Swiss miss. Switzerland's Supreme Court reluctantly rules that "Baby
Doc" Duvalier can claim millions of dollars -- but its government vows
to block the transaction.
An injection of common sense. Yesterday, The Lancet retracted a study
linking the MMR vaccine with autism -- a misconception Dr. Paul Offit
has fought for years.
Shoot first -- answer questions later. The police officer who killed
eighteen-year-old Fredy Villanueva appears at a coroner's inquest in
Confection is good for the soul. But when a British candy company is
bought by an American company, a two-hundred-year sugar high ends.
He hasn't the Vegas idea. When U.S. President Barack Obama's makes an
offhand remark about Sin City, Nevada politicians think he's shooting
And...stolen basses. Halifax musicians are especially high-strung when a
wave of instrument thefts leaves performers out of a jam.
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that believes organ donation should be voluntary.
Haiti has had insult added to its injury.
Switzerland's Supreme Court says the country's former dictator,
Jean-Claude Duvalier -- also known as "Baby Doc" Duvalier -- has the
right to millions of dollars stashed in a Swiss bank account. The Court
says the money is certainly the result of illegal activities, but that,
because Duvalier had not been convicted of any crimes, its hands are
tied -- and he can claim the money.
But the Swiss government says it isn't going to let that happen.
Paul Seger is a legal advisor with Switzerland's foreign ministry. He is in Bern.
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Those voices belong to a group of protestors, who gathered this
afternoon outside a Montreal courthouse. Inside the courthouse was an
inquiry into the death of Fredy Villanueva, the eighteen-year-old who
was killed on August tenth, 2008 after a scuffle with police. His death
sparked riots in the city.
The protestors are calling the officer who shot the teenager an "assassin" -- and adding that the people will have his skin.
Today, that officer - Constable Jean-Loup Lapointe - continued his testimony at the inquiry.
Will Prosper is a former RCMP officer, and the founder of
Montreal-North Republic, a citizens' group that pushed for the inquiry
and was involved in today's rally. We reached him in Montreal.
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There's a minor crime wave rolling across Halifax, and local musicians
are getting worried. Over the past month, intruments have gone missing
at an alarming rate.
Serge Samson is a Halifax musician who has lost some equipment
himself. And he has a theory about the recent spurt in instrument
thefts. We reached Mr. Samson in Halifax.
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We're about to reach the end of the first part of tonight's program.
The news is coming up next, and then there's a lot more As It Happens to
come. And we'll be back with these stories.
The needle research and the damage done. Dr. Paul Offit tells us why
he's written about, and railed against, the misconception that vaccines
When killing a story becomes one. In Zagreb, Croatia, four men are put
on trial for the murder of a journalist who exposed corruption.
Freedom of espresso. A long-percolating report on the spending of some
Nova Scotia M-L-As shows that liberties were taken -- and paid for by
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm BB.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm BB. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
When an American company takes over Cadbury, some British candy lovers refuse to cocoa-operate.
In the country of Georgia, a cartoon family of bright yellow people
with big eyes, one of whom drinks a lot, is not based on "The Simpsons"
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
One doctor discredited, another vindicated.
This week, the General Medical Council in Britain slammed the author
of a study that found a link between vaccines and autism. Last night,
we spoke with the editor of the medical journal The Lancet, which
published that study in 1998, and has now retracted it.
It was welcome news for Dr. Paul Offit. He's the author of Autism's
False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure,
which includes an account of the vaccine scare and its impact.
We reached Dr. Offit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he's Chief of Infectious Diseases.
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No politician wants to be called "excessive" or "inappropriate". So
M-L-As in Nova Scotia are smarting today, after both those words -- and
others -- were used by the province's Auditor General, Jacques Lapointe.
was describing the spending habits of some of the province's politicians
in a report, which was released today. The report audited the expenses
claimed by members of Nova Scotia's legislature -- and paid out of the
public coffers --- between 2006 and 2009. Now, Mr. Lapointe didn't
publish the names of any of the offending MLAs. But who needs names
when you've got numbers? Here, by the numbers are some of the more
Twenty-eight: that's the number of Nova Scotia's fifty-one M-L-As who made multiple claims on a single purchase.
There were sixty-four instances of these kind of redundant claims,
which cost the province a total of fourteen-thousand,
One hundred and fifty: that's the price tag claimed by one M-L-A for
the purchase of three MP3 players -- all purchased on the same day.
Seven-hundred-and-ninety: theamount, in dollars, claimed by one M-L-A
for a boat. A good price, you say? Well, consider this: it was a model
boat used to decorate the MLA's office.
Seven-hundred-and-thirty-eight dollars: the asking price for an espresso maker, claimed by one MLA.
One-thousand, two-hundred-and-sixty: the amount one M-L-A paid to have
a parking lot sanded by a local company. The owner of that
company...was the M-L-A's brother.
And finally: one M-L-A claimed seventeen-thousand,
two-hundred-and-forty dollars for the purchase of thirteen thousand
calendars. So, while we may not be able to count on that particular
politician to keep track of his or her spending habits, we can rest
assured that he or she will never, ever, miss an appointment.
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For British candy lovers, 2010 is proving to be an annus horribilis.
