W2MEDIA.CA | Listen to today’s 7-8am broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm:
- Today’s top news headlines from local to global current affairs — radio news roundup you won’t hear anywhere else.
- Interview with Sarah Eltantawi (Professor of comparative religion & Islamic studies; and a Fellow in Arab Studies at University of California, Berkeley), on the protests and removal of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi this week, and why some feel Western media are getting their ‘military coup’ story wrong.
- Interview with Bob Mackin (investigative reporter) on questions raised by RCMP’s announcement that they prevented a Canada Day terrorist attack at the BC Legislature. Was this a real threat, or a police sting operation gone too far?
- Music: Arabian Knights (“Rebel”), Sami Matar featuring Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar
Offendum, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman & Ayah (“Jan25”), Hannah Epperson (“Shadowless”)
TODAY’S TOP NEWS HEADLINES
- TOP STORY: EGYPT PROTESTS — Several protesters and police are dead as Egypt braced for further dramatic events today as the vanquished Muslim Brotherhood held a “day of rejection” following a widespread crackdown on its leadership by the country’s newly installed interim president, the country’s top judge Adly Mansour. Supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi, still reeling from the military coup that removed their leader from power, took to the streets after Friday prayers following a series of raids and arrests that decimated the Muslim Brotherhood’s senior ranks and consolidated the miltary’s hold on the country (AL JAZEERA, GUARDIAN).
- ABBOTSFORD: HOMELESS LAWSUIT — The City of Abbotsford, B.C., could be facing a civil lawsuit after officials spread chicken manure over a popular gathering place for the homeless in an apparent bid to drive them out of the city. The group, being represented by the Pivot Legal Society, has issued a notice of damage to the city, saying they are contemplating a civil suit for “discrimination, harassment and loss of property” (CBC).
- OTTAWA: SENATE EXPENSE SCANDAL — The RCMP believe Sen. Mike Duffy is a fraudster who tried to feather his nest at the expense of taxpayers and Conservative Party donors, according to police documents filed with the Ontario Court of Justice. In those documents, an RCMP investigator alleges Duffy, the former CTV broadcaster who represents P.E.I. in the Senate, “has demonstrated a pattern of filing fraudulent expense claims” (QMI).
ALBERTA: TAR SANDS HEALING WALK — In Alberta, hundreds of activists including Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein are converging in the heart of Canada’s oil sands this weekend – not to protest the destruction of the local environment, but to pray for the ‘healing’ of land and the people. Native elders from all over North America led participants past lakes of tailings wastewater and massive infrastructure of the oil sands industry along the Athabasca River in Fort McMurray, Alberta (GUARDIAN).
BC: TERRORISM CASE — The BC Civil Liberties Association and a tenants’ rights group are raising concerns after reporters and photographers were allowed to enter the apartment of the Surrey couple accused of planning a Canada Day terrorist attack, eager to get a look inside (PROVINCE).
QUEBEC: ABUSE LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT — A judge has signed off on a landmark agreement to compensate victims of sex abuse that occurred for decades within a Roman Catholic organization in Quebec. The $18-million mediated settlement, the largest in Quebec and one lawyers have said could even be the largest ever in Canada (CBC).
NEW BRUNSWICK: REPORTER ARRESTED — In what the independent journalism site the Media Coop described as a blatant effort to silence its ongoing coverage of protests against seismic testing related to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick, a senior RCMP officer arrested Halifax Media Co-op reporter Miles Howe yesterday afternoon. Miles has been covering the anti-fracking struggle from the front lines for weeks (APTN, MEDIA CO-OP).
INDIGENOUS: CHALLENGE TO AFN — In a clear challenge to the Assembly of First Nations, a group of aboriginal leaders will meet later this month in a bid to establish a rival group to deal with the federal government (POSTMEDIA).
INDIGENOUS: HUMAN RIGHTS TRIBUNAL — The federal New Democratic Party is calling for an independent investigation into the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Justice Canada’s conduct at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. On Wednesday, the tribunal panel accused both departments of knowingly misleading the tribunal and the parties involved in a discrimination case against the government (APTN).
USA: ANTI-SURVEILLANCE PROTESTS — South of the border, the United States celebrateD its Independence Day yesterday, with thousands of websites have launched a July 4 online protest against the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, revealed to be widesweeping and indiscriminate by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who reportedly remains in a Moscow airport (RT).
BOLIVIA: PRESIDENT OUTRAGED — Meanwhile, Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, has warned he might close the US embassy in his country, as South America’s leftist leaders rallied to support him over the rerouting of his presidential plane over suspicions that whistle blower Edward Snowden was on board (GUARDIAN).
CUBA/USA: GUANTANAMO BAY HUNGER STRIKE — The US government has refused to stop force-feeding detainees on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay during the holy month of Ramadan (GUARDIAN).
CHINA/TIBET: DISPLACEMENT OF TIBETANS — A human rights group has called on China to end what it has called the forced “mass rehousing and relocation” of ethnic Tibetans. The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report said that lives had been thrown into disarray after more than two million Tibetans were uprooted in the past seven years (AL JAZEERA).