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December 2 & 5: from Jerusalem - China - Bogota, Colombia - Kabul

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Israeli M.K. Danny Danon favours more laws to compel non Jews to swear loyalty to the Jewish State.

Is it racism or real politik? Why Israel's loyalty oath upsets Jews and Arabs alike.  

As China goes, so goes the world: The author of a new book warns Chinese consumers are transforming everything.

Kidnap radio: So many are held hostage in Colombia their families have their own radio program. Our correspondent's father was one of them.

One-legged bandits? Afghanistan's war-wounded set up a roadside pension plan, though some might call it extortion.

Rikileaks: Rick dishes some diplomatic indiscretions you won't find in Wikileaks.

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Carmiel is mainly Jewish but surrounded by Arab-Israelis who already find it hard to rent apartments in the city. Photo/CBC Jerusalem.

Conflicting loyalties

Is it racism or just political reality that's behind a controversial new proposal in Israel?

The so-called loyalty oath will compel some in future to recognize the country first and foremost, as a Jewish state. 

That doesn't sit well with those in Israel's Arab population, or some Jews for that matter, as we hear from CBC Correspondent Margaret Evans in the country's seat of government...

Click here for Margaret's dispatch



Wikileaks is dishing dirt all over the international stage these days, revealing governments behaving in most undiplomatic ways.

But it came as no surprise to them, and it doesn't surprise Rick either...

Click here for Rick's own "leak"


China's all-you-can-buy buffet

In the days of Mao, a Chinese worker aspired to own four things.

A bike. A watch. A sewing machine and..a radio.

They were known as, "the four things that go round."

These days, Chinese consumers have the potential to make the world go round. 

And the changes historian Karl Gerth has seen since he was a student there fill the new book entitled, As China Goes, So Goes The World; How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything.

click here for Rick's interview with Karl

As China Goes, So Goes The World: How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything is published by Hill and Wang.


Disabled men act as unofficial traffic cops at one of Kabul's main traffic circles. Photo/Ariel Nasr.


The View from Here:

Curbside crooks in Kabul?

Car, taxi and bus drivers trying to get through the main traffic circle heading north out of Kabul get help.  Disabled war veterans guide them with pointy sticks - but not for free.

click here for Ariel's VFH

Check others on The View from Here.



Reporter Annie Correal..

Colombia's captive audience

At its peak in Colombia, more than 3,000 people were kidnapped each year, most famously, presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, held for six years.

The practice is declining.  But many hostages are still held by paramilitary or Marxist rebel groups like the one known as FARC, trying to ransom or exchange them for imprisoned colleagues.  

In some cases, the families haven't heard from their captive relatives for years. Yet they have a way of staying in touch.

This is the remarkable story of Kidnap Radio, one that reporter Annie Correal experienced first-hand...

Click here for Annie's dispatch

Annie Correal is a reporter based in New York City with the Spanish-language newspaper El Diario La Prensa.

She produced that documentary with Jay Allison for the public radio website called Transom.org, part of the Open Studio Project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Your dispatches

We received some letters about our documentary from Sarajevo last week, which considered a link between animal rights, and human rights.

Layne Powell in Vancouver agrees with the animal care worker in the piece who felt violence towards animals would inevitably lead to the same towards humans.  And he quotes no less than St. Francis of Asissi: 

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, then you have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

MaryAnn Hendrix of Strathroy, Ontario also writes in:

We human beings have become the dominant species on this planet, and as the "winners" we get to make the rules...However, humans have rights, and with that comes the responsibility to care for animals and treat them respectfully.

Merideth Cameron of Monetville, Ontario agrees:

Animal rights (are) simply an extension of human rights, which is at its core compassion...Compassion should be what fuels us, or at the very least, our politics, but it remains to be seen that way.

And from Minitonas, Manitoba, Ron Watts concludes:

We know of a number of groups, mostly religious, who claim that all life is sacred, and have been willing to kill a few doctors to prove their point.

I don't think killing veterinarians will solve the problem of huge numbers of abandoned dogs and cats.

If we see that all animals have the same reason as we do to go on living, it's clear we must treat all life with as much dignity and respect as we can, or we diminish ourselves.

Thanks for your letters.

We invite you to comment on our program with anecdotes from your own experience.  And if there's a piece of music that you identify with some global event you've witnessed -- big or small -- tell us about that too. We'll make it radio.  We are dispatches@cbc.ca


This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann and Steve McNally with technical producers Tim Lorimer and Victor Johnston, and senior producer Alan Guettel.

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