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 OpenMedia.ca. 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 https://openmedia.ca/

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Wednesday June 25th, 2014-Revolutionary Literature and Arts, BCCLA and Duane Hall

York Community Report: Christian Deo speaks with Mahir Mohagehg from the Revolutionary Literature and Arts group here at York about politics within the York student body. They discuss some of the campaigns they have and what they plan to do in the future.

Feature Report: Christian Deo speaks with Michael Vonn, the policy director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). They discuss the lawsuit that the BCCLA is launching against the Communications Surveillance Establishment of Canada (CSEC) which comes in response to allegations of unwarranted surveillance against the Canadian public as highlighted in the Edward Snowden leaks. They talk about the CSEC and just how far their eyes can see. For more information or to take action please visit their website at http://www.bccla.org

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Hailee Ingelton airs the first episode of her Toronto artist series featuring a heartfelt spoken-word performance from Duane Hall also known as Lighthouse poetic.



Monday June 2nd, 2014-YFS, Michael Geist and PIQUE Toronto

 

York Community Report: Daniel Rostas speaks with Gayle McFadden who is the VP Campaigns and Advocacy for the York Federation of Students. They talk about the upcoming election and Tim Hudak and the PC party’s plan to scrap the 30 per cent tuition rebate for post-secondary students in Ontario. To get more involved in the YFS or for more information check out http://www.generationvote.ca

Feature Report: News Nows Daniel Rostas speaks with Michael Geist a professor at the university of ottawa about the issues surrounding net neutrality and what the implications are from the recent changes to Internet laws in the United States. For more information please visit http://www.michaelgeist.ca

Independent Arts and Culture Report: Fakiha Baig speaks with Imad Elsheikh who is the creator of PIQUE Toronto. PIQUE is a project focusing on profiling 100 Toronto youths. The project plays with the idea of short attention spans by shooting 15 seconds or less of the artists showcasing their talents. To take a look at the video and learn more please visit www.piquetoronto.com

Snowden in his own words, WikiLeaks researcher Ryan Watts, and Balca Arda on art and the Gezi resistance

Monday, August 12th edition:

 

York Connect: News Now‘s Joanna Beaton and Meghan MacRae speak with Dr. Nombuso Dlamini about the community-based research project “Engaging Girls, Changing Communities”. Dr. Dlamini tells us how the project sheds light on the barriers for young women to leadership positions and the kind of support that should be offered for them to reach their goals. Listen to Dr. Dlamini speak about the importance of learning to “meaningfully participate and engage” in the political process and how young women can learn from one another. [Repeat]

[Image via https://www.facebook.com/EGCC.York]

Feature Interview: “Totalitarian societies rely on the absolute production and control of information.” – Ryan Watts

In part three of our state surveillance series, we have an excerpt from Edward Snowden’s interview with The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald followed by a conversation between News Now‘s Matt Prokopiw and WikiLeaks researcher Ryan Watts. From The Guardian‘s interview, Snowden reveals the inner workings of the NSA and the moral dilemma that led him to become a whistleblower. Afterwards, Watts speaks on how governments strip privacy rights in the name of national security, the internet as a free public space, and the importance of net neutrality for the future of democracy. Listen to find out why it matters that “even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you’re being watched and recorded.”

[Image via www.alt-market.com/articles/1624-t…an-it-be-evaded]

Independent Arts and Culture: News Now‘s Matt Prokopiw speaks with Balca Arda, an international graduate student at York University in Political Science, about the role of art and media in the Gezi resistance movement. Arda explains how art has helped to humanize the Gezi protestors and bring their message to the world at large. As a native of Turkey, Arda talks about the work she’s doing in Canada to bring awareness to the movement and the fight for “radical democracy.” Listen to Arda’s views on the elitism and the lack of self-criticism in western art and the need for populist tools to convey radical ideas to mainstream audiences.

[Image via www.vam.ac.uk/b/blog/posters-sto…zi-protests-turkey]

Check out Arda’s documentary on chapulling in Toronto:

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York University’s “This Is My Time” campaign, BCCLA’s Micheal Vonn on whistleblowers and state surveillance, and The Black Rainbows

Monday, August 5th edition:

 

York Connect: In a radio documentary produced by the the upper-level communications class Theory & Practice of Effective Communication at York University, we hear from students and faculty about the university’s new “This Is My Time” branding campaign. From the reasons behind the campaign to its cost-effectiveness along with the problematic nature of the “Vision Exchange”, the documentary critically examines the corporate branding of universities in our neoliberal climate. Listen to what students have to say about university funds being spent on media branding in the face of growing student debt and the inadequate resources available to students on campus.

[Image via yorku-mytime.ca]

Feature Interview: “How do we actually hold our politicians, our military, our bureaucracy, etc., accountable if we cannot protect whistleblowers?”

In part two of our state surveillance series, News Now‘s Maggie Reid speaks with Micheal Vonn, policy director for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, about the importance of whistleblower protections in the face of rampant surveillance growth in the U.S. and Canada. Following the recent prosecution of Bradley Manning and charges being laid against Edward Snowden, Vonn talks about the increasinging threat to whistleblowers—along with journalists like Glenn Greenwald—for bringing illegal government practices to light. Vonn warns against unchecked government surveillance that under the guise of national security undermines democratic process and sheds light on the growing global surveillance networks and government partnerships that infringe on our civil liberties.

[Image via www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/3913/Ben Sanders]

Independent Arts and Culture: News Now reporter Andrew Borzic talks live in-studio to Mike and Renato from Toronto indie rock group The Black Rainbows. The boys tell us about their musical influences from hip hop to The Kinks and how they make their music by mixing different elements. Listen to Mike talk about starting the band by dropping out of school and using his student loans to buy equipment and their track “She Bites.”

[Image via twitter.com/_BlackRainbows_]

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