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Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.


FOOC: 14 June 2012: Burmese Bling

June 14th, 2012

Episode 240 of 867 episodes

Paul Mason meets protesters in Spain finding new ways to signal their worries and anger about how their government's tackling the financial crisis. Lucy Hooker declines to join the stampede of foreign customers in the gem markets of Rangoon in Burma. Rana Jawad contends that while Libya's in a state of 'civilised anarchy', its people believe near-anarchy now might be the price to pay for the tyranny of the Gaddafi years. As some European footballers have been taken to visit the site of Auschwitz in Poland, David Shukman has retraced his own family history in a nearby vilage. And Anu Anand went a good deal further than the Internet to delve into the roots of her family tree. Finding out about ten generations of Anands involved a trip to the River Ganges, special priests and a search for an ancient banyan tree.

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