I spoke with Chris Hedges on the recent release of his first book, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Fascinating listening now, after all these years of wars since. Here's how I presented the interview then:
It was called “a day that will live in infamy.” December 7th, 2002 will mark the sixty-first anniversary of America’s entry into the Second World War. December 8th, 2002 may too live in infamy for millions of Iraqis, and Muslims around the world. That’s the deadline imposed by the United Nations Security Council for Saddam Hussein to either comply with it’s edicts, or face another American led war. Should war happen, and few think it’s anything less than a certainty, it will be Iraq’s second war against the world. But, for America it would simply be the latest in an unbroken succession of wars and military actions it’s conducted around the world since Roosevelt’s famous ‘Day of Infamy.’ Chris Hedges has covered many of these wars, police actions, and civil conflicts. He spent more than fifteen years reporting from various fields of battle for The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and America’s National Public Radio. He shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and this year’s Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. He’s also published his first book, ‘War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.’ In the first half, Chris Hedges…
Went down to the First Metropolitan Church to listen in on the Official Opposition's town hall on the draconian, proposed "Anti-Terrorism Act," Bill C-51.
Here's how the NDP describes the evening: What is in Stephen Harper's omnibus Bill C-51? Does it address the security threats we face? Could it undermine civil liberties and stifle lawful dissent and activism? And is there a better way forward to protect both security and freedoms?
Join an expert panel and public discussion hosted by Members of Parliament Randall Garrison and Murray Rankin.
Reg Whitaker is a distinguished academic and expert in constitutional law and privacy issues. The co-author of 'Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada', he has written extensively on issues of intelligence and state surveillance and advised government inquiries on terrorism-related cases.
Laurel Collins teaches at the University of Victoria and studies social movements and collective action. She will speak to the ‘chilling effect’ this bill could have on lawful dissent and activism in Canada.
Randall Garrison is the Opposition critic for Public Safety and a key figure in the debate in Parliament on Bill C-51. A former criminal justice instructor, he is now Vice Chair of the House of Commons’ Committee on Public Safety and National Security.
Next week marks another of Haiti's too many "days that live in infamy." Before the February 29th, 2004 sun rose on Port-au-Prince, soldiers sat in the shadow waiting for the signal to overthrow a president. As sun set Jean Bertrand Aristide, the most popular of all popularly elected presidents in the Americas, would be a prisoner on a plane high above the Atlantic Ocean; destination unknown.
Kim Ives is founder of, and contributing editor to, Haiti Liberté, a newspaper with offices in Haiti and New York. The Haitian-born Ives also has more than twenty years experience reporting with the paper, Haiti Progrès, and currently hosts the weekly WBAI New York radio program, 'Haiti: The Struggle Continues.' Ives is too a filmmaker who has collaborated on many films documenting human rights abuses, trade struggles, and conflicts between the island's peasant farmers and corrupt State enterprise.
He's contributed to the books: 'Dangerous Crossroads,' 'The Haiti Files,' and Haiti: A Slave Revolution,' and appeared on many international news programs promoting the cause of Haiti's disenfranchised, travelling Canada and the U.S to deliver lectures on the persistently dire situation there.
Kim Ives in the first half.
And; Valentine's Day has for the last 25 years marked a more sombre remembrance than romance; it's the day Canadian women and their supporters march in memory of those afflicted by physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence. These women are the killed and disappeared and the march is an effort to bring to them "courage and committment to end the violence."
Sounds from the 25th Annual Women’s Memorial March in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what's going on in and around our city in the coming week. But first, Haiti eleven years after Aristide.
Fifteen years into this new century, the promise of turning a new leaf on the way industry and governments operate in the World is wilted at the edges. But there is still hope and there are still people and organizations working every day to try curb the worst practices of those that would destroy the environment for the profit of their own.
One such organization is MiningWatch Canada. Created in in 1999, MiningWatch says their mission is to provide quote: "[P]ush back against the mining industry’s ability to rewrite laws, mislead the public, and bulldoze communities, workers, and ecosystems – literally – in its quest for profit."
Both in Canada and abroad, MiningWatch has laboured to empower communities affected by the extractive industries and their not always honourable allies in high places.
Jamie Kneen is Communications Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada and rejoins us in the first half.
And; the BC government is in the middle of a campaign to wipe out wolf packs in the South Selkirk. It says wolves are the culprits in the disappearance of the area's caribou herd, but local, long-time environmental watchdog group, the Valhalla Wilderness Society begs to differ. Meanwhile, the helicopter assisted hunt goes on.
Craig Pettitt is a former Forest Service employee, and now serves as a VWS Director, and coordinator with the separate Valhalla Forest Watch program. His invaluable experience in the field has enabled him to document numerous violations of the Forest Practices Code, increasingly meaning field investigations of logging practices and landslides. Craig also runs workshops to teach resident groups how to monitor their wilderness neighbourhoods.
Craig Pettitt and fingering the real perps in the South Selkirk caribou disappearance in the second half.
And; Victoria Street News publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of coming good things to do in our town and beyond this week. But first, Jamie Kneen and MiningWatch keeping watch on the extractive industries fifteen years and more.
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