This Week on Media Mornings: Aug 19—Russia's anti-gay law & Sochi Olympics—Clayton Ruby on anti-Harper lawsuit—'Asian Girlz' & #NotYourFetish campaign

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This Week on Media Mornings is a weekly independent Canadian and global news hour, featuring the top headlines and interviews from the past week's Media Mornings radio show. 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.

  • 19:30 — Clayton Ruby (Chair, ForestEthics Advocacy) on a new lawsuit against the Harper government over its restrictions on who can speak at National Energy Board hearings. Interviewed Aug 15 by David P. Ball.


  • 35:30 — Michael Stewart (blogger, on controversy over Russia hosting the Sochi Olympics after passing a law banning "gay propaganda." Interviewed Aug 9 by Derrick O'Keefe.




  • TOP STORY: EGYPT: HUNDREDS KILLED — In Egypt, the Vice President has resigned in protest after hundreds of protesters were killed by government forces, including at least 28 in police custody. The Muslim Brotherhood, which backed the protests, says more than 2,000 people have died in the violence, while the government defended its actions, saying protesters opened fire on police (AL JAZEERABBC).


  • CANADA: SENATE EXPENSES SCANDAL — The Opposition is blasting Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not speaking out publicly about the damning audit of Sen. Pamela Wallin’s expenses, even though he defended her earlier this year when allegations of misspending began to surface (CTV).


  • CANADA: ENERGY BOARD LAWSUIT — One of Canada's top constitutional lawyers, Clayton Ruby, is taking the Conservative government to court over increasing restrictions on who can speak at energy board hearings -- and what they are allowed to say (TYEE).


  • HAMILTON: ENBRIDGE PIPELINE ARRESTS — An anti-Enbridge protester is facing a bail hearing Thursday morning after a scuffle at the Hamilton courthouse that shut down a court hearing Wednesday. The appearance was for 13 people charged with trespassing offences following a takeover of Enbridge's Westover pumping station in June. Four protesters chained themselves to fences at the station to protest the reversal of oil flow in line 9B (CBC).


  • TORONTO: POLICE KILLING INVESTIGATION — In a rare move aimed at bolstering public trust following the fatal shooting of teenager Sammy Yatim, Toronto’s police chief has appointed a retired Ontario judge to conduct an internal review of officers’ use of force when responding to emotionally disturbed people (TORONTO STAR).


  • NOVA SCOTIA: BULLYING, SEXUAL ASSAULT PROBED — A former Ontario deputy attorney general will scrutinize the Nova Scotia police and public prosecution's investigation into the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Cole Harbour girl who committed suicide after she was bullied online and alleged being sexually assaulted. Last week, two 18-year-old boys were charged with child pornography offences related to the case (CBC).


  • CANADA: NAFTA ENVIRONMENT CONCERNS — The West Coast Environmental Law association says Canada has so weakened its environmental laws that it is “in violation” of its obligations under the North American free-trade agreement (GLOBE).


  • USA: BRADLEY MANNING TRIAL — Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted last month of leaking an enormous collection of classified documents to WikiLeaks, has said he now regrets his actions and that he was "sorry that they hurt the United States". The 25-year-old was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy". He is facing a possible jail sentence of up to 90 years when he is sentenced next week (GUARDIAN).


  • USA: NSA SURVEILLANCE LAW — The embattled US National Security Agency has a secret backdoor into its vast databases allowing it to search for the emails and phone calls of U.S. citizens without a warrant. According to documents leaked by former CIA employee and NSA contractor Edward Snowden, a previously undisclosed rule change allows NSA operatives to hunt for individual Americans’ communications using their names or other identifying information (DEMOCRACY NOW!).


  • GERMANY: NSA SURVEILLANCE USED TO KILL — Germany's intelligence agency, the BND, is facing widespread criticism in Germany since it was revealed it had collaborated with the USA National Security Agency and GCHQ by sending hundreds of millions of pieces of metadata every month, which may have been used to assassinate at least one German citizen never charged or convicted of a terrorism offence (GUARDIAN). 


  • RUSSIA: ANTI GAY OLYMPICS — Critics of a sweeping anti-gay law in Russia are demanding for the 2014 Winter Olympics to be taken away from Sochi in a protest against Russia’s new anti-gay laws (GLOBE).


  • CHILE: MINERS STRIKE — Some 2,500 workers at the world's biggest copper mine, in northern Chile, have begun an unannounced strike over pay and other demands (BBC). 


  • LEBANON: ISRAELI TROOPS BOMBED — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed responsibility yesterday for explosions that wounded four Israeli soldiers who infiltrated into southern Lebanon last week. The Lebanese army said last week the Israeli soldiers had crossed 400 meters into Lebanese territory when the blasts occurred (HA'ARETZ).


  • BANGLADESH: OPPOSITION STRIKE DEATH — In Bangladesh, one person has been killed and at least 20 injured in clashes between Bangladeshi police and opposition activists (BBC).

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