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Past Episodes: May 2012 Archives

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May 31 & June 3: from Kabul, Afghanistan - Lima, Peru - Florence, Italy - Hong Kong - Mumbai, India

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The photo that started it. Filmmaker Quincy Perkins saw this picture of two Bomberitos -- kids on their own in the mountains of Peru who make their way to mountain accidents and disasters. Our Dispatches contributor went with him to the Amazon valley as he made a film about them.  (Photo/Stefan Sonntag)

There's no fire department, no auto club between the Andes and the Amazon. Just feral kids in homemade carts. Meet the Bomberitos of Peru.

The threat left behind. NATO troops leave Afghanistan but their unexploded shells will wage a protracted war on civilians. 

Why Hong Kong's superiority complex is turning into an identity crisis, 15 years after its handover to China. 

Italy's doleful demographic.  The birth rate's so low, schools are being turned into old age homes.  

And, inner-city Mumbai might look like a slum, but the land's worth a fortune to the crafty residents waiting for a developer's payday.

 

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May 24 and May 27, 2012: from Florence - Uganda - The Seychelles - Iraq

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Tour participants in Florence eat gelato topped with aged balsamic vinegar, a uniquely Italian treat. (Photo: Luigi Fraboni)

How does a hairdresser recruited for work in Dubai, wind up slaving for the U.S. military in a war zone in Iraq? We look at the plight of those known as "The Invisible Army."

In Uganda you can inherit a wife, marry more than one, and beating them isn't much of a crime. And changing that is proving problematic.

Then, a young award-winning reporter on shoe leather, social media and his first time in a free-fire zone.

And, Florentine steak, well-aged parmeggiano, and an egg-rich gelato to die for. How to find the best food in Florence.

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May 17 & 20, 2012: from Zimbabwe - Kyiv, Ukraine - Beijing

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A member of the Ukrainian women's rights group FEMEN attacks the UEFA Cup in Kiev.  FEMEN says the Euro 2012 soccer tournament markets Ukraine's women to sex tourists.  (Photo: Reuters/ GlebGaranich)

From Zimbabwe, a foreign photographer emerges from jail telling of political tyranny, sadistic guards, and a first-hand fear of the lost freedoms he was sent to cover.

In Ukraine, a political protest that takes its top off. Half-naked women take to the streets saying it's their way of struggling for gender equality.

And from the vaults, Visions Of Joanna: the story of a picture that sent a man in China on a twelve-year quest.

And, we'll re-visit The Tree of Forgetfulness as author Alexandra Fuller recounts her memoir of family madness and colonialism in Africa.

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May 10 & 13, 2012: from Damascus, Syria - Munich, Germany - Sao Paolo, Brazil - Alabama - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Alabama has America's toughest laws aimed at undocumented immigrants. It makes the lives of Hispanics so hard they are "self deporting", even if they are not illegal. The approach has also had an impact on Alabama citizens, many of whom have been drawn into the state's war on undocumented immigrants. (AP Photo/John Amis)

The shifting conflict in Syria. From stand-and-fight to guerilla warfare and a cry for outside help.

The German locomotive hopes to pull Europe's flailing economies out of trouble. But there's a ghost in that machine.

In Brazil, David Rocha makes garbage instruments. Or rather, instruments from garbage. That's why they sound so good.

Illegal immigrant, deport thyself. How an experiment in immigration went wrong in Alabama.

Hotels aren't in the charity business, so why would the Red Cross want into the hotel business, in Haiti?

And from the Netherlands, a cafe where you don't pay for the food. We take repast in a restaurant for these recessionary times.

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May 3 & 6, 2012: from China - Toulouse, France - India - Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Amsterdam

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China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai is the subject of one of two scandals threatening the Chinese Communist establishment. His wife has been implicated in the death of a British businessman. (Photo: Reuters)

In China, a dead man, a live dissident and a disgraced party boss make for an embarassing challenge to the country's Communist party.

The F-word erupts into French presidential politics. Are foreigners the future of the Gallic identity or its undoing? The campaign revives a rift.

Then, hate camps versus haute couture. A new documentary examines why some girls in India are subjugated, while others are liberated.

In Haiti, the lacklustre government moves to appease restless former soldiers with the promise of a payday but there's a Fifth Column to worry about.

And, a sting on wheels. Bicycle theft in free-wheeling Amsterdam pushes our correspondent to extremes.

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