W2MEDIA.CA | On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we discuss links between capitalism, violence against women and colonization with organizers of a Vancouver Montreal Massacre Memorial event. Plus Charlie Smith on the Furlong lawsuit, BC coal exports and police use of torture information.
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- Special panel on violence against women in the lead-up to the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Featuring organizers and presenters of memorial events planned for Dec. 1 in Vancouver: Summer Rain Bentham, Alejandra López Bravo and Hilla Kerner.
- Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, on BC coal port expansion, RCMP using information from torture, and the current John Furlong libel lawsuit over residential school allegations.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report, with Alfonso Osorio, on Argentina and the links between neo-liberalism and dictatorships.
- Music: Buffy Sainte-Marie (“Starwalker” live recording), Eekwol (“Too Sick”), Saul Williams (“Skin of a Drum”)
TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: PALESTINE/ISRAEL: UN STATEHOOD VOTE
The UN General Assembly is expected to pass a historic resolution recognizing Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member observer state today (Ha’aretz / France24).
- VANCOUVER: NEW POLICE OFFICERS
A new breed of cops may walk the streets of Vancouver starting next year. They’ll be regular personnel of the Vancouver Police Department but unlike full sworn officers, they won’t be packing heat (Georgia Straight).
- BC: FURLONG LAUNCHES DEFAMATION SUIT
More of John Furlong’s former Aboriginal students at a Burns Lake Catholic school have allegedly come forward with claims of abuse at the hands of the former Olympic organizer, according to an email written by a Georgia Straight journalist — words that Furlong’s lawyers insist are defamatory (Metro).
- BC: CORTES ISLAND LOGGING BLOCKADE
A new logging blockade has entered full swing on Cortes Island, after Island Timberlands trucks were stopped at a yellow logging road gate by two masked protesters lying on the ground (Vancouver Observer).
- LABRADOR: HYDRO PROJECT MERCURY
The Nunatsiavut government claims the proposed Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador will have major effects downstream including potential health problems from mercury contamination that will infringe Inuit rights (CP).
- USA: CIA KILLING ALLEGED
The family of a US government scientist who fell to his death from a New York hotel window six decades ago have launched a lawsuit for damages against the CIA, alleging the agency was involved in his murder and a subsequent cover-up (Guardian).
- USA: BRADLEY MANNING MISTREATMENT
The psychiatrist who treated the WikiLeaks suspect, Bradley Manning, while he was in custody in the brig at Quantico has testified that his medical advice was regularly ignored by marine commanders who continued to impose harsh conditions on the soldier even though he posed no risk of suicide (Guardian).
- USA: OCCUPY OAKLAND BRUTALITY LAWSUIT
A war veteran who claims he was falsely arrested, beaten, and almost died due to neglect in an Oakland prison has launched legal action against the jail, claiming his pleas for help were ignored (Guardian).
- USA: BP BANNED FROM US CONTRACTS
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that oil giant BP has been temporarily banned from new contracts with the US government. It follows BP’s record fine earlier this month over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The EPA said it was taking action due to BP’s “lack of business integrity” over its handling of the blowout (BBC).
- EGYPT: EGYPT PROTESTS
Two of Egypt’s highest courts moved to suspend their work to protest decrees issued by the country’s post-Arab Spring president granting him sweeping powers. Cairo police continue cracking down on the swelling masses on Tahrir Square with teargas as they protested President Morsi’s new powers. Over 200,000 flooded Cairo’s center over the past two days, calling for Morsi to veto decrees vastly expanding his power (RT).
- TUNISIA: AUSTERITY PROTESTS
At least 200 people were injured as Tunisians demanding jobs and economic development clashed with police, medical sources said, in the latest unrest to hit the country that spawned the Arab uprisings (Al Jazeera).
- BANGLADESH: FACTORY FIRE ARRESTS
Police in Bangladesh have arrested three managers of a factory where a fire killed at least 110 people. The managers arrested are accused of stopping workers from leaving the plant, saying an alarm was just a routine fire drill. Survivors and witnesses claim that workers, most of them women, tried to escape the burning factory, which supplied clothes to international brands including Walmart, European chain C&A and the Hong Kong-based Li & Fung company. Order books and clothing found at the site show the company was also making clothing for Disney Pixar, Sears and other Western brands (Al Jazeera).
- MYANMAR/BURMA: MINE OCCUPATION
Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying a copper mine in northwestern Myanmar defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay until the project is halted (AP).
- UKRAINE: CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR COFFIN
The milestone first stage of the new sarcophagus for Chernobyl’s nuclear power station has been completed. The New Safe Confinement (NSC) project is called to replace the original Soviet confinement constructed by November 1986, half-a-year after an ill-fated experiment at Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986, ended up with a thermal explosion of the active zone (RT).