This Week on Media Mornings: Turkish protests—Parliament ends amidst scandals—Iranian elections

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Turkish protests continue

This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the top headlines and commentators from the past week. We bring you news you won’t hear anywhere else — a grassroots view on the week’s top global and national affairs.


  • 02:30 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world (see below).


  • 17:20 — Interview with Onur Bakiner (Assistant Professor, SFU International Studies) on protests in Turkey's Taksim Square and across the country, this week's police crackdown, and what the uprising is about. Interviewed June 18 by Irwin Oostindie.


  • 33:30 — Interview with Namatzadeh (Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People's Rights, CODIR), on the recent Iranian presidential elections which elected moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani to office. Interviewed June 19 by Jane Bouey.

  • 46:00 — Interview with Karl Nerenberg ( Parliament Hill Correspondent) on the end of the latest parliamentary session in the midst of growing Senate scandals. Interviewed June 14 by Derrick O'Keefe.



  • TOP STORY: BRAZIL PROTESTS — Authorities in Brazil's two biggest cities have made a U-turn on public transport fare increases in the face of mass protests that have overshadowed the country's build up to next year's World Cup. In advance of major demonstrations scheduled today, the leaders of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro announced that bus and subway price rises will be rescinded, but it is far from certain that this will be enough to mollify public unrest. A quarter of a million people took to the streets in at least 12 cities on Monday to call for better public services, an end to corruption, punishment for police brutality, and less wasteful spending on the World Cup (GUARDIAN).


  • CANADA: HOMELESSNESS STUDY — New research into Canada's housing crisis has yielded some disturbing conclusions, including findings that 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness every year, and three-quarters of that group is forced to stay in shelters at some point. Researchers released their State of Homelessness in Canada 2013 yesterday, billing it as the first comprehensive look at a growing problem on a national scale. The document also concludes that 380,600 Canadian households are in "severe housing need," and that on any given night there are 30,000 homeless across the country (TYEE).



  • CANADA: CITIZENSHIP STRIPPING BILL KILLED — The Harper government has accused NDP leader Thomas Mulcair of protecting the rights of terrorists after the last legislative fight of the spring sessions in the Commons was won by the NDP. The decision by the House to adjourn nixed Tory efforts to amend a private members bill to strip Canadian citizenship from dual nations convicted of terrorist acts. Mulcair called the bill odious, saying it would deprive Canadians of their citizenship illegally and would have faced court challenges (CP).


  • CANADA: ANTI-MASK BILL — A bill that bans the wearing of masks during a riot or unlawful assembly and carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence with a conviction of the offence became law on Wednesday. Civil liberties advocates argued the measures could create a chilling effect on free speech and that peaceful protesters can unintentionally find themselves involved in an unlawful assembly. The Conservatives argue the bill will actually help protect the legitimate right to protest because it will help prevent illegitimate protesters from infiltrating a peaceful event and causing trouble (CBC).


  • INDIGENOUS: CHILD POVERTY STUDY — Half of First Nations children in Canada live below the poverty line, according to a report issued this week by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Save the Children Canada. The report, titled “Poverty or Prosperity: Indigenous Children in Canada,” concluded that Métis, Inuit and non-status First Nations children also suffer a disproportionate amount of poverty, at 27 percent, compared to a rate of 15 percent for non-indigenous children (GEORGIA STRAIGHT).


  • USA: DOMESTIC DRONE SURVEILLANCE — The FBI has admitted it sometimes uses aerial surveillance drones over US soil, and suggested further political debate and legislation to govern their domestic use may be necessary (GUARDIAN).


  • TURKEY: PROTESTS CONTINUE — Turkey's deputy prime minister said on Wednesday he had no objection to silent anti-government protests inspired by a symbolic "Standing Man" vigil, comments that could help draw the sting out of three weeks of often violent demonstrations. Protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government have become increasingly creative in recent days, as police and demonstrators seek to avoid the fierce clashes that have dented Turkey's reputation for stability in the volatile Middle East (REUTERS).


  • CHINA: EXECUTION FOR POLLUTERS — China has introduced “harsher punishments” including the death penalty for breaking the nation’s environmental protection laws. Reckless violators of pollution standards in the world’s biggest and fastest-growing economy now face execution (RT).


  • INDONESIA: FUEL HIKE PROTESTS — Thousands of protesters have rallied across Indonesia against government plans to hike the price of fuel, with police in one city firing tear gas to stop hundreds storming the local parliament (AL JAZEERA).


  • RUSSIAN: GAY ADOPTION BAN — Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, has unanimously backed a bill placing adoption restrictions on nations that allow same-sex marriage. Last week, the Duma passed a law imposing heavy fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under 18 (BBC).


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