral wealth.

These days there's a semblance of government, but rabid militias continue to rape their way through the east, despite the presence of the largest UN peacekeeping force in the world. 

The CBC's Stephen Puddicombe is in the DRC, and he spoke to Rick from Goma...

Click here for Rick's interview with Stephen

We'll be airing some of Stephen's documentaries from the region in coming editions of Dispatches.


The Afghan work-around

Well. the latest Wikileaks would seem to confirm what most people in Kabul already know: government corruption is endemic.

Part of the problem is the president's own half-brother, identified in diplomatic cables as a backstage operator dedicated above all to the advancement of his own Karzai clan. 

Confronted with ineffective government, Afghans shrewdly play the angles and act through advocates to get what they need, as we hear from Dispatches contributor Naheed Mustafa...

Click here for Naheed's documentary

 More of Naheed's Afghanistan reporting for CBC online.


Sun, sand and insecurity

A view from the gated community in Honduras called Campa Vista, which is being marketed only to Canadians.(photo/Dawn Paley - This Magazine).

The killing of a Canadian off Honduras last week has us wondering about the state of security onshore.

58-year-old Milan Egrmajer was attacked  on his sailboat by armed men about 30 kilometres off the north coast.

Now, more and more Canadians are beginning to view Honduras as a warm resort and retirement spot where a little loony goes a long way.

In peak season there's two charters a week flying out of Toronto's Pearson airport. 

But Canadian journalist Dawn Paley sees a darker side to a country still recovering from a coup. And she's written about it in the current edition of This Magazine.

She spoke to Rick from Vancouver...

Click here for Rick's interview with Dawn


Two views from Haitian mountaintops

The CBC's David Common has a correspondent's-eye-view from his latest assignment in Haiti...

David's View From Here about a sudden mountainpass encounter

And his re-takes for the little guy

David Common has been with the CBC team in Haiti for the past several weeks. For more reporting from their assignment, click here.


Women keeping the peace

Rewti Arjunan, Indian police officer and member of landmark all-female peacekeeping unit in Liberia, teaches Indian dancing to teenage girls in Monrovia (photo/Bonnie Allen).

The west African state of Liberia is rebuilding after a protracted civil war, and a special unit of UN peacekeepers is there to see that it does.

Liberia is another of the UN's largest deployments, and embedded in it is a police unit most others don't have. 

It is entirely female, and it says it brings something to the dangerous game of peacekeeping that men just can't, as we hear from Canadian journalist Bonnie Allen. 

Click here for Bonnie's dispatch



The Sun, under new management

Here's a story of Rick's, as he recalls an assignment in a Spanish port a few years ago...and why that place is in the news now, for very different reasons...

Click here for Rick's essay

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

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