It was an ugly moment for the beautiful game.
On Friday, Togo's national soccer team was en route to the Africa Cup
of Nations tournament in Angola when it was attacked. Just after the
players crossed the border into Angola's northern province of Cabinda,
gunmen opened fire on the team's bus. Two Togolese officials and an
Angolan bus driver were killed, and several of the players were injured.
Angolan authorities arrested two people in connection with the attack.
And Togo's government ordered the team to withdraw from the tournament.
Gilbert Houngbo is the Prime Minister of Togo. We reached him in the capital city, Lome.
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It was within his rights -- but was it right?
Ever since Prime Minister Stephen Harper asked the Governor-General to
prorogue parliament, many have been questioning the decision. For his
part, the prime minister says he wanted the time to consult with
Canadians as his government moves into the next phase of its agenda. But
a growing chorus of Canadians is saying they'd rather the federal
politicians go back to work.
Adding their voices to that chorus is a group of university
professors. Almost two hundred professors signed a letter accusing
Stephen Harper of violating the trust of the Canadian people, and acting
Daniel Weinstock is a Professor of Philosophy at University of
Montreal, and the author of the letter. We reached him in Montreal.
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There was a time when hypnosis was seen as simply a trick performed at
circuses and seances by shady characters. That was before Herbert
Spiegel came along.
The New York psychiatrist did more than just about anybody to bring
hypnosis into the mainstream as a legitimate therapy for pain, phobias
and addiction. And he became something of a New York celebrity for his
work. Actors, singers and politicians came to him for help. He treated
the woman with multiple personalities known as "Sybil." And he had his
own table at Elaine's, near Woody Allen's.
Dr. Spiegel died in his sleep in his home not far from the famous restaurant, at the age of ninety-five.
Back in 1977, Herbert Spiegel spoke to As It Happens about a test he
had developed to separate those who are easily hypnotized from those who
are not. From our archives, here is Dr. Spiegel explaining the
technique to Barbara Frum.
It's too bad Dr. Spiegel isn't around any longer. He might have been able to help out Helmut Kirchmeier.
You see, Mr. Kirchmeier looked into a mirror and couldn't look away.
No, he's not quite a modern-day Narcissus; he's a hypnotist and
sword-swallower who fell under his own spell last week. We reached Mr.
Kirchmeier at his home in London, England.
There are two sides to the story of sour gas wells in Alberta.
On one side we have high drama: the unsolved crime of six bombings of
Encana gas pipelines, the sudden arrest of activist Wiebo Ludwig, and
the images of Mounties scouring his property looking for evidence.
On the other side, there's a sombre reality: thousands of Albertans
live every day with the threat of a sour gas leak -- citizens who have
voiced their concerns about the impact of these pipelines on their
Tim Losey is one of those people. We last spoke to him last in October
of 2008, after the second bombing of a gas pipeline in Alberta. And we
reached him again, at his home in Tomahawk, Alberta.
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There's a reason one of the U.K.'s most popular series is called
"Britain's Got Talent", and not "Britain's Got Dignity". That's because
-- like other shows of its ilk -- dignity is in short supply. The
producers rely on a notion that is received as truth in show business:
everyone will do anything to get on television.
But once in awhile, someone bucks that trend. And in the case of this story, it's an actual buck: a goat named Darren.
Darren's got talent. Because radio doesn't have pictures, we can't
show you that talent. But we can play you the sound of children reacting
to that talent. So here it is.
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The idea of settling down in a small agricultural town in southern
Italy may strike you as the ultimate realization of La Dolce Vita. But,
for the millions of African migrants who come to Italy to work the
fields, life more often resembles a stage of Dante's Inferno. A lack of
basic resources, human rights and equitable pay contribute to a growing
sense of alienation and resentment among migrant workers.
This weekend, those sentiments found violent release in Rosarno, a
town in the southern region of Calabria, after a migrant worker was shot
with a pellet gun.
Flavio di Giacomo is a spokesperson with the International Organization for Migration in Italy. We've reached him in Rome.
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'Scuse me, but you may have noticed some Jimi Hendrix fans kissing the sky today.
