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November 18 & 21: from Kampala, Uganda - the Thai-Burmese border - Hilversum, Netherlands - Beirut, Lebanon - Dakar, Senegal - Chennai, India - Nanoori, Ghana

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Burmese journalists working in darkness on the Thai border (photo/Michelle Cheung)

Sudan gears up for a groundbreaking referendum by cracking down on critics.

Rumours of war: our correspondent on the new tensions in Lebanon.

Broadcasting from exile: Myanmar's refugee reporters try to get truth on the air in Burma.

Then, why one of the best jobs in Indian journalism comes with  surveillance and wiretaps.

And in Senegal they say, you gotta eat the chilis before you get the honey. And female cabbies eat a lot of chilis.


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Captured in Sudan

Last week there was a police raid in Khartoum, a small issue with larger significance.

Sudan is still holding 13 people incommunicado at an unknown location, among them: human rights workers and a journalist from Radio Dabanga. All are accused of working against the state, and they've been denied legal and medical care for the past two weeks.

Now, Canada has 800-million dollars in aid invested in Sudan, and it's protesting against the crackdown, calling Sudan a foreign policy priority. Foreign Ministers of Sudan and the Netherlands have spoken but Sudan claims it doesn't know who its police are detaining.

With a key referendum two months away, this may be the start of something.

Now, we're hearing all this from the director of Radio Dabanga, Hildebrand Bijleveld, in the Dutch town of Hilversum...

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Meanwhile Sudan's President, wanted for genocide, is on the religious pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, according to his state's news agency.

Despite a global warrant, Omar al-Bashir flouts the International Criminal Court and travels freely to countries which refuse to arrest him, including Qatar, Chad and Kenya.

Journalism under cover

The open-air newsroom of Burmese journalists working on the Thai border (photo/Michelle Cheung)

Aung San Suu Kyi is free, but democracy remains under house arrest in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

The recent election is widely viewed as a sham, because it keeps the Generals in power, and their opponents in exile.  

That includes many journalists, who find it impossible to do independent political reporting inside Burma.

But outside the country, a few exiles are still trying, and the CBC's Michelle Cheung made her way to their hidden headquarters.

Michelle's dispatch...

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And if you've got pictures or a story from inside Burma, let us know with an email.


War looms in Lebanon

The skyline of the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon (photo/Nahlah Ayed)

Britain has injected nearly 2 million dollars into the UN's Special Tribunal for Lebanon, arguing it's "the only way to ensure long-term stability" in the troubled country.

It comes as the controversial Tribunal considers possible indictments against those it believes responsible for assassinating the Prime Minister five years ago.

And it's one more reason many expect a return to open warfare: either with Israel, or a civil war between the country's Sunni Muslims, and Shia loyal to Hezbollah.

The CBC's Nahlah Ayed is in Lebanon, where she's been reporting for CBC Online on the legacy of the massacre at Shatila refugee camp during the war of 1982.

She's been hearing the talk of another one, and joined Rick from Beirut...

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Nahlah's special online series is called Exile without End.


The View from Kampala: Hunting homosexuals

This week CBC correspondent Carolyn Dunn explains why a Ugandan newspaper called "Rolling Stone" is going after the country's gay community....

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Ugandan government MP David Bahati telling correspondent Carolyn Dunn his country's "on the right side of history." And you can hear more of that provocative interview on The View From Here blog.


Senegal's Taxi Sisters  

In Senegal, a woman's place is now behind the wheel of a cab.  Pass the screening and all she needs is a little martial arts training and a bright yellow car.

And the male taxi drivers?  Well, one hopes they'll come round to the idea, as Canadian journalist Amanda Fortier discovers while shadowing these Taxi Sisters from the start of their day.

Amanda's documentary....

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The stranger next door

For a journalist in India, one of the the most desirable foreign postings is the country with which it's fought three wars: Pakistan.

But not many get the chance.

By unwritten agreement, each country only admits two journalists from the other at any given time.

And Nirupama Subramanian was one of them.  In 2006, she was sent from India to Islamabad with the English-language daily newspaper The Hindu.

She grew up in India and what with the long history of conflict, she sort of viewed Pakistan as the enemy. Turns out that's how the state saw her, too.    

Now back in Chennai, Nirupama Subramanian tells Rick her story...

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From the divine to the ridiculous

Now this week our soundtrack of music from moments in faraway places comes from Canadian journalist Karen Palmer, who'll be on the program next week talking about her new book on the witches of Ghana. 

This week, she describes a visit she and her translator made to a diviner, a kind of fortune-teller, with tunes....

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More musical memories on The View from Here.

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