Asia: May 2011 Archives
Thursday May 26, 2011
May 26 & 29: from Hainan Island, China - San Diego - Malaysian Borneo - French Mayotte Island - Dublin
The USS Makin Island is the hybrid "Prius" of aircraft carriers. It saved $2-million in fuel on its first mission. Photo/US Navy
The American military goes green, saving gas and soldiers' lives.
Then, the boat people you don't hear about, fleeing by the thousands across the Indian Ocean.
Did an Irishman save the life of young Adolf Hitler? Disturbing new documents have come to light in Dublin.
Skulls on the ceiling and big-screen TV: a tradition in transition in Malaysian Borneo.
And, another cultural change arrives in China. On a surfboard.Download the podcast (right click: save target as) Read more »
Categories: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Past Episodes
Wednesday May 11, 2011
People fleeing chaos in Ivory Coast are flooding refugee centres like this one in nearby Liberia. Photo/Bonnie Allen
A story of the human spirit under pressure in Liberia. The tale of a farmer and the want of some seed.
Bosnia on the boil. With a perfect storm of looming ethnic conflicts, we ask if it's a viable post-war country or just a bunch of bickering cantons?
Sampling death: a slice of life from the Coffin Academy, where South Koreans go to ward off suicide.
From Germany, pressure to rename streets that honor some of the worst offenders from its colonial past.
Blues for the reds: words and music from the journalist who stumbled into stardom playing the blues in China. And the fury and the music of Nigeria's Seun Kuti, the son of a legend with a rebel pedigree.Read more »
Categories: Africa, Asia, Europe, Past Episodes
Friday May 6, 2011
Jane French of Toronto shares this dispatch:
Greeting Rick and the Dispatches team:
Inspired by Rick's encouraging words to listeners to share our stories inspired by experiences in other countries, I respectfully submit the following personal essay based on a recent trip to India and the privilege of staying with our family (by marriage) in Tamil Nadu.
It was twenty years since our first visit to India and everyone wanted to know what was the biggest change?
Western-style toilets are more popular than two decades ago. The price of onions is way up. And auto rickshaws, trucks, motorbikes, buses and bullock carts now wrestle for space with SUVs and high-end imported cars. (continues...)
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Categories: Asia, Correspondents' Dispatches, Your Dispatches
Wednesday May 4, 2011
Newspaper seller in Pakistan. With Bin Laden gone, where will al-Qaeda surge next? Photo/Reuters
al-Qaeda after bin Laden. An expert says it's certainly on the run from old hideouts, but on the rise in new places.
From Italy, the quest for the crypt containing the Mona Lisa smile.
In Scotland, the return of vicious sectarian soccer songs brings police on pitch.
Rwanda resorts to spies and stifling free speech to downplay the legacy of genocide.
And, a new documentary film on a stubborn Russian journalist who refuses to "bootlick" the state that wants rid of him.Read more »
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- Thu., 17 – Beijing...ice swimming and loving it
- Thu., 17 – Kabul... Ormiston on Afghanistanization
- Thu., 17 – March 17/20, 2011 Dispatches: from Kabul - Riyadh - Beijing - Douglas, South Africa -Cozumel - India via New York
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- New North Korea's Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un's uncle, executed
- The execution of leader Kim Jong-un's uncle marks the unprecedented fall from grace of one of the most powerful figures in North Korea and the most serious political upheaval in the country in decades.
- Syria chemical attack confirmed by UN inspectors
- UN inspectors say chemical weapons have been used in the Syrian conflict, definitely in a widely publicized Aug. 21 attack near Damascus and probably in four other locations between March and late August.
- 'Affluenza' defense earns Ethan Couch probation in fatal DUI
- A judge's decision to give a Texas teen 10 years of probation for a fatal accident sparked outrage from relatives of those killed and has led to questions about the defence's strategy of saying affluenza was the reason not to give him to the maximum 20 years in prison.
- Mandela 'fake' interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie: I was hallucinating video
- The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, suffers from schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.
- North Korea's Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un's uncle, executed
- North Korean state media say Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un's uncle, has been executed, calling the leader's former mentor "worse than a dog."