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Asia: February 2012 Archives

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March 1 & 4, 2012 - from Moscow - Jacmel, Haiti - Sanaa, Yemen - Dharamsala, India - Pakistan

From our correspondents around the world....
 

Jean Rody Joseph gets painted with acrylic house paint before going out for carnival in Jacmel, Haiti. The lanse kòd, or the rope-throwers, are the biggest, baddest, and the most menacing on the streets during Carnival. (Photo: Ben Depp)

Russia's election. But the campaign's more interesting than the outcome.  

Haiti's carnival. A dark and distrubing affair from the Rope Throwers of Jacmel.

And Yemen protests. We walk through Change Square to hear why they keep at it.

Also on the program, Pakistan's Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, on documenting the grisly abuse in a film that just won her an Oscar.

And, the Buddhists of Tibet grapple with the growing number of poltical suicides by fire. 

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Saving Face: Pakistan deals with acid attacks on women

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is co-director and co-producer of Saving Face - winnner of the Academy award for best short documentary. Photo/Asad Faruqi - HBO

In the Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shows women grotesquely disfigured by the acid used by their husbands and suitors to attack them.

But the film is about victory, not only loss.

Acid attacks, which are not unique to Pakistan, are put on trial. 

And, unlikely heroes emerge to help mend the dignity and the smiles of the victims.

Sharmeen is a dual citizen of Canada and Pakistan. 

She joined us from Los Angeles shortly before winning her Academy Award. 

Hear her interview with Rick

Saving face will be aired on HBO on March 8th.

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February 16 & 19: from Santa Ana, California - South Sudan - Beijing - Berlin


From our correspondents around the world....
 

Judge Wendy Lindley (left) presides over the Orange County Combat Veterans Court, an alternative to conventional justice for war veterans  (photo/California Courts)



Michael Jones did nine tours in combat until PTSD landed him in trouble with the law, but a special California court is trying to put veterans back together.

Speaking of trouble, it's now something a poet and assembly-line workers have in common in China, and we'll hear why.

Then, Kennedy Jawoko's very bad day in South Sudan. The story that landed our correspondent in hospital.

And from our vaults, why Germany's reviewing streets named for offenders from the days of colonialism.

And Woodie Alan, ladies and gentlemen! No, not Woody Allen. The Sino-American blues band that's found a niche in China.  

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February 9 & 12: from Cairo - Kazakhstan - Turkey - India - New York

From our correspondents around the world....
 

CBC Correspondent Derek Stoffel talks with a group of Syrian refugees living at a camp at the Turkey/Syria border. (Photo: CBC)

Egyptians may be divided over military rule but the army's not going anywhere soon. We'll hear why its influence is too deep to deny. 

In Kazahkstan, nobody grows very old in the villages near a former nuclear test site now being considered for commercial farming. 

CBC News enters the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, where exiles exist on a diet of defiance and division.

In India, cheap handmade cigarettes may have health risks but they're going global anyway.  

And, the life of Brian: how a guy from Brooklyn found his muse in the music of Africa.

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