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March 28th, 2012
05:18 PM ET

Covering a deadly beat in Tijuana, Mexico

Mexican journalists risk their lives to report on drug cartel activity. CNN's Kaj Larsen rides to work with Adela Navarro Bello who is the Director of the Zeta newspaper in Tijuana, Mexico.

Filed under: backstory • Cartel Violence • journalists • Mexico
March 8th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

An American in Cuba

In recent years, you've seen CNN's coverage of events in Cuba fronted by our friend, Shasta Darlington, but Shasta has moved on to a post in Brazil... and friend-of-BackStory Patrick Oppmann has taken over in Havana. Being the ultimate self-sufficient reporter that he is, Patrick documented his entire journey to Havana... including his long wait for a truck load of belongings to show up. Take a look...

Also, be sure to check out one of our all time favorite Back|Story pieces from CNN photographer Jose Armijo and, then, Havana producer David Ariosto as they made one of the most unique commutes we've seen back in 2009:

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Filed under: backstory • Cuba • journalists • Latin America • U.S. • Uncategorized
Brazil Carnival is a big celebration
February 23rd, 2012
05:05 PM ET

Carnival in Brazil is a huge celebration

CNN Photographer Jose Armijo captured the excitement of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro with these images.

February 10th, 2012
06:44 PM ET

Documenting Mexico's cartel culture

For more on photographer Shaul Schwarz visit his website:

For updates on these and other stories find Back|Story on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @BackStory.

Part one of this interview can be found here:

Filed under: backstory • Cartel Violence • Interviews • journalists • Mexico • U.S.
February 7th, 2012
01:57 AM ET

In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico- Shaul Schwarz documents extreme violence

for more on filmmaker and photographer Shaul Schwarz, find him online at

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See part two of this interview here:

Filed under: backstory • Cartel Violence • journalists • Latin America • Mexico • photography
Breast Implant Health Scare
January 27th, 2012
05:24 PM ET

Breast Implant Health Scare

The founder of a French company that makes breast implants linked to a health scare was charged Friday with involuntary injury. Jean-Claude Mas, founder of Poly Implant Protheses, or PIP, has been released but is under judicial control, meaning he cannot leave France.  He has not been charged with the more serious offense of involuntary manslaughter.

PIP implants have sparked health scares in Europe and South America. A French attorney representing women with implants welcomed the arrest, but said it could have come sooner. The company has been under investigation since 2011.

Atika Shubert and her producer Saskya went around Southern France to investigate what is going on with PIP and how this all could've happened.

We also spoke to Dr. Grant Stevens, a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, who talks about the problems he's had with PIP breast implants and how to keep yourself safe.

Filed under: backstory • Europe • France • Interviews • Latin America • U.S. • Uncategorized
January 18th, 2012
05:19 PM ET

Telling the story of Haiti: After the Earthquake

American filmmaker Jon Bougher was in Haiti when a powerful earthquake struck the island nation two years ago. At the time, he was making a film with Roman Safiullin about two activists and their work in Port-au-Prince. You can watch a clip from “Bound by Haiti”, seen above. The earthquake affected Jon deeply and he’s now training young filmmakers to make short documentaries about life in Haiti since the disaster. You can watch Isha Sesay’s interview with Jon about the project below. And this isn’t the first time Jon has been on Back|Story. He appeared on the show last year to talk about another powerful documentary he co-produced called “Unnoticed: Children of Kabul”.

To stay updated on stories like this, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @BackStory

Filed under: backstory • Haiti • Interviews • journalists • Latin America • Science and Technology
January 12th, 2012
12:58 AM ET
December 7th, 2011
06:35 AM ET

Comparing the Good and the Bad: Living in the Favela Rocinha

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports from Rio de Janeiro on a recent "pacification" of the favela Rocinha.

For their participation in these reports, Paul Sneed and the Back|Story team would like to thank religious leader Pai Almir who lives in the favela Rocinha. Also a big thank you to Viviana Rodrigues who is a teacher in Rocinha and co-founder of A big thank you, as well, to Sergi Navarro-Rivero, a Harvard PhD student who is working in Rio de Janeiro and filmed the Rocinha resident interviews for this segment; and finally, thank you to Marcos Burgos, an American community activist and CUNY PhD student living in Rocinha who helped with logistics. Thank you to everyone for coming together to make this segment happen.

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Filed under: backstory • Gangs • Interviews • journalists • Latin America
November 18th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Peru: Allegations of Forced Sterilizations on Women

Imagine being sterilized against your will by the state. Human rights groups say that’s exactly what happened to more than 2,000 women in Peru under the government of President Alberto Fujimori. They say the government launched the campaign to reduce poverty by lowering the birth rate. The actual number of forced sterilizations could be much higher.
We wanted to learn more about the alleged victims of this program and how it was carried out. So we called on Alejandra Cardenas, legal adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York. You can watch Fionnuala Sweeney’s interview above.

Here, Rafael Romo reports from Peru and speaks with a women involved:

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Filed under: backstory • Interviews • journalists • Latin America
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