Yalda Hakim reports on the human cost of the battle over Gaddafi's rule, as thousands of refugees flee across the Libyan border into Tunisia; Is Nuri el Okbi a Bedouin version of Australia's indigenous land rights campaigner Eddie Mabo? Plus, could Australia's long-standing cooperation with its neighbour East Timor be coming under threat from China?
Dateline takes a personal journey into the Japanese disaster zone, as video journalist Toshi Maeda goes on a road trip to see for himself how bad the situation really is. As troops loyal to Muammar Gadaffi close in on the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Dateline reports from that city, amid preparations for a final showdown with the Libyan leader. Plus, vast new cities of apartments and shops are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.
On Dateline this week, Yalda Hakim presents the program from Rome as Italy prepares for the trial of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The United Kingdom is currently facing the largest cuts in public spending for decades. Amid widespread protests and discontent, video journalist Evan Williams has been to meet some of the people worst affected. Visitors are travelling from all over the world to a remote part of the Peruvian jungle for what they hope will be a life changing experience. Plus, when Dateline reported on the cholera outbreak in Haiti last year, it had left 300 dead. Now, 4,500 have been killed, and up to 200,000 could be infected.
As New Zealand begins the long recovery from this week's deadly earthquake, video journalist David Brill has been getting the personal stories from what's been described as the country's 'darkest day'. Iraq has been mostly out of the headlines recently, but daily life there is still a struggle that few of us could comprehend. Plus, 1200 Israeli-born children have been told they're not welcome in Israel, because they're not Jewish.
The waters off Somalia in east Africa are the most dangerous in the world. 92% of pirate hijackings in 2010 took place there... over 1,000 hostages and 49 vessels were seized. Now it's threatening tourism and fishing, and therefore the livelihood, of the Seychelles, with the idyllic islands finding themselves thrust into the midst of the piracy crisis. In the Middle East, speaking out against authoritarian regimes comes at a high price. In the shadow of the deadly revolution in Egypt, Yaara Bou Melhem reports on Syria's hardline stance against discontent. Plus a report on the unemployment crisis facing Las Vegas.
Video journalist Amos Roberts was shot at, tear gassed, attacked, detained and interrogated while reporting from Egypt for this Sunday's Dateline. But despite the intimidation from the military intelligence and Hosni Mubarak's supporters, he gets inside the protest movement against the president's 30 years of authoritarian rule. Video journalist Mark Davis's unprecedented access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues, with an exclusive interview for Dateline with the Australian whistleblower. Plus, the name, Valerie Plame, was never meant to be publicly known, but the former CIA spy ended up being exposed by the very government she had pledged to serve.
In this, George Negus's last episode as Dateline's host, what really happened to the cargo ship MV Arctic Sea? As Nick Lazaredes reports, it was supposed to be moving a shipment of timber before it mysteriously disappeared, so why did Russia's navy send five destroyers and two nuclear submarines after it? Was it hijacked? Was it carrying weapons to the Middle East? This international investigation is a story the Russians don't want told.
In a world exclusive, we meet the faceless men of the Bali Nine. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are scheduled to die by firing squad for their role in the bungled drug smuggling operation five years ago. Unlike the rest of the Bali Nine, they've never spoken on camera, and their lives inside "Death Tower", the super-max section of Bali's Kerobokan Prison, have remained secret - until now.
American political satirist and TV host Jon Stewart launched his 'Rally to Restore Sanity' as a funny counterpoint to the current 'Tea Party' movement that's sweeping America. But as Aaron Lewis reports, joke or not, many people are taking the rally seriously, thrilled to be able to voice their opposition to the fear-mongering in the mainstream American media.
The My Lai massacre of 1968 helped to galvanise American public opinion against the Vietnam War. David Brill is in My Lai, speaking to a survivor of that terrible atrocity in which hundreds of unarmed civilians were killed by a US army unit.
They may be free now, but for Chile's 33 miners who were trapped underground for more than two months, life will never be the same. David O'Shea reports on the last few days of their entrapment, the media circus up above, the relatives' heartache and anguish, and the questions now being asked about whether the miners should sell their stories, when so many of their colleagues are out of work.
Seven years after they invaded, American combat troops finally withdrew from Iraq in August 2010. In this episode of Dateline, Sydney Morning Herald Chief Correspondent Paul McGeough features as a guest reporter, taking a look at Iraq's future, through the issue of oil.
With almost 20,000 North Korean defectors now living in South Korea, how are they adjusting to life in one of the world's most technologically and economically advanced societies, when they come from one of the world's most isolated communist states? Amos Roberts meets defectors trying to adjust to their new life, and speaks to South Koreans about their fears of reunification.
Join the search for Joseph Kony, one of the world's most wanted war criminals. His Lord's Resistance Army has kidnapped 10,000 of Uganda's children, forcing them to become child soldiers or sex slaves. Kony's aim is to run Uganda according to his vision of Christianity, but the Ugandan army, with help from America, is determined to bring him to justice. Aaron Lewis embeds with the Ugandan army as it hunts for Kony - and makes some startling discoveries along the way.
Parajumpers are medics who extract wounded soldiers from battle, often under fire. They are, in the soldiers' words, their guardian angels. Filmmaker Sean Smith embeds with the parajumpers as they chopper into Afghanistan's Helmand province and risk their lives to save the US marines operating there. Those same marines get caught in an intense firefight, the camera rolling the entire time.
The English Defence League claims it's a peaceful organisation but hidden camera vision proves otherwise. Go undercover inside the EDL, as it plans to target some of the UK's highest-profile Muslim communities, making some fear that Britain's far-right activists may be returning to violent street demonstrations for the first time in three decades. Also on the show, David O'Shea is in Chang Mai where Thailand's 'Red Shirts' are regrouping in order to resume their anti-government protests.
Some Americans believe the end of the world is imminent, and are preparing accordingly. David Brill meets those who are serious about living in former NATO bunkers, stockpiling food and other supplies and getting ready to flee on motorbikes, should the need arise. Dateline goes underground into the tunnels beneath the Gaza-Egypt border to follow workers making a living smuggling goods into the Palestinian enclave. Plus, the poor of Cambodia are literally being flooded out of their homes so high-rise developments can be built for the rich.
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