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Joint Border Patrols: Decreasing Criminal Activity (Episode #3234)

KQED World: Sun, Aug 24, 2014 -- 5:30 AM

Ireland: Dark Past - A horrific report shook Ireland this summer. It was suggested babies that had died in a home for unwed mothers were buried in mass graves around the site. The home was in operation up until the 1960's. Such homes were run by the Catholic church on behalf of the Irish government. Tens of thousands of unmarried mothers gave birth in them. Many of them tell of medical experiments on infants, neglect and forced adoption. Their infant mortality rate was much higher than the national average. Now the state and church are investigating what actually happened in what were called mother and baby homes. Crimea: Changing Sides - After the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula by Russia, people there are trying to return to everyday life. But the road to normality is long, and political stances in Kiev and Moscow have solidified. While politicians argue about topics such as possession of Crimea, how to feed the people on the peninsula and what will happen to tourism, the football club hitherto known as FC Sevastopol has its own worries. The team used to play in the Ukrainian Premier League. Now under another name and with a changed squad, they've been incorporated into the third division of the Russian league. But the Ukrainian football federation is opposed to the move - as are the international associations FIFA and UEFA. Poland/Germany: Joint Border Patrols - The border between Germany and Poland is nearly 500 kilometres long. Now Poland is part of the Schengen area, there are no more checks on the border crossings. For criminals that's a great advantage; for the police, a big problem. Since the opening of the German-Polish border in 2007, cross-border criminal activity has increased. Car thieves in particular take advantage of the freedom to travel eastwards. That's why since 2007 German and Polish police have been on patrol together on both sides of the border. But until now, according to law, the police from the respective neighboring country had to give up pursuing criminals shortly before they reached border. Now a new agreement on cross-border police cooperation, ensures police the same rights on both sides of the border. That should make pursuing suspects more effective. Spain: Catalonian Dream - It's long been clear that Catalonia would like to secede from Spain. A referendum on independence is planned for 9 November. The government in Madrid, however, has declared the referendum illegal. Thirty-two years on Public Television!

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  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 26, 2014 -- 4:30 AM

Greece: Suicide Crisis and Depression (Episode #3233)

KQED World: Sun, Aug 17, 2014 -- 5:30 AM

Romania: Corruption and Intimidation - For decades, Romanian authorities have been fighting against endemic corruption, with increasing success. Now even the president's family has become the focus of investigations. One of the most serious scandals involves President Traian Basescu's brother, who is accused of taking a 250, 000 bribe from a Romanian criminal gang. In return he is alleged to have tried to influence the court investigating the clan - and video evidence has now surfaced. Parliament is demanding Basescu's resignation, saying he knew about the deal. The national anti-corruption directorate is investigating. France: Charm and Arrogance - Familiar scenarios for foreign tourists in Paris: a waiter brings coffee instead of water, or a hotel clerk supposedly can't understand English. Service in France is in need of improvement. France remains a hugely popular tourist destination. Hotel bookings are decreasing year by year, however, especially in the capital Paris. Service there doesn't exactly have the best reputation, while not speaking French can also be a major problem. That's set to change. Voluntary city guides called Paris Greeters accompany small groups of tourists, showing them local life in their own parts of town. At the same time, hotel and restaurant owners in particular are resisting the newly prescribed hospitality. Greece: Crisis and Desperation - Redundancies, bankruptcies, corruption: for years, Greeks have been reading the same headlines. Many can no longer take the constant pressure. The suicide rate in Greece is higher than it's ever been. Desperate pensioners, insolvent bank employees, jobless fathers - many poverty-stricken Greeks are taking their own lives. Government figures cite up to 3,000 suicides a year. Unofficially, the number is three times as high, even though suicide is a taboo topic in Greece. The Orthodox Church still denies a Christian burial to those who take their own lives, leading many families to register the suicides of relatives as accidents. Austria: Remembrance and Humanity - 101-year-old Marko Feingold once again attended the Alpine Peace Crossing this year, commemorating the flight of Jews over the Alps after the Second World War. Every year the Austrian village of Krimml commemorates the exodus of 5,000 Jewish refugees across the Alps in the summer of 1947. They were fleeing postwar anti-Semitism in Europe, and headed for Palestine to find a new home. Marko Feingold, the main organizer back then, takes part in the annual memorial peace hike over the Krimml Tauern pass. Now 101, he survived four concentration camps and is still fighting today for humane refugee policies the world over.

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  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 19, 2014 -- 4:30 AM

Backlash of Gaza Fighting Increase Fears In France (Episode #3232)

KQED World: Sun, Aug 10, 2014 -- 5:30 AM

France: Protests in Little Jerusalem - France is home to Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim communities. The start of the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip has prompted a number of anti-Israel protests. In Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris, Jews and Muslims have traditionally lived peacefully side by side - shopping at the stores or playing soccer together. Now many Jewish families are concerned for their safety due to antagonism and threats from Muslim protesters, and have bought weapons for self-defense. Imams and rabbis are trying to de-escalate the tension and aggression. Turkey: Miners in danger - A mining accident in the town of Soma cost the lives of several hundred men in May. It was the latest in a long line of mining-related disasters in Turkey. Poor safety standards have left the miners angry and frustrated with the government. Coal mining is an important part of Turkey's economy. Conditions for workers have worsened since the government sold many of its state-owned mines around 15 years ago. Some mines are illegal, with accidents frequently covered up. The miners work for low wages, without protective clothing or emergency measures. A few weeks ago Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan - currently on the campaign trail for the presidency - promised to find a solution concerning safety standards. Britain: Cheaper rent against squatters - London house prices recently saw a record 25% rise over 12 months. Real estate owners are recruiting low-rent tenants to keep the properties occupied - and safe. Landlords are luring people with favorable rents - including offices, gymnasiums and churches. For 600 euros a month you can move in as a temporary tenant. As a so-called "property guardian" you also protect the space from squatters. Londoners on an average working income find it difficult to find affordable accommodation, especially in the more exclusive parts of London. The Czech Republic: Russian tourists abandon Karlovy Vary - The divisive political fall-out from the war in Ukraine has even reached the picturesque spa town of Karlovy Vary. It had become a favorite vacation spot among Russian tourists - but this year they haven't been so eager. Karlovy Vary stands to lose millions of euros from the tourists staying away. While many Germans and Austrians hop over the border for a day, most Russians would spend weeks there for a long relaxing vacation. Each summer nearly 90,000 Russians visit the town, but this year only half that number have come. The separatist uprising in Ukraine has many Russian tourists reluctant to travel around Europe for fear of not being granted visas.

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  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 -- 4:30 AM

Episode #3231

KQED World: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 -- 5:30 AM

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  • KQED World: Tue, Aug 5, 2014 -- 10:30 AM
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