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  • Twenty years ago, Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sucic were shot and killed in Sarajevo. They were the shots heard around the world and they started the Bosnian War.

    I covered that war, and many colleagues are gathering in Sarajevo now to commemorate what took hundreds of thousands of lives, left so many more wounded, and created millions of refugees. This was the war that introduced us to the term "ethnic cleansing."

    The dominant Balkan power at the time, Serbia wanted to keep Yugoslavia together, and failing that, to carve out ethnically pure areas in the breakaway states to create a Greater Serbia.
    It was a horrible fantasy that sought to destroy an ethnically mixed, intermarried community that had lived peacefully and progressively together in Bosnia.

    This war was defining for the region, for the world and for those of us who covered it.
    We witnessed the heroic resistance of a population under siege and shelling and sniping for nearly four years. We learned the pain of watching men,

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  • The Next Cuban Revolution?

    As the winds of change swirled during the Arab Spring over the past year, many began to wonder whether there might be a similar movement in Cuba — a "Cuban Spring."

    While visiting Cuba to cover the visit of Pope Benedict, we spent time with students at a University cafeteria, and in speaking with them it was clear that they know they want a better, different life, but they're isolated to what's happening off their shores.

    While the internet and social media did not cause the uprising across the Arab world, they were vital as an electronic billboard for the organizers, and also to spread the news of political change. In Cuba, young people lack access to Facebook or Twitter, as private citizens are prohibited from purchasing computers without special authorization from the government.

    Would such a uprising shatter the political façade of one of the bastions of communism today? We delve into this complex question.

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  • Everyday Heroes in Battle Against Aids

    AIDS affects nations, continents and communities, but for people dealing with the disease every day, it's a personal battle they have to fight and come to terms with themselves.

    Last week we looked at the global and political fight against AIDS. This week we turn our focus to three individuals on the front line, whose lives have all been changed by the disease.

    Dr. David Ho was a young physician in Los Angeles trying to make a career for himself when he began seeing a mysterious disease effecting gay men. Since then, he has dedicated his career to AIDS research. In 1996 he was TIME magazine's Person of the Year for his work on the pioneering antiretroviral "cocktail" that have made HIV a manageable disease.

    Cristina Pena has never known life without HIV. She contracted the disease at birth and joins us to share her experience as a 27-year old woman living her life HIV positive. A perspective that she uses to educate children living with HIV/AIDS as a Spokesperson for the Elizabeth

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