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June 2 & 5: from Lima, Peru - Den Bosch, The Netherlands - Syria - Rondonia, Brazil - Lombardy, Italy

Peruvians pick a new president this week.  One critic says the "choice is between cancer or AIDS".  Photo/AP

Cyber-space is the new East-West war zone. So why is Canada arming both sides?

Peru voters choose between two devils they know.

In Brazil, a dedicated team must find the last survivor of a remote Indian tribe before his enemies do.

Why are Italian soccer players getting Lou Gherig's Disease?  And why is it so hard to find out?

And, should you think of insects as land shrimp, would it be easier to eat them?  The case for consuming bugs.

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Keiko Fujimori has said she'll pardon her father, the former president jailed for thievery and using death squads.  Ollanto Humala was behind at least one attempted coup. Photo/AP

Peru votes: devils they know

Peru this week holds a runoff election to decide its next president, with neither candidate considered a paragon of virtue.
 
Peru's Nobel laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa, bluntly sums it up as a choice between "cancer and AIDS."

Ollanta Humala is a retired military officer with a suspect human rights record.

Keiko Fujimori is the daughter of a former-president, who's serving 25-years in jail for abuses of his own.

It's not looking good for Peruvian democracy no matter who wins, as we hear from Lori Chodos at the front row of one of Fujimori's rallies. Lori's documentary

And with Keiko Fujimori said to be slightly ahead in the polls, Nobel Laureate Vargas Llosa says he'll vote for the other guy, Ollanta Humala, but "unhappily, and with fear."

 

Syrian protesters have more than police to worry about. The Assad regime is going after them in cyberspace as well. Photo/AP

Syria strikes back in cyberworld

Social media may have helped organizers of the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East, but Syria and other governments under seige are fighting back in kind.

Espionage, surveillance and viruses are the weapons in this new and growing war in cyber-space.

And Canada finds itself in the uncomfortable position of being on both sides, according to Professor Ron Deibert.

He's the Director of the Citizen Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, which monitors political power in cyberspace. Rick and Ron in studio

 

Marian Peters suggests going heavy on the condiments when giving bugs a first try.  Photo/Lauren Comiteau

A bug's life in Holland: dinner?

They say you are what you eat, in which case, we may soon be bugs.

In The Netherlands, a country of limited arable land, scientists are already looking into insects they can make a meal of.

A Dutch twist on the "fly in my soup" joke?

Lauren Comiteau's View From Here

 

 

 

He has eluded both friends and foes for 15 years and has  survived alone in the Brazlian jungle.  Photo/Vincent Carelli-Video Nas Aldeias

A lone survivor in Brazil's jungle

There's been a race against death in the Amazon.

The last member of an unknown tribe survives in a remote part of the Brazilian rainforest. 

He lives in a grass hut and sleeps above a mysterious pit. 

The rest of his people appear to have been slaughtered by ranchers, relentlessly clear-cutting the land for cattle.

The Brazilian government wants to spare him the same fate, so its agents have to find him before the ranchers do.

But how to find a bushman who doesn't want to be found, and has a five-foot arrow waiting for anyone who comes looking?

That's a story of adventure and resentment, and Brazil's struggle to reconcile development with human rights. 

American journalist Monte Reel tells it in his new book, The Last Of The Tribe: The Epic Quest To Save A Lone Man In The Amazon, published by Scribner. 

Monte Reel joins us from Buenos Aires

A reading by Monte from his book  -- In this reading the author describes how one of the contact team members, Altair Algayer, picked up the trail of the last tribesman, two years after they last spotted him.

 

Stefano Borgonovo with his four children. Why is ALS afflicting Italian soccer players? Photo/Borgonovo Foundation

ALS stalks Italy's footballers

Something strange has been happening to some professional soccer players in Italy. They've contracted Lou Gehrig's disease.

Amyotrophic lateral schlerosis, or ALS as it's known, is a fatal muscle-wasting illness  with no certain cause. But it does disproportionately affect some people.

Gulf War veterans. North American football players.

And now, Stefano Borgonovo, one of Italy's best-known soccer stars.  Dispatches contributor Emma Wallis says he's determined to solve the mystery of how he and so many other players have fallen ill.

Emma's documentary

 

The 1989 killings were planned by some of El Salvador's top military leaders, says Spain, which is now pursuing them in the courts.   Photo/Luis Romero-AP

Atrocity in El Salvador: Rick remembers, and so does a Spanish court.

 

There was a story this week, not widely reported and pretty quickly overlooked by most, but you never forget your first war zone and the sight of wet, black blood on a trimmed green lawn.

It's a story about El Salvador, a war of atrocity that lowered the bar for depravity and what followed in Bosnia and Chechnya.

But 20 Salvadoran military officials have now been indicted for the murders of six Jesuit priests along with their housekeeper and her daughter during the civil war in 1989. 

It happened during a 12-year civil war notorious for its death squads, assassinations and wells filled with bodies.  75,000 dead.  

And the murder of the priests was not even its worst excess.

Eight people, rousted from their home in the night, taken outdoors and executed on the grounds of the Central American University in San Salvador. 

Their brains were found virtually intact on the grass, apparently consistent with the effect of high-velocity ammunition at close range.

Suspicion immediately fell on government soldiers. And some were convicted though freed in a general amnesty just two years later.

But now, all these years later, on an initiative by Spain, 20 Salvadorans are charged, including a former defense minister.

It's only possible because five of the six Jesuits were from Spain, and Spanish law lets it prosecute crimes that took place outside the country.
 
Whether they'll show up for trial in Spain within the proscribed ten days remains to be seen.

But as Serb commander Ratko Mladic has doubtless come to understand, some crimes are never forgotten, and some investigations never end.

It's a notion hopefully not lost on the likes of Joseph Kony of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, Joaquin Guzman of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, and others on the list of the world's most wanted. 

The law can be maddening and slow. But on balance, it's been a good week for the law.


This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally with technical producers Tim Lorimer and Victor Johnston, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick MacInnes-Rae

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