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.
As India prepares a show of wealth at the Commonwealth Games, Dateline reports on the poor who say they're missing out in the race for riches. Brazil has one of the largest black populations in the world, yet only 2% of the nation's catwalk models are black, and it's said to be alienating much of the country. Plus, plans to introduce the death penalty for gays and lesbians in Uganda are causing an international outcry.
Mark Davis profiles anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who's come from the fringe to have a deciding vote over who governs the Netherlands. President Barack Obama has been swimming off the Gulf Coast in the United States recently to try to convince everyone it's safe again after the oil spill, but Environmental Scientist Wilma Subra from Louisiana is one of the people who's far from convinced. Also this week, David Brill has been back to the scene of the Exxon Valdez oil disaster off Alaska, to see the Crude Reality of how lives are still being shaped by what happened 21 years ago.
Journalist Paul Refsdal goes behind Taliban lines to document their efforts to destroy American forces in Afghanistan. This unprecedented access to Taliban war efforts reveals a human side to the feared insurgency movement, despite the fact that Refsdal is held hostage for six days during filming. Plus, Nothing stirs passion in New York more than the future of the World Trade Center site, and plans for a mosque a few blocks away are proving one of the most controversial issues yet. Also, Dateline's Giovana Vitola gets a tour of a house made entirely of rubbish
The number of babies born with severe deformities and children developing leukaemia is rising dramatically in parts of Iraq. Temple Grandin is a woman who thinks like a cow... that's how the 62-year-old animal scientist with autism describes herself, and it's made her something of a celebrity in the United States. Plus, Australia goes to the polls on 21st August, but events overseas have become one of the hot topics of the election campaign, with the parties' differing views on the best approach to asylum seekers. Video journalist David O'Shea reports from the Pacific Islands Forum in Vanuatu, where the issue is also high on the agenda.
The murder of South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche has reignited divisions between white and black in a reminder of the country's bitter struggle over apartheid. As far as most of the world is concerned, Prince Philip was born in Greece and went on to become Queen Elizabeth's husband, but to the people of Tanna in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, it's a different story. Plus, the main threat to archaeological sites might seem to be modern development, but in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, it's nature that's threatening to destroy thousands of years of history.
It's been called the biggest leak in intelligence history, and Dateline's cameras were there. In this world exclusive, Mark Davis films the mysterious Julian Assange as he drops the latest WikiLeaks bombshell. Plus, meet Shiv Sena India's far-right Hindu Nationalist Party. Yalda Hakim investigates its reputation for violence towards Muslims, foreigners and local media and asks why it wants to ban Australian cricketers. Also, paco, also called 'poor man's cocaine', is destroying the lives of child addicts in the Buenos Aires slums. David O'Shea meets the addicts' mothers who are banding together and risking their lives to stamp this drug out.
Across the United States the honey industry is in peril. For the past four years commercial bee keepers have been loosing 30% of their colonies every year, due to a mysterious problem known simply as 'colony collapse'. As Dateline's Ginny Stein reports, the situation is so dire that New York has overturned a decade-long ban on private bee keeping, welcoming new hives all over the city.
In Dateline's moving series return for 2010, imagine being told that your parents are not your parents. Even worse, imagine realising that the people who raised you had, in fact, helped to kidnap, torture and murder your real Mum and Dad. Meet the children of Argentina's Disappeared. Also a group of very special dogs is saving the lives of US soldiers who are returning from war deeply damaged.
On this, the last show of the series, George Negus travels to London for Dateline to work out where Britain's future lies following the incredibly interesting general election on May 6th.
Mark Davis profiles Julian Assange, the Australian behind the secretive whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, while Ginny Stein is in Louisiana with those badly affected by the terrible oil spill.
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister recently agreed to the country's biggest ever business deal - a $16 billion plan to extract and export gas. But landowners and residents living near the proposed gas plant and pipeline are literally up in arms over fears they'll lose some of their land and see few of the benefits. Nick Lazaredes meets Albania's oldest 'sworn virgin' - a celibate woman forced to act as a man while her male relatives hide from a blood feud. Plus an interview with Sabria Jawhar on France's controversial banning of the burqa.
US military bases in Japan are always contentious. Now, Japan's prime minister must rule on the future of one base in Okinawa. Should it stay or should it go? Meanwhile, as the UK gears up for an election, meet the Tory Party's new-look female, gay and ethnic minority candidates. What will the party's rusted-on voters think?
The dark side of Japan's hugely-popular anime (animation) craze as it struggles to maintain dominance over the booming industry. With increasing competition from China and Korea, Japan's anime houses are placing immense pressure on their already overworked anime artists.
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