They had just heard the news that a "new" Hendrix album called Valleys
of Neptune will be released in early March. The album features a dozen
unreleased recordings, and marks the rollout of a deal between Sony
Music and the Hendrix estate -- a deal that could clear the purple haze
for other unreleased Hendrix recordings.
Jimi Hendrix released just three studio albums before his death in
1970, but those recordings changed the sound of rock and roll forever.
Hendrix was once quoted in his early career as saying "I want to do with
my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice." To accomplish that
impossible task, Hendrix had to feed back that guitar through his
amplifiers, add some wah-wah effects, play his Strat behind his head,
and even go as far as setting it on fire -- a
The lead producer on the new album is Eddie Kramer, who was the
engineer in the studio with Hendrix on the original recordings. He says
the project made him feel like an archaeologist finding a marvelous gold
artifact underneath the dust.
Die-hard fans may already be familiar with some of the tracks on the
new release, because versions of many of the songs have showed up on
various bootlegs and archival recordings. Here's an early version of the
title track from a compilation called Lifelines: The Jimi Hendrix Story
that was released in 1990. It was originally recorded at The Record
Plant in New York in January of 1970 -- and features the late Mitch
Mitchell on drums and Billy Cox on bass. Here is "Valleys of Neptune".
He's been called "the torturer of Tehran" and "the butcher of the
press." Now, Saeed Mortazavi is being labelled the person responsible
for the deaths of several opposition protestors this summer.
Iranian MPs have issued a report blaming the former prosecutor for the
deaths of at least three prisoners at the Kahrizak detention centre.
It's the first formal admission that abuses took place during the
crackdown on election demonstrations.
Hadi Ghaemi has been monitoring the situation in the country's prisons
for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. We reached him
in New York.
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William Shakespeare was a man of many words -- words that live on
centuries after his death. For example, from Hamlet's famous soliloquy:
"to be or not to be? that is the question." Or, from Romeo and Juliet:
"But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?"
Or from Two Gentlemen of Lebowski: "The knave abideth."
Now, technically, that last one isn't Shakespeare. But it is an homage
to the Bard -- and also to the Coen Brothers. It was written by
aspiring filmmaker-slash-screenwriter Adam Bertocci. For Mr. Bertocci,
the play is indeed the thing. Or rather, the play of the movie: he's
adapted the Coens' 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski as a Shakespearean play.
the film, Jeff Bridges' character, Jeffrey Lebowski -- better known as
"The Dude" -- is "one cool guy." He wears his bathrobe to the grocery
store, drinks White Russians, and plays a mean game of ten-pin.
But despite his distinct personality, the Dude is mistaken for
another, richer, Mr. Lebowski by a pair of thugs who break into his
apartment. Before The Dude can clarify his identity, one of the
intruders urinates on his rug.
Encouraged by his friends, the Dude seeks compensation from the other Mr. Lebowski. Take a listen...
And now, here's Adam Bertocci's version of the same scene, as performed by the As It Happens players.
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One of the major concerns about global warming is the effect it will
have on rising sea levels. But as any good Sunday school student will
verify, we're not the first to have to deal with such a crisis.
If you want to talk about extreme weather and problematic water, you
have to talk about Noah. And how did he cope with rising seas? Well, by
building an Ark, of course, and rounding up all the animals two-by-two.
However, the shape of Noah's Ark may not have been the sleek ship-like
image we often attach to the story.
Dr. Irving Finkel is a curator at the British Museum and a specialist
in the ancient written language 'cuneiform'. He recently translated an
ancient tablet that suggests the ark was a different shape altogether.
We reached him at his home in London, England.
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On Noah's ark, the animals came in two by two -- but it seems some creatures like to come in thirty to fifty at a time.
That's the case at the home of Nancy Cox -- where vultures are hanging
around in the dozens. I don't mean realtors -- I mean actual,
real-life, carcass-picking, carrion-feeding bald vultures. The
scavengers have camped out on and around in her home since last July --
picking away at her house, watching her every move, and generally making
Ms. Cox's life a living nightmare. Again, I'm not talking about
We reached Ms. Cox at her vulture-ridden home in Ridgeway, Virginia.