Featured News: Kopi Luwack and Deadly Injustice in the USA

ABC TV’s team of Foreign Correspondents take you on a unique journey to places few others venture, for a colourful look at the culture and lifestyle of people who don’t usually make international headlines.

Of the 2 featured stories in this article, one is serious, the other light-hearted. Both will reveal facts to you that you didn’t know before.

Extreme Coffee in Sumatra

Reporter: Peter Cave
Network: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

It’s the most exotic, rare and expensive coffee in the world. Kopi Luwack which comes from the dung of the Common Palm Civet or Luwack is so rare some believe it doesn’t exist.

Much of the coffee which can sell for more than $50 dollars a cup in New York, Hong Kong or Tokyo has been cut or is simply fake.

The ABC’s foreign affairs editor Peter Cave is a coffee lover who has been seeking the real thing for many years, so he headed to the mountains of Sumatra to track down the exotic brew and sample it with the farmers who collect the civet dropping from the forest floor and who are experimenting with taming and domesticating the increasingly endangered Luwak.

Transcript begins: “Hello I’m Peter Cave in Lampung in Sumatra. You know there’s an old joke that goes something like this: If it looks like crap, feels like crap, smells like crap … in a minute I’ll tell you what it tastes like

Watch the story for yourself (5min 47 sec in length) below by clicking on the play button:

If you can’t see the video player than you should open this URL in Windows Media Player: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2007/extreme_coffee_200k.asx

Deadly Injustice in the USA

Reporter: Mark Simkin
Network: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

With Australian television drowning in American crime and legal fiction, Washington-based correspondent Mark Simkin offers a reality check on the flaws in the American justice system that can lead to death row.

Transcript begins: “Hello and welcome to Foreign Correspondent. I’m Mark Simkin outside the Supreme court in Washington. Since moving here I’ve covered my fair share of crazy court cases: the Micheal Jackson trial, the Paris Hilton saga, the case where a judge sued his dry cleaners for $64 million dollars because they lost his pants. But the biggest problem with American justice is the least discussed … the words ‘equal justice under law’ are etched on the court behind me but that notion is a myth. The rich get the best justice money can buy … but the poor … they tend to get executed

Watch the story for yourself (19min 22 sec in length) below by clicking on the play button:

If you can’t see the video player than you should open this URL in Windows Media Player: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2007/deadly_injustice_200k.asx

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3 Comments about “Featured News: Kopi Luwack and Deadly Injustice in the USA”

  1. Comment by This was the Week that Was, Vol. 19 | Sephy’s Platzish on November 6th, 2007:

    […] From the Road Less Travelled Blog, a couple of clips from the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent: Kopi Luwack and Deadly Injustice in the USA […]

  2. Comment by Forrest (9 comments.) on November 17th, 2007:

    Thanks for a superb post on a very important subject. What you said about “equal justice under law” would be ironic if it wasn’t so true. The most crucial question about American law is usually the least talked about. It’s obvious to say that lives are being lost, and debatable whether they should be … but Voltaire quotes are still relevant here. Until we can prove that human judgment is error proof, we can’t be killing people. And even still, is it the job of a civilized country to kill its own citizens?

    Studies have confirmed what you pointed out for more than a decade: people with a public defender are people who get the death penalty, while people who can afford their own lawyer don’t. OJ Simpson is easily recognized proof that justice is for sale like anything else. And I’m just not comfortable with the ethics of life and death being decided over how much money ( and hence access to law ) you have.

  3. Comment by Foreign Correspondent (ABC TV) Review < Rambling Thoughts Blog – Neerav Bhatt on December 23rd, 2007:

    […] Some of the topics they’ve covered in the past include: CCTV Surveillance in Britain, Kopi Luwack and Deadly Injustice in the USA […]

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