This Week on Media Mornings: May 25—Pakistan Drone Killings, Fracking, Missing Women, Guatemalan Junta

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This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly podcast of the best Canadian and international interviews & headlines from the past week’s Media Mornings show, an independent news hour broadcast every weekday at 7 a.m. on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm.

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  • 02:30 — This week's top news headlines from across Canada and around the world.


  • 16:00 — Interview with Jahanzeb Hussain (Media Mornings correspondent in Karachi, Pakistan) on recent elections, popular outrage over US unmanned drone killings, and more. Interviewed by Derrick O'Keefe.


  • 28:00 — Interview with Meghan Rhoad (Women's rights researcher, Human Rights Watch, New York City) and Bridget Tolley (Co-founder, Families of Sisters in Spirit, Ottawa) on the RCMP's announcement of an investigation into shocking abuse allegations by Native women in BC, including torture and gang rape. Interviewed by Anushka Nagji David P. Ball.


  • 41:00 — Interview with Wet'suwet'en nation land defenders Toghestiy (Hereditary Chief, Laktamashew clan, Wet'suwet'en nation) & Freda Huson (spokesperson, Unist’ot’en clan) on the ongoing Unist'ot'en Camp blockade against a natural gas pipeline and fracking in B.C. Interviewed by Anushka Nagji David P. Ball.


  • 51:00 — Interview with the Rev. Emilie Smith (Anglican priest) who has spent much of her life working with the Maya in Guatamala, about the annulment of the conviction of former President General Rios Montt for mass killings and genocide against Indigenous people. Interviewed by Jane Bouey.


  • Music: We Are The City (“Baptism”), Michael Franti & Spearhead (“Bomb The World”), A Tribe Called Red (“Electric Intertribal”)




  • TOP STORY: UK: SOLDIER KILLED IN ATTACK — The murder of a soldier in south London on Wednesday has prompted fears of a backlash against British Muslims after the neo-fascist English Defence League staged an impromptu rally in the capital and two mosques were attacked (GUARDIAN).


  • VICTORIA: INDIGENOUS NAMING — In Victoria, BC, a large sign with the word Pkols carved into it was firmly cemented into the ground Wednesday evening as First Nations people, accompanied by hundreds of supporters, proclaimed a return to the traditional name for a place that has been known as Mount Douglas (TIMES COLONIST).


  • CANADA: SENATE EXPENSES SCANDAL — Prime minister Harper is in Latin America this week, leaving behind one of the worst political storms ever faced by his Conservative government, in the wake of the resignation of his chief of staff, Nigel Wright, who resigned Sunday as a result of his role in a ballooning controversy involving the disallowed expenses of Sen. Mike Duffy. Wright wrote Duffy a personal cheque for $90,000 to cover the senator's improper housing claims, a quiet transaction critics say violates ethics rules prohibiting senators from accepting gifts (OTTAWA CITIZEN).


  • CANADA: BLOOD DONATION OPEN TO ABSTINENT GAY MEN — Canada is lifting a nearly 30-year-old ban on gay men giving blood, though for the time being only those who are abstinent will be allowed to donate. Critics said the move is a positive step, but that the five-year deferral still discriminates against gay men, and the system would be safer if it focused on screening out high-risk donors, whatever their sexual orientation (CP).


  • TORONTO: ROB FORD SCANDAL — Toronto’s Catholic school board has banned Mayor Rob Ford from coaching football at any Catholic school in the city. The decision does not appear to be related to the crack cocaine scandal Ford is now facing — which centres on a video in which Ford appears to smoke crack cocaine and refer to Don Bosco players as “just f---ing minorities” (TORONTO STAR).


  • USA: DRONES KILL US CITIZENS — The United States has killed four of its own citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, the Barack Obama administration has formally acknowledged. Amnesty International pointed out in its new report that US policy appears to permit "extrajudicial executions" in violation of international law (AL JAZEERA).


  • SWEDEN: POLICE RIOTS — Hundreds of youths burnt down a restaurant, set fire to more than 30 cars and attacked police during a fourth night of rioting in the suburbs of Stockholm -- seemingly sparked by police killing a man -- shocking a country that dodged the worst of the financial crisis but failed to solve youth unemployment and resentment among asylum seekers (GUARDIAN).


  • RUSSIA: PUSSY RIOT HUNGER STRIKE — An imprisoned member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot has announced a hunger strike after being refused the right to attend her own parole hearing (BBC).


  • GLOBAL: REFUGEE RIGHTS — Amnesty International has said in its annual report on global human rights that the rights of millions of refugees and migrants have been abused in the past year. The London-based rights group said that state authorities and employers were equally responsible for the suffering of vulnerable groups. Several governments came under fire for their failure to protect the rights of migrant domestic workers (AL JAZEERA).


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