Yesterday, the monarchy of British chocolate -- the creator of
Mini-eggs, Caramilk, and the Curly Wurly -- fell. Cadbury, which has
been making sweets for nearly two hundred years, was officially taken
over by Kraft -- which is decidedly not British.
But Birmingham is decidedly British, and the city played a great role in the history of Cadbury.
Maggie Burns is a librarian in Birmingham. She works at the Archives
and Heritage Service at the Birmingham Central Library. We reached her
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Even President Barack Obama's many foes recognize that he is a talented
speaker. Although the foes tend to believe that, without the help of a
Teleprompter, he's only capable of staring into space and repeating the
With the help of a Teleprompter, he can be both compelling and
persuasive. But it might be time for him to brush up on his skills --
possibly by joining a group like Toastmasters. Because he's forgotten
For example: yesterday, at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire,
President Barack Obama said the following:His point is: be fiscally
responsible. And he made it clearly. But he's ignoring Toastmasters
Public Speaking Tip Number Three: "Know your audience".
By which I mean that, since he's the president of a whole country, the
whole country is his audience. And therefore, if he's even slightly
negative about a place in that country, he will immediately be condemned
as an enemy of that place. Especially by its furious, unforgiving
mayor.That's Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. And when he refers to the
President being a "real slow learner", he's referring to Barack Obama's
relentless habit of disparaging Las Vegas. For example, there was also
this remark, made in a speech given a year ago:Do you see a pattern?
That's two times. Those are the only two times, but they're enough.
Mayor Goodman will not put up with these unfounded criticisms connecting
unwise spending and his city.
Oh, incidentally: did you know that slot machines in Las Vegas pay out
six per cent of the time? Does that sound like a bad investment to you?
Anyway, the Mayor had more stern words for the President yesterday. Here
are some of them.That's right. Mayor Goodman thinks everyone should
come and invest their life savings in Texas Hold 'Em and Wayne Newton --
except for the President. So at least they agree on that.
President Obama has issued a clarification, in which he wrote that
"There is no place better to have fun than Vegas, one of our country's
great destinations." Which might mollify Las Vegans, but is insulting to
every other place in the United States that thinks it's fun. Oh well.
As anyone who's ever been to the "Entertainment Capital of the World"
knows, you can't win 'em all. Or, really, more than six per cent of 'em.
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Ivo Pukanic swam in dangerous waters. The journalist and founding
editor of the weekly Croatian magazine, Nacional, investigated the
corruption and organized crime that is rife in his country. It was the
kind of work that made him enemies.
In 2008, Ivo Pukanic was killed by a car bomb along with Nacional's
head of marketing. The bomb is thought to have been planted in
retaliation for Pukanic's journalistic prying. Today, in Zagreb, the
trial of four men charged with his murder began -- and along with it, a
growing sense that Croatia may finally be taking a decisive stand
against organized crime.
Olivier Basille is the Chief Representative of Reporters without
Borders for the European Union and the Balkans. We reached him on his
cell phone, in Brussels.
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There have been more bombshells at the UK inquiry into the Iraq War.
On the stand today, former British Ministry of Defence Permanent
Secretary Sir Kevin Tebbit accused current Prime Minister Gordon Brown
of grossly slashing much-needed military funds, just months after the
invasion began. At the time of the war, Mr. Brown was the country's
Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr. Tebbit called the cuts "arbitrary" --
and said that they significantly hampered the war effort, and the
ability to implement a long-term plan for Iraq.
Here is some of what Sir Kevin Tebbit told the Chilcot Inquiry today.
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For more than twenty years now, television audiences across North
America have descended upon the town of Springfield, U-S-A, to peer into
the lives of its residents -- in particular, the extraordinary
misadventures of one nuclear family, The Simpsons.
And while it's still impossible to pinpoint the exact location of The
Simpsons' hometown on a map -- there are of course several Springfields
throughout many states -- at least now we know where their cousins live:
No, I'm not talking about Springfield, Georgia, U S of A -- although
that town does exist. I'm talking about Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia,
Get ready to meet "The Samsonadzes" -- Georgia's answer to America's
favourite dysfunctional family.Since the series' debut just months ago,
it has proven extremely popular -- despite criticisms that it is an
awkward knock-off of its American archetype. But despite a familiar look
to the characters, who all share the distinctive bright yellow skin and
bulging eyes of their distant relatives, the creators maintain The
Samsonadzes are clearly Georgian.
"They are as different as American and Georgian families can be", the
chief scriptwriter said, in an interview with Russia's English-language
broadcaster, Russia Today. "We just took an average family, and made a
parody of the common traits -- like laziness, or the love of alcohol."
Laziness and the love of alcohol. That doesn't sound anything at all like the Simpsons.
One thing's for sure, this promo for the show certainly doesn't:
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Malaysia's most charismatic and polarizing politician is on trial again.
Anwar Ibrahim was once Deputy Prime Minister with Malaysia's ruling BN
Party. But after a political falling-out in the late 'Nineties, Mr.
Ibrahim became a persistent thorn in the establishment's side. He's now
the leader of the country's opposition, and a staunch critic of his
Anwar Ibrahim is no stranger to prison. And now, he's again facing
trial, charged with