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Middle East: April 2011 Archives

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April 28 & May 1: from Coban, Guatemala - Zimbabwe - Benghazi, Libya - Kolkata, India - Belize.

A sort of normalcy in evidence at a Benghazi market.  In "Free Libya" people are taking steps to create a new society that breaks from Gadhafi's, hoping it survives his effort to restore his rule.  Photo/Derek Stofel

In the new Free Libya, police are no longer under orders to abuse the public. The other big change is that people have hope for the future.

From India, the story of a private investigator who busts counterfeiters by day and busts out Bollywood dance moves by night. You can tell a lot about a country by its gumshoes.

Zimbabwe's contribution to the glossary of dictatorship? It's called "Smart Genocide." Less killing, more torture -- and dirty diamonds are the prize.

Guatemala calls off its state of seige against a brutal drug cartel invading from Mexico. Guess what?  A lot of people fear their own army more than the cartel.

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April 14 & 17: from Tokyo - Montreal - London - Kampala, Uganda - Berlin - North Korea

This week, correspondent Laura Lynch takes us on the canvas -- and on the board -- for a few rounds of chessboxing. (photo/Reuters)

Berlin's anti-Nazi Cleaning Lady, scrubbing hatred from public places no matter who she offends.

Japan's widening woes.  It's the farmers' turn to scramble from the shadow of the nuclear plant.

They call it chessboxing and our correspondent is ringside as a merry cult of combatants battle for self-control on the canvas and the board.

With cholera wracking Haiti, a Canadian author warns it's poised to become the quintessential disease of our time.

In South Korea they're called "citizen journalists." North Korea calls them spies, but they're sourcing new stories from the most secretive country on earth. 

And, if you're looking for the Gadhafi mosque, it's over on Gadhafi Road. But what's it doing in Uganda? 

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April 7 & 10: from Cairo - Dakar, Senegal - Libya - Liberia - Tijuana, Mexico

Libyan amateur soldiers risk their lives to fight the Gadhafi army.  Then, some, go home at night.  Photo/Margaret Evans.

Egyptian protesters break into state spy headquarters and find personal files, matching bathrobes -- and new suspicions.

The Redemption Of General Butt Naked, one of Liberia's most feared warlords.

Tales from the desert road. Our correspondent travels with Libya's rookie rebels. 

We'll hear Mexican opera singers out to improve Tijuana's image, one aria at a time.

Some presidents build countries.  How will Haiti's new president re-build his? 

And how to make a million in Senegal. You'll need a loincloth. And lots and lots of sand. 

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Jordan's protests run deep

The civil unrest roiling through the Arab world is lapping at Jordan's historic City of Seven Hills.

Jordan, a state full of refugees from the Arab-Israeli conflict, is also being punished by its neighbours for supporting Iraq during the Gulf War 21 years ago.

That frames the life of one of the protestors now rising up against the rule of King Abdullah II.  Irish journalist Don Duncan puts a human face on the unrest in the kingdom.

Don's View From Here

It was part of his report on the March 31 Dispatches