Media Mornings: Wed, Jan 2

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Rebroadcast of Michael Parenti interview, and live interview with Stephen Von Sychowki of the VDLC about World Festival of Youth and Students.

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  • Interview with Michael Parenti  originally broadcast November 14, 2012. Host Jane Bouey talks with the American progressive political analyst about US politics, the international scene and his most recent book, “The Face of Imperialism”.
  • Live interview with Stephen Von Sychowski of the Vancouver and District Labour Council about the Young Workers Committee and the 2013 World Festival of Youth and Students being held in Quito Ecuador in December of this year. For more info email vs.sychowski at gmail.com
  •  News headlines for Jan 2nd 2012:

  • Venezuelan President-elect Hugo Chavez, who is to be sworn in on January 10, is in a “delicate situation” after suffering from complications following a cancer operation in Cuba last month. Chavez remains conscious, said Vice President Nicolas Maduro, who recently paid two visits to the president at a Havana clinic. Maduro also denied the widespread rumors in Cuba concerning Chavez’s failing health.
  • Another Idle No More Flash Mob Round Dance will be held today at 3 pm at Waterfront Sky Train Station in Vancouver. Organizers say it is being held “in Honor of Chief Theresa Spence, Raymond Robison, Emil Bell. All three of these people are on a hunger strike for our people.” Organizers add, “We’re asking you wear your regalia, and bring a neon sign. We’re going to take in silence for the 1st part of the gathering, then go into singing. Theresa Spence sent message on Christmas day asking the youth too keep singing and using our drums. SO LETS DO THIS! Please remember to be in PEACE.   All nationalities are invited to attend. “
  • Canada’s economy will likely slow down over the next 12 months, according to the Globe and Mail’s Josh O’Kane in a look at the coming year.
    The report says that a slower housing market and uncertainty over the U.S. economy may limit economic growth and stock market gains in 2013.
  • A mining company linked to a controversy over the use of temporary-foreign workers in northeastern B.C. says it will restart exploratory work at its Wapiti River coal project near Tumbler Ridge, according to the Canadian Press.
  • The 24-year-old Vancouver resident who made headlines as the first trans competitor in the Miss Universe pageant now hopes to appear on a new reality TV show.
    Jenna Talackova made a splash in the world of beauty pageants last year.
    Michelle McQuigge of the Canadian Press reports that Talackova is in the final stages of signing with a network, and that detailed plans for the program have already been laid.
  • Bolivian President Evo Morales has nationalised two Spanish-owned electricity companies in a bid to improve rural energy services. Soldiers and police are guarding buildings belonging to the newly nationalised Electropaz and Elfeo. President Morales said on Sunday that he had been “forced to take the step” to ensure equitable energy prices in rural areas, where customers pay over twice as much per kilowatt as residents in the major cities.
    The Bolivian constitution rules that public interests override private profit in energy provision. Morning Star Online
  • Over one-fifth of Japanese nuclear plants are ill-equipped to deal with fires, according to media reports. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, this revelation could set back the reactivation of nuclear stations in Japan by years.The results of an investigation published in the Manichi Shimbun newspaper showed that over 10 of the country’s 50 reactors had “inadequate fireproofing.” RT News
  • RT News reports that influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has expressed support for protests in the mainly Sunni province of Anbar against Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is a Shia Muslim.
    Protesters took to the streets after prayers last Friday in Fallujah and Ramadi.
  • After a five-year ban, Israel will finally allow construction materials into Gaza.
    The move could help to begin reconstruction and development of the Palestinian territory, where Israel’s eight day bombing campaign destroyed many buildings last November.
    In 2007, following the victory of the Hamas party in Palestinian elections, Israel had imposed a land and naval embargo on Gaza. (Various sources)
  • The Burmese military conducted air strikes against the country’s northern rebels during a recent outbreak of conflict, government sources confirmed on Wednesday. The military reportedly used helicopters and training jets to seize a key base from the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization on December 30, said Hla Maung Shwe, an advisor to the President Thein Sein. The northern rebels have called for greater political representation and an end to human rights abuses by the army. Following the end of the 17-year ceasefire between the government and Kachin rebels in June 2011, tens of thousands of people were displaced. RT News
  • The planned withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan was marked as a ‘declare victory and run’ strategy by the Taliban on Wednesday, comparing it to the US military’s pullout from Vietnam. The Taliban said in a statement that the transfer of security operations was a retreat akin to that of 1973, when the US withdrew troops from South Vietnam prior to a communist victory. The US-led NATO troops are to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, though a US residual force will remain in the country. RT News
  • After a three-week onslaught, Seleka rebels in Central African Republic announced they have stopped their advance on the capital Bangui and are prepared for peace talks with the government, Reuters reported. They may call for the removal of President Francois Bozize, whom they accuse of backing out of an earlier peace deal. RT News
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