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.
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YORK COMMUNITY REPORT: The York University Tamil Students Association (YUTSA) will begin holding monthly ‘coffee-shop’ style talks on Wednesday, October 8th. The talks are aimed at creating an engaged community surrounding the Tamil diaspora at York University. Roshni Raveenthiran of YUTSA joined us on the show to talk about the coffee-shop and its theme of “Tamil Women’s Uprising Day” and the idea of revolutionary women fighting against struggle.
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FEATURE REPORT: Dr Hatem Bazian is a professor at the University of California – Berkley and in an exclusive interview spoke to News Now’s Arshia Lakhani about his thoughts on the factors leading to the rise of ISIS, how islamophobia contributes to ISIS recruiting efforts and how many muslims word-wide are responding to the brutal rule of ISIS theocracy.
SPECIAL REPORT: Brenda Thompson of TTCriders.ca and Scarborough Transit Action joined News Now’s Christian Deo (@chrisjdeo) on the program to discuss what the riders union believes is the best solution to solving Scarborough’s transit woes. She also addresses the transit plans of the top three mayoral candidates.
YORK COMMUNITY REPORT: York University graduate and volunteer coordinator of Greenpeace Toronto Natalie Caine spoke to NEWS NOW about the potential dangers of oil exploration and extraction in the arctic. Greenpeace is organizing a worldwide ‘self-propelled wheeled’ ride on October 4th called the ICE RIDE.
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FEATURE REPORT: Ovide Bastien moved to Chile in July 1973, two months before a CIA sponsored coup would murder the country’s then president Salvador Allende and overthrow his democratically elected Popular Unity government.
Bastien recounts the events in the years the followed in his book Chile: Underside of an Economic Miracle. He joined NEWS NOW to talk about his experience after the coup.
INDEPENDENT ARTS AND CULTURE REPORT: Welcome to China Town is the second live album and one of over 20 releases from Vancouver punk band D.O.A. over the last 35 years.
Teaming up with Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, D.O.A. is hitting Ontario and Quebec with the True North Strong and Free Tour to promote the record.
In a tribute to D.O.A., Beau’s has brewed a special D.O.A. Hardcore 8.1 malt liquor that will be sold at all D.O.A. shows in Ontario. The band hits Toronto’s Hardluck on Saturday, October 11th.
Long time D.O.A.er and founder of Sudden Death Record‘s Joe Keithly joined News Now’s Christian Deo over the phone to talk about the record, politics and the beer.
It’s been over a month since opposition leaders in Pakistan and supporters started protesting in the streets of Pakistan demanding the resignation of current Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and new elections. Protesters have so far rallied their way through the gates of the parliament house in Islamabad Pakistan, they’ve face tear gas and rubber bullets. As of September 10th, three protesters have been killed and hundreds injured.
Fakiha Baig spoke with York University PhD student Ayyazz Mallick about the state of politics in Pakistan.
Fakiha Baig and Daniel Rostas speak with co-leaders of the GTA Clinic Transformation Project, Jack DeKlerk and Marjorie Hilley. Jack is the Director of legal Services at Neighourhood Legal Services and the chairperson of the Toronto Legal Clinics Management Group. Marjorie is the Executive Director of Flemingdon Community Legal Services. They discuss how the GTA Clinic Transformation Project began, its purpose, and most importantly, how merging 17 independent clinics into 3-5 clinics will affect low-income and local communities.
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