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.

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Ayyaz Mallick on Pakistani Political Unrest


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.

Monday June 30, 2014 – Ghandeer Malek, Sarah Attia, and David Christopher

York Community Report: Fakiha Baig speaks with Palestinian feminist Ghandeer Malek, who also co-wrote the book Min Fami. Min Fami is an anthology of dialogues, narratives, essays, poetry, short stories, and visual art by Arab women. In this session, Fakiha and Chandeer discuss Arab feminism, gender issues in the global community, and what it means to be an Arab.

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Feature Interview: Fakiha Baig speaks with Sarah Attia, the wife of Canadian detainee Khaled Al-Qazzaz. Khaled was an aide to former President Mohammed Morsi until Morsi’s eviction. Since, he has been held in the Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt for over a year, without a valid charge. Fakiha and Sarah discuss Khaled’s involvement with Egypt, his current situation, and what steps Sarah is taking towards his release.

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Independent Arts & Culture: Daniel Rostas speaks with David Christopher of Open Media aims to help people discover how much of their personal information may have been shared with the government through their internet and cell phone providers.  They discuss the importance of privacy, how it may be breached, and Open Media’s new tool, Access My Info, which allows users to discover exactly what information may have been fed to our government illegally. To learn more about Open Media, and find the tool, Access My Info, please visit

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Thursday April 17th, 2014-Professor Joel Lexchin, CACTUS and House Hippo Press

York Community Report: News Now’s Fakiha Baig speaks with York University Professor Joel Lexchin about the lack of transparency in Health Canada’s drug approval policy. Without such transparency, doctors face several difficulties in prescribing the right medications to their patients. Professor Lexchin details the drug approval policy as it exists and argues that it is Health Canada’s responsibility to take responsibility and make a difference. To read the Journal please visit

Feature Report: Maggie Reid brings you some coverage from an event she attended through the ACTIVATE TO series. Catherine Edwards of CACTUS or the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations gave an important talk about the state of community television in Canada, the policies surrounding community television and the function it is supposed to serve in bringing democracy to media production.

Independent Arts and Culture Report:  Rosie Michel chats with Erica Lenti and Sofie Mikhaylova who are the co-founders of the Toronto Queer-focused Printing Press, House Hippo Press. They discuss the birth of the project, the significance of small printing houses and the importance of Queer voices speaking for themselves. For more information please visit their website at


Thursday April 10th, 2014-Eileen Fischer, Betabrand and the Grandmother’s AIDS Advocacy Network

York Community Report: Fakiha Baig speaks with Schulich School of Business marketing Professor Eileen Fischer about her recently published study in the Consumer Research Journal. They discuss why markets are not supplied with more plus sized clothing when they are in such high demand. They also speak about an online movement and what they are doing to conquer this problem. For for information please take a look at the Journal of Consumer Research for January of 2013.

Feature Report:  Fakiha Baig speaks with Liz Rosoff who is the show runner for a clothing store in San Francisco called Betabrand. They discuss the stores marketing campaign to use women with PhD’s as their models instead of traditional model bodies that are often showcased in typical advertisements. For more information please visit

Independent Arts Report: Rosie Michel chats with Pat Evans, one of the co-chairs for the Grandmother’s AIDS Advocacy Network (GRAN) which advocates for policies changes in Canada that support an improved quality of life for grandmothers caring for child orphaned by AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. They discuss how this organization formed, why they chose to advocate for AIDS issues in the third world, their 2014/2015 action items and how they managed to accurately reflect their work on the needs of the African community. For more information please check out their website