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00 Fusion Opal – theme intro
02 show preview and greetings
-plug website www.fridaymorningafter.wordpress.com
-thank you to Dusty’s montroyal/parc for providing the breakfast
08 Weather w/ Margo
15 There’s More to Life Than Hummus w/ Chef Ali Hassan
20 Weekly Update into Afghanistan Situation
-president Obama announced a troop surge of 30, 000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 2 years
-Now Obama must sell his plan to the US House and senate – no mention of the US people in Obama’s plans.
-57% of US Republicans do NOT want an increase in troops – Over 2/3rds of the US population do NOT want an increase in troops sent to Afghanistan. A Nanos poll in Canada revealed that 84% of Canadians want Canadian soldiers out of Afghanistan on or before the December 31, 2011 deadline set by Canada’s current government.
-Under Obama’s plan, troop withdrawl from Afghanistan will be co-ordinated and timed to coincide with his own re-election campaign in 2012. In simpler words, Obama is sacrificing the lives of American soldiers, Afghani civilians and NATO Allies in order to win himself a second term.
-Analysts say a second term becomes less and less likley for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner with every surge he makes to prolong war.(Kathy Kelly, Chicago-based VCNV, quotes 35 groups opposed to troop surge)
-The United States, in its search for political allies and support in Afghanistan, asked Russia to join and support the NATO effort. In the greatest poetic line this week Russia’s response was “How can we support NATO goals when not one member of NATO has any idea what their goals are? How can they explain their goals in Afghanistan to us when they themselves don’t have a clue what they are?”
-Russia then said that it was time to question the entire concept of NATO and defined it as an organization that has become obsolete in post cold-war reality. This poetically hinted that NATO countries were so caught up in living in the past that they are missing out on the future and hindering the present.
-German opposition to the Afghanistan war continues over the amount of Afghani Civilian deaths and H of S Angela Merkle continues to be on the hotseat. After the resignation of the German commander of ground troops in Afghanistan last week, the German defense minister resigned this week because of German air strikes resulting in Afghani civilian deaths.
-Germany did conclude a long-term trade arrangement with Pakistan that, organized by the US, was a reward for Pakistan’s “support” in Afghanistan
27 Interview w/ Abraham Weizfeld
-congratulations on your victory in court!
-outline the case brought to court against the university and the steps that were taken to present the case to the Quebec court
-discuss the details of the judgement and thoughts regarding the precedent being set regarding a university’s inability to censor the thoughts of its students based on subject or content.
57 8am warning and 8-9am preview
10 Interview w/ Vivien Carli – Analyst -International Center for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC)
Bill C-391, which passed through the house on November 4, 2009 amends the Firearms Act enacted by the Liberal Government in December of 1998, by removing the requirement to register millions of common rifles and shotguns.
- documentation sources -> are they limited? what are some problems with these sources? credibility, reliability, completeness?
- Canadian Gun Registry -> what will replace it? will it make us safer? is it what Canadians want?
- Gun Ethics in Canada -> has creating fear and instability by Canadian gov’ts so as to increase police powers and diminish individual rights and freedoms shaped gun ethics in Canada?
20 Michael Werbowski Presents
For this week I have two items Mexico: Anti Mining activist murdered in Chiapas and the Canadian mining connection. Harper’s Extraction tour in China: Peddling Canada’s resources ( mines and petrol) to the Chinese.
32 Bike Report w/ Tom
-Proposal to exclude Canada from the Commonwealth
In the past, the Commonwealth has suspended Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and South Africa for electoral or human rights reasons. Now, The World Development Movement, the Polaris Institute in Canada and Greenpeace have called for Canada to be suspended from the Commonwealth over its climate change policies. The proposal was raised at this past weekend’s Commonwealth Conference in Trinidad and will be followed up on before the next Commonwealth Conference to be held in Mauritius in 2011.
-Amy Goodman Detained at Canadian Border
U.S. journalist Amy Goodman said she was stopped at a Canadian border crossing south of Vancouver on Wednesday and questioned for 90 minutes by authorities concerned she was coming to Canada to speak against the Olympics.
Goodman says Canadian Border Services Agency officials ultimately allowed her to enter Canada but returned her passport with a document demanding she leave the country within 48 hours
-Canada: Greatest Obstacle to Deal in Copenhagen
> Canada’s image lies in tatters.
> The tar barons have held the nation to ransom. This thuggish petro-state is today the greatest obstacle to a deal in Copenhagen
> George Monbiot
> Tuesday December 1 2009
> The Guardian
> When you think of Canada, which qualities come to mind? The world’s peacekeeper, the friendly nation, a liberal counterweight to the harsher pieties of its southern neighbour, decent, civilised, fair, well-governed? Think again. This country’s government is now behaving with all the sophistication of a chimpanzee’s tea party. So amazingly destructive has Canada become, and so insistent have my Canadian friends been that I weigh into this fight, that I’ve broken my self-imposed ban on flying and come to Toronto.
> So here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, diverse economy towards dependence on a single primary resource, which happens to be the dirtiest commodity known to man. The price of this transition is the brutalisation of the country, and a government campaign against multilateralism as savage as any waged by George Bush.
