News Promo: March 2011 Archives

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Grand Forks, ND: misinformation on the menu

A U.S. Predator-B unmanned drone like the one now deployed by the Americans to look across the Canadian border. Photo/Reuters

The U.S. is stepping up its unmanned air patrols along the Canadian border.

It's flying the same Predator plane that's firing rockets at Taliban strongholds in Pakistan's mountains.

It has cameras that can look into windows 60 kilometres away.

The Canadian flights are to some extent the product of fear and pork barrel politics.

CBC Security Correspondent Bill Gillespie visited Grand Forks Air Force base in North Dakota, where the patrols are based.  He found great, but misinformed, support there for keeping a closer watch over what was once the world's longest undefended border. 

Bill's visit to Grand Fork's North Side Diner

Listen to Bill's full dispatch

Go to the March 31 Dispatches program page

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Tunis...joining the queues of complainers here

Zamazi Messaoud Ladaissi says relatives of the ousted president beat and jailed him to force him to hand over his shop to them. Photo/Megan Williams. 

Tunisia's democratic rebellion seems to be working.  Everybody's complaining. 

Only now, somebody's listening.

Especially, Canadian Megan Williams found out, when it comes to getting back what the rulers of the former kleptocracy stole.

Listen to Megan's dispatch

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Berlin...military brass and Smoke On The Water

Putting some oom-pah-pah into a rock classic. But the "why " behind it is a tale in itself. 


As Dispatches host Rick MacInnes-Rae says: "Stories like this are why I come into work in the morning."

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 The link to the video is on the Dispatches webpage for the March 24 program

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The screwy Saudi security syndrome

Dispatches host Rick MacInnes-Rae remembers a Saudi man in flowing robes approaching him in the street and said the house across the square is headquarters to the notorious Abu Nidal, at the time a wanted terrorist:

"Then he asked if I had any whisky.  Screwy moments like that are, frankly, one of the perqs of being a correspondent."


Laura Lynch, at her home base in Britain.

And for a female correspondent working Saudi Arabia, the stories can be considerably weirder, especially in a time of unrest, like now, as we hear in this week's guest essay from the CBC's Laura Lynch.

Listen to Laura's essay



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Kabul... Ormiston on Afghanistanization

Next week, after ten years of preparation, Afghanistan assumes responsibility for securing several parts of the country now patrolled by NATO.

Longer term, the date Afghans really focus on is 2014 -- when most NATO forces begin to withdraw completely, and Afghanistan has to police itself.

Meantime the spring fighting season's about to rear up.  The violence is expected to be worse than last year, according to the general in charge of American and NATO forces.

The CBC's newest foreign correspondent is Susan Ormiston, newsgathering now in Kabul.

Susan's conversation with Rick


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Addis Ababa...renting the news of revolution


News junkies in Addis Ababa, get their fix by renting newspapers in the city centre (Photo/Maggie Downs)

Poor, and hungry for news

Dispatches contributor Kaj Hasselriis reports from a part of Africa where they rent their information rather than buy it.


Listen to Kaj's View From Here




How they follow the news from Libya -- in Liberia

News junkies (left) in Monrovia, get their fix by reading a blackboard in the city centre. (photo/Prue Clarke)