W2MEDIA.CA | On this special 7am “New Years Revolutions” broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, celebrated author Derrick Jensen (“Deep Green Resistance”) speaks with hosts Anushka Nagji and David Ball. Plus Wikileaks’ Julian Assange interviews Noam Chomsky & Tariq Ali.
- Interview with Derrick Jensen (award-winning author of Deep Green Resistance, End Game and A Language Older than Words) on his New Years “Revolutions,” the limits of freedom, and links between trauma, illness and healing.
- Excerpt from The World Tomorrow, in which Wikileaks’ Julian Assange interviews author and commentator Tariq Ali, and veteran linguist, scholar and analyst Noam Chomsky.
- Music: Death Cab For Cutie (“The New Year”), Savage Fam (“Hatred”), Counting Crows (“Long December”), Die Antwoord (“Fatty Boom Boom”)
TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: IDLE NO MORE
Like many in Canada, Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence spent a quiet Christmas holidays with her family, opening presents with two of her five daughters. Far from her home on James Bay, Spence is on her 22nd day of a now-famous hunger strike — an action she says won’t end until Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston agree to sit down and talk about Canada’s treaty relationship with First Nations (Ottawa Citizen).
- VANCOUVER: DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE GENTRIFICATION
The transformation of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is marked by the arrival trendy cafes, upscale grocery stores and high-priced salons that are quickly creeping from the city’s maze of glass condo buildings toward the intersection of Main and Hastings (CBC).
- VANCOUVER: BANNOCK AND BLANKET GIVEAWAY
On New Year’s Eve, dozens of volunteers made frybread, sandwiches, and other foods at the Aboriginal Front Door Society and Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House (Straight).
- SYRIA: CALL FOR TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT
In Syria, International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has called for “real change” in the war-torn country and the installation of a transitional government with full powers until elections can be held (Al Jazeera).
- INDIA: GANG RAPE PROTESTS
India’s government has ordered a special inquiry into the gang-rape murder of a young woman which sparked mass protests in the heart of the capital, New Delhi, where there have been weeks of demonstrations. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm and promised that the government would take tough action to prevent crimes against women. Thousands of armed police and paramilitary troops blocked roads in central New Delhi to prevent protesters from marching to the presidential palace (Postmedia).
- AFRICA: US TROOP DEPLOYMENT
The United States Army will be deploying troops to nearly three-dozen African nations in the coming year. Soldiers based out of Fort Riley, Kansas’ 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division will begin training in March in order to prepare for a project that will send troops to as many as 35 African nations (RT).
- MACEDONIA: AUSTERITY PROTESTS
Clashes have broken out in front of Macedonia’s parliament between opposition and ruling legislators over this year’s 2013 budget, as rival supporters pelted each other with stones and bottles (Al Jazeera).
- CLIMATE CHANGE: 2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
When in September the Arctic sea ice that freezes and melts each year shrank to its lowest extent ever recorded and then contracted a further 500,000 sq km, the small world of ice scientists was shocked. It was, said the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), just one of dozens of major physical events in 2012 that convinced many people that the extremes have become normal. The most dramatic event was possibly hurricane Sandy, which swept through the Caribbean and up the east coast of the United States, leaving hundreds dead and thousands without power or shelter. But just a few weeks later it was possibly surpassed in strength by super-typhoon Bopha, which roared across Mindanao in the Philippines killing at least 900 people and leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced (Guardian).