> Until now I believed that the nation that has done most to sabotage a new climate change agreement was the United States. I was wrong. The real villain is Canada. Unless we can stop it, the harm done by Canada in December 2009 will outweigh a century of good works.
> In 2006 the new Canadian government announced it was abandoning its targets to cut greenhouse gases under the Kyoto protocol. No other country that had ratified the treaty has done this. Canada was meant to have cut emissions by 6% between 1990 and 2012. Instead they have already risen by 26%. Never mind special measures; it won’t accept even an equal share.
> After giving the finger to Kyoto, Canada then set out to prevent the other nations striking a successor agreement. At the end of 2007, Canada singlehandedly blocked a Commonwealth resolution to support binding targets for industrialised nations. After the climate talks in Poland in December 2008, Canada “won” the Fossil of the Year award, presented by environmental groups to the country that had done most to disrupt the talks. The climate change performance index, which assesses the efforts of the world’s 60 richest nations, was published in the same month. Saudi Arabia came 60th. Canada came 59th and the US 58th.
> In June this year the media obtained Canadian briefing documents which showed the government was scheming to divide the Europeans. During the meeting in Bangkok in October, almost the entire developing world bloc walked out when the Canadian delegate was speaking, as they were so revolted by his bullying. Last week the Commonwealth heads of government battled for hours (and eventually won) against Canada’s obstructions. A concerted campaign has now begun to expel Canada from the Commonwealth.
> In Copenhagen next week, Canada will do everything in its power to wreck the talks. The rest of the world must do everything in its power to stop Canada from sabotage. But such is the fragile nature of climate agreements that one rich nation — especially a member of the G8, the Commonwealth and the Kyoto group of industrialised countries — could scupper the treaty. Canada now threatens the wellbeing of the world.
> Why? There’s a simple answer: Canada is developing the world’s second largest reserve of oil. Did I say oil? It’s actually a filthy mixture of bitumen, sand, heavy metals and toxic organic chemicals. The tar sands, most of which occur in Alberta, are being extracted by the biggest opencast mining operation on earth. An area the size of England, comprising pristine forests and marshes, will be be dug up — unless the Canadians can stop this madness. Already it looks like a scene from the end of the world: the strip-miners are creating a churned black hell on an unimaginable scale.
> To extract oil from this mess, it needs to be heated and washed. Three barrels of water are used to process one barrel of oil. The contaminated water is held in vast tailings ponds, some so toxic that the tar companies employ people to scoop dead birds off the surface. Most are unlined. They leak organic poisons, arsenic and mercury into the rivers. The First Nations people living downstream have developed a range of exotic cancers and auto-immune diseases.
> Refining tar sands requires two to three times as much energy as refining crude oil. The companies exploiting them burn enough natural gas to heat six million homes. Alberta’s tar sands operation is the world’s biggest single industrial source of carbon emissions. By 2020, if the current growth continues, it will produce more greenhouse gases than Ireland or Denmark. Already, thanks in part to the tar mining, Canadians have almost the highest per capita emissions on earth.
> The purpose of Canada’s assault on the international talks is to protect this industry. This is not a poor nation. It does not depend for its economic survival on exploiting this resource. But the tar barons of Alberta have been able to hold the whole country to ransom. They have captured Canada’s politics and are turning this lovely country into a cruel and thuggish place.
> Canada is a cultured, peaceful nation, which every so often allows a band of Neanderthals to trample over it. Timber firms were licensed to log the old-growth forest in Clayoquot Sound; fishing companies were permitted to destroy the Grand Banks: in both cases these get-rich-quick schemes impoverished Canada and its reputation. But this is much worse, as it affects the whole world.
> I will not pretend that this country is the only obstacle to an agreement at Copenhagen. But it is the major one. It feels odd to be writing this. The immediate threat to the global effort to sustain a peaceful and stable world comes not from Saudi Arabia or Iran or China. It comes from Canada. How did this happen?
45 Interview w/ Lynn Worrell Rep – “Not in Our Name“
-discussion of “Not in Our Name” group and mandate
-similar organizations “Jews Say No” “New Profile” Israeli High school Students Yearly signitories of Shministim refusal letter – refusal to be drafted into an immoral offensive force – Or-Ben-David
Not In our name is organizing a film screening called citizen nawi, He is an israeli who is fighting for Palestinian rights.
here is the synopsis of the movie:
Citizen Nawi documents the tumultuous life of one of the most
fascinating men in the Israeli left – Ezra Nawi – a plumber by trade and a
political activist who fights for Palestinians’ rights. Simultaneously, Nawi
engages in a personal battle for his partner Fuad, a Palestinian from
Ramallah and an illegal resident chased by law enforcement officials. Tracking the
two intertwined parts of Nawi’s life, the film uncovers a deep seated
racism and homophobia that is common everywhere. Written by Esty Alsthul
December 4th at Concordia 7pm – Hall Building 9th Floor
50 Community Listings
00 jazz amuck w/ John B.