Female Genital Mutilation Abroad and Its Implications in Canada
For today’s Feature Report, CHRY Reporter Maha El Dirdiri speaks with Mark Paul from “Today for Change” about female genital mutilation in Africa and its implications here in Canada.
A word of caution to listeners. This interview deals with instances of sexual and gendered-based assault, as well as sexually explicit language.
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“Underused” Toronto Public Schools?
Education Minister Liz Sandals has given the Toronto District School Board just weeks to spell out plans for closing Toronto public schools over the next three years. The Province considers these schools “underused”. TDBS Trustees and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives strongly oppose this position. A report recently published by the CCPA challenges the government’s estimation of what it will cost to keep these schools open.
To get clarity on this complex situation, CHRY Reporter Scarlett Kuang speaks with Fred Hahn, the president of the Campaign for Public Education and member of CUPE Ontario.
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Evelyn Encalada is a York U professor in Work and Labour Studies and member of the Global Labour Research Centre, who explores issues of inequality among migrant workers. She is hosting a meeting called Retail action Working Group here at York tomorrow and has stopped by the studio to speak with us about this event.
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Little Black Afro Theatre Company
The Little Black Afro Theatre Company is a community of young emerging artists providing unique opportunities to present original Canadian work. This organization began in order to provide an opportunity for Luke Reece, Artistic Director and co-founder, to be able to showcase his plays that he wrote and directed himself. As they continued to put on his work, the theatre company realized every theatre student should have this opportunity. Their goal is provide every student in Toronto the opportunity to showcase their masterpieces. Luke Reece, the co-founder, joined News Now’s Fakiha Baig to talk about this company and the importance of community to their growth and development.
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Russ Baker On Torture
Several months have passed since the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 500 page summary report on the use of torture and interrogation by the The Central Intelligence Agency. Despite the extensive coverage it received when it first released, the media has been completely silent about a report that revealed to us some of the most horrific human rights violations we have ever seen. Investigative journalist Russ Baker joined joined News Now’s Fakiha Baig to speak about this silence, and also discussed with her how the Central Intelligence Agency has managed to use shocking forms of torture and interrogation without any accountability.
To learn more about Russ Baker, you can visit his website www.russbaker.com.
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Camilo Cahis on Mexico
The search for the 43 missing students of Mexico had ignited a mass political movement in the region. Now reported to have died after their abduction in September 2014, the missing students have reminded the world of the high rate of political and economic corruption present in the region. Camilo Cahis is the editor of Fightback magazine and marxist.ca. Fightback looks to organize workers and youth across the country. As well, Camilo is the national co-ordinator for the Hands Off Venezuela campaign here in Canada. He joined News Now’s Fakiha Baig to discuss the mass movement ignited by the students. He also goes in depth about the role Canada plays in the region and how it has contributed to its corruption.
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Alex Grant On Greece
With an unemployment rate of over 26% and with youth unemployment over 70%, with brutal austerity for the past seven years, it is not surprising for many that we have seen a process of mass radicalization in Greece and a movement towards Communist politics. News Now’s Fakiha Baig spoke with Alex Grant from Socialist Fightback Toronto about the election of the Syriza party in Greece. They discuss the rise of the Syriza party in Greece and the implications its radical leftist ideals will have on Europe and the rest of the world.
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Discussing the Hart House Production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Luke Brown
Director Luke Brown sits down with CHRY’s Izabella Sokolowska to discussing directing, the theatre and his current work with Hart House, where they are currently running a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He talks about how the show came to be, it’s relationship with the occupy movement and how he sought to make the show fit a more contemporary audience.
Hart House’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar will run until January 31st.
Investigative journalist Russ Baker on Senate Intelligence Committee Torture Report
Over a month has passed since the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 500 page summary report on the use of torture and interrogation by the the Central Intelligence Agency. Despite the extensive coverage it received when it first released, the media has been completely silent about a report that revealed to us some of the most horrific human rights violations we have ever seen. Investigative journalist Russ Baker joined News Now’s Fakiha Baig to speak about this silence, and also discussed with her how the Central Intelligence Agency has managed to use shocking forms of torture and interrogation without any accountability.
To learn more about Russ Baker and his work, you can visit his website: http://www.russbaker.com
To learn more about WhoWhatWhy, you can visit: http://www.whowhatwhy.org
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York Community Report: Listen now to News Now’s very own Daniela Mastrocola speaking with Sangita Iyer about her movie in the making #GodsInShackles. Gods in Shackles is a feature-length documentary film in the making; an exposé revealing the dark side of the Indian state of Kerala’s glamorous cultural festivities that exploit temple elephants for profit in the name of culture and religion.
Feature Report: Missed last week’s show? Listen to Fakiha Baig’s interview with Loretta Napoleoni as they discuss the recent CIA torture report and its implications on the current war on terror.Loretta Napoleoni is a journalist and political analyst who has written extensively on the topic of financing terrorism. Her recent book titled The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East looks at the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East today. #altnews #waronterror #newsnow
Independent Arts Report: Wear your label is a conscious clothing line that tackles the issue of mental health. Fakiha Baig speaks with the co-creator Kayley about the meaning of wear your label and what other initiatives this clothing line has taken in order to raise awareness about mental health. #mentalhealth #newsnow
York Community Report: Listen now, to our exclusive interview with Pascale Diverlus from Black Lives Matter. Fakiha Baig and Pascale discuss an upcoming protest in solidarity for Eric Garner. #WeCantBreathe #BlackLivesMatter #NewsNow #CHRY
Feature Report: FakihaBaig speaks to Camilo Cahis, the editor of Fightback magazine, marxist.ca and the national co-ordinator for the Hands Off Venezuela campaign here in Canada. He discusses the movement and disappearance of the students in Mexico, and speaks to the role Canada plays in the corruption that is thriving in the region. #43MissingStudents #Mexico #cdnpoli #newsnow #chry
Independent Arts Report: If you missed last weeks show, listen now to News Now’s very own Fakiha Baig speaking to Lia Lepre who represents a Toronto punk band, called VCR. They will be discussing the issues of violence against women. @FakihaBaig #Toronto #VCR #violenceagainstwomen
Independent Arts Report: Listen now to New Now’s Fakiha Baig’s exclusive interview with Omari Parsons, an underground rapper from Toronto known for his diverse array of witty and intelligent lyrics.
Feature Report: Donald Pratt from the Justice for Hassan Diab committee joined News Now’s very own Fakiha Baig on the phone to speak about the extradition case of Hassan Diab. Donald discussed the connection between Hassan’s middle eastern background and the decision to extradite him with little to no evidence. In light of a national security panic Canada has been going through, Donald provides us with insight on some possible links between Hassan’s middle eastern and arab background, and the supreme court’s decision. #Diab #cdnpoli #Diabsupport
Arts Report: Toronto filmmaker Amar Wala will be speaking with News Now’s Fakiha Baig about his documentary The Secret Trial 5. The film tells the story of 5 Muslim men who were held in Canadian prisons for nearly 30 years combined. It challenges Canada’s national security laws and an “immigration process” in Canada that allows for the indefinite jailing of non-citizens without charge.
York Community Report: Dhruv Jain from the International Campaign Against War on the People of India – Toronto joined News Now’s Fakiha Baig to continue their discussion about the situation in India and how the current government has intensified its repression on thousands of people in India. Dhruv will also be discussing how York University is helping and providing support to India’s oppressive regime. For more info visit: http://icawpitoronto.wordpress.com