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Ukraine - Warrior Dolphins - 13 min 07 sec [14 November 2005]

Dolphin arms race

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At the height of the cold war, dolphins were taught to identify enemy ships and trained as suicide bombers. Now, these elite naval recruits work as new age healers with handicapped children.
In a coastal resort of the Black Sea, a little girl is playing with a dolphin. This is dolphin therapy. Believers claim it can treat ailments from bedwetting to cerebral palsy. “They have a unique biological aura that helps improve the nervous system”, explains scientist Ludmilla Lukina. But these dolphins share a dark secret. “No doubt about it – they were trained to attack,” states retired Colonel Victor Baranets. “They can take off masks, cut cables … there was a dolphin arms race.” The Navy won’t reveal if the dolphins at this resort still moonlight for them. But the money they bring in through dolphin therapy provides a welcome boost to the navy’s coffers.
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Iraq - Lifting the Hood - 25 min 39 sec [14 November 2005]

Tortured prisoners speak out

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As the ‘hooded man’ in the infamous Abu Ghraib pictures, Haj Ali became an icon of everything that was wrong with the US occupation. He tells his story and we hear from other prisoners
“They stretched my hands in this position and attached the wires to them”, states Haj Ali. “It felt like my eyes were popping out. I couldn’t stand it.” He spent three months being physically and psychologically tortured at Abu Ghraib. Interrogators wanted him to use his knowledge as a community leader to inform on other people. “They said ‘give us the name of anyone you hate and we’ll see it as co-operation and help you.’” In a nearby cell, army general Abu Maan was also being interrogated. “They stripped me and took photos of me in degrading positions”, he recalls. Both men are angry that only junior officers have been disciplined for the abuse that went on at Abu Ghraib. Ilham al-Jumaili’s husband Munadel was tortured to death there. It’s his corpse that Sabrina Harman was photographed gloating over. “We didn’t expect America to take Munadel and never return him”, she laments. The victims of Abu Ghraib remain haunted by their experiences. In the words of Haj Ali “Only one thing has changed. The cameras have now disappeared The abuse still continues.”

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Indonesia - Inside Indonesia's War on Terror - 42 min 22 sec [14 November 2005]

Asia-Pacific conference begins

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Are Islamic extremists operating not only under the noses of Indonesia's security agencies, but under their auspices? Do the terrorists in Indonesia have friends in high places?
“There is not a single Islamic group that is not controlled by Intel. Everyone does what they say”, states convicted terrorist Umar Abduh. He claims his group were manipulated by intelligence agents. Former President Abdurrahman Wahid agrees. He believes the second larger bomb in the Bali attack was planted by “the police or armed forces.” Indonesia’s police have benefited significantly from the war on terror. Millions of dollars is pouring in from the West. Some analysts believe the police now have too much to gain for the attacks to stop. “We need funds … And to convince the foreigners, bombings do happen”, confides security analyst John Mempi

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Russia - March of the Cossacks - 10 min 55 sec [14 November 2005]

Return of Russia’s warrior

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Repressed under the Soviet regime, Russia’s traditional warriors are making a comeback. The Cossacks are once again protecting Russia’s border. Putin wants to pay them to form their own security force.
The Cossacks have always had a strong idea of what Russia should be – white and Christian like them. Muslims are seen as a threat to their way of life. “They beat me very badly and said ‘we are sick of your Muslim customs. Get out of Kasnodar’”, describes one Turkish victim.

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China - Great Wall Marathon - 7 min 55 sec [14 November 2005]

Holiday from hell

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For the Chinese, the Great Wall is a symbol of national unity and pride. But for marathon runners, it represents an irresistible challenge. The opportunity to run along it attracts runners worldwide.
“People are here for the challenge of saying they conquered the Great Wall”, explains marathon manager Dave Cundy. After running 36 km, runners have to climb 3,800 steps back onto the ancient ramparts. “I can’t begin to tell you how tough it is”, states one competitor.
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