Chavez garners home support

The outspoken President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is about to head into his second presidential election with a country rife with crime, poverty and crippling corruption.

But there is no doubt he will win his second term as head of this oil-rich nation.

For this week’s Dateline, Aaron Lewis ventured into the world’s poorest and most crime-ridden neighbourhoods to speak to the people behind the president — the ones suffering most from his failed attempts at reform.

This report was produced by Adam Connors.

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Not-so-United Nations

There is more than a little bitterness being expressed by world leaders in the United Nations General Assembly this week.

As our Washington correspondent Mike Kellerman reports, speaking with Adam Connors, the UN podium is being used more frequently as a forum for sniping, while some of the real issues are being neglected.

Expecting the worst, outgoing Secretary General Kofi Annan opened the session appealing for constructive dialogue.

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Anniversary of InterFET

With a sizable Australian peacekeeping force back in East Timor after riots in the capital in May, the Australian Defence Force finds itself patroling the same streets it did seven years ago this week.

On September 20, 1999, the United Nations mission InterFET, led by nearly 3-thousand Australian troops, intervened in organised violence just three weeks after the nation voted for independence from Indonesia.

The intervention put Australia at odds with Indonesia, with both governments going to great pains to not upset their delicate relationship as the armed troops of both nations shared the same streets, but for entirely different reasons.

On the seventh anniversary of InterFET, Adam Connors takes us through the uncertainty and complications of this very unique mission.

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Making hip-hop relevant again

The music style hip-hop was originally a voice and soundtrack of the dispossessed.

These days though, it’s all bragging and booty.

One man keeping the door open for those little-heard voices is veteran Australian hip-hop performer Morganics.

Adam Connors spent some time with him to understand what drives this artist and the communities he continues to encourage and promote.

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Medical interpreters at front line in Victoria

When you seek medical advice, it goes without saying that being able to communicate your problem is pretty important.

And getting your message across can be more difficult if English is not your first language.

This is the experience for almost 45 percent of people admitted into the emergency department of some Victorian hospitals.

This is where interpreter services are vital, and as Adam Connors reports, there’s new research that’s highlighting the need for language and interpreter services in healthcare nationwide.

He’s speaking with the Chair of the Victorian Hospitals Diversity Network, Celia Wigzell.

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Multicultural face of Aust fashion

Australian-born Macedonians and Croatians are the big names at this year’s Melbourne Fashion Week.

The annual event showcases many of the country’s best designers and labels and is a prelude to the northern hemisphere Spring Summer Collections that begin next week in New York.

Adam Connors spent some time alongside the catwalk.

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Latter-day Saints view of Islam

Much of the commentary and analysis we hear about issues involving the Islamic faith comes through a media which is secular, or in some countries, through the filters of a dominant religion.

Or in subtle ways, a combination of both.

But what do smaller, less-dominant religions think of the issues facing the Islamic faith?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the adherents of Mormonism, have an Islamic and Middle East program at their private institute — Brigham Young University, in Utah.

The head of the unit, Professor Daniel Peterson, tells Adam Connors why the Latter-day Saints faith is interested in understanding Islam.

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Pakistan’s Dame Edna with an edge

If you’re up-to-date in your knowledge of Pakistani actors, you may have heard of Ali Saleem.

Relatively well known, this male actor has played many roles in his career.

But it’s his role as Pakistan’s most talked-about woman that Ali Saleem has touched a nerve with the people.

For this week’s Dateline, Ginny Stein, speaking with Adam Connors, meets the man behind Pakistan’s funniest, and edgiest, woman — Begum Nawazish Ali.

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Mud overwhelms Indo island

Next to Indonesia where in May this year, a drilling accident in the south of the island of Surabaya caused a massive rupture in the earth, unleashing a still-uncontained flow of hot, toxic mud.

So far, the mud has swallowed up six villages across a 30 square kilometre area.

Our Indonesia correspondent Rebecca Henschke went to see it for herself, and is speaking with Adam Connors.

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