July 2004July 26th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil notes the death July 23 of Wilton Mkwayi, at the age of 81. Mkwayi was a founder of the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto We Sizwe; served 20 years in the jails of apartheid South Africa; and was treasurer of the South African Congress of Trade Unions.
Toronto lawyer David Jacobs, talks to Phil about the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the trials of Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana and his son Dr. Gerard Ntakirutimana. Jacobs, who represented Gerard Ntakirutimana, reveals the systematic unfairness of the Tribunal and misconduct of the prosecution in these trials. Witnesses at the Tribunal testify in case after case, under a different pseudonym in each case, and change their story in each trial. Yet these witnesses are accepted by the Tribunal.
Phil also talks about the current situation in Darfur and his conversation with Dr. David Hoile of the European Sudan Public Affairs Council. Phil notes Colin Powell’s accusation of genocide against the Sudan Government is given credence by the media despite his blatant lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and the US mugging of President Aristide of Haiti.
July 19th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Phil notes the death of General Charles W. Sweeney at the age of 84. General Sweeney was the commanding officer of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
Phil speaks with Zafar Bangash about the case of Zahra Kazemi - a Canadian journalist who was arrested in Iran and died while in custody. Zafar talks about his investigation of the case and discussions with the Iranian authorities. This case is currently before the Iranian courts with the arresting officer being charged with manslaughter. Zafar discusses the reaction of the Canadian government to this case, contrasting it to the reaction in the case of Maher Arar, and accuses the Canadian government of being selective in showing its concern for Canadian citizens for political reasons. He also points out government hipocrisy in his discussion of several cases where political figures, from countries like Sudan and Iran, were attacked in Canada and the perpetrators were not convicted.
July 12th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Could Burundi be the next Rwanda? Members of Military Families Speak Out talk about their opposition to the war in Iraq and the case of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia.
Phil remarks on the death of Phoebe Brand, a founder of the Group Theatre and a victim of the McCarthy blacklist after she was named by Elia Kazan in 1952.
Vénérand Ndegaya, author of “Répression Au Burundi: Journal d'un prisonnier vainqueur”, talks to Phil about the history and current situation in Burundi. Burundi and Rwanda share many of the same demographics and issues. Ndegaya talks about the history of control by the Tutsi minority up to the first democratic election in 1993. Melchir Ndadaye, a Hutu, was elected by 70% of the vote that June and assassinated by the Tutsi-dominated army in November. The second Hutu president was killed in 1994 when the plane carrying him and the Rwandan President was shot down by the Rwandan Patriotic Front. This was followed by an army coup. Current plans for democratic elections are in jeopardy because the necessary preconditions are not in place.
Nancy Lessin and Charlie Richardson talk with Phil, Phil Conlon and Steve Reimer, about their organization Military Families Speak Out. They represent 1500 families with members in the US military. They oppose the illegal, immoral war on Iraq. "The only right thing is to say the war is wrong - it's the only way to support our troops". They point out that, "the mainstream media was really complicit in bringing our nation into a war based on lies". They also talk about the case of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia who was imprisoned for desertion. He had refused to return to his unit in Iraq, citing moral reasons, the legality of the war and the conduct of US troops towards Iraqi civilians and prisoners. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned for his conscientious opposition to participating in war.
July 5th, 2004 : mp3 file not currently online
Why do we continue to trust 'authorities'? If Colin Powel and Kofi Annan are supposed to be the saviours of Sudan, then Sudan is in trouble.
Phil talks about the current situation in Sudan and points out some of the gaps and false assumptions made by the media in their coverage of this crisis. Phil, Steve Reimer and Phil Conlon also discuss the Michael Moore film Fahrenheit 911.
The program continues with Phil Conlon's discussion of the uneasy coexistence of Irish-American and Italian-American Catholics in New York City, as seen in a recent controversy where the Cardinal of the Archdiocese of New York refused to attend a gathering organized by Italian-American Catholics.
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