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Past Episodes: March 2012 Archives

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20 years ago, Bosnia war like bad dream

A woman mourns among 613 coffins of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in July, 2011.  The newly-identified remains  were buried on the 16th anniversary of the massacre of at least 8,300 Bosnian Muslim men and boys who sought safety at the U.N.-protected enclave at Srebrenica, and were killed by members of the Republic of Serbia (Republika Srpska) army under the leadership of General Ratko Mladic. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Dispatches remembers...

April 1 is the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian War. Rick MacInnes-Rae watched it coming, for CBC News. His recollections:

For me, the days leading up the formal start of the Bosnian War were a time of strange misdirection from the firestorm to come.

The political process was unravelling. Weapons were being broken out. I could see puffs of smoke as mortars spit their rounds into a distant neighbourhood near Mount Igman, a strategic vantage point the Serbs wouldn't relinquish for another three years.
 

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March 29 & April 1, 2012 - from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - Laos - Liberia - Iwaki, Japan - Kuatan, Malaysia

From our correspondents around the world...

 

A typical front page for one of Mexico's biggest Nota Roja tabloids. The term means 'red press', referring to the bloodshed it features. Mexico's drug war has provided them with plenty to write about. (Photo/El Manana)

All the death that's fit to print. Mexican journalists wrestle to report their country's descent into drug violence, and survive.

Rare earth is in everything from smart phones to smart bombs. But after one bad experience with the radioactive metal, is Malaysia smart to start refining it again?

Gambling on the Golden Triangle. A colorful entrepreneur is betting the punters will come to play in his golden casino in the Laotian jungle, despite trigger-happy druglords for neighbours.

And, after the deluge; as Japan counts the cost of last year's terrible tsunami, the latest casualty may be public trust.

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Mar 22 & 25 - from Jordan - Monrovia, Liberia - Sumatra - Chennai, India - China

 From our correspondents around the world...

 

A refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, being built last month for people fleeing the violence in Syria. (Photo/AP-Mohammad Hannon)

The boy with the bullet in his back; why the Syrian conflict makes for a nervous neighbour in Jordan.

A journalist in hiding talks about the consequences of exposing the brutal tactics of an African secret society.  

Then, aftermath of the Asian tsunami. People in Sumatra look to their past to find a future.

India's movie business.  It's big business but leaves human casualties in its wake and we'll hear how the fallen can be raised.

And, Twitter, but not as we know it.  The Chinese embrace their own version while keeping the censor at arms-length.

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March 15 & 18 from - Torrimpietra, Italy - Butare, Rwanda - Beijing - Chicago - India

 From our correspondents around the world...

 

Rwandan journalist Didier Bikorimana out with a local fisherman in Butare, Rwanda who tells him people used to fish with anti-malaria mosquito nets on this lake, but they don't anymore. (Photo: Didier Bikorimana)

Millions of people die every year and no one knows exactly why. The Million Death Study aims to change all that.

Mosquito nets are for a) mosquitos or b) fishing. Both, it turns out, and their mis-use is a problem in Rwanda. 

First, Slow Food. Now, Slow Wine. Italy takes the beverage of Bacchus back to basics. 

Our China correspondent takes the sting out of Dr. Wang's miracle bees in a painful test of traditional medicine.

And, we'll revisit those scaly barbarians at the gate.  An update on  invasive Asian carp eating their way towards the Great Lakes.

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March 8 & 11, 2012 - from San Pedro, Mexico - Russia - Rome - China - Cape Town, South Africa

From our correspondents around the world....
 

Mauricio Fernandez Garza, mayor of the municipality of San Pedro, attends a ceremony to evaluate their police force in March, 2010. Fernandez Garza practises what some call vigilante justice, which he says keeps his city safe. (Photo: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo)

The Mexican mayor nobody messes with. Some who've tried to are dead. Vigilante justice maybe, but voters like it. 

Then, Putin's Kiss: the new documentary that reveals how the Kremlin uses the country's youth to police his political opponents.

Meanwhile, Italy is trying to shake up its economy by shaking up some of the most privileged people in the country. This could get interesting.

And, China's new literature of ambition.  Popular online novels preach self-promotion, at any cost.

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