W2MEDIA.CA | On today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, hosts David P. Ball and Anushka Nagji interview Lorelei Williams (Butterflies in Spirit) and Angela Marie MacDougall (Battered Women Support Services) about today’s 22nd annual Women’s Memorial March. And Charlie Smith (Georgia Straight) on Human Rights Watch’s explosive allegations against the RCMP.
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- Hosted by David P. Ball & Anushka Nagji
- Interview with Angela Marie MacDougall, executive director of Battered Women Support Services, about strategies to ending violence against women, and the links between patriarchy, colonialism and violence.
- Interview with Lorelei Williams, founder and director of the Butterflies in Spirit Project for missing and murdered aboriginal women.
- Excerpt from the documentary film Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside produced by Harsha Walia and Alejandro Zuluaga.
- Interview with Charlie Smith, editor of the Georgia Straight, on Human Rights Watch‘s explosive allegations against the RCMP yesterday, and criticism of the role of Vancouver’s City Manager and senior staff by city councillor Adriane Carr.
- Media Mornings Latin America Report with Alfonso Osorio on FARC rebel clashes, Hugo Chavez’ alternative cancer treatment, and Chile’s Mapuche Indigenous struggle.
- Music: Eekwol (“Too Sick”), Buffy Sainte Marie (“Darling Don’t Cry”), Amir Sulaiman (“I Love You”)
TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: BC: HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH ALLEGES RCMP ABUSE
Human Rights watch has released a damning report that levels blistering allegations against the RCMP for its alleged treatment of Indigenous women. Researchers for Human Rights Watch was struck by the level of fear on the part of women they met to talk about the sexual abuse inflicted by officers (APTN).
- VANCOUVER: PROTEST IN ASYLUM-SEEKER SUICIDE
On Tuesday, about 50 people marched down to occupy the Citizenship and Immigration building on West Georgia to remember and to seek justice for refugee Hossein Blujani. The body of the 31 year old Kurdish-Iranian refugee was found on December 1, 2012, on the railway tracks near Commercial Drive and Broadway in an apparent suicide. Despite being determined to be a convention refugee by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), on entering and claiming refugee status in Canada in February of 2010, Canadian Border Services Agency forced him to endure years of long interrogations and hearings as a security threat, while he lived without a work permit or access to housing, social assistance and healthcare.
- ONTARIO: ATTAWAPISKAT DIAMOND MINE BLOCKADE
Diamond mining giant De Beers is pressuring Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and her band council to bring an end to a four-day blockade of a winter road leading to the company’s Victor diamond mine in northern Ontario (APTN).
- US: EX-LA POLICE OFFICER MANHUNT
Conflicting reports, confusion, outrage and a burning cabin marked what appears to be the end of the LAPD’s hunt for Christopher Dorner on Tuesday. The former Los Angeles police officer, suspected of killing three people after being ousted from the LAPD following his public revelations of racism and corruption in the LAPD ranks was thought to have sought refuge in a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains. the LAPD are believed to have shot at least 6 innocent people in their hunt for Dorner, including a mother and daughter delivering newspapers and three members of a jazz band called The Brubeck Ambassadors. LA news warned people not to drive pick up trucks while LAPD Sgt. Benjamin Kelso, according to Torrance Stephens ofrollingout.com, warned any and all African American men that they could and will be stopped.
- US: 50 ARRESTED AGAINST KEYSTONE PIPELINE
A celebrity roster of protesters, including climate scientist James Hansen, actor Daryl Hannah, civil rights leader Julian Bond and environmental advocate Robert Kennedy Jr, were arrested on Wednesday after handcuffing themselves to the gates of the White House to demand that Barack Obama shut down the Keystone XL pipeline project (Guardian).
- CONGO: CANADIAN MINE DEATHS
A recent ruling has slammed the door on a group of Congolese people whose lives and families were destroyed thanks, in part, to a Canadian mining company. In November the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear a final appeal brought against Anvil Mining, Ltd by the Canadian Association Against Impunity (CAAI) on behalf of the victims of a 2004 massacre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Dominion).
- ISRAEL: MYSTERIOUS JAIL SUSPECT DIES
Israel has confirmed it jailed an Australian-Israeli citizen, known as “Prisoner X”, in solitary confinement on security grounds who later died in custody. The justice ministry broke its silence on Wednesday after Australia’s ABC news network first revealed the identity of the 34-year-old man who had used three different names, including Ben Zygier, Ben Allen, and Ben Alon. The man was found dead in his cell and a judicial inquiry ruled he took his own life, the ministry added in a statement, although it did not reveal his identity or the charges against him (AlJazeera).
- AFGHANISTAN: CIVILIAN DEATHS
A NATO airstrike has killed 10 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, in a raid on a suspected Taliban hideout in eastern Afghanistan, local officials have said (AlJazeera).
- BANGLADESH: CLASHES OVER WAR CRIMES
Clashes have rocked the main commercial district in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, as police battled with opposition protesters demanding a halt to the country’s war crimes trials. Wednesday’s violence comes a day after more than a dozen people were injured, including the editor of a leading daily, in similar clashes between the police and protesters. Demonstrations over the trials have left seven people dead since last month. The protesters have been demanding a halt to the trials of Jamaat leaders for crimes including genocide and rape, which they are alleged to have committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence against Pakistan (AlJazeera).
- GERMANY: NEO-NAZIS PROTESTED
Over 13,000 anti-Nazi protesters have formed a human chain in the center of Dresden, Germany to block the neo-Nazi march, which assembles annually to mark the anniversary of the allied bombing of the city in 1945, and spread extremist ideology. Critics warned that austerity measures implemented by EU member states are a contributing factor to the rise of extreme thinking as the economic crisis is exacerbating tensions and fear due to the loss of jobs” (RT).