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June 23 & 26: from Port-au-Prince, Haiti - El Paso, Texas - the Balkans - Dublin, Ireland - Oakland, California

Mike Landry helps carry a former patient to her home. But is it her new "prison"? Photo/Fiona Stephenson

A doctor's lament for the injured of Haiti's earthquake; "By saving them, did we condemn them to suffer?" 

How did the U.S. war on terror miss the man who tried to kill Castro. Just clumsy? Or just convenient?

Why hundreds of sham marriages are taking place in Ireland and there's nothing police can do about it.

How an American school menu got "nuggetized" and Oakland, California became a "food desert."

And the old Discovery Channel come-on.  

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Being cruel to be kind?

When the earthquake ravaged Haiti, the world tried to help.  But it remains a country of damaged homes, and damaged people. 

That's been troubling Mike Landry.

He answered Haiti's call, treating people with terrible spinal cord injuries. 

He's a Canadian physio-therapist, a professor at the University of Toronto.  And a frontline kind of guy, with 15 years' experience in global rescue missions.

It's been his life's work. You'd think he'd be happy.  Instead, he's wracked with guilt and doubts.

Landry went back to see how the people he treated are doing. And to deal with the nagging questions his inner voice is asking.

He lets Dispatches evesdrop on that voice now, as he searches for answers amid Haiti's fragments, and the faces of those he cares for.

 Listen to Mike's dispatch

Mike Landry is a physical therapist, a professor at the University of Toronto, and a scientist at the Toronto Rehab Institute. His experience with emergency missions include Bosnia, Kosovo, Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Haiti.

After we aired his story, he found himself in the midst of a growing debate. Many told him the same problems confront Canadians who can't get the rehabilitation care they need. So he's now working on a documentary film grappling with the issues raised by forgotten survivors with broken bodies. 

What do you think? Is Mike being too hard on himself or right to question the way we respond to a global health crisis? We'd like your thoughts. Email dispatches@cbc.ca.

 

Luis Posada Carriles worked for the CIA against Castro. He also killed a dozens of civilians. Will the U.S. treat him like a terrorist? Photo/Reuters

U.S. terror suspects: some less terrible than others?

For insights into the tortured state of Cuban-American relations, consider the case of Luis Possado Carriles.

He's accused of some very bad things.

Like blowing up a passenger jet, and trying to kill Castro. But when some Cubans ratted him to the FBI as a terrorist, it was they who wound up in jail.

Did we mention he was once a CIA informant?

Some believe this is one terrorist the U.S. war on terror doesn't  intend to get around to.  

But when he wound up on trial in El Paso, Texas recently --  not for terrorism but some routine fraud charges -- the case got a little embarassing for the American government.

Rick spoke with Stephen Kimber -- who was at the trial in El Paso, researching a book about this story.  He's a journalism professor at the University of King's College in Halifax.

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 His piece on cbc.ca

The Posada trial went on for 13 weeks, and in the end the jury took less than a day to decide Posada was not guilty on 11 counts of lying to immigration authorities.  And not guilty on three counts of lying about his role in those Havana hotel bombings. 

Surprising, said some observers, considering the prosecution played recordings where Posada took credit for the bombings, though he later retracted the statements. 

Stephen Kimber has called the result a "fly-in-the-face-of-all-the-facts verdict." 

The Cuban government, unsurprisingly, describes it as a "shameful farce." 

And a lawyer for the Venezuelan government says that government will renew its efforts to have Posada extradited. 

 

Nothing but mammals 

Last Christmas we put together a program of musical moments provided by our listeners and correspondents based around tunes they may not always like -- but can never forget -- because of what was happening when they heard them. 

From the CBC's Latin America correspondent, Connie Watson, we got one arising from a dodgy voyage of discovery in the Balkans. After hearing her tale you may never think of the Discovery Channel in quite the same way again!

 Connie recounts the story 

 

 Not love, actually

She arrived at Dublin airport from Latvia, just 18 years old. Like most of the others, Anna was young, naive and poor.

She'd been recruited from a European Union state by human traffickers, procuring women to enter into sham marriages to men from non-EU countries seeking a shortcut to legal residence.

Since Latvia is so poor, and Ireland has no laws against marriages of convenience, they're the new playgrounds for the scammers.

Jamie Smyth, social affairs correspondent for The Irish Times, profiled Anna as part of an extensive series on Ireland's surge in sham marriages.

 He spoke to Rick from Dublin  

 

TV chef Jamie Oliver serves healthy school lunches (Photo/Reuters)

No fat-free lunch

"Feathers or leather?" a flight attendant once asked me, immediately one-upping anything I could have said about the chicken and beef  simmering beneath silver foil. 

But if airplane food is a flyer's eternal dilemma, consider the kids food being served up by the school lunch program in Oakland, California.

Some of it's not so healthy.  The rest of it just looks that way.

Little wonder childhood obesity is such a problem.

California may want the best for its kids. But the kind of food it's pushing seems designed to fail them, as we hear from CBC Correspondent Jennifer Westaway.

 Listen to Jennifer's Dispatch 

 

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