Promo Box: February 2012 Archives
Wednesday February 29, 2012
Solar panels, lights, and battery chargers. All that's needed to give doctors and patients a chance when the power goes out. Photo/We Care Solar
They were in the middle of surgery again when the power went out in the Nigerian operating room.
Luckily, a visiting American doctor had a flashlight.
But Laura Stachel figured there had to be a way around the recurring problem.
And with husband Hal Aronson, a solar energy educator in California, they came up with something called the Solar Suitcase.
She joined us while unpacking one in a maternity clinic in another part of Africa to explain how it's providing lifesaving light.
Dr. Laura Stachel at work with her Solar Suitcase in Sierra Leone. She's co-founder of WE CARE Solar, creating technology to benefit maternal health in the developing world.
Thanks to Lisa Russell for helping us record that interview with Laura Stachel in Sierra Leone.
Categories: Africa, News Promo, Promo Box, The View from Here
Tuesday February 28, 2012
"We need war correspondents out there who are prepared to risk their lives to bear witness to events others would prefer went unreported."
Rick MacInnes-Rae's reflection on the death in Syria of fellow war correspondents:
A Turkish journalist in Ankara, on February 24, 2012, holds pictures of French photojournalist Remi Ochlik (L) and Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin, killed in an alleged rocket attack by Syrian regime forces against a makeshift opposition media center in the besieged city of Homs in Syria on February 22. PHOTO ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images) .
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I didn't know Marie Colvin, though I met her once, very briefly, in the mine-strewn mountains of Albania, where reporters were camping out to interview refugees pouring over its border from Kosovo, and waiting for our chance to go in.
She was a force of nature. An experienced war correspondent who struck me as a cross between the CBC's Ann Medina and the BBC's Kate Adey, two other journalists I've never met, but much admire.
Colvin, along with photographer Remi Ochlik, died Feb. 22 while covering the civil war in Syria.
I thought she was gutsy, and relentless, and sardonic. And like I say, I didn't know her at all well, but I'm pleased the many tributes coming in since her death confirm those were some of her qualities.
This was back in 1999, a couple of years before she began wearing a distinctive black eyepatch. But she already seemed to me as raffish as a Barbary pirate.
Categories: News Promo, Promo Box, The View from Here
Monday February 27, 2012
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is co-director and co-producer of Saving Face - which won an Academy award for best short documentary. Photo/Asad Faruqi - HBO
In the Oscar-winning documentary Saving Face, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy shows women grotesquely disfigured by the acid used by their husbands and suitors to attack them.
But the film is about victory, not only loss.
Acid attacks, which are not unique to Pakistan, are put on trial.
And, unlikely heroes emerge to help mend the dignity and the smiles of the victims.
Sharmeen is a dual citizen of Canada and Pakistan.
She joined us from Los Angeles shortly before her winning her Oscar.
Saving face will be aired on HBO on March 8th.
Categories: News Promo, Promo Box
Friday February 24, 2012
Journalist Kennedy Jawoko in Juba, South Sudan -- before his harrowing motorcycle accident (Photo: Kennedy Jawoko)
Categories: Africa, Promo Box, The View from Here
Wednesday February 22, 2012
Judge Wendy Lindley (left) presides over the Orange County Combat Veterans Court, an alternative to conventional justice for PTDS war veterans (photo/California Courts)
Categories: News Promo, Promo Box, The View from Here
Friday February 17, 2012
Young women who escape Afghan marriages arranged to settle disputes (a practice called baad) hide in a secret safehouse, where they learn to sew. (Photo/Laura Lynch)
Sohaila's father married her to a warlord to settle a dispute in an Afghan practice called baad. She escaped, married on her own, but she and her husband were captured and sent to jail. Her father says she has to kill her son to come home. (Photo/Laura Lynch)
Brigadier-General Richard Giguere, shown Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Kandahar Airfield. (Photo: Colin Perkel/CP)
Categories: Promo Box, The View from Here
- April 2012
- March 2012
- Fri., 30 – Cape Town "car guards" offer "protection"
- Thu., 22 – The trials of Tweeting in China
- Thu., 22 – Help for kids of India sex workers
- 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
- Thu., 15 – Verbal autopsies shed light on death
- Thu., 8 – Mexico's vigilante mayor
- Wed., 7 – Lanse kòd animate Jacmel Carnival
- Fri., 2 – Plus ça change, in Change Square
- February 2012
- Wed., 29 – A box full of light saves lives
- Tue., 28 – They die so we might know
- Mon., 27 – Oscar winner on Dispatches
- Fri., 24 – Kennedy's very bad day in South Sudan
- Wed., 22 – A special court for post-trauma vets
- Fri., 17 – Baad justice haunts Afghanistan
- Fri., 17 – Inside Egyptian military's business web
- Tue., 14 – Justice served in Haiti
- Mon., 13 – Syrian refugees' defiance and division
- Thu., 9 – Sri Lanka tourism vs. the fisherfolk
- Tue., 7 – Colombia's no-name dead
- January 2012
- December 2011
- November 2011
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- Mon., 13 – Jerusalem...covering the never-ending story
- May 2011
- April 2011
- March 2011
- February 2011
- December 2010
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