Americas: March 2011 Archives

Grand Forks, ND: misinformation on the menu

A U.S. Predator-B unmanned drone like the one now deployed by the Americans to look across the Canadian border. Photo/Reuters

The U.S. is stepping up its unmanned air patrols along the Canadian border.

It's flying the same Predator plane that's firing rockets at Taliban strongholds in Pakistan's mountains.

It has cameras that can look into windows 60 kilometres away.

The Canadian flights are to some extent the product of fear and pork barrel politics.

CBC Security Correspondent Bill Gillespie visited Grand Forks Air Force base in North Dakota, where the patrols are based.  He found great, but misinformed, support there for keeping a closer watch over what was once the world's longest undefended border. 

Bill's visit to Grand Fork's North Side Diner

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March 31 & April 3: from Grand Forks, North Dakota - Ukraine - Amman, Jordan - Bunya, Democratic Republic of Congo - Manila, Philippines

A U.S. Predator-B unmanned drone like the one now deployed by the Americans to look across the Canadian border. Photo/Reuters

Powered by fear: The U.S. flies its eyes-in-the-skies drones above the Canadian border.

Justice delayed in the Philippines, where someone's killing the witnesses while a mass murder case stalls. 

Mother to another's brothers: A new Canadian film confronts the special perils facing black foster kids in Ukraine. 

Risk Radio: The CBC's correspondent in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the risk of reporting war crimes on local radio.

And, crossing Jordan: Civil unrest sends another Arab King scrambling. His daddy was a survivor. Is King Abdullah his father's son? .

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March 17/20, 2011 Dispatches: from Kabul - Riyadh - Beijing - Douglas, South Africa -Cozumel - India via New York

Afghanistan's newly graduated police, salute Canadian trainers.

With NATO preparing to give a bigger security role to the Afghan military, the CBC correspondent in Kabul tells us how safe the public's feeling.  

The Redemption Of Larry Joe.  A South African convict turns to music to make a good finish from a bad start.

The outcaste elite. If talking to one of those call centres has changed the way you think about India, wait'll you hear how Indians feel about them! 

And an icy view from Beijing, where a foot in cold water is the poor man's recreation.

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Plaza del Mayo... marching, remembering

Phyllis Webster of Toronto heard Alison Crawford's October 10 documentary about Antonio and Rosa -- reuniting to testify against the people who tortured them and repeatedly raped Rosa for months, in a secret Argentina detention centre in 1976.

I am in Argentina as a volunteer teacher for a few months.  This afternoon, I went to the Plaza de Mayo to watch las  abuelas ( the grandmothers) and others who had lost family members during the Dirty War walk  slowly around the plaza for 20 minutes. It was very hot and very emotional as hundreds of us watched respectfully, occasionally applauding as they marched.  Students from the University set up in honour of those who had lost family members joined them also.

I returned to listen to Dispatches, a program I have loved over the years, on CBC Radio Victoria on my computer and heard Rosa and Antonio's story and I wept again.

It has been a day to remember two things:how inhumane we can be to our fellow beings and, on the other hand, how caring we can be as demonstrated by Rosa and Antonio.  Thirdly, it reminds me that we all have to be vigilant about human rights... in Argentina, in Canada and in all the countries of the world.

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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March 3 & 6: from Tunis - London - Orestiada, Greece - Riyadh - Cameroon - Detroit

After ousting their tyranical president Tunisians have re-grouped to demand the old guard step down and allow newly-elected officials to write a democratic constitution. Photo/Megan Williams

Our correspondent in the casbah and the ongoing revolution in Tunisia.

Could it happen in Saudi Arabia? Our correspondent there says it is, kind of.  But there's no tractiont.

Gating the vineyard. Greece takes a dramatic step on the Turkish border to end its reputation as the gateway for illegals to Europe.

Trouble in a paradise of corruption.  One of Cameroon's best-known musicians goes to jail for mocking its "constipated constitution."

Selling America by the pound. Meet the author who's documented the end of a Detroit auto plant, and its rebirth in Mexico.

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