News Promo: April 2012 Archives
Monday April 30, 2012
Rosa Gomez and Antonio Savone suffered at the hands of the same torturers. They reunited to try to jail their tormentors. Photo/Alison Crawford
Still cleaning up after Argentina's dirty war
Some guilty verdicts were handed down this week (October 2011) in a case that began many years ago in a very dark place in 1970s Argentina.
They called it "the Singing Room." And sometimes, "the Barbeque," which is closer to what it really was; a torture chamber in the basement of a Mendoza police station.
And it was bad, what they did to Antonio Savone. Much worse for Rosa Gomez, the woman whose eyes he could see -- and whose cries he could hear -- coming from the cell facing his.
Argentina was in the grip of a murderous dictatorship, and last March, Antonio headed back to meet Rosa face-to-face, and confront their captors.
The CBC's Alison Crawford begans our story in Antonio's Toronto home, as he packed to testify in Mendoza.
This week (October 2011), five of the six defendants in the D-2 case were convicted of crimes ranging from kidnap to torture and murder. The judge called them all "crimes against humanity." Four were given life sentences, including the man who killed Rosa's husband. A fifth got twelve years and another was acquitted, but is already convicted of crimes in another detention centre. All will go to prison; they had been under house arrest. Report in El Sol (the Mendoza Sun)
And Antonio was in court to hear the verdict. He'll return in 2012 to testify against those accused of sexually assaulting Rosa Gomez.
Meanwhile, two judges have been suspended as a result of the investigation into human rights violations, though the prosecutor, that signed off on the "confession" Antonio was unaware of until his trial, has skipped the country and is claiming refugee status in Chile.
Antonio has also been contacted by a novelist and a filmmaker interested in documenting his story. And an artist who wants to draw his eyes.
Finally, he tells us by email that he speaks with Rosa all the time. "I feel very close to (her)" he writes. She is now, "a part of my life."
Dispatches thanks CBC producer Mariel Borelli for performing the voice over translation for Rosa Gomez.
Categories: News Promo
Sunday April 29, 2012
Danish film director Mads Bruger in a scene from The Ambassador. He posed as an diplomat in order to document corruption in Liberia. Here he is appointed Liberia's ambassador by that country's Foreign Minster, Toga McIntosh. (Photo/Pressestil)
Our next guest is a documentary filmmaker who doesn't need to be told to think outside the box, because near as we can tell, he's hardly ever in it.
His name is Mads Brugger, and he has a new film showing at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto this week and next.
The Ambassador starts with an outrageous premise that never looks back.
It's Brugger commiting what he calls "performative journalism", buying diplomatic credentials from one African state to gain immunity he can use to smuggle diamonds from another.
Along the way he spills the stones all over the carpet. Bribes everything that moves.
Even plays recordings of whale calls for a pair of stoic pygmies.
A man in a box of his own.
But along the way, the Danish filmmaker reveals the cozy world of politics and diplomacy isn't as noble as it might have you believe. He joined us via Skype from Copernhagen to explain.
Categories: News Promo
Friday April 27, 2012
Explicit videos of Khadija Ismayilova were sent to her. She says she was told to stop investigating the financial dealings of Azerbaijan's president Ilham Aliyev and his family. She refused. (Photo: RFE-RL/Turkhan Kerlmov)
The title of the song incidentally, is called Running Scared, which sums up the life some are leading these days in Azerbaijan.
Critics are asking if Azerbaijan is a fitting host for an international talent show featuring performers from over 70 nations and watched by hundreds of millions around the world.
Journalists who show the State in unflattering light, like Idrak Abbasov, have been attacked and beaten.
And when his friend Khadija Ismayilova refused to bend to blackmail, someone installed a hidden camera in her bedroom and posted intimate moments online.
She remains unbowed, and joined Rick from Azerbaijan's capital of Baku to explain.
Categories: News Promo
Thursday April 26, 2012
But Yemen, as it's known today, is anything but. Buffeted by rebellion and its own Arab Spring, political instability is on vivid display now that miltants have seized an entire province and sent its residents packing.
