The Hunt for Pirates

African coastal states struggle to protect their widely coveted waters, but a lack of resources means thousands of nautical miles of ocean go un-policed. In the Spring of 2017, that changed, when Greenpeace conducted joint surveillance missions with the coast guards of Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Their research has unearthed a “Wild West” in Africa’s... Read More

Shortages Force Fishermen into neighbouring waters – and into danger

In this France 24 report we track down the Senegalese fishermen who were shot by the Mauritanian Coast Guard while fishing near the border. The Mauritanian authorities provide an extraordinary explanation. One of the crew, shot in the spine, died in hospital. The rising number of industrial vessels in the region has forced artisanal fishermen to venture further out – but that... Read More

Deadly Collisions

With large industrial vessels entering waters reserved for artisanal fishers, local fishermen must compete for limited stocks and navigate maritime traffic that is increasingly lethal. We meet Doudou Sene, who lost his son – and his arm – in a deadly collision in Mauritanian waters.   Crashes  are occurring with increasing frequency between industrial vessels and... Read More

Navigating Choppy Waters in the French Art World

France’s artists, agents and representatives met in Paris to figure out how to deal with everything from budgets to the broader philosophical questions of whether art should be marketable, and appeal to paying consumers to justify its existence.   The CIPAC conference cast into sharp relief the choppy waters being navigated by today’s artists, from lone painters, sculptors... Read More

Le Bilan des Frères Ford

Je décortique le phénomène Ford pour les téléspectateurs français sur la chaîne France Ô.   L’ancien maire de Toronto, Rob Ford, ne cesse de faire l’actu.  Il faut plus que des potes criminels et des idées douteuses pour désenchanter les Torontois !    Read More

Chilean Scientists are still searching for Pinochet’s Victims

Many were “disappeared” during and after the coup of dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1973. Forty years later, thousands of Chileans don’t know where the bodies of their friends and family members were buried. Lorena Pizarro, with a photo of those still missing A dedicated scientific team is still hunting down clues, right down to the bits of bone, which they try to... Read More

Executing Their Own

As Europe marks the centenary of World War One, one of the most violent and prolonged struggles of modern history, some are still engaged in the struggle to restore their family’s honour. Cpl. Truton et sa famille, Le Parisien European armies not only went to war with each other; they also killed some of their own. The French army executed about 650 soldiers for such things... Read More

DRAFTED BY A DICTATOR

Chile’s late dictator Augusto Pinochet took power in a violent coup d’état in 1973.   For some, it hard to believe that the men who were conscripted to carry out his often bloody orders are now campaigning for compensation, 40 years on. They were forced they say, to commit heinous acts from which some have never managed to recover.  They too, were victims of Chile’s... Read More

What are the best inventions ever?

A pilot for the Discovery Channel on how a centuries-old invention is still affecting billions of people today, and how another one could vastly improve city life, if only we would let it. Click to watch this 4-minute video on why I think these are the best inventions ever. In the Hamilton bike shop debating invention Number 02            Read More

KGB Demo Reel – TV News Reports

This is a brief montage of TV news reports from CBC and City TV:  Read More