Jun 25, 2012 | 4:05Dispatches Robbed by rebels - November 17, 2008 Audio
Dispatches Robbed by rebels - November 17, 2008 Jun 25, 2012 | 4:05In the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, warlord Laurent Nkunda has been waging war on the government in Kinshasa.NGOs across Africa warn there's a humanitarian disaster looming there, and urge the U.N. to protect civilians in the region. It's a "vision thing," according to rebel leader Laurent Nkunda. His fondness for silver canes and high-minded rhetoric can't mask how many civilians are dead or displaced by his offensive. But warlords are often like that. They can be charming. Canadian journalist David McDougall faced that charms offensive, near Goma, Congo.
Jun 25, 2012 | 4:41Dispatches Forcing kids to kill - Apr. 12, 2009 Audio
Dispatches Forcing kids to kill - Apr. 12, 2009 Jun 25, 2012 | 4:41Seven years ago, paramilitaries forced their way into a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and kidnapped the fifth grade and turned them into child soldiers. Today, the former leader of those rebels is on trial for it. It's the first time the International Criminal Court in The Hague has tried somebody for sending kids into war. Observers hope a guilty verdict from The Hague might act as more of a deterrent.
Meribeth Deen, a Canadian journalist who's been covering the trial finds the evidence to be overpowering.
Jun 25, 2012 | 4:44Dispatches India's voteless masses - May 18, 2009 Audio
Dispatches India's voteless masses - May 18, 2009 Jun 25, 2012 | 4:44India's new economic booms and busts are changing the way India's enormous democracy works. It's not a question of who Indians vote for. It's a matter of who votes at all. Ananya Mukherjee Reed is a Canadian political scientist who's observing the current elections there.
Jun 25, 2012 | 4:15Dispatches The land of Him - May 25, 2009 Audio
Dispatches The land of Him - May 25, 2009 Jun 25, 2012 | 4:15When our Jerusalem-based correspondent Margaret Evans mentioned she was going to Libya, and was Dispatches interested? ... well. We wonder what things are like in post-Lockerbie Libya, now that mercurial Muammar Gadaffi has renounced terrorism and returned to the world's good graces, more or less. He's even opened the country to its first foreign investment. Surely transparency is the order of the day? Never mind that Reporters Without Borders says press freedom is virtually non-existent in Libya. CBC Correspondent Margaret Evans got in after all.
Jun 21, 2012 | 7:20Dispatches Life with the Iraqi army - June 21/12 Audio
Dispatches Life with the Iraqi army - June 21/12 Jun 21, 2012 | 7:20In February 2006, Ben Gilbert joined an Iraqi army patrol as they're trained by the American military to take over the job of fighting Iraqi insurgents. And he found what seemed like a secondhand, low-rent, finger-on-the-trigger affair.
Jun 21, 2012 | 5:42Dispatches Zanzibar's seaweed harvest - June 21/12 Audio
Dispatches Zanzibar's seaweed harvest - June 21/12 Jun 21, 2012 | 5:42In March 2008, Alison Dempster took us to the Zanzibar archipelago, off the African east coast, where plants are a commodity, and women spend long, hot days gathering seaweed for shillings on the same beaches where tourists laze and lounge. Their harvest is destined for the pricey cosmetics of the pharmaceutical industry.
Jun 21, 2012 | 8:45Dispatches A teacher's long days - June 21/12 Audio
Dispatches A teacher's long days - June 21/12 Jun 21, 2012 | 8:45In April 2008, Prue Clarke brought us the story Sylvia Nortey, a teacher in Ghana, working to keep her students from falling into illiteracy. Despite the fact that the Ghanaian government had just eliminated school fees... Sylvia still works long days as the last line of defense, and her efforts may not be enough.
Jun 21, 2012 | 5:47Dispatches On the streets of Monrovia - June 21/12 Audio
Dispatches On the streets of Monrovia - June 21/12 Jun 21, 2012 | 5:47In December 2006, Prue Clarke took us to the streets of Liberia, after that country's first free election following decades of dictatorship and civil war. And she discovered, this is where the hard part of building democracy begins.
Jun 21, 2012 | 7:34Dispatches Seeing-eye children - June 21/12 Audio
Dispatches Seeing-eye children - June 21/12 Jun 21, 2012 | 7:34In February 2009, Craig Desson introduced us to the children working the streets of Makeni, Sierra Leone. In a country convulsed by poverty, they're doing a job children shouldn't have to. Their parents rent them out, like seeing-eye dogs.