Media Mornings: Mon, Jan 28—Joyce Arthur (Abortion Rights Coalition), Keith Henry (BC Metis), Raul Burbano (Common Frontiers)

W2MEDIA.CA  |  Listen to today’s broadcast of Media Mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm: Politics of Supreme Court Decisions. Host Jane Bouey discusses the recent Daniels decision with Keith Henry of the BC Metis Federation and the 25th Anniversary of the Morgantaler decision with Joyce Arthur of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada. Plus Claudio Eckdahl interviews Raul Burbano on the Summit of the Peoples of Latin America,the Caribbean and Europe


Keith Henry – President of the BC Metis Federation. photo

Music on today’s show included: 


  • TOP STORY: IDLE NO MORE DAY OF ACTION—As Parliament re-convenes in Ottawa today, Idle No More rallies are taking place in dozens of cities and towns across the country. There is strong pressure on AFN chief Shawn Atleo to make the Harper government follow up on its promises made at a January 11 meeting with a number of chiefs (CP).
  • BC: FORESTRY LAW CHANGES—A prominent B.C. resource analyst says that Christy Clark’s Liberals plan to use the upcoming short session of the Legislature to make fundamental changes to provincial forestry policies. The change would give companies dramatically expanded powers over vast semi-private fiefdoms (Province).
  • IRAN: OIL EXPORT SANCTIONS—Iran has slapped a ban on oil and gas exports to the European Union. The latest round of EU sanctions prevents Iranian banks from dealing with Europe, and European shipyards cannot construct oil tankers destined for the Islamic Republic. The US estimates that Iran has lost more than $40 billion in revenues as a result of oil import bans imposed over the past year by Western countries (RT).
  • ECUADOR/UK: ASSANGE WIKILEAKS ASYLUM—By not allowing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to travel from London to Latin America, Britain infringes international rights, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has told RT News. Assange was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. He believes extradition would result in his being turned over to the US and prosecuted for disclosing thousands of classified documents (RT).
  • EGYPT: GOVERNMENT KILLS RIOTERS—The BBC reports that three people were killed and 400 injured yesterday in the Egyptian city of Port Said, during the mass funeral for about 30 people killed in unrest on Saturday. Saturday’s clashes were sparked by death sentences passed on 21 local people over their alleged roles in the deaths of 74 people during soccer riots in February last year. But the opposition accuses President Morsi of driving through a new constitution that does not protect adequately freedom of expression or religion. The government is also being blamed for a deepening economic crisis (BBC).
  • MALI: MILITARY INVASION—French-led forces in Mali are advancing on the key northern city of Timbuktu, as they press on with their offensive against Islamist rebels. Various media sources reported over the weekend that Malian and French forces seized Gao, another key northern city. The Pentagon says it has discussed plans for the US to transport troops to Mali from countries including Chad and Togo (BBC). Meanwhile, the Canadian Peace Alliance has condemned the decision by the Harper government to extend support for the French military mission, initially from one week, now to one month. There is also speculation that Canada may send a second plane to aid the French attack (PeaceAlliance).

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