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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Dr. Helen Lenskyi with News Now’s Fakiha Baig

Dr. Helen Lenskyi is a professor at the University of Toronto and joined our News Now’s Fakiha Baig in an interview to discuss the Pan Am Games taking place this summer 2015. Helen has been researching and organizing resistance for the Olympics and other sporting events. She also addresses the possible devastating impacts of the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Big Pharma and conflict of interest policies at Canadian medical schools

Thursday, August 15th edition:

York Connect: News Now reporter Cassandra London speaks with the co-founder of the Toronto Monologue Slam, Andre Newell and Gugan Deep Singh—one of the performers. Hear them talk about how the slam started and the creative stories that were showcased on stage. [Repeat]

[Image via toslam.com]

Feature Interview: “There’s no institutional support or very little institutional support for protecting medical students from industry influence.”

News Now‘s Maggie Reid speaks with Adrienne Shnier, York University doctoral candidate and lead author of the recent study, “Too Few, Too Weak: Conflict of Interest Policies at Canadian Medical Schools”. The study ranks all 17 Canadian medical schools based on their conflict of interest policies and finds that a majority of schools have weak or permissive policies. Listen to Shnier speak on the prevalence of ghostwriting in medical journals, how pharmaceutical industries’ commercial interests get in the way of teaching to prescribe medicine based on the best clinical information, and the institutional changes needed to provide unbiased education.

[Image via www.salon.com/2013/03/12/drug_co…ng_schemes_partner]

Independent Arts and Culture: Part four of our series on Toronto artists who bring light to social issues. News Now‘s Hailee Ingleton interviews spoken word artist Brittany Prout about her poetry, performing on stage, and empowering people by expressing thoughts and feelings they themselves can’t. Listen to Prout perform “Ready,” a spoken word piece about how she feels about love in her life. [Repeat]

[Image via www.facebook.com/brittany.a.prout]

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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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Angela Davis on prison abolition and Virgie Tovar on intersectional fat activism + exploitative medical and diet industries

Tuesday, August 6th edition:

 

Democracy Now!: To mark Prisoners’ Justice Week on CHRY, we have Amy Goodman’s interview from Democracy Now! with political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis on the prison abolition movement. In part 1, Davis speaks on the circumstances leading up to her infamous arrest in 1970 and how her experiences led her to work for the freedom of political prisoners and prison abolition. Listen to Davis recount her storied past in her own words and find out about her unlikely childhood connection to Condoleezza Rice.

[Image via socialjustice.ccnmtl.columbia.edu/index.ph…la_Davis]

Feature Interview: “Many times we will form an idea as a culture and then the science and medical business industries will affirm those ideas. It is not the other way around, you will notice across the board.”

For the latest installment of our Fatphobia series, News Now’s Joanna Beaton and Meghan MacRae talk to author and fat activist, Virgie Tovar. Tovar speaks on an intersectional understanding of fatphobia, taking into account race, class, and gender issues, and delves into our culture’s coded messages that sustain exploitative medical and diet industries. Listen to Tovar’s views on “health” and longevity and the importance of fat solidarity in anti-oppressive movements.

[Image via virgietovar.com]

Democracy Now!: To mark Prisoners’ Justice Week on CHRY, we have Amy Goodman’s interview from Democracy Now! with political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis on the prison abolition movement. In part 2, Davis explains the direct connection between slavery and the prison industrial complex along with what it means that the conceptualization of black freedom has historically been linked to black manhood. Listen to Davis’ thoughts on freedom, Frederick Douglass, and how we can take these ideas into the future.

[Image via www.democracynow.org]

For the complete interview visit democracynow.org.

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