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October 7 & 10, 2010 - from Port-au-Prince - Rio de Janeiro - Pakistan - New York - Kabul

Waving the Green Party banner in Brazil.

The view from here: our correspondents spot Brazil's post-election challenge lying on the beach, and watch a heartbreaking scene on the flood plains of Pakistan.

A doctor's lament for the injured of Haiti's earthquake: "By saving them, did we condemn them to suffer?" 

Hezbollah loves Iran, open warfare and the Soccer Moms of Lebanon.  So why do so many Lebanese love it back?

And, an encore of our latest award-winning documentary: "Shovelling the rain away" in Afghanistan.

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 The View from Rio: deja vote all over again

In Brazil, they're going to vote, again.  

The blessing of the incumbent wasn't enough to get his chosen successor the numbers she needed to win a three-way race for the presidency of one of the most vibrant emerging markets in the world.

So it's back to the polls on Hallowe'en, for a two-way contest that should prove decisive.

Our Latin America correspondent, Connie Watson, has been covering the campaign.  And she was struck by something she saw, a little  thing that hints at Brazil's big picture.

She sent Dispatches an election-day observation for a new  feature we're calling The View from Here.

Connie's view...

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The View from Pakistan: losing everything

Some of the Pakistan flood's many victims. Photo/Nahlah Ayed

The CBC's Nahlah Ayed has returned from her coverage of the Pakistan floods, sending us an image that's burned into her memory.

Nahlah's view...
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Check back regularly for more on our new View from Here blog...we promise regular updates.



Being cruel to be kind?

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 people with terrible spinal cord injuries. 

He's a Canadian physio-therapist, 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 went back 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 now, as he searches for answers amid Haiti's fragments, and the faces of those he cares for.

Mike's dispatch....

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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.

What do you think? Is Mike being too hard on himself?  Or is he right to question the way we respond to a health crisis? We'd like your thoughts. Email dispatches@cbc.ca, and we'll  continue the discussion next week.

More on Haiti... Reporter Susan Woodfine has the story of how the people of Rimouski, Quebec opened their arms to Haitian students whose university was destroyed in the quake. As heard on the CBC's C'est La Vie....

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The View from Here: Soundrack to change

What was playing on the radio while you saw the world changing around you? When you hear it still, may comforts you. Maybe it taunts you.   

For Rick, bullets in Bosnia will always mean Van Morrison.  

Rick's musical memories...

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If you associate a particular piece of music with some world event you watched or witnessed, big or small, share it with Dispatches. Go where you want with this. Then email your story to  dispatches@cbc.ca   Send us your story and soundtrack and we'll make radio out of it..and feature it on our View from Here blog.


The gospel according to Hezbollah

It's called A Privilege To Die, a new book that declares Hezbollah to be the "most powerful force in Lebanon, and the most dynamic in the Islamic world."

It examines an armed movement that commands the loyalty of wild-eyed pistol wavers and soccer Moms alike, even though it regularly shatters their lives with recurring war on Israel, and runs the risk of plunging Lebanon into  a renewed civil war.

The author is Thanassis Cambanis, former Middle East Bureau Chief for The Boston Globe newspaper. 

Rick's interview with Thanassis...

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The author reads from A Privilege to Die...

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Gold medal winner: Shovelling the rain away

"Shovelling the rain away," a dispatch by journalist Naheed Mustafa, won a gold medal at the New York Festivals international radio awards last month.

When we first started reporting on the war eight years ago, the U.S. had just declared that "the Taliban controls no territory within Afghanistan."

Today, despite NATO and two democratic elections, the Taliban insurgency is alive and well, and the country is still a war-in-progress.

By most barometers, Afghanistan remains under pressure, as Naheed Mustafa witnessed after a Kabul rainstorm.

Naheed's dispatch...

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This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann, Steve McNally and intern Gene Law, technical producers Tim Lorimer and Victor Johnston, senior producer Alan Guettel and Rick MacInnes-Rae.

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