October 13 & 16: from Athens - Manama, Bahrain - Iraq - Tijuana, Mexico
From our correspondents around the world...
A man searches in a pile of garbage in front of a bank branch in Athens, October 12, 2011. Garbage collection has stopped after municipal workers blocked the entrance to garbage dumps, as part of protests against the Greek government's handling of the economy.(Photo: REUTERS/John Kolesidis)
In the fish halls of the Athens Central Market, customers can bargain for fresh fish -- but increasingly, CBC's Margaret Evans found, they can't afford the quality catch. (Photo: Margaret Evans)
The operatic redemption of Tijuana
Soprano Zully Martinez sings at the Mexico-U.S. border crossing in Tijuana. Photo/Marcelina Guadiana Cerda .
Between the drugs wars, shootouts and bodies dumped in the streets, Mexico has an image problem.
But in the border city of Tijuana, artists and music lovers are trying to do something about it, as we first heard last April from journalist Claes Andreasson, when he met up with "the travelling opera."
Since we first aired that story last spring, drug violence in Mexico has resulted in frequent atrocities. Nonetheless, in June, Tijuana held the tenth annual Opera Street Festival. More than 200 performers took part outside the opera cafe before an estimated crowd of 10,000.
Next week: the fracas over fracking
Next week on Dispatches, journalist Maria Scarvalone takes us to Otsego County, New York, where the rural landscape may soon be dotted with natural gas wells.
But the debate over recovering the fuel by shooting water, sand and chemicals into the ground has the community split over the practice known as fracking.
Some say what it really comes down to is a class division, pitting those who don't need to sell out to the gas companies against those who need the money, according to retired teacher Dick Downey.
This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally, technical producers Tim Lorimer, Victor Johnston and Steve Russell, intern Kazim Rizvi, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick Macinnes-Rae.
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