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February 16 & 19: from Santa Ana, California - South Sudan - Beijing - Berlin

From our correspondents around the world....

Judge Wendy Lindley (left) presides over the Orange County Combat Veterans Court, an alternative to conventional justice for war veterans  (photo/California Courts)

Michael Jones did nine tours in combat until PTSD landed him in trouble with the law, but a special California court is trying to put veterans back together.

Speaking of trouble, it's now something a poet and assembly-line workers have in common in China, and we'll hear why.

Then, Kennedy Jawoko's very bad day in South Sudan. The story that landed our correspondent in hospital.

And from our vaults, why Germany's reviewing streets named for offenders from the days of colonialism.

And Woodie Alan, ladies and gentlemen! No, not Woody Allen. The Sino-American blues band that's found a niche in China.  

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A special court for post-trauma vets

Like a lot of veterans returned from the wars, Michael Jones has seen things, done things, that prey on his mind, and would be illegal anywhere but a battlefield. 

But when veterans cross that line when they get back to the world, are they entitled to a different kind of justice than most civilians can  expect?

California is one of many American states that cuts them a break -- with strict conditions.
And the results seem to bear it out. CBC Correspondent Jennifer Westaway is there as a very special session comes to order.

Jennifer's dispatch

Journalist Kennedy Jawoko in Juba, South Sudan -- before his harrowing motorcycle accident (Photo: Kennedy Jawoko)

A very bad day in 
South Sudan 

Journalist Kennedy Jawok gets around. Ugandan by birth, he went to school in Israel and Canada. 

And he recently went to do a story for us in the newly independent country of South Sudan, ensnared in escalating conflict with neighbouring Sudan.   

And that turned into something Kennedy couldn't get around, and turned HIM into a story.  

Now, he's no stranger to the hazards of the road. Someone stole his laptop on one assignment. He contracted malaria on another. But this one left him bleeding and captive in a ditch.  

When Kennedy started telling Rick about it, we knew we had to get him to tell our listeners too. 

Rick's conversation with Kennedy

Chinese dissident Zhu Yufu (photo: ChinaAid)

In China, a poet says 
"It's time"

Last week as Prime Minister Stephen Harper was pitching petroleum in China, word emerged its government has pitched a noted dissident and poet in jail. His crime: mentioning Tiananmen Square. 




Germany hosted the Berlin Conference of 1884 in which Europe's colonial powers divided Africa among them. The past is coming back to haunt Germans.  Engraving/L'Illustration 1885

Here's what's in a name

Now, a little-told story from the former West Germany, which became so consumed with its Nazi past, it overlooked the crimes of colonialism that helped set the stage for war.

It's set in the streets named after men who committed terrible offenses during the German expansion into Africa.

In fact, it's only been five years since Munich changed the name of the street honoring the man who ordered what's come to be called the first genocide of the 20th century; the massacre of the Herero people of Namibia in 1904.

In Berlin, Dispatches contributor Alexa Dvorson is standing on another street that bears ironic witness to a movement advocating a renaming revolution.   

Alexa's dispatch


Alan Paul with members of his Beijing blues band "Woodie Alan". That's Woodie Wu on the right.  (Photo/alanpaul.net)

When Alan met Woodie

When his wife transferred to China with the Wall Street Journal, Alan Paul had no idea just how much it would change his life too.

He's a journalist like her, writing for Guitar World magazine, and Slam, which covers basketball.

He aso plays a little guitar, which led him to Chinese musician Woodie Wu.

Now, put together two musicians named Woodie and Alan, and they pretty quickly come up with a name for China's first and only Sino-American blues band.

And when the band suddenly gets hot, they find themselves touring the country and seeing a side of China most correspondents never do.

It's all in his new book, Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues, And Becoming A Star In Beijing.  Alan Paul joined us from New York.

Rick's conversation with Alan 

Next week: All the Missing Souls
A quick note about an interview we'll hear next week.  A story of "unbearable timidity," in the words of the first American ambassador for war crimes issues. 

In the '90s, David Scheffer was the Clinton adminstration's point man, pushing for the creation of war crimes tribunals for the Balkans,  Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Cambodia. 

And his new book, All The Missing Souls, details all the political frustrations and personal horrors. 

An except from Rick's interview with David Scheffer

A feature-length interview with David Scheffer, the former U.S. Ambassador for war crimes issues, will air next week on Dispatches.

This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann, Steve McNally and intern Amanda Kwan. Thanks too to intern Kazim Rizvi.  Technical producers Tim Lorimer and Victor Johnston.  Our senior producer is Alan Guettel.

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