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Middle East: April 2012 Archives

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Yemen: A lesson in insecurity


The Romans called it "Arabia Felix".  Happy Arabia.

But Yemen, as it's known today, is anything but. Buffeted by rebellion and its own Arab Spring, political instability is on vivid display now that miltants have seized an entire province and sent its residents packing.

Today many live with the legacy of unrest that's driven them from their homes to refuge in distant schools where Canadian journalist Lindsay Mackenzie says the only lessons they learn, are the hard ones.

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April 19 & April 22, 2012 - from Mexico - Cuba - Yemen - Peru - Cairo, Egypt

From our correspondents around the world...

 

Selioua Muhammad, 25, sits inside her rooftop shelter in Sheik Othman, Yemen. Muhammad fled her home in June 2011 and has lived at this school since then. (Photo: Lindsay Mackenzie)

The drug cartels have stolen Mexico's dignity. Journalist Luis Najera wants his back.

The new entrepreneurial Cuba. Forget what you thought it was. The Fixer's gonna show you what it is.

Then, the school everyone goes to but no one attends. Children of the Bombardment learn hard lessons in Yemen.

Plus, the View from Peru, of an extraordinary Easter re-enactment.

And, in times of war, this much is true. Everybody lies. That said, we consider the source of reporting from Syria.

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April 12 & April 15, 2012 - from Libya - Ganta, Liberia - Montreal - Paris

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A man points to the place where a bomb exploded. The target was a UN convoy in Benghazi, Libya. The attack reinforces concerns about instability in Libya, since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. (Photo: REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori)

Remember Libya? The one before Syria. Some Libyans think we've forgotten and it's helping tip the country into chaos.

If a neighbour killed your kin and went unpunished, you'd have an idea what it's like in Liberia, where victims of war crimes live in peace without justice.

And from the archives, we strut with The Society of Revellers and Elegant People. Of course they're French. French-African.

Then, as cholera makes a comback in Haiti, a Canadian author tells why it's poised to become the quintessential disease of our time.

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April 5 and April 8, 2012 - from Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Kiev, Ukraine - Prato, Italy - Ganta, Liberia - Tel Aviv, Israel

From our correspondents around the world...

 

Haiti's President Michel Martelly (c) leaving a news conference in March, held to dispel rumours that he holds dual US-Haitian nationality. (Photo REUTERS/Swoan Parker)

The power of rumour in Haiti. It's enough to shut down a city.

Greeks and Turks make nice. Together! A cautious change in a troubled relationship.

And from the vaults, a story of Italian factories powered by Chinese labour. Business turns a profit, but both cultures take a loss.

Then, something few in Israel want to talk about.  How the state uses, and abuses, its Arab informers.

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