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March 10/13, 2011 Dispatches: from Beijing - Mendoza, Argentina - Tripoli - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Punta Allen, Mexico

Rosa Gomez and Antonio Savone, torture victims in facing cells, reunite years later in Buenos Aires. (Photo/Alison Crawford CBC)

Tension in China. The winds from North Africa blow all the way to China, where they're rolling back the reforms of the Beijing Olympics.

A heartbreaking homecoming in Argentina, as two torture victims reunite in the hopes of convicting their captors.

Our correspondent in Libya on the new politics emerging from the leaderless rebellions of the Middle East.

And, Lobsterman Charley can fight off poison fish by eating them. But there's a man-made threat now fouling Mexican waters that's well beyond him.

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Chinese authorities ask an Associated Press cameraman to leave the area near the shopping street of Wangfujing in Beijing, late last month (Photo/AP)

Rolling back reforms

China's cracking down on dissent again. It's prompted in part by a recent internet call for peaceful protest in a dozen cities, thought to have been sent by dissident Chinese groups overseas.

One of the locations was to be Wangfujing, a Beijing shopping mall. But journalists who went to see what would happen, discovered the rules of the game had changed violently overnight.

The CBC's Anthony Germain was among them and he joined Rick from a stopover in Cairo.

Hear their conversation


Prisoners held and tortured in the same prison block in Argentina in the 1970s, including Antonio Savone and Rose Gomez, reunited in Buenos Aires (Photo/Alison Crawford CBC)

Through their eyes

They called it  "the Singing Room." And sometimes, "the Barbeque," which is closer to what it really was: a torture chamber in the basement of a police station in 1970s Argentina.

And it was bad, what they did to Antonio Savone.  Much worse for Rosa Gomez, the woman whose cries he heard from the cell facing his. 

Argentina was in the grip of a murderous dictatorship and all these years later, Antonio is heading back, to finally meet Rosa face to face, and confront their captors.

The CBC's Alison Crawford begins our story in Antonio's Toronto home.

Listen to Alison's documentary

Read more about Antonio and Rosa's story, plus video.


An rebel carrying the flag of pre-Gadhafi Libya (Photo/Reuters)

A correspondent's-eye-view of change in the Arab world

 We're just weeks into a new political reality in several North African states. And the questions now seem to be, are the revolutions holding?  Is leadership emerging? Is more change coming?

The CBC's Middle East correspondent, Margaret Evans, has covered the politics of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen in the years before their revolutions. And she has been back to most of them since.

We reached her in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Hear their conversation


News junkies in Addis Ababa, getting their fix by renting newspapers in the city centre (Photo/Maggie Downs)

The View from Addis Ababa: Renting the news here

Dispatches contributor Kaj Hasselriis reports from a part of Africa where they'd rather rent their information than buy it.

Listen to Kaj's View from Here





Lobsterman Charley, as he's known in his small fishing village in Mexico, holds up his latest catch, the venomous lionfish. (Photo/Joey Gill)

 The lament of Lobsterman Charley

Far from the resorts and development of Mexico's East coast is the little town that lobster built.

Punta Allen has been feeding fishermen and an entire industry for many years without incident.

Until now.

Now it's got two problems. One of them man-made. The other, more poisonous, as we hear in the lament of Lobsterman Charley, heading to the water with reporter Joey Gill in tow.

Listen to Joey's documentary


A sneak preview: Outsourcing

Here's a preview of an interview we'll bring you in an upcoming episode of Dispatches. 

This is an excerpt from a new book by author Shehzad Nadeem, called Dead Ringers: How Outsourcing is Changing the Way Indians Understand Themselves.

The book offers some brittle truths about the effect of outsourcing all those call centres and IT jobs to India.

Listen to Shehzad Nadeem reading an excerpt


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