The View from Here: 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
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
Thursday February 23, 2012
The "Fed Up" movement leaders hold a news conference determined to spark Senegalese out of their "defeatism" and to reclaim their government. Photo/Amanda Fortier
"Spring" wind blows into Senegal streets
This weekend's election in Senegal isn't passing the smell test with some, and now there's a whiff of Arab Spring in the air.
It's an old story. A president comfortable in power tries engineering more of it.
But that didn't sit well with a small band of disaffected Senegalese young people, and it's morphed into a movement, spilling into the streets of this small African country.
It's a call out a president reneging on his promise to resign.
And we found Canadian journalist Amanda Fortier in with the ringleaders.
Categories: Africa, News Promo, 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
- Thu., 12 – Peace without justice in Liberia
- 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
- Fri., 9 – Italy's crisis endangers its guilds
- Thu., 8 – Mexico's vigilante mayor
- Wed., 7 – Lanse kòd animate Jacmel Carnival
- February 2012
- Wed., 29 – A box full of light saves lives
- Tue., 28 – They die so we might know
- Fri., 24 – Kennedy's very bad day in South Sudan
- Thu., 23 – Young Senegalese "fed up" with regime
- 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
- Fri., 27 – Surfing with the crocs in a Borneo river
- Fri., 20 – India's surprise link to the heyday of jazz
- Fri., 20 – Why was it Kandahar for Canada's troops?
- Thu., 12 – Dispatches on the web
- Wed., 11 – Dutch pot cafes take heat
- Fri., 6 – Romania outreach for Roma kids a bust
- Tue., 3 – Kampala, 2011: some hope from a gay bar
- 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
- October 2011
- September 2011
- August 2011
- July 2011
- June 2011
- May 2011
- April 2011
- March 2011
- 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.
- 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.