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January 27 & 30: from Yunnan Province, China - Pennsylvania - Jerusalem - Glasgow - Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort on the island of Hainan: China is becoming a golf mecca for Asia. Photo/Anthony Germain

China's growing affluence is spoiling a lot of good walks, as golf finds a following among the nouveau riche.

Why the world's leading Nazi hunter says Canada's doing a lousy job.

It's justice delayed for women in the DRC.  A look at the plight of the wartime victims of rape in Congo.

Meet the Indiana Jones of lost languages, scouring the globe to save endangered tongues.

 

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Chinese women are being lured to the links from their villages. Caddying can earn them a year's salary in just one month. Photo/Anthony Germain

Fore! China comes out swinging.

In China, the game of golf is slowly staking a place alongside designer culture as the latest sign of status in a country teeming with new millionaires seeking places to play.

And when it comes to cost and course maintenance, there's no such thing as over-the-top, thanks to cheap Chinese labour.

But manicured turf and emerald greens aren't just re-shaping the Chinese countryside. They're transforming the lives of thousands of peasants who've left the farm for the fairways.

CBC Radio's China Correspondent, Anthony Germain, finds it's all so new China.

Listen to Anthony's dispatch now

There are downsides to the golf boom...

Hear Anthony on that now

If you want to SEE the kind of Chinese golf luxury Anthony's talking about, check out his narrated slideshow here.

 

Nedmit is a speaker of the endangered Monchak language in Mongolia. He's showing linguist David Harrison how to hobble a horse. Photo/Kelly J. Richardson

Trying to save dying tongues

A days at work for Canadian David Harrison can sound...

like this...

And as you can tell, he's not exactly tethered to his desk at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where he's Professor of Linguistics.

This Harrison's been called "the Indiana Jones of linguistics," roaming the world in search of dying languages, reviving them if he can, and documenting their secrets along the way.

It's all in his new book, called The Last Speakers: the Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages.

David Harrison joins me from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania to explain how he does that.

Listen to David now

David Harrison is Professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College and a Fellow of the National Geographic Society. Last Speakers is published by National Geographic. Hear a sample reading from the author now.

A film called The Linguists was produced about Harrison's exploits with partner Gregory Anderson.  Hear a sample of  the film here.

 

 

Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, at a press conference in Chile. Photo/ Santiago Llanquin - AP

The hunt for the last nazis

The most wanted Nazi war criminal in the world is living freely in Syria, despite a conviction in France for sending thousands of Jews to the death camps.

For its failure to root him out, Syria gets a failing grade in the latest annual report by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

And Canada rates even lower, says the Jewish human rights group which has been tracking down Nazis for nearly 25 years.

Dr. Efraim Zuroff is the author of the Centre's latest report.   Hear his interview from Jerusalem now

Efraim Zuroff is the author of the book, Operation Last Chance, published by Macmillan.

 

Isareli singer Yasmin Levy's father preserved Ladino folk songs from Spain which she is re-styling for new audiences. Photo/Ali Taskiran

Ladino: Songs of the Jews from Spain to the world

Jewish folk songs survived the expulsion of the Jews from Spain more than five-hundred years ago.  Over time they were re-shaped in different countries. The result is called Ladino. And it's finding new audiences thanks to artists like Yasmin Levy, who Dispatches caught up to at the Celtic Connections music festival in Glasgow.

Listen to Yasmin's musical story of Ladino now

Thanks to Dispatches contributor Maria Bakkalapulo in Glasgow.

Yasmin's website 

 

Rape victims Elizabeth and Imelda stand next to their attackers in a Goma court in the DRC. Photo/Stephen Puddicombe

Congo Justice: a court that nobody trusts.

Life expectancy in the Democratic Republic of Congo is forty-seven years, one of the lowest in the world.

But the chances of getting raped there are among the highest in the world.

The country's long civil war targets civilians in the Kivu provinces of northern Congo, and women are chief among the casualties.

It's home to the largest U.N. peace-keeping mission in the world, but the force of 27,000 is powerless to police a country a quarter the size of the U.S.

The DRC's shambolic legal system offers little justice and even less of a deterrent as the CBC's Stephen Puddicombe discovered in the rape capital of the world.

  Hear Stephen's dispatch now

As Dispatches went to air, word came from Goma that the two accused men in Stephen's story have been convicted of rape and sentened to 12 years each.

 

A peek at next week...

Here's a bit from something we're working on for next week. It's the story of a Mexican who loves his roosters more than his wife. Yeah, it's not so good for the rooster either.

Listen to a teaser now

 

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

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