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September 8 & 11, 2011 from Chicago - New York - Iraq - Libya - Dadaab, Kenya

A fisheries biologist holds a Bighead carp caught in Lake Calumet in Illinois. Photo: Reuters Pictures

From our correspondents around the world

This week...

Barbarians at the gates.  The most invasive aquatic species since the zebra mussel is eating its way north towards the Great Lakes.

In Libya, the fighting may soon be over.  Our correspondent considers what's next for a revolution of competing visions

Kenya's fastest-growing city. Inside the refugee camp that has the country calling for armed intervention in Somalia. 

How in the world did remains of the dead of 9/11 wind up in a New York garbage dump? For some families, the indignity continues.

So does insecurity in Iraq, But in an effort to improve it, they're abusing human rights. Are safer streets worth secret prisons? 

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The fish that's swallowing Chicago

Scientists put chemicals into the Chicago River, trying to fight the advance of the Asian carp.(Getty Images)

Rick MacInnes-Rae welcomes you to the start of the 12th season of Dispatches, with this report from Chicago -- about the Asian carp penetratng the American defences and approaching the soft underbelly of Canada's fresh-water shores!

Rick's documentary

And our thanks to the boys at Indiana Outdoor Adventures for the very animated audio in that piece. 



Dispatches is asking listeners to write in with stories about pieces of music they associate with experiences abroad.

Roberta's, from Afghanistan

Piece of My Heart, performed by Melissa Etheridge, brings back memories of time spent as a civilian working alongside Canada's armed forces.

Read and hear more Sountrax letters on Your Dispatches, from our listeners around the world.  If there's a melody that haunts your reverie, email us the story and together we'll make radio dispatches@cbc.ca

Kenya's refugee nightmare

CARE, an aid and development organization, has set up water tanks and taps for refugees at the Dagahaley camp. (Curt Petrovich/CBC)

 Famine stalks East Africa.  And in Kenya, it's making a refugee crisis pure Hell.

Somali refugees have been pouring into Kenya for nearly 20 years, fleeing repeated famine and a long civil war.

It's come to the point where accomodations meant to temporarily house 90,000 people, are now permanent homes to more than 400,000.  And Kenya now says it's had enough.

CBC reporter Curt Petrovich reports on a rare sight inside the sprawling refugee camp near the town of Dadaab. 

Curt's documentary

 Your recent dispatches

If Curt's story, or any of the others on the program, reminds you of one of yours, tells us about it in an email to dispatches@cbc.ca.  Here are some of your recent comments:

Steve Jackson of Edmonton heard our piece about the Berlin woman who tirelessly cleans up Nazi graffiti.

 I just sent an email to the Alberta gov't based on your story last week.  Wouldn't you know I saw a vehicle in my Edmonton  neighbourhood with the license plate "HH 88".  I immediately thought of the story where your reporter stated that 88 was often used to imitate Hiel Hitler.  This person also had a plackard in the vehicle's trailer hitch with "88" inscribed on it.  I hope they revoke this license plate.  Many thanks for keeping the public informed about the secret code words of hate mongers. 

Bryan Tudor of Regina offers this musical travel experience, after hearing our documentary about the musical acitivists in China's Uyghur communities.

About a decade ago I was in Xinjiang, Western China, working with Uygur women on a micro-finance project. One evening in Hotan, a remote small city where the Kunlun Mountains meet the Takla Makan desert, we heard through our translators (one from Uygur to Mandarin another from Mandarin to English!) that one of the women had a son who wanted to dance for us. "Great," I thought, "We'll see some traditional Uygur dancing to the sound of traditional Uyghur music." But not so!

The boy set up his boom box, played a Michael Jackson CD (I think it was Billie Jean!) and did Michael Jackson's dance moves that he had learned from watching the video. He was really good!

It was then that I realized just how much western pop culture had permeated the entire world, even to places I had thought to be relatively remote and untouched.

Your comments, our thanks.

Got a lead on an international story, or just a telling personal experience -- or pictures of one from your time in hard-to-reach places? Email Dispatches@cbc.ca   Go to Your Dispatches on our website, to read more listener letters.


Tripoli's Abu Salim area home to most intense fighting. Cleared now, but this carpet market still smoulders...writes Derek Stoffel on Twitter: @derkekstoffelcbc

Liberating Libya

Now that they've taken Libya, what are they going to do with it?

There's no gas, no real government and no Gadhafi. So the former rebels have their immediate work cut out for them. But long-term?

There's the lingering footprint of the régime ancien, and risk of reprisal from competing tribes and competing visions.

The CBC's newest Middle East correspondent, Derek Stoffel, has been on the front lines of the uprising for the past few weeks and is on a break in neighbouring Tunisia, from where he joins us.

Derek's debrief

Derek will be back with a feature documentary next week.

Derek tweets: "Saw this at a Tripoli rebel checkpoint: They got Gadhafi"


 9/11's legacy of loss

Mark Desire of New York's Forensic Biology Labrotory shows CBC's David Common video of his own rescue from the Twin Towers.

In a lab in New York, they're still trying to identify remains of victims from 9/11, all these years later.

Some families no longer care to know every time a new fragment is found. For them the attack of a decade ago is an ongoing indignity to the dead that that won't go away.

But others insist on knowing more, especially since remains of their relative were discovered in a city dump, as we hear from CBC correspondent David Common in the living room with one of those families.

 David's dispatch

Watching Iraq for human rights

The United States considered invading Iraq, before settling on Afghanistan in the days after 9/11.

And within two years it did, amid mounting fears Saddam was building weapons of mass destruction, though nothing was ever found.

The Americans have now ended combat operations in Iraq, but in many ways, the country is still at war, with itself. 

And we know that is because of people like Samer Muscati, a Canadian and a lot of other things -- alive, being one of the most remarkable. 

He's a former Globe&Mail journalist.  And a lawyer who helped try and lay the groundwork for democracy in Iraq. 

Now he's a researcher with Human Rights Watch, who takes his life in his hands to investigate the failings of that democracy.  Samer spends six months of the year in Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. 

Samer, with Rick, in Toronto


     Lamont Tilden

Rick's tribute to a CBC hero

Lamont Tilden was 98.  He was a familiar voice on the CBC for 40 years.  He announced everything from the start of the Second World War to Santa Claus parades.

I was among a generation of reporters he schooled in the '70s.  Monty's silky delivery and precise language set lofty standards for the new kids, and I expect I was one of his greater challenges.

Some might say he was Old School, except the values he taught aren't dated.  Write clearly. Speak clearly. And practice. Values I've tried to keep faith with over 35 years. 

As we mark 75 years of public broadcasting here at the CBC, it's important to remember one of those who informed so much of it.  And in a way, Monty's still on the air.  In programs like this one. Our condolences go out to his family. (RM) 

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

We'll bring you the world.



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