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Asia: February 2010 Archives

February 25 & 28: from Los Angeles - Harare - Dushanbe - London - Kandahar

In the L.A. neighbourhood of Watts, Miss Ware and Miss Williams have spent decades helping black kids find a bright future.

In Zimbabwe though, Robert Mugabe is rounding out his regime's 30 years, making sure the country has a bleak one.

Then there's Tajikistan. Our guest says it's The Sopranos run by Fred Flintstone. But too important to ignore.

Our correspondent goes for gold in the Defend-Canada-From-The-British-Media Olympics. It's no place for false starts.

And, most press clubs are more about single malts than multiple dangers. We'll hear why Afghanistan's is so different.

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February 18 & 21: from Zurich - Kabul - Cambodia - London

How an obscure political party managed to persuade the Swiss public to ban minarets from mosques. Wait till you hear what they're working on next.

Operation Moshtarak is rolling over southern Afghanistan. But has NATO got the target wrong?

Pop a pill, kill a tree. We revisit the drug trade that's damaging the forests of southeast Asia. 

And, the trouble with paradise; how Jamaica's turbulent past still shapes its troubled future.

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February 11 & 14: from Port-au-Prince - Sochi, Russia - New York - Havana

Chinese teenager Deng Senshan spent a lot of time on the internet. So his parents sent him to a boot camp for what turned out to be a fatal cure. But is the web really addictive?

Not in Cuba, where few are allowed on it. We'll hear from some enterprising Cubans dodging the state's control.

The struggle for souls in Haiti: it's voodoo versus evangelism in a competition for converts amid the rubble.

And Uncle Sam wants youth: the American military's stealth campaign that targets new recruits.

And, Olympic security: if it's all we can do to safeguard these winter games, what'll it be like with a war zone bordering the site of the next one?

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February 4 & 7: from Kandahar - San Salvador - Karanovo, Bulgaria - Buenos Aires - Bogota

Canadian confidence in Kandahar. Commanders prepare to take the war to the Taliban. 

The reverse remittance trap. Salvadorans find themselves sending money to relatives in the U.S.

Someone is stealing chariots and antiquities right out of the Bulgarian soil, and there's not much anyone can do about it.

A suitcase full of cash. A suspect singing like a canary. Did a foreign government try to buy Argentina's election?

And why Dispatches' ambitions to report from the moon are no longer as sure as they once were.

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