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February 17 & 20: from Lampedusa, Italy - Kingi, Democratic Republic of Congo - Uganda - Iran via Washington - Urumqi, China

They chased their president into exile, but thousands of Tunisians are fleeing their "revolution" seeking refuge on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. Photo/Reuters

The aftershocks of Tunisia's uprising. Why the revolution is driving some people out of the country.

In Uganda, the opposition fears the country's strongman will steal this week's election.

Iran is erupting, but it's all just good sketch material for a couple of expat comics living in Washington.

We're in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where former rebels are getting away with murder.

And, the sound of Uyghur music. A minority in China listens to its past, for clues to its future. 

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Some of the thousands of Tunisians on Lampedusa after fleeing the country they recently liberated from a tyranical president.  Photo/Reuters

Tunisian tide hits Italian island

The uprising that began in Tunisia is now spilling refugees onto the shores around it.

The tiny Italian island of Lampedusa, just a hundred kilometres to the east of Tunisia, has been hardest-hit.

As we hear from Megan Williams in The View From Here.

Hear Megan Williams' View From Here



Uganda's strongman leader Museveni. Poised to seize another term in power? Photo/Reuters

Thumping for votes in Uganda

Talk about social networking! Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni has got his funky self on YouTube where he's been playing to the youth vote in this week's national election. Would you vote for this man?

Museveni wants another term in the office he seized twenty-five years ago.

Once upon a time he was in tight with the West.

But in recent years he's behaved more like an old-style autocrat, setting thugs on his critics. And while Tunisia's spirit of rebellion is sweeping north Africa, it's not getting a lot of traction in places like Uganda to the south.

The CBC's Africa Correspondent Carolyn Dunn tells us why


Some of the villagers in Congo who claim they are being abused by former rebels who have been integrated into the national army. Photo/Stephen Puddicombe

  Congo rebels in the ranks

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the state has been bringing former rebels into the national army, in an attempt to pacify them.

It claims thousands have been successfully integrated into the armed forces in recent years.

But some people tell another story to the CBC's Stephen Puddicombe.

A story of men in uniform, terrorizing the countryside.

Hear Stephen's dispatch now



Kambiz Hosseini hosts, and Saman Arbabi produces Parazit.  Photo/VOA

Punch lines: Taunting Iran

Prompted by events in Tunisia and Egypt, Iranians took to the streets this week in the first public demonstrations in two years.

And there are two guys in Washington who view it all as material for their television show. It's called Parazit. 

Parazit a Persian-language program of political satire beamed into in Iran by Voice of America, the American state-funded broadcaster.

Parazit incidentally, means "static," which is what most Iranians hear when their government jams the stations it doesn't like.

It's hosted by 35-year-old Kambiz Hosseini, and produced by Saman Arbabi, both Iranian-born. And unabashed devotees of The Daily Show.

They joined us from Washington.   Hear the interview now



Traditional Uyghur musician Mahmut (centre) performs on the dutar in a bar in Urumqi, China. Photo/Ursula Engel

Uyghur musicians look outside their borders

In China's northwest, there's a culture struggle underway.

Not only is the Chinese majority threatening to overwhelm Uyghur Muslims.

But, the Uyghurs themselves are torn between what they were, and what they're to become.

And that struggle is playing out in their music, which has its back to China and its face to the west.

For most, playing music is the only time young Uyghurs can transcend the closely-guarded borders of China.

In this next piece, Sameer Farooq examines their pop and their politics, and the experience begins behind the wheel in a Chinese city of Uyghurs.

  Listen to Sameer's documentary now

Sameer is a documentary filmmaker by trade. His crew of Ursula Engel and Stijn Deklerck worked with him on that piece, and their production company, Smoke Signal Projects, is also producing an upcoming documentary film about Uyghur musicians.


On the Dispatches horizon: Lobsterman Charlie

Coming up on a future edition of Dispatches...

He's a fourth-generation fisherman who finds his livelihood endangered by a changing environment that's seen the arrival of a venomous species -- the lionfish -- along with the tons of plastic garbage that pollute the once-pristine waters off Mexico.  Meet lobsterman Charlie. 

A taste of the lobsterman

The lament of the lobsterman, on an upcoming edition of Dispatches.


This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally. With technical producer Tim Lorimer and Victor Johnston. Our senior producer is Alan Guettel.

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