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Deadly larceny over land in Haiti

A house in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti, destroyed by those claiming the property as their own. Photo/Connie Watson

This land is my land!

In Haiti, people are killing each other over land.

CBC's Connie Watson returned to Haiti this year and discovered a violent standoff that's stifling recovery. Your land or your life!

It's a murderous row over land title, and disaster victims are prey.

It's a country where few can actually produce a deed to their property, and that's a big incentive for others to try and force them off.

There's hope the earthquake that's left more than a million homeless might prompt a reform of the country's chaotic system of land ownership.

But nothing so far. 

Instead, it's anarchy.  And sometimes a violent free-for-all, as we heard last June from Connie.  

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The December 29 Dispatches program

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A small and shining story of good news from Haiti

Kids at the République des États-Unis school in Port-au-Prince enjoy a meal at the school which gets considerable aid from Canada in providing much-needed food to students. Photo/David Common

A small, shining story of good news from Haiti

Almost two years since the earthquake in Haiti, and still so much to do.

If you just looked at the big picture, you might despair.

It helps to consider small ones too, as CBC correspondent David Common did at a school in the capital city.

Hear David's mini dispatch

 

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Defying Kim Jong-il: North Korea's digital underground

A fence along the North Korean border near Dandong, China. Photo/AP

North Korea's digital underground

The death of the despotic Kim Jong-il is one of the few truths the state has ever reported to North Koreans.

Like food and human rights, accurate information is scarce in one of what's long been one of the most secretive countries in the world.

The situation was made worse this year, with a new law that jails any citizen who telephones anybody outside the country, and banishes their family to internal exile.

And some already have, according to the Daily NK, a website based in Seoul, South Korea.

It's one of several new media organizations trying to crack the information barricade Kim Jong-il has erected around his repressive regime.

Turns out getting information in and out of the north is quite a cloak-and-dagger process, as journalist Robert S. Boynton writes in this month's edition of The Atlantic magazine.

  Listen to our talk with Robert now

Robert S. Boynton is a Professor with the Literary Reportage concentration, at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, at New York University.

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Fast food in the land of slow cooking

A Domino's Pizza outlet stands next to Tikka Town at the DLF Mall food court in Delhi. (Photo/Faiz Jamil)

 Fast food in the land  of slow cooking

You know what they call a, ah, a Quarter Pounder with Cheese ah, in Paris? 

They call it a, Royale with Cheeeeese. 

With those lines in the film Pulp Fiction, Vincent enlightened the Fast Food Nation on the little differences one culture imposes on another's cuisine.  

Faz Jamil updates us now on what happens when India enters the picture. Hint. They call it a, McAloo Tikki.    

Faiz Jamil's View from Here

 

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Rio's Maracana makeover

A view of the construction underway at the fabled Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Fans are upset that the stadium is being "upgraded" for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, saying it's losing its character and becoming more corporate and elite.

Rio de Janeiro is having a love-hate relationship.  With a stadium. One of the world's largest.

And since it's going to host some big deal sports events pretty soon, they're going to make it...smaller. 
 
Which feels odd.

Then again, you should hear how Brazilian sports fans feel about it, especially when they find out why.

CBC correspondent Connie Watson is there as they give it a 110%. 

Connie's dispatch

The Dispatches Dec15 program

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Mass marriage and divorce, Peruvian style

Newlyweds raise a toast after getting married during a mass wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day, 2010 in Lima, Peru. Mass weddings like this one - sponsored by the government are an enticement for common-law couples to tie the knot. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)


Marriage good; common law messy. Couples in Peru are shacking up in great numbers, but marriage isn't always part of the deal.  That means it can be problematic when folks break up -- among other things.
 
So the government's going all out to get couples to marry -- en masse.  And Lori Chodos was a witness to linking up in Lima.

 

Lori's View from Here