Jul 29, 2010 | 4:46Dispatches "Kill or be killed" Audio
Dispatches "Kill or be killed" Jul 29, 2010 | 4:46A text message appeared on the cellphones of many Nigerians last January. "Kill before they kill you." When the rioting finally ended, more than 300 Christians and Muslims lay dead.
From Washington, Sunday Dare, editor of the online website Newsbreaksnow.com, was monitoring that violence in his home village of Jos.
Jul 29, 2010 | 9:04Dispatches "China's internet gulag" Audio
Dispatches "China's internet gulag" Jul 29, 2010 | 9:04In China, 15-year-old Deng Senshan was spending an awful lot of time on the internet. His parents sent him away for a new kind of therapy: a boot camp for internet addicts. It turned out to mean abuse. And getting hit with a chair probably hastened his death. Christopher Stewart has written about these camps, for Wired magazine.
Jul 29, 2010 | 2:37Dispatches "The Queen of Fandango" (Music) Audio
Dispatches "The Queen of Fandango" (Music) Jul 29, 2010 | 2:37The Queen Of Fandango died in January. Colombian Folksinger Etelvina Maldonado was 75.
She sang more at house parties than recording studios. She liked boleros. And rancheros. And tangos. But she excelled at the music of Colombia's Caribbean coast known as bullerengue.
And when Etelvina Maldonado sang it, she owned it.
Jul 29, 2010 | 13:28Dispatches "Bimba Italiana" Audio
Dispatches "Bimba Italiana" Jul 29, 2010 | 13:28On the TV, there's a woman hanging from a hook, her backside posed to look like one of the hams on other hooks around her. In Italy that's entertainment, apparently.
Our Rome contributor, Megan Williams, asks why Italians won't put up with degradation of women in public, but it's
okay on TV.
Aug 5, 2010 | 7:57Dispatches "Send us your pesos" (February 2010 Encore) Audio
Dispatches "Send us your pesos" (February 2010 Encore) Aug 5, 2010 | 7:57The global recession is playing a cruel trick on people in El Salvador. Time was they relied on cash remittances from family members working in the U.S. But Dispatches contributor Dominique-Jarry shore found this year, they're being asked to send money to their unemployed relatives in places like California.
Aug 5, 2010 | 14:28Dispatches "Healing Dogon country" (Documentary) Audio
Dispatches "Healing Dogon country" (Documentary) Aug 5, 2010 | 14:28Eleven years ago, during the ice storm, one of the poorest countries in the world -- Mali -- came to Canada's aid. Payback maybe, because years earlier Canadians had helped after a bad flood in Mali. All these years later, Dispatches contributor Alexa Dvorson went trekking among the Dogon people of Mali's remote Bandiagara escarpment, and found the wheel has turned again.
Aug 5, 2010 | 9:01Dispatches "In the Shadow of the Raid" Audio
Dispatches "In the Shadow of the Raid" Aug 5, 2010 | 9:01In May 2008, immigration agents raided the Agri-processors meatpacking plant in Postville Iowa, and put nearly 400 illegal immigrants out of work. Some had worked there as much as eleven years. When journalist Greg Brosnan and his partner heard about the raid, they were researching a film on how the recession was affecting Central American villages, where the money from some of those U.S.-based workers was being sent. The finished film is called In The Shadow Of The Raid.
Aug 5, 2010 | 12:26Dispatches "Israeli tech takes off" Audio
Dispatches "Israeli tech takes off" Aug 5, 2010 | 12:26If author Dan Senor has it right, conflict is good for business. After all, Israel has what he calls "the highest density of start-up (companies) in the world." His new book, Start-Up Nation, says that's thanks to a military culture that encourages entrepreneurship and technological innovation.