The View from Here: June 2011 Archives
Wednesday June 29, 2011
|Trubaci blast their horns while onlookers take it all in, in Guca, Serbia (photo/Lisa Hale)|
The View from Here: Guca, Serbia
Brass bands and the Balkans have a long history -- and Guca, Serbia hosts a global gathering of horn players every summer. Pre-competition performances are already underway at this year's Guca Madness
Canadian journalist Lisa Hale was there last year and found good times and good beer were top of the agenda -- though some folks were keen to hijack it when it came time to strike up the band.
Nothing but mammals
CBC correspondent, Connie Watson had a dodgy musical voyage of discovery herself, in the Balkans. After hearing her tale you may never think of the Discovery Channel in quite the same way again.
Categories: Europe, News Promo, The View from Here
Wednesday June 29, 2011
The trial of four high-level Khmer Rouge leaders underway in Cambodia might cast light on the murder of the only Canadian to die at the hands of the genocidal rulers back in the late 1970s.
"Richmond B.C. native Stuart Robert Glass died in August 1978, at the age of 27, while sailing a little yacht (Foxy Lady) off the coast of Democratic Kampuchea -- as Cambodia was called under the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge.
Glass's bullet-riddled body was abandoned. His mates, a New Zealander and an Englishman, were trucked off to a Phnom Penh death house, codenamed S-21, tortured into declaring they were CIA agents, and finally killed. Four Americans and two Australians suffered the same fate. One of them may have been burned alive...
One of the accused now on trial is Khmer Rouge ideologue and internal security chief Nuon Chea, called Brother Number Two. He was the one who ordered S-21's captive yachtsmen killed and their bodies burned, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, testified at his 2009 trial."
Kattenburg, a frequent Dispatches contributor, is also authour of Foxy Lady: Truth, Memory & The Death Of Western Yachtsmen In Democratic Kampuchea.
He read several passages for Dispatches.
Dave's first visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
Looking for signs, at a later visit (click below for more of his account, and link)Read more »
Categories: The View from Here
Monday June 27, 2011
Andrew, at Machu Picchu.
Andrew Princz, a longtime contributor to Dispatches, died of a heart attack in Quito, Ecuador on June 24.
He was 40, and at the peak of a career as, what he called, a cultural navagator.
Based in Montreal, Andrew toured the world to help others create their own adventures, and along the way filled a website with colourful stories and pictures of some of the most amazing spots on the planet.
More info about Andrew, his work and his memorial are on his facebook page.
So is Andrew's biography
Andrew on Dispatches:
Andrew visited the breweries of The Czech Republic back before it was a popular tourist trek. He found tradition (exemplified in a splendid performance of The Hymn Of The Hops), a growing post-Communist micro-brewing industry -- and a battle between that new republic and the North American beer barons of who stole the name Budweiser.
Andrew went to Peru to trace the origins of thousands of artifacts from Machu Picchu that are still in the vaults of Yale University. He climbed to the this ancient Inca city and heard the demands -- from right up to the president of Peru -- for their return to their home country for the 100th anniversary of their "discovery."
Just this past May, we aired Andrew's adventures in a headhunters' longhouse in Borneo
Categories: The View from Here
Monday June 27, 2011
The Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care sent us this release about cruel mistreatment of drug addicts in many countries.
Global: Torture in Drug Treatment Detention
Reports by Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care
(New York, June 24, 2011) - People identified as drug users in many countries are confined to abusive locked detention centers for months - or even years, say two reports released today by The Campaign to Stop Torture in Health Care. Such detention centers are supposedly mandated to treat and "rehabilitate" drug users, but the "treatment" they receive in some cases amounts to torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, said the campaign, an Open Society Foundations initiative that Human Rights Watch, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Harm Reduction International have joined.
Click read more to continue with the release, or go to the reperts' websitesRead more »
Categories: The View from Here
Friday June 24, 2011
Mike Landry helps carry a former patient to her home. But is it her new "prison"? Photo/Fiona Stephenson
When the earthquake ravaged Haiti, the world tried to help. But it remains a country of damaged homes, and damaged people.
That's been troubling Mike Landry.
He answered Haiti's call, treating victims with spinal cord injuries.
He's a Canadian physiotherapist, a professor at the University of Toronto. And a frontline kind of guy with 15 years' experience in global rescue missions.
It's been his life's work. You'd think he'd be happy. Instead, he's wracked with guilt and doubts.
Landry returned to Haiti, to see how the people he treated are doing. And to deal with the nagging questions his inner voice is asking.
