Media Mornings: Thu, Dec 20

W2MEDIA.CA  |  On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we interview Juno-winning musician Kinnie Starr about her impending album release and show in Vancouver. Plus Charlie Smith and more on the W2 eviction.

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Kinnie Starr. Photo by David P. Ball
  • 04:00 — TODAY’S TOP NEWS HEADLINES (see below)

Kinnie Starr interview Part I

Kinnie Starr Interview Part II

  • 41:00 — Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight on BC election news, and the Idle No More movement for Indigenous rights.
  • 51:00 — Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio, plus correspondents around the world and across the country
  • Music: Kinnie Starr (“Kiss It”), Kinnie Starr (“Everything Changes”), Kinnie Starr (“Home is Everywhere”)Kytami (“Versus”)

TODAY’S TOP NEWS HEADLINES

  • TOP STORY: INDIA RAPE PROTESTS
    In India, thousands of Students, politicians, and activists have come out into the streets demanding justice in a New Delhi bus gang rape case (Al Jazeera).
  • VANCOUVER: RAINIER TREATMENT FACILITY CLOSURE
    RESIDENTS FROM THE Rainier Hotel and their supporters walked 10 km from the Downtown Eastside to B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s office in Point Grey Tuesday as part of an ongoing protest over the end of funding for aspects of the building’s treatment program for women (Straight).
  • BC: IDLE NO MORE PROTESTS
    Vancouver First Nations are planning to protest the Harper government’s recently passed omnibus budget bill Sunday. The protest is part of Idle No More, which will see events across Canada and even the US on Friday (Tyee).
  • BC: ENBRIDGE PIPELINE HEARINGS
    Lawyers are arguing at hearings this week that Enbridge is failing in its mandate to assess the impact of the Northern Gateway Pipeline on First Nations in British Columbia (VO).
  • CANADA: AMNESTY HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT
    Canada is again rejecting criticism of its human rights record after the release of a report that highlights the longstanding issues facing Aboriginal peoples (Postmedia).
  • USA: BENGHAZI RAID RESIGNATIONS
    Four US State Department officials have resigned after a damning investigation into the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens,, in Benghazi in on 11 September found “systematic failures” of leadership and “grossly inadequate” security (Guardian).
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINE: UN CRITICIZES SETTLEMENTS
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council, except the United States, have criticised Israel for its plan of the construct thousands of new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem (Al Jazeera).
  • EGYPT: CONSTITUTION PROTEST
    One of the top officials in charge of overseeing Egypt’s vote on a contentious draft constitution has resigned citing health problems, while critics believe the resignation was prompted by widespread irregularities (Al Jazeera).
  • SOUTH KOREA: ELECTION
    The daughter of South Korea’s former military ruler has won the country’s presidential election, promising in a speech to her supporters to heal a “divided society” (Al Jazeera).
  • SIERRA LEONE: BLOOD DIAMOND STRIKE
    Foreign staff are holed up at the biggest diamond mine in Sierra Leone, which has been hit by a violent strike, the company’s spokesman has said. The government has been trying to improve the sector after “blood diamonds” sold on the global market fuelled the decade-long civil war that ended in 2002 (BBC).
  • GREECE: MIGRANT CRITICISM
    Human rights group Amnesty International has said Greece faces a “humanitarian crisis” over its mistreatment of asylum-seekers and migrants (BBC).
  • CLIMATE CHANGE: CRISIS EDGE REACHED
    ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH With the global total of climate-disrupting emissions likely to come in at around 52 (billion metric tonnes) this year, we’re already at the edge (Guardian).
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