Middle East: March 2011 Archives

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March 31 & April 3: from Grand Forks, North Dakota - Ukraine - Amman, Jordan - Bunya, Democratic Republic of Congo - Manila, Philippines

A U.S. Predator-B unmanned drone like the one now deployed by the Americans to look across the Canadian border. Photo/Reuters

Powered by fear: The U.S. flies its eyes-in-the-skies drones above the Canadian border.

Justice delayed in the Philippines, where someone's killing the witnesses while a mass murder case stalls. 

Mother to another's brothers: A new Canadian film confronts the special perils facing black foster kids in Ukraine. 

Risk Radio: The CBC's correspondent in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the risk of reporting war crimes on local radio.

And, crossing Jordan: Civil unrest sends another Arab King scrambling. His daddy was a survivor. Is King Abdullah his father's son? .

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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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The screwy Saudi security syndrome

Dispatches host Rick MacInnes-Rae remembers a Saudi man in flowing robes approaching him in the street and said the house across the square is headquarters to the notorious Abu Nidal, at the time a wanted terrorist:

"Then he asked if I had any whisky.  Screwy moments like that are, frankly, one of the perqs of being a correspondent."


Laura Lynch, at her home base in Britain.

And for a female correspondent working Saudi Arabia, the stories can be considerably weirder, especially in a time of unrest, like now, as we hear in this week's guest essay from the CBC's Laura Lynch.

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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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Addis Ababa...renting the news of revolution


News junkies in Addis Ababa, get their fix by renting newspapers in the city centre (Photo/Maggie Downs)

Poor, and hungry for news

Dispatches contributor Kaj Hasselriis reports from a part of Africa where they rent their information rather than buy it.


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How they follow the news from Libya -- in Liberia

News junkies (left) in Monrovia, get their fix by reading a blackboard in the city centre. (photo/Prue Clarke)

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March 10/13, 2011 Dispatches: from Beijing - Mendoza, Argentina - Tripoli - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Punta Allen, Mexico

Rosa Gomez and Antonio Savone, torture victims in facing cells, reunite years later in Buenos Aires. (Photo/Alison Crawford CBC)

Tension in China. The winds from North Africa blow all the way to China, where they're rolling back the reforms of the Beijing Olympics.

A heartbreaking homecoming in Argentina, as two torture victims reunite in the hopes of convicting their captors.

Our correspondent in Libya on the new politics emerging from the leaderless rebellions of the Middle East.

And, Lobsterman Charley can fight off poison fish by eating them. But there's a man-made threat now fouling Mexican waters that's well beyond him.

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