He lets Dispatches evesdrop on that voice, as he searches for answers amid Haiti's fragments and the faces of those he cares for.
Mike Landry is a physical therapist, a professor at the University of Toronto, and a scientist at the Toronto Rehab Institute. His experience with emergency missions include Bosnia, Kosovo, Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Haiti.
After we first aired his story, he found himself in the midst of a growing debate. Many told him the same problems confront Canadians who can't get the rehabilitation care they need. So he's now working on a documentary film grappling with the issues raised by forgotten survivors with broken bodies.
What do you think? Is Mike being too hard on himself or right to question the way we respond to a global crisis? We'd like your thoughts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Categories: Americas, News Promo, Promo Box, The View from Here
Friday June 17, 2011
|Space shuttle Atlantis (Photo/AP)|
Well down at the Kennedy Space Centre right now, they're prepping for the final flight of the shuttle program.
It's due to go up July 8 for the very last time.
NASA's vision for economic, re-useable transportation delivering people and payloads -- and perhaps space's secrets itself -- is a casualty of earthbound budget cuts after more than 40 years.
But when Atlantis does go up, Rick already knows a particular song will run through his head with the same painful intensity as the roar of the shuttle's solid rocket boosters.
Categories: News Promo, The View from Here
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- Thu., 31 – Grand Forks, ND: misinformation on the menu
- Mon., 28 – Mexico: fear of narco-censorship here
- Tue., 22 – Noda, Japan...pictures, pieces of lives
- Tue., 22 – The screwy Saudi security syndrome
- Thu., 17 – Beijing...ice swimming and loving it
- Tue., 15 – Mendoza, Argentina...a witness to brutality
- 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
- January 2011
- Thu., 27 – Ladino: The Jewish music of Spain sung here
- Wed., 26 – Yak manure: from poo to petrol
- Wed., 26 – South Sudan...a new national anthem here
- Fri., 21 – Our man from China assesses India
- Thu., 20 – Haiti...just another death by cholera
- Wed., 19 – Goma, Congo...Clever Boys here
- Tue., 11 – Spain - no more matadors on TV here
- Thu., 6 – Juba...boatloads of celebration here
- December 2010
- November 2010
- Wed., 24 – Afghanistan...Embedded with the Taliban here
- Tue., 23 – Kampala..The Secret Reach Of "The Family"
- Sat., 20 – Thanks for finding your way to a new feature
- Wed., 17 – Shatila refugee camp...guns are common here
- Tue., 16 – Kampala...battling homosexuality here
- Mon., 15 – Zimbabwe...Waiting For The Rain here
- Mon., 1 – China in Africa...no Chinatowns here
- Mon., 1 – Nicaragua...the remains of a DC-3 here
- October 2010
- Fri., 29 – Washington...Franzen, Freedom and Obama here
- Thu., 28 – London...the tale of MI-5 from here
- Mon., 25 – NYC 9/11...What's Going On here?
- Fri., 22 – Manila..."offending religious feelings" here
- Thu., 21 – Havana...sticking like crazy glue here
- Wed., 20 – Haiti...Rumours Of Glory here
- Wed., 20 – Who do you pay to be in the news here?
- Tue., 19 – New York City...living in tunnels here
- Fri., 15 – Falkland Islands...music of the long march
- Fri., 15 – Lusaka, SA...Tracy Chapman echoes here
- Tue., 12 – Khao Lak, Thailand...song from the Tsunami
- June 2010
- Thu., 17 – Assam, India...childbirth can be deadly here
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- Venezuela spiralling into chaos amid looting, militarized police
- After the deadliest day in weeks of anti-government protest and looting, tensions remain high in Venezuela as state police departments are put under National Guard control.
- France may catch populist wave in presidential voting
- France is voting in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election, crucial to the future of Europe and a closely watched test of voters' anger with the political establishment.
- Global March for Science raises concern over Trump policies
- Scientists and their supporters marched in hundreds of cities around the world Saturday, including over a dozen in Canada, protesting against proposed U.S. government funding cuts to scientific research and public rejection of established science such as climate change.
- 'We don't blame you': Wisconsin farmers on Trump's blast at Canada's dairy industry
- In the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about Wisconsin dairy farmers being treated unfairly by Canada, people in the dairy industry say the problem is more about overproduction of milk in the state.
- Angry and tired French voters flirt with outsiders for top job: Nahlah Ayed
- Many French voters are fed up with their political system and eager for change ahead of the first round of the presidential election on Sunday. But that change could have a major impact well beyond the country's borders.