Asia: March 2011 Archives

March 24 - 27, 2011 from: Noda and Sendai, Japan - Chernobyl - Tunis - Benghazi, Libya - Berlin

People ride bicycles pasrt debris of buildings wrecked by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. REUTERS/Yegor Trubnikov

Scenes from a tsunami It's already changing Japan forever.

With the weakness of nuclear plants exposed, we'll hear again from our reporter in Chernobyl.

We have a correspondent in Libya with the new rebel recruits. 

 And another in post-revolution Tunisia, where everyone's complaining. But now someone's listening.

Our correspondent just back from Japan gets his radiation tests.

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All that plus your letters, Rick's weird March break, and some deeply different Deep Purple.

 (Right) A defector from Gadhafi's forces trains young rebel recruits for the mission to overthrow the tyrant. Phot/Bonnie Allen


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Noda, Japan...pictures, pieces of lives


photo/Curt Petrovich


 Curt Petrovich was one of the CBC's reporters making way through the rubble of Japan's disaster zone.  Their blog reports and pictures are on cbc.ca/news. These are two of Curt's photos, of Yosuke Oda -- who was finding family photos in the ruins and displaying them for families still able to reclaim their memories. 


photo/Curt Petrovich.




Curt on this, for The World At 6

Beijing...ice swimming and loving it

Canadian journalist Allie Jaynes found that "the old swimming hole" has a different meaning in the winter in a Beijing park after the pond has frozen over. 

Taking the cold plunge  

Kabul... Ormiston on Afghanistanization

Next week, after ten years of preparation, Afghanistan assumes responsibility for securing several parts of the country now patrolled by NATO.

Longer term, the date Afghans really focus on is 2014 -- when most NATO forces begin to withdraw completely, and Afghanistan has to police itself.

Meantime the spring fighting season's about to rear up.  The violence is expected to be worse than last year, according to the general in charge of American and NATO forces.

The CBC's newest foreign correspondent is Susan Ormiston, newsgathering now in Kabul.

Susan's conversation with Rick



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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China rolls back reforms

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

China's cracking down on dissent again, prompted in part by a recent internet call for peaceful protest in a dozen cities.

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

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

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