Media Mornings: Mon, Feb 18 — War Resister Rodney Watson, Living Wage Campaigner Michael McCarthy Flynn

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:  Interviews with War Resister Rodney Watson and activist Sarah Bjorknes. Plus a Living Wage at SFU? Talking with Michael McCarthy Flynn | Living Wage Campaign Organizer First Call: BC Child & Youth Advocacy Coalition



Ecuador President Rafael Correa, a critic of US foreign policy, wins third term, defeating nearest rival by more than 30 percentage points.
Ecuador President Rafael Correa, a critic of US foreign policy, wins third term, defeating nearest rival by more than 30 percentage points.
  • News headlines: 
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned home to Venezuela after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery. – Al Jazeera
  • .It looks like time is running out for the B.C. Liberal government to make good on its long-standing promise to reform the conduct of   municipal elections. The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief reports.
  • Canadians are getting turned off by the expensive Economic Action Plan ads the Harper government has pumped out for the last four years. Bruce Cheadle of the Canadian Press reports that opinion surveys suggest the ads are starting to annoy people.
  • Thousands of people gathered in Washington DC yesterday to urge President Obama to honour his promises to  take action against climate change. Organizers billed the rally as the biggest climate protest in American history, with 50,000 people were in attendance. CP
  • Spying on environmental activists has become the “new normal” in Canada, according to security documents released under freedom of information laws. Guardian
  • Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims rallied in Iraqi cities on the weekend to protest against what they consider unfair treatment by the Shi’ite-led government. Morning Star
  • Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has been re-elected to a third term in office allowing him to deepen his socialist revolution even as he seeks to woo foreign investment in the resource-wealthy Andean nation. The 49-year-old economist defeated his nearest rival by more than 30 percentage points, according to results ratified by the National Electoral Council. – Al Jazeera
  • In Cyprus, the presidential election will go into a run-off after no candidate won an outright majority yesterday.
    Nicos Anastasiades, a right-winger who wants to negotiate a banking bailout with the European Union, leads after the first round, with 45 percent of the vote. Al Jazeera
  • NATO has said it accepts Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s order banning security forces from calling in foreign air strikes in residential areas. BBC

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