The View from Here: 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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Mexico: fear of narco-censorship here

Mexican journalists protesting violence against the media. (photo Guillermo Arias/AP)

For journalists in Mexico, covering the escalating drug wars in that country has long been a deadly pursuit.

At least 64 journalists have been killed since 2000, according to the Mexican National Human Rights Commission. Many of them are never investigated, and very few charges have been laid.

Now, the Mexican media are trying to take steps to protect reporters and prevent drug cartels from controlling coverage.

Last week they signed a 100-point accord, guidelines for how to cover the violence.

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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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Noda, Japan...pictures, pieces of lives


photo/Curt Petrovich


 Curt Petrovich was one of the CBC's reporters making way through the rubble of Japan's disaster zone.  Their blog reports and pictures are on cbc.ca/news. These are two of Curt's photos, of Yosuke Oda -- who was finding family photos in the ruins and displaying them for families still able to reclaim their memories. 


photo/Curt Petrovich.




Curt on this, for The World At 6

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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