News Promo: September 2011 Archives

Aid to Africa's starving: is cash better than food?

Abdoulai Mohamed counting the cash to be handed out to victims of the drought in Loruth, Kenya.  Photo/Anjali Nayar

Cash for Kenyans

In drought-stricken Kenya, there's this pregnant woman who walks for kilometres every day, seeking ways to feed her family.  And there are millions like her at risk of famine.  

And now, one western aid group operating there is adding to the traditional approaches to foreign assistance.  It's taken to handing out cash.

That's a bit of a departure from the usual goals of funding sustainable development because it lets the needy decide how to spend it, as we hear from Dispatches contributor Anjali Nayar in a village on Kenya's northern border.

Hear Anjali's dispatch.

The rest of Dispatches for September 29 - listen now.

In Haiti, Connie Watson and the army next door

When CBC's Connie Watson moved to Port-au-Prince, her neighbours lived in a makeshift tent city. Photo/Connie Watson

For several months this year, CBC correspondent Connie Watson was based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

But after many visits and hotel stays, this time she wanted to do it in a way that would give her a different perspective.   So she moved to a rustic neighbourhood away from the centre of the city.

Listen to Connie's dispatch now

But what is going on in the lot next door now?  Does Haiti have an army?

Hear about the surprise she got

The Dispatches September 22 program page, with Connie's photo gallery and pictures of her dog Ti Fi.

 Since Connie's piece ran on Dispatches, there are reports that Haiti's president indeed is asking for a new national army.


Peace and death on Tripoli Street

Mohamed put down his gun after the rebel victory and went back to his coffee shop. His best friend was killed in the battle for Misrata. Photo/Derek Stoffel CBC



Rebuilding Tripoli Street

As fighting scales down in the Libyan street, the victors are confronting the wreckage of war and the political rebuilding ahead.

CBC's Middle East correspondent, Derek Stoffel took a walk down Tripoli Street in the northwestern city of Misrata, where 350,000 people emerged from cover -- put down their guns and counted the dead.

Derek's dispatch  


The charred tank on Tripoli St. Photo/Derek Stoffel CBC

...and the black guest workers, who will do the rebuilding

Much of Libya's black African population has gathered in camps. Rebel forces treat anyone with dark skin as a suspected Gadhafi mercenary. Photo/Reuters.

Ghadafi recruited heavily in west Africa and Sudan for his fighters, because they have no other Libyan loyalties.  And as one expert says, "It's hard to get your OWN people, to SHOOT your own people."

But with the war now over, in places like al-Bayda in the northeast, Amnesty reports the execution of 50 African mercenaries, and the lynching of a dark-skinned man just for wearing a police uniform.

In much of Libya, it's dangerous to be black. And journalist Marine Olivesi found hundreds of them cowering in an unlikely hiding place in Zanzur, near Libya's border with Egypt.

Marine's View From Here

The September 15 Dispatches progam

Asian carp approach Great Lakes

A fisheries biologist holds a Bighead carp caught in Lake Calumet in Illinois. Photo: Reuters Pictures

The whopper that won't go away!

Rick MacInnes-Rae welcomes you to the start of the 12th season of Dispatches with this report from Chicago -- about the Asian carp penetratng the American defences and approaching the soft underbelly of Canada's fresh-water shores!

Rick's documentary

And our thanks to the boys at Indiana Outdoor Adventures for the very animated audio in that piece. 

The September 8 Dispatches program


Scientists put chemicals into the Chicago River, trying to fight the advance of the Asian carp.(Getty Images)




Adrienne Arsenault on terrorism's future

Bloated U.S.security and the hungry Second Front

Members of the New York Police Department Counter Terrorism division test for radiation during a multi-agency "dirty bomb" exercise in New York, April, 2011. The United States spends more money on counter-terrorism than policing against all other crimes combined. (Photo: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)

In the United States these days, security trumps even the tattered economy.  It's the real American growth industry. 

Even though it's hugely expensive, it's hugely popular -- and politically risky to question, as the CBC's Adrienne Arsenault is discovering. She's preparing a series of TV stories on security a decade after 9/11.

Adrienne's traveled extensively in the U.S. -- and we reached her in typhoon-struck Manila in The Phlippines, where she's now looking at the forgotten "second front." 

Adrienne's talk with Rick

Adrienne's TV documentaries will air on The National, leading up to September 11.

The September 1/4 Dispatches program.  The Dispatches The View From Here blog.