News Promo: February 2011 Archives

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Kabul's curbside cops

Disabled vets act as unofficial traffic cops at one of Kabul's main traffic circles. Photo/Ariel Nasr.


Reporter Ariel Nasr visits the Kabul traffic circle that's infamous for the "help" disabled war vets give motorists trying to navigate traffic jams.  Some call what they charge a pension supplement.  Others call it extortion.

click here for Ariel's VFH

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Whoonga -- what's in the killer street drug of Durban?

Powdered whoonga is sprinkled on tobacco or marijuana providing an addictive and toxic high.(Photo/Anders Kelto)

There's a new street drug in South Africa that really is poison. 

Junkies get sick if they take it, and sicker if they don't.

Journalist Anders Kelto traced it from the streets of Kwa Dabekaa township near Durban right into the laboratory, to discover what's hooking people on whoonga.

  Listen to Anders' View From Here

 His full documentary is on the February 24/27 edition of Dispatches

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Urumqi, China..underground music here

Musicians among China's Uyghur Muslims have their backs to China and their ears to the west: the Islamic nations of Central Asia and beyond. Sameer Farooq met performers who agree they have to sound independent -- but differ on whether pop or traditional music does that best. He went underground in Urumqi to meet a rap collective called 6 City.

Sameer's full documentary, in the Feb 17 Dispatches program  

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Nairobi...vaccine for millions; but none made here

CBC's Carolyn Dunn has some questions about big drug companies exclusively manufacturing a new vaccine for developing countries, leaving out local companies -- even though donations from countries like Canada and prominent global charities provide the financing.

In Nairobi, Carolyn spoke to Helen Evans, CEO of Global Alliance for Vaccines And Immunisation (GAVI) -- which co-ordinated the roll-out of a massive project to eventually vaccinate 600 million children against prominent forms of pneumococcal diseases -- a leading killer of children under five years old in developing countries..

So far only GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer have the exclusive contract to make the vaccine, and organizations like Doctors Without Borders say many countries could produce it cheaper locally.