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Kenya: The Online Tribal Wars

Edwin Okong'o

Kenyan journalist, Edwin Okong'o.

Editor's Note: Since we last covered the tribal violence that flared in Kenya after last December's disputed election, the two parties contesting the outcome have reached a powersharing agreement and the worst of the bloodshed is over. But as the following dispatch reveals, the tribal hatred that left around 1,500 dead and thousands more displaced, also erupted online. Our regular contributor, Edwin Okong'o, describes how he became an unwitting target in the online tribal wars, much of it fueled by normally rational well-educated Kenyans living in the U.S.

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Egypt: Eyewitness to an Uprising

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During the crackdown, a 15-year-old boy and two men were killed and more than 100 wounded.

Editor's Note: Freelance reporter James Buck was detained by Egyptian security forces on April 10 while photographing demonstrators outside a police station in the city of Mahalla, where food riots had broken out. A journalism student at the University of California at Berkeley, and a contributor to the FRONTLINE/World website, Buck had gone to Egypt on March 24 to complete a master's degree project and traveled to Mahalla on April 6 to report about a planned strike at the Middle East's largest textile factory.

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Tibet's Moment

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Lhadon Tethong, executive director of the Students for a Free Tibet, rallies protesters in San Francisco.

It's the night before the highly anticipated Olympic torch relay in San Francisco, and I am watching a training session for protestors led by Students for a Free Tibet, the group who scaled the Golden Gate Bridge to unfurl two banners the day before. A stream of young Tibetans files into the back of a Berkeley church until the room is filled. Lhadon Tethong, the executive director of the organization, arrives with a caravan of weary protesters who had attended a candlelight vigil in San Francisco. Nobel Peace laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu had spoken there. So did actor and activist Richard Gere. Draped in Tibetan flags, with their face paint reading "Free Tibet," the protestors look like sports fans after a long tournament.

But the outcome of this event is still to be decided.

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Beijing's Blaze

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A protester in downtown San Francisco protests the imminent arrival of the Olympic Torch.

On Wednesday, the Beijing Olympic torch is scheduled to blaze through San Francisco, home to the second largest population of Chinese in America. But rather than celebratory cheers, cries of protest from China's critics have rung throughout the city. Today, Tibetan exiles scaled Golden Gate Bridge and unfurled a banner that read: "One World, One Dream, Free Tibet."

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Bosnia: The Man Who Greeted Hillary


Hillary Clinton and President Ganic

Hillary Clinton with former Bosnian president Ejup Ganic in 1996.

"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base."

Hillary Clinton in a prepared foreign policy speech at George Washington University
March 17, 2008

Who knew that memories of snipers in Bosnia would become an issue in the presidential campaign?

Hillary Clinton has spent the last two weeks retracting her recollection that she had to run for cover to avoid sniper fire when she arrived at an airport in Bosnia in 1996. Once the original news footage of the visit surfaced, her comment made for embarrassing YouTube viewing, where the original news clip and multiple spoof videos have been watched by millions. Embracing an 8-year-old on the tarmac and listening to a poem is hardly duck and cover.

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Burma: The Chinese Connection

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Chinese military transport trucks on the China-Burma border awaiting delivery to the Burmese Army.

Watch a video interview with a Burmese prostitute forced to leave Rangoon after the military crackdown last September and find work in the boomtowns on the Chinese side of the border.

Here at the Chinese town of Jie Gao, on the Burmese border, a fleet of military trucks waits to cross into Burma. For many, the long lineup of vehicles is further evidence that China continues to undermine U.S.-backed sanctions against Burma's military junta. The approximately 100 drab green, light-transport vehicles are designed and built by the Chinese-owned Tongfeng Company. The vehicles -- in addition to more than 400 delivered last year -- are destined for Burmese army units across the country. Trucks from the 2007 delivery, according to Burmese bloggers, moved troops into Rangoon to crush a popular uprising led by Buddhist monks last September.

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