This Week on Media Mornings: Jul 9—Egypt uprising—Tar Sands Healing Walk—Sovereignty Summers—Union transparency

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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.

  • 03:00 — This week’s top news headlines from across Canada and around the world. Produced & hosted by David P. Ball.


  • 17:00 — Interview with Sarah Eltantawi (Professor of comparative religion & Islamic studies; and a Fellow in Arab Studies at University of California, Berkeley), on the protests and removal of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi this week, and why some feel Western media are getting their ‘military coup’ story wrong. Interviewed July 5 by David P. Ball.


  • 31:45 — Interview with Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation; Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Canada), on this weekend's Tar Sands Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Interviewed July 4 by David P. Ball.



  • 54:00 — Interview with Joey Hartman (President, Vancouver and District Labour Council) on the Conservatives' controversial union transparency bill, which was struck down by the Senate over concerns last week. Interviewed July 3 by Jane Bouey.


  • Music: Arabian Knights (“Rebel”), Buffy Sainte Marie (“No No Keshegesh”), Kinnie Starr (“Who Will Save Our Waters”), Ndidi O (“Move Together”), Emilie Mover (“Fishes”).



  • TOP STORY: EGYPT: MILITARY DEPOSES PRESIDENT — Amidst possibly the largest popular demonstrations in the world’s history -- an estimated more than 30 million taking to Egypt’s streets in the past week, and more than 20 million signatures on a petition to impeach President Mohamed Morsi after he expanded his executive powers, altered the constitution and was accused to tampering with an independent judiciary -- The Egyptian army yesterday said it had listened to the people and removed Morsi from power, announcing a roadmap for the country’s political future that will be implemented by a national reconciliation committee. But supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi, still reeling from the military coup that removed their leader from power, took to the streets after Friday prayers following a series of raids and arrests that decimated the Muslim Brotherhood's senior ranks and consolidated the miltary's hold on the country; at least 30 were killed in clashes (AL JAZEERAGUARDIAN).


  • CANADA: HARPER OPINION POLL — Halfway through Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s majority mandate, more than 40 per cent of Canadians approve of the Conservative government, but only 30 per cent say it deserves to be re-elected, according to a new poll (CTV).


  • INDIGENOUS: RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL COMPLAINT — The NDP says the federal aboriginal affairs department has deliberately stymied efforts to produce thousands of police and court documents that could bolster abuse claims made by dozens of former students who attended the notorious St. Anne’s residential school in northern Ontario (TORONTO STAR).


  • ALBERTA: TAR SANDS HEALING WALK — In Alberta, Hundreds of activists including Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein traveled into the heart of Canada's oil sands this weekend – not to protest the destruction of the local environment, but to pray for the 'healing' of land and the people (GUARDIAN).


  • NEW BRUNSWICK: REPORTER ARRESTED — In what the independent journalism site the Media Coop described as a blatant effort to silence its ongoing coverage of protests against seismic testing related to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick, a senior RCMP officer arrested Halifax Media Co-op reporter. The sacred fire encampment in Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick, has now entered its fourth week. United in their protest against SWN Resources Canada's seismic testing, the sacred fire has drawn together a wide swath of the population, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous (MEDIA CO-OP).

  •  QUEBEC: ABUSE LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT — A judge has signed off on a landmark agreement to compensate victims of sex abuse that occurred for decades within a Roman Catholic organization in Quebec (CP).


  • USA: ANTI-SURVEILLANCE PROTESTS — South of the border, as the United States celebrated its Independence Day, thousands of websites launched a July 4 online protest against the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, revealed to be widesweeping and indiscriminate by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who reportedly remains in a Moscow airport (RT).


  • BOLIVIA: PRESIDENT ANGERED — Bolivia has filed a complaint at the United Nations over what it called the kidnapping of its president, Evo Morales, whose plane was diverted to Vienna amid suspicions that it was carrying the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden (GUARDIAN).


  • CUBA/USA: GUANTANAMO BAY HUNGER STRIKE — The US government has refused to stop force-feeding detainees on hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay during the holy month of Ramadan (GUARDIAN).


  • BULGARIA: GOVERNMENT TOPPLED — The Bulgarian government was officially dissolved on Wednesday with the resignation of Prime Minister Boiko Borisov as thousands took to the street to protest against high electricity bills and declining living standards (POLICYMIC).


  • CHINA/TIBET: DISPLACEMENT OF TIBETANS — A human rights group has called on China to end what it has called the forced "mass rehousing and relocation" of ethnic Tibetans. Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report said that lives had been thrown into disarray after more than two million Tibetans were uprooted in the past seven years (AL JAZEERA).


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