Media Mornings: Tue, Dec 11

W2MEDIA.CA  |  On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we discuss Canada’s secret trials regime with Siraat activist Imtiaz Popat. Plus Indigenous Action Movement organizer Kat Norris talks about the Idle No More protests and other Native rights movements across Turtle Island.

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Vancouver activists with the group Siraat held a candlelight vigil for three Muslim-Canadian men targeted by secret trials under Canada’s security certificate regime. Photo by David P. Ball
  • Interview with Kat Norris (Indigenous Action Movement), a Coast Salish and Nez Perce activist, about yesterday’s Idle No More protests, the anniversary of the death of Frank Paul after being dropped in an alley by Vancouver police, and Native rights movements across Turtle Island.
  • Media Mornings Latin America Report on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’ cancer treatment, and Argentina’s political crisis.
  • Music: Son of Dave (“Lover Not a Fighter”), Nitin Sawhney (“Eastern Eyes”).

TODAY’S NEWS HEADLINES

  • TOP STORY: CANADA: IDLE NO MORE PROTESTS
    Thousands took to the streets in cities across Canada yesterday, including here in Vancouver, demanding recognition for aboriginal rights. Meanwhile, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence plans to begin a hunger strike in Ottawa this week and continue until Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Queen agree to a treaty meeting with First Nations in Canada or she meets her “ancestors.” (APTN, Huffington Post).
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: CHARGES LAID IN KILLING OF TRANS WOMAN
    A criminal charge has been laid in the stabbing death of New Westminster transgender resident January Marie Lapuz. Lapuz was actively involved with Sher Vancouver, a social and support group created for queer South Asians, and was the first transgender person to hold an executive position with the organization (Georgia Straight).
  • LANGLEY: FORESTRY POETS PROTEST
    Hundreds of poets are putting their verse together to keep a 10-hectare forest slated for development by Langley council intact, and they’re hanging their work from trees with ribbons (Tyee).
  • BC: ENBRIDGE HEARINGS RESUME
    Yesterday, a crowd outside the Enbridge headquarters in Vancouver delivered a petition with 45,000 names to the controversial oil sands pipeline firm, calling for the removal of a “misleading” promotional video about the Northern Gateway pipeline. Meanwhile, the petition was also delivered in Prince Rupert, where the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline hearings resumed yesterday, with a focus on marine safety and spills (Vancouver Observer).
  • TORONTO: UNIVERSITY STUDENTS BOYCOTT ISRAEL
    In Toronto yesterday, the Graduate Students’ Union at the University of Toronto passed a motion in support of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions, or BDS, against what they called Israeli Apartheid, demanding respect for Palestinians human rights. The vote comes only weeks after Graduate Students Union at York University also voted to support the BDS campaign.
  • ONTARIO: TEACHERS ON STRIKE
    High school students across Ontario are walking out of class this week and planning more strikes of their own this week and next, including a mass rally at Queen’s Park this Thursday.  Meanwhile, elementary teachers at two school boards staged the first of rotating strikes over the province’s contentious Bill 115, which limits their bargaining rights and the right to strike, as well as freezing wages, slashing sick days and ending payout of unused sick days (Toronto Star). 
  • CANADA: SECRET TRIAL VIGILS
    Organizers in at least eight cities across the country, including Vancouver, rallied support yesterday for Canadian Muslims rounded up in the so-called War on Terror — particularly the ongoing punishment without trial of three men under security certificates (rabble.ca).
  • CANADA: ROBOCALLS COURT CASE
    Lawyers for eight Canadians challenging the outcomes of the last federal election in six closely contested ridings are in Federal Court yesterday, arguing that the results should be overturned because of alleged voter-suppression tactics (CP).
  • PHILIPPINES: TYPHOON RESCUE EFFORTS
    The Philippines government and the United Nations are launching a $65m global appeal to help the victims of Typhoon Bopha that devastated the country’s south and left hundreds dead (Al Jazeera).
  • PAKISTAN: US DRONE STRIKES
    A US drone attack has killed at least three people in a compound in the restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border. A report commissioned by legal lobby group Reprieve in September estimated that between 474 to 881 civilians were among 2,562 to 3,325 people killed by drones in Pakistan between June 2004 and September 2012 (Al Jazeera).
  • BANGLADESH: GENERAL STRIKE
    Bangladeshi opposition parties have called a general strike after at least two people were killed in clashes during nationwide road blockades demanding a caretaker government to ensure elections due in 2014 are fair (Al Jazeera).
  • SYRIA: REBELS SEIZE BASE
    Syrian activists say that anti government rebels have captured parts of a large army base in the country’s north, just west of the city of Aleppo. But a graphic video recently posted to YouTube allegedly shows Syrian rebels forcing a child to behead an unarmed prisoner. A recent series of similarly brutal incidents has done little to dampen foreign calls to arm the Syrian opposition (Al Jazeera, RT).
  • SOUTH SUDAN:
    United Nations sources say that at least ten people have been killed after South Sudanese troops opened fire on demonstrators angry at officials moving the seat of local authority outside a state capital. The death of the four students last week, following a crackdown on a tuition protest, has prompted a re-emergence of Arab Spring-inspired demands for the downfall of the government (Al Jazeera).
  • EUROPE: BANKING GIANT FINED
    Europe’s biggest bank, HSBC, will reportedly pay $1.9bn to settle a money-laundering probe by authorities in the United States. In July, the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report saying HSBC allowed clients to move shadowy funds from Mexico, Iran, the Cayman Islands, Saudi Arabia and Syria. As part of the HSBC settlement deal, it will admit to violating the Bank Secrecy Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act. The UK anti-fraud agency has also arrested three Barclays bank employees in connection with the Libor interest rate manipulation scandal that broke earlier this year (Al Jazeera, RT).
  • CLIMATE CHANGE: UN CONFERENCE CONCLUDES
    The United Nations climate change summit wrapped up this weekend in Doha with no new commitments from the United States to reduce carbon emissions or provide aid to countries suffering the worst impacts of climate change (Democracy Now).
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