Media Mornings: Thu, Jan 3

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we interview Indigenous hip hop crew Savage Fam, and Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith.

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  • Hosted by David P. Ball & Charlene Sayo
  • Interview with Anthony from Savage Fam, an Indigenous hip hop crew from Washington State, playing an anti-mining show Saturday, Jan. 5 in Vancouver (@ One Thousand Rivers, 54 East 4th Avenue) as part of the We Don’t Need No Indoctrination: Warrior Up! Resistance Tour 
  • Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, about violence against trans people, Idle No More, and deep green resistance.
  • Latin America report with Alfonso Osorio on Colombia-Canada arms deals and the health of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.
  • Music: Mountain Goats (“This Year”), Savage Fam (“Ancestors”), Cris Derksen (“Our Home On Native Land”), Dan Mangan (“Starts With Them, Ends With Us”)

TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS HEADLINES

  • ONTARIO: HATE CRIME INVESTIGATED— In Thunder Bay, a brutal sexual assault of a native woman is being investigated as a hate crime has thrown fresh fuel on the fires of discontent being expressed in protests and demonstrations by first nations people across Canada. The unnamed woman is recovering, and told police she was assaulted, strangled and left for dead by two men who hurled racial epithets and denounced indigenous rights (Globe and Mail).
  • ONTARIO: SARNIA RAIL BLOCKADE ENDS — At Ontario’s Aamjiwnaang First Nation, a contempt of court order was issued against the Sarnia CN Rail blockade Tuesday for failing to comply with a previous court injunction to remove it when it began 13 days ago in support of the Idle No More movement (APTN).
  • VANCOUVER: IDLE NO MORE ROUNDDANCE
    Hundreds of Idle No More supporters filled Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver yesterday afternoon (VMC).
  • VANCOUVER: MDMA TRIALS
    Exactly a century after ecstasy was first patented, Health Canada has approved the drug’s import for the first Canadian study using the illegal substance in trauma survivors’ therapy. The decision to allow two Vancouver therapists to import nine grams of MDMA from a laboratory in Switzerland — one of only two such permitted facilities worldwide — will kickstart the first experiment with the euphoria-and-empathy-producing drug in B.C. (Postmedia).
  • CANADA: GUNS TO COLOMBIA
    Just one day before last month’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Canada offered its gun merchants “new market opportunities” to export banned assault weapons to Colombia, one of the world’s most violent countries (Vancouver Sun).
  • CANADA: NORTHERN GATEWAY CONTINUES
    Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says he still believes the contentious Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline can be built, but recognizes the federal government has a substantial sales job ahead of it in 2013 (Postmedia).
  • ALASKA: SHELL SHIP GROUNDED
    A large drill ship belonging to the oil company Shell has run aground off Alaska after drifting in stormy weather, company and government officials said. The ship, the Kulluk, broke away from one of its tow lines on Monday afternoon and was driven, within hours, on to rocks just off Kodiak Island (Guardian).
  • USA: DRONE ATTACK SECRECY
    A federal judge issued a 75-page ruling on Wednesday that declares that the US Justice Department does not have a legal obligation to explain the rationale behind killing Americans with targeted drone strikes (RT).
  • SYRIA: DEATH TOLL RISES
    The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that More than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime erupted in March 2011 (Al Jazeera).
  • BAHRAIN: PROTEST CRACKDOWN
    Popular unrest has reignited with renewed vigor in 2013 in Bahrain as Shiite protesters took to the streets to demand a transition government and the removal of Prime Minister Khalifa, who has been premier for almost 40 years. The Shiite opposition in the tiny Sunni-ruled kingdom, which is home to the US Navy’s fifth fleet, wants a government of technocrats to rule during a transition that would lead to a constitutional monarchy (RT).
  • PHILIPPINES: REBELS CANCEL CEASEFIRE
    Communist rebels in the Philippines have called off a truce with the government, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, raising concerns about the future of peace talks (Al Jazeera).
  • INDIA: RAPE CHARGES
    A gang of men accused of repeatedly raping a 23-year-old female student on a moving bus in New Delhi are to appear in court for the first time. At least five suspects will be charged on Thursday with rape, kidnapping and murder after the victim died during the weekend from the horrific injuries inflicted on her during the attack (Al Jazeera).
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