The View from Here: September 2011 Archives
Tuesday September 27, 2011
Osama bin Laden poses with his then second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan in 2001. Photo/Reuters
Categories: Promo Box, The View from Here
Thursday September 15, 2011
Mohamed put down his gun after the rebel victory and went back to his coffee shop. His best friend was killed in the battle for Misrata. Photo/Derek Stoffel CBC
Rebuilding Tripoli Street
As fighting scales down in the Libyan street, the victors are confronting the wreckage of war and the political rebuilding ahead.
CBC's Middle East correspondent, Derek Stoffel took a walk down Tripoli Street in the northwestern city of Misrata, where 350,000 people emerged from cover -- put down their guns and counted the dead.
The charred tank on Tripoli St. Photo/Derek Stoffel CBC
...and the black guest workers, who will do the rebuilding
Much of Libya's black African population has gathered in camps. Rebel forces treat anyone with dark skin as a suspected Gadhafi mercenary. Photo/Reuters.
Ghadafi recruited heavily in west Africa and Sudan for his fighters, because they have no other Libyan loyalties. And as one expert says, "It's hard to get your OWN people, to SHOOT your own people."
But with the war now over, in places like al-Bayda in the northeast, Amnesty reports the execution of 50 African mercenaries, and the lynching of a dark-skinned man just for wearing a police uniform.
In much of Libya, it's dangerous to be black. And journalist Marine Olivesi found hundreds of them cowering in an unlikely hiding place in Zanzur, near Libya's border with Egypt.
Categories: Africa, News Promo, Promo Box, The View from Here
Thursday September 8, 2011
tribute to a CBC hero
Lamont Tilden was 98. He was a familiar voice on the CBC for 40 years. He announced everything from the start of the Second World War to Santa Claus parades.
I was among a generation of reporters he schooled in the '70s. Monty's silky delivery and precise language set lofty standards for the new kids, and I expect I was one of his greater challenges.
Some might say he was Old School, except the values he taught aren't dated. Write clearly. Speak clearly. And practice. Values I've tried to keep faith with over 35 years.
As we mark 75 years of public broadcasting here at the CBC, it's important to remember one of those who informed so much of it. And in a way, Monty's still on the air. In programs like this one. Our condolences go out to his family.
Categories: The View from Here
Thursday September 8, 2011
Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq are two young American Muslims who, a year ago, completed an eye-opening road trip -- crossing the U.S. in a quest to worship at 30 mosques, in 30 states, in the 30 days of Ramadan. The previous year, in a kind of rehearsal, they broke their 30 daily fasts at 30 different mosques in New York City. Both years they reported to Disaptches.
Here's what they wrote Dispatches about this year's trip -- a visit to the 20 states they missed last year: (link to earlier reports)
We started out in Alaska at the beginning of the month and made our way to the east coast with over 13,000 miles of driving underneath our belt. We conclude in our hometown of NYC.
One of the questions we're raising this year is what is the relevance of Islam in America? With the 10th anniversary of 9/11, have Muslims only formed their identity in response to the attacks?
Some of the highlights of our trip include meeting a gay Imam in Washington DC, getting berated by a mosque for visiting a woman's prayer space in Arkansas (both of which caused heated discussions on our blog, almost 500 comments), hanging out with a Native American Muslim and meeting devout Muslims covered in tattooes and piercings.
We also got the friends of the convicted Christmas tree bomber in Oregon to write him letters about how they felt betrayed about what he did and wrote a love story about woman who left her entire life in Malaysia to marry an incarcerated prison convict in South Dakota she was pen pals with. The list goes on and on.
We raised over $12,000 to fundraise this trip through individual contributions through Twitter and Facebook. This year we also started a movement where we now have people in Belgium, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Chicago, Toronto, Washington DC, and the Netherlands doing 30 Mosques in 30 Days in their respective communities.
Categories: The View from Here
Thursday September 1, 2011
In early 2002, the CBC's David McLauchlin and Connie Watson, with producer Tim Hardinge, were among a handful of western journalists to get into Afghanistan.
The Taliban government had been driven out by relentless American bombing and the mobilization of The Northern Alliance, mostly the militias of the warlords that had been fighting for years against the Soviets, and then one another.
Connie headed toward Kabul. David went to Herat and the Iran border. They created, with Dispatches senior producer Alan Guettel, The Sky Cries Blood -- a three-hour radio special that had them handing off to each other, back and forth, in short scenes from the villages, neighbourhoods, refugee camps and countryside of a broken nation, back when there was so much hope that it could be fixed. They found humour, music and hardship. A lot of amputees; a lot of widows. But wonderful people. Victims and survivors
Connie and David traveled separately for several weeks. Telephone contact was hardly possible. Connie stayed until March 21 -- the first day of Spring and the official New Year's Day of Afghanistan -- and that's what the last hour builds to.
Connie went back in 2003 as part of a CBC project called Yesterday's Promises. David, after a tour through Congo, died of brain cancer in May 2003.
The title The Sky Cries Blood comes from the translation of a poem a widowed mother and war survivor wrote and gave to Connie.
Part One opens with a poem by Sufi theologian Jalal ad-Din Rumi -- an open invitation to come into the region.
Part One (52:52)
Part Two (58:11)
Part Three (55:50)
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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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- Photos Prince William, Kate Middleton attend centenary of the Battle of the Somme
- Members of the Royal Family travelled to France for ceremonies to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Approximately 150,000 Allied troops, including thousands of Canadians and Newfoundlanders fought to open the western front; more than 24,000 Canadians died in the battle.
- Up to 116 civilians killed in drone, other air attacks, says White House
- The White House said Friday that as many as 116 civilians have been killed by drone and other U.S. strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
- Updated Attackers take hostages at restaurant in Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka
- Police say two officers have been killed by attackers who stormed a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, taking dozens of hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces.
- Istanbul attack shows airports still the 'most vulnerable' soft target
- The carnage left in the wake of the deadly attacks on Turkey's busiest airport has forced nations around the world to face the discomforting reality that travellers and bystanders are relatively easy targets for those looking to spread violence and sow fear.
- Tesla driver killed in Autopilot crash had praised safety of system
- A driver with a history of speeding who was so enamoured of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car "Tessy" and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated Autopilot system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode.