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Middle East: July 2010 Archives

July 22 & 25: from Beirut - France - Siberia - Mumbai

Yaks and thugs and 160 flat tires; the cyclist who pedalled halfway around the world to take on his own fears.

From the can't-win-for-losing department;: musicians in Lebanon win acclaim for singing in Arabic. Then lose it, for singing in Arabic. 

Why France takes the cake. Insights into a country that views pastry as culture, and how chefs become kings.

And from Mumbai, why Mary Colaso can't go home. The elderly of India are being moved out, not in.

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July 8 & 11: from Washington - Sierras de Rocha, Uruguay - Yankassa, Sierra Leone - Montreal - Kabul

Photo courtesy ">PLAN Ceibal

The country where every schoolkid gets a laptop. You knew it would happen someday. You may be surprised as to where. 

Then, do Sunni Muslims have a future in Iraq?  A new book says they've been eclipsed and the country will be worse off without them. 

A look at the land-grab business. Agribusiness is in the global market for arable land, but is the developing world selling off its future food security?

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July 1 & 8: from Gobi Desert, Mongolia - Tajikistan - London - Nicaragua - Damascus

Mongolian schoolchildren: the front line in the fight against fossil poachers in the Gobi desert (Photo/Danielle Nerman)

The many ways Canadians bring you the world.

An all-Canadian effort, starting with a  Calgary reporter in search of fossil thieves thwarting Canadian scientists in the Gobi Desert.

Then, a Canadian back from working in Tajikistan, which he describes as the Sopranos run by Fred Flintstone but too important to ignore.

We have a Canadian documentary-maker who bought himself a little piece of heaven in Nicaragua and found himself in a world of land craziness.

And, a Syrian-Canadian who took in Ladies Hour at the ancient Bath of Roses in Damascus, where they still dip like the Romans did.

Finally, a CBC journalist recalls going for gold in the Defend-Canada-From-The-British-Media Olympics. No place for false starts.

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