May 24 and May 27, 2012: from Florence - Uganda - The Seychelles - Iraq
From our correspondents around the world...
Tour participants in Florence eat gelato topped with aged balsamic vinegar, a uniquely Italian treat. (Photo: Luigi Fraboni)
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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Sarah Stillman has won several awards for her investigation of America's "Invisible Army". (Photo by Alan Chin)
Servant slaves to the U.S. military
She is in Washington, D.C. Her story about foreign workers on American bases first appeared in The New Yorker.
The website In2EastAfrica featured the wedding of Education Minister Jessica Alupo and news that her groom paid her family a "bride price" of more than $20,000. Those pushing for reform of marriage laws in Uganda say the payments make men feel entitled to abuse their wives. (Screenshot: In2EastAfrica.net)
Uganda's marriage trap
The rules seem crafted to stifle a woman's wishes at virtually every turn. Parliament wants to change all that, but is catching flak from all sides.
Even from women, in a country where their wedding terms of endearment are counted in cattle. Dispatches contributor Dennis Porter picks up our story with a couple preparing for their big day.
Toronto Star reporter Jesse McLean on assignment in Bahrain. He was named Canada's best young journalist and winner of the 21st annual Edward Goff Penny Memorial award. (Photo courtesy: Toronto Star/Lucas Oleniuk)
A young reporter's first time under fire.
For his work on those and other stories, he's been named one of the winners of this year's Edward Goff Penny Award, which recognizes Canada's best young journalists.
Dispatches thought you'd like to hear him on his first crack at foreign correspondence and he joined us in studio.
Shane Smith of Vice Magazine is critical of how the internet is being used, or not used, to reach younger audiences with news about the world. (Screengrab: The Internet Conference NY 2012)
New Media, young audience, but old news
But they'll have to do a better job of it than we've seen so far, according to Shane Smith. He's the blunt-speaking CEO of Vice Magazine, a Canadian publication based in New York, where little is sacred and much is profane.
And Smith says it's poorly served by the Baby Boomers in charge of conventional media which is failing to reflect the global anger of today's youth.
How not to be a tourist in Italy
Unlike most tourists though, she's done something about it, becoming a guide to the true tastes of Tuscany.
Ronald Jumeau told a conference of polar nations in Montreal that his tropic island nation of The Seychelles is also suffering from the effects climate change is having on the sea ice and oceans. He is the Ambasssdor for the Seychelles to the U.S. and the U.N. (Photo: Mia Bennett)
Polar melt hits the tropic belt
The tiny nation of 1500 islands in the Indian Ocean has come under drought and fire restrictions months earlier than usual.
It says it's caught in a crossfire of climate change and melting Arctic ice.
At a recent polar conference in Montreal, Seychelles Ambassador to the U.S. and U.N., Ronald Jean Jumeau, warned the poles and tropics may be far apart, but they are closely linked by exposure to global warming.
Neil MacDonald will have the story of how a low birth rate threatens Italy's traditional institutions and symbols. (Photo: CBC News)
Demographic doom stalks Italy.
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