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September 15, 2011: from Misrata and Janzur, Libya - Washington, D.C. - Beijing - New York - Kenya/South Sudan border

From our correspondents around the world...

Misrata has a lot of rebuilding to do after a Gadhafi onslaught. This was once a sports store and apartment building. Photo/Derek Stoffel CBC

Libyans emerge from the rubble to mourn their dead at war's end. But black guest workers are finding there's still a war on, and it's against them.

Correspondent Neil Macdonald on the Palestinians' big gamble for statehood through the United Nations.

The silver bullet that could defeat malnutrition and why we can't get enough of it.  

And, Visions Of Joanna; the picture that sent a man in China on a twelve-year quest.

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Mohamed put down his gun after the rebel victory and went back to his coffee shop. His best friend was killed in the battle for Misrata. Photo/Derek Stoffel CBC /font>

Rebuilding Tripoli Street

As fighting scales down in the Libyan street, the victors are confronting the wreckage of war and the political rebuilding ahead.

CBC's Middle East correspondent, Derek Stoffel took a walk down Tripoli Street in the northwestern city of Misrata, where 350,000 people emerged from cover, put down their guns and counted the dead.

Derek's dispatch


...and the black guest workers, who will do the rebuilding

Much of Libya's black African population has gathered in camps. Rebel forces treat anyone with dark skin as a suspected Gadhafi mercenary. Photo/Reuters.

Also in Misrata, a number of black detainees have been released by rebel forces, after their employers confirmed they were guest workers and NOT foreign mercenaries.

It's well-known Ghadafi recruited heavily in west Africa and Sudan for his fighters, because they have no other Libyan loyalties.  And as one expert says, "It's hard to get your OWN peopl e, to SHOOT your own people."

But with the war now over, in places like al-Bayda in the northeast, Amnesty reports the execution of 50 African mercenaries, and the lynching of a dark-skinned man just for wearing a police uniform.

In much of Libya, it's dangerous to be black. And journalist Marine Olivesi found hundreds of them cowering in an unlikely hiding place in Janzur, a port near Tripoli. .

Marine's View From Here

Can the UN create a Palestinian state?

The turmoil in the middle East takes a new turn next week, as the United Nations re-convenes and the Palestinian leadership makes a surprising bid for statehood.

Rather than negotiate terms with Israel, it's expected to ask the Security Council or General Assembly to elevate it from the "non-voting observer entity" it holds right now, to the status of a state.

If it can overcome blocking efforts by the US and Israel, then Gaza and the West Bank might become the new state of Palestine, at least as far as the UN is concerned.  

It's a big deal with global repercussions.  And to parse it Neil Macdonald, the CBC's former Jerusalem correspondent, now Washington correspondent, spoke with Rick.

Neil's debrief


Your dispatches...

Carp a plenty in the Illinois river. Nuisance to nutrition? Photo/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Eat invasive species!

Monica Young of Surrey, B.C. wrote about Rick's piece last week on the voracious Asian Carp. 

It's an invasive species eating its way north towards the Great Lakes, where it has the potential to devastate the Canadian and American freshwater fishery. 

The state of Illinois's been trying to figure out ways to reduce its numbers, and Monica writes with this one:

Do you guys realise that carps are considered as delicacy in the Orient?  They are very expensive in China.  Why don't fishermen catch them and sell them back to Asia?  We can get frozen carp in T&T Supermarket (a subsidery of Lablaw now) in Western Canada.  I have seen alive ones too.  But they are very expensive.  A Polish friend told me that they eat carp back in Poland but cannot get them here in Canada.  From reading, I know the Czechs eat them too for Christmas.

About 10 years ago, the media was talking about those invading crabs from Asia in San Francisco Bay.  Again those crabs are considered to be high-end crabs back in China and are extremely expensive.  We don't seem to have any enterprising business people to organise(get license) a comcercial fishing/crabbing to catch them for food for ethnic Poles, Chinese or other Oriental, or even export them back to Asia.  We can occasionally get these crabs at very high price at T&T Supermarket.

Well llinois has been fishing them on a small commercial scale for a while now -- bony but tasty is the general response -- by the way.

Then a few days ago, we get this email from its Department of Natural Resources.

It's asking sports fishermen to donate their carp catch to local food banks and other humanitarian organisations across the state, where there are many needy people at risk of what they call "food insecurity."

Illinois's already got a program going with deer hunters, and now it's expanding to carp. Even hired a noted chef from Louisiana, to come up with tasty ways to turning a nuisance into nourishment.

Got a thought about something you heard on the program? We're dispatches@cbc.ca   Go to Your Dispatches for more letters.

            A Bond girl and a heavenly magnet:

The picture that triggered a magnificent obsession.

The introductions to our stories usually tip you to the key components of what's coming up but this one's going to be a little different, because this one's a yarn, as we used to say in St. John's.

A story that zigs and zags and asks you to lie back and enjoy a banquet of images crafted by a gifted storyteller.

All you need to know is it takes place in China, and involves two people who've never met.  And yet they're about to have a reunion, all of it, set in motion by chance, and a picture. 

Danielle Nerman's Visions Of Joanna



A two year old gets Plumpy'nut paste - a remarkable antidote to malnutrition that reaches only a fraction of those who need it. Photo/Anjali Nayar

A cure for hunger there's not enough of

In a Kenyan health clinic on the parched border with South Sudan, our correspondent Anjali Nayer watches Geoffrey Muruthi hand out little sachets of something that's saving kids lives.

It's called Plumpy'nut, an enriched peanut-butter paste.  And when it comes to treating malnutrition, some think it's the silver bullet the world's been waiting for.  

Fact is, malnutrition kills more kids than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria put together. And Plumpy'nut seems to be a simple and effective solution.

But not without its problems. For one, there just isn't enough of it. And it's pricey, because the patent-holder has to be paid.  

Andrew Rice has written about the tensions it's causing in the humanitarian aid community for The New York Times Magazine.   

Andrew's talk with Rick 

You may recall Andrew's thoughtful reporting from an interview he did with us last year about Uganda after Idi Amin.  His Plumpy'nut article, called The Peanut Solution, is in the online archive of The New York Times Magazine.  

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

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