Media Mornings: Thu, Mar 14 — Rev. Victoria Marie (Vancouver catholic Worker), Charlie Smith (Straight)

W2MEDIA.CA  |  On today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, we speak with Rev. Victoria Marie (Vancouver catholic Worker) on Pope Francis’ election, the possibility of transforming the hierarchy, and anti-oppression theologies.

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Pope Francis: A man of the people?
  • Interview with Rev. Victoria Marie (Vancouver catholic Worker) on Pope Francis’ election, the possibility of transforming the hierarchy, and grassroots movements for anti-oppression in the church.
  • Interview with Charlie Smith (Georgia Straight) on the highlights and lowlights of the BC Legislative session which ends today.
  • Media Mornings Latin America report with Alfonso Osorio on the significance of the Catholic Church’s first Latin American pope in history.
  • Music: Po Girl (“To the Angry Evangelist”), Dar Williams (“I Had No Right”), Santigold (“God from the Machine”)

TODAY’S MEDIA MORNINGS NEWS HEADLINES

  • TOP NEWS: VANCOUVER BORDER SERVICES RAIDS
    An ordinary day on an east Vancouver condo construction site took a turn for the terrifying for some workers yesterday when Canada Border Services agents burst in searching for so-called illegal migrant workers — all while being shadowed by a camera crew apparently recording footage for a reality TV show (Vancouver Sun).
  • NOVA SCOTIA: HUNGER STRIKE LEADS TO CHIEF’S RESIGNATION
    A prominent Mi’kmaq leader says he would rather resign as head of Nova Scotia’s treaty rights organization than see a young First Nation woman harmed because of her ongoing hunger strike (APTN).
  • CANADA: HARPER DENIES UN INDIGENOUS VISIT
    The Harper government continues to prevent the UN special rapporteur on Indigenous peoples from visiting Canada (APTN).
  • CANADA: ROBOCALLS CRIMINAL CHARGES
    Commissioner of Canada Elections Yves Côté has recommended laying charges over the election day robocalls sent to voters in Guelph during the last federal election (Postmedia).
  • CANADA: PETITION LAW PROPOSED
    A political odd couple is backing an opposition motion allowing Canadians to sign online petitions, and even trigger a House of Commons debate, on issues that concern them.
    Reform party founder Preston Manning, one of the most respected voices in the Canadian conservative movement, is endorsing B.C. New Democratic Party MP Kennedy Stewart’s motion to be voted on before the summer break. Stewart’s motion proposes that a parliamentary committee come up with a concrete proposal during a one-year study to let Canadians who care passionately about an issue sign an online petition demanding action from the federal government. If there are enough like-minded citizens prepared to join the campaign — say, 50,000 — they could even force a Commons debate on the matter (Vancouver Sun)
  • USA/CANADA: MULCAIR WASHINGTON VISIT
    Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair told Washington DC lawmakers that unsustainable development that causes global warming imperils the planet  in a major speech setting out his worldview (Globe & Mail).
  • CUBA/USA: GUANTANAMO HUNGER STRIKES
    More than a hundred detainees held in the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are reportedly entering their fifth week of a hunger strike against deteriorating conditions (Democracy Now!).
  • PALESTINE/ISRAEL: ACTIVIST KILLED BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS
    Israeli troops have killed a longtime Palestinian activist and injured at least eight others during clashes in a flashpoint district of the occupied West Bank (AlJazeera).
  • TUNISIA: VENDOR SETS SELF ON FIRE
    Three years after the Arab Spring was sparked by a fruit vendor’s self-immolation, A Tunisian cigarette vendor who set himself ablaze in a busy street of the capital Tunis a day earlier has died under hospital care, a medical official has said (AlJazeera).
  • MALI: MEDIA ON STRIKE OVER ARREST
    Mali’s private media have launched a news blackout after an editor was arrested for publishing a letter about poor conditions from soldiers fighting Islamist militants in the north (BBC).
  • BULGARIA: AUSTERITY PROTESTER SETS SELF ON FIRE
    For the fourth time in the past month, a Bulgarian has set fire to himself. The man, 52, threw gasoline over himself outside the presidential palace in Sofia, police said. Security guards extinguished the flames and he was taken to hospital with severe burns where an official said his life was in danger. The man’s motives were not known but the incident follows weeks of protests against poverty, high fuel bills and corruption (BBC).
  • VATICAN CITY: QUESTIONS OVER POPE’S LINKS TO DICATORSHIP ABUSES
    As Pope Francis takes his place as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics — and the church’s first Latin American pontiff, his participation in Argentina’s US-backed ‘Dirty War’ is sure to come under increased scrutiny. A 1995 lawsuit filed by a human rights lawyer alleges that Bergoglio, who was leading the local Jesuit community by the time the military junta seized power in 1976, was involved in the kidnapping of two of his fellow Jesuit priests, Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics, who were tortured by navy personnel before being dumped in a field, drugged and semi-naked, five months later. Despite his alleged role in the Jesuits’ imprisonment, Bergoglio did eventually take action to secure their release (Digital Journal).
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