Today many live with the legacy of unrest that's driven them from their homes to refuge in distant schools where Canadian journalist Lindsay Mackenzie says the only lessons they learn, are the hard ones.
Categories: Middle East, News Promo, Promo Box
Thursday April 12, 2012
Comfort Tokpah, 50, lost her husband and brother in Liberia's civil war and was forced to marry a child soldier. (Photo: Bonnie Allen)
Charles Taylor, a former President of Liberia, faces 11 counts for crimes he allegedly committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
They include murder and rape, and recruiting child soldiers
Remarkably enough, neither he -- nor anyone else -- faces any charges for triggering a war in his own country, which killed 1/4 million Liberians.
The innocent now live side-by-side with people guilty of committing atrocities against them. Dispatches contributor Bonnie Allen tells us two of those stories.
The President's appointed him an Ambassador-at-large in the Foreign Ministry. Observers say it likely means his prospects for prosecution are even more distant. But on the upside, it means Moses won't have to look at him every day.
Categories: News Promo, The View from Here
Thursday April 5, 2012
People in Instanbul enjoy the newly-revived Baklahorani Carnival. What was once a pagan Christian rite, has morphed into one of the few celebrations of Turkey's multi-cultural past and present. Dominant Turkish nationalism has made its organizers tread with caution. (Photo/Meghan MacIver)
Dancing to the tune of reconciliation
But now it seems, times are changing, ever so slightly.
Canadian journalist Meghan MacIver has found some Greeks and Turks dancing to the same tune at an unusual, and very historic party in Istanbul.
Categories: Asia, Europe, News Promo, Promo Box, The View from Here
- June 2012
- May 2012
- April 2012
- March 2012
- Fri., 30 – 20 years ago, Bosnia war like bad dream
- Fri., 30 – Cape Town "car guards" offer "protection"
- Thu., 22 – The trials of Tweeting in China
- Wed., 21 – In Italy, a long drink of yesterday's wine
- Thu., 15 – China's painful healing, with bee-stings
- Thu., 15 – Rwandans find new uses for malaria nets
- Fri., 9 – Italy's crisis endangers its guilds
- Thu., 8 – Mexico's vigilante mayor
- Wed., 7 – Lanse kòd animate Jacmel Carnival
- Fri., 2 – Plus ça change, in Change Square
- February 2012
- January 2012
- December 2011
- Thu., 29 – Deadly larceny over land in Haiti
- Sun., 18 – Fast food in the land of slow cooking
- Thu., 15 – Rio's Maracana makeover
- Wed., 14 – Mass marriage and divorce, Peruvian style
- Tue., 13 – The concrete issue of carbon emissions
- Thu., 8 – The road from Damascus -- to Libya
- Thu., 1 – Amsterdam "Santa's" helpers in blackface
- November 2011
- Wed., 30 – Guyana: jungle tourism and Jonestown
- Mon., 28 – Colombia Kidnap Radio hostage killed
- Fri., 25 – Santa, Peru buries death-squad victims
- Thu., 24 – Twins, a train and art in Brazil
- Mon., 21 – Kudos for correspondents
- Thu., 17 – Surviving is winning in Afghan politics
- Mon., 7 – Congo DIY: do it yourself or do without
- Fri., 4 – Rebel town overrun in Sudan's Blue Nile
- Thu., 3 – Chinese rebel writer tells his own story
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- Mon., 2 – War brides return to Britain on QM2
- April 2011
- March 2011
- Thu., 31 – Grand Forks, ND: misinformation on the menu
- Tue., 22 – The screwy Saudi security syndrome
- Thu., 17 – Kabul... Ormiston on Afghanistanization
- Mon., 14 – Addis Ababa...renting the news of revolution
- Fri., 11 – Margaret Evans' Mideast overview
- Thu., 10 – China rolls back reforms
- Wed., 2 – Tunisians demand democracy now!
- February 2011
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