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Aaron Lakoff speaks to Phil from Haiti, where he has been reporting on the situation along with Leslie Bagg. Lakoff describes the recent killing of unarmed people by UN personnel. The UN forces "have committed numerous murders since entering Haiti in April 2004", says Lakoff, and the Canadian government is complicit in "supporting a coup d'etat against a democratically-elected leader, and not calling for the release of political prisoners". "This is a case of Canadian imperialism here."
Quebec author Robin Philpot talks to Phil about some significant aspects of the recent Federal election, particularly the election of two black MP's by the Bloc Quebecois. Haitian-born Vivian Barbeau, a former teacher and past president of the Quebec Women's Federation defeated cabinet minister Pierre Pettigrew, and Camerounian-born Maka Kotto was re-elected in Saint-Lambert. Philpot, whose recent book 'The Secrets of Options Canada' is number one on the Quebec best-sellers list, emphasizes how the BQ, a social-democratic party that is supported by the union movement, has dominated every federal election in Quebec since 1993.
January 23rd, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
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Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney-General and leading opponent of the US war on Iraq, speaks about his work on the Saddam Hussein defence team. "This isn't a trial in any true sense. This is a creation of the United States - it still occupies, it still controls. The people with power, with guns are still US. The United States has financed the whole thing to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars ... they've selected, trained the judges, they try to tell them what to do." Clark stated that Hussein is "being tried by people who have participated in a war of aggression, which is, according to the Nuremburg judgement ... the supreme international crime." Clark also reminiscences about his work with Martin Luther King.
Itah Sadu, of "A Different Book List", talks to Phil about a presentation to the Metro Toronto reference library to urge that the black and Caribbean collection be named in honour of Dr. Rita Cox. Rita Cox was an accomplished storyteller, and founder of important community institutions such as the Parkdale Information Centre and Parkdale Reads, as well as being the originator and builder of the collection. Itah Sadu is part of a committee making the presentation, fittingly on Martin Luther King Day, January 16.
Robin Philpot, author of "The Stolen Referendum" and "Rwanda 1994: Colonialism dies hard", published on-line by the Taylor Report, talks about his latest bombshell book "The Secrets of Option Canada" co-written with Quebec investigative journalist Norman Lester. Philpot describes the book's subject matter - "What you have here is a government-created slush fund to defeat a legitimate democratic political movement". Philpot and Lester reveal that millions of dollars was spent secretly and illegally to help the No side win the 1995 referendum. Pierre Pettigrew is one of numerous Liberal government operatives revealed to be implicated. The book has created a stir in Quebec and has led to the appointment of an inquiry.
January 9th, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil speaks with Eric Migamba. Mr. Migamba's father was a prominent Rwandan refugee whose body was found in a Belgian canal. The family wants an investigation.
Later, Toronto lawyer Charles Roach discusses his campaign to eliminate the oath to the Queen for new Canadians.
January 2nd, 2006 : mp3 file not currently online
We discuss the latest online petition calling on Canada's Justice Minister to refuse to extradite Gary Freeman to the United States. We speak to Natercia Coelho, the wife of Gary Freeman, about Mr. Freeman and about his case.
Phil talks about the case of Juvenal Uwilingiyimana, a Rwandan witness, who had complained of harrassment by UN investigators and has gone missing. Phil reads a letter addressed to the prosecutor of the ICTR, apparently written by Mr. Uwilingiyimana, which has recently appeared on the internet,
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