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Past Episodes: December 2011 Archives

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Dec 29 & Jan 1: from Artibonite, Haiti - Brazil - New York - Uganda - Saudi Arabia

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Germaine Villeceant Excellente stands in front of her house, which she says was burned by peasants in a dispute over land rights. (Photo/Connie Watson)

From Haiti, your land or your life. The murderous row over property rights in Haiti.   

The Plumpy'nut paradox: a cure for malnutrition they just can't make enough of.   

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

Uganda is no country for gay men and the closet is sometimes the only safe place.

And our correspondents' notebook from an adventure in Saudi Arabia.

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Dec 22 & 25, 2011: from Seoul, South Korea - Monrovia, Liberia - Kenya - Manila - Zambia

 
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Members of a North Korean family clap as they watch news of the 2009 test launch of a nuclear-capable rocket.  It was declared a triumph though western sources said it fizzled.  Photo/AP-Kyodo News

The bleak legacy of Kim Jong-il.  He made North Korea the most secretive country on earth but a few citizen journalists risk their lives to defy it.

We're on patrol with the world's only female peacekeeping units, in a country where police can't be trusted with guns.

What happens to the goat you bought from that charity for a needy village?

A Canadian filmmaker treks to Africa to find his.

We're also in Haiti, where education is rising from the wreckage.

One man's fight against sex trafficking in the Philippines. When to kick, when to run. 

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December 15 & 18: from Rio de Janeiro - Democratic Republic of Congo - Mexico City - Russia - Delhi

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A view of the construction underway at the fabled Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Locals are upset that the stadium is being "upgraded" for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, saying it is losing its character and becoming more elitist. 


In a stadium in Brazil reside the memories of a nation. But in trying to make it better are they about to make it worse?

Congo elects a new president. Or is it two? That's not supposed to happen. 

Inside a Mafia State.  Russia's efforts to intimidate journalists, one break-in at a time.

And, a swing through a city on a swamp. Never mind New Orleans. Mexico City's sinkin', man.

 

 

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December 8 & 11, 2011: from Santiago - Benghazi, Libya - Zimbabwe - Somalia - Boston - Independencia, Peru

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A student shouts slogans against the riot police during a protest in November 2011 against the government, to demand changes in the public state education system in Valparaiso city (Photo: Reuters: Elisio Fernandez)

Will the Chilean Winter become Chilean Spring? How students hijacked the country's political agenda.

Syrians find an unlikely refuge: thousands decamp to Libya.

Expect piracy off Somalia to get a lot more violent, says a Canadian journalist who knows the hijackers well.  

Meet the Concrete Nerds of MIT, trying to grow greener concrete

In Peru, it's easy to get a divorce. So why's the government encouraging people to get married?

Plus: your letters about last week's story on Black Pete. Lots and lots of letters.

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Dec 1 & 4, 2011: from, Afghanistan - Egypt - The Philippines - Amsterdam - Colombia

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Volunteers install an old pop bottle filled with water and bleach through the metal roof of house in Manila.  The savings will put meals on the table of its poor occupants. Photo/Simone Orendain.

A plastic pop bottle is lighting the lives of the poor in the Philippines. You'll wonder why no one thought of it sooner. 

Tapping the illiterate vote. How Egyptian politicians are reaching those who can't read.

Blackface characters in a Dutch Christmas tradition set some on edge while others say the country's gone post-racial.  See what you think.
 
Tweets from the Taliban.  How the enemy's using social media to take the progaganda war to NATO.  

An explorer's story. Why Sir Christopher Ondaatje sold his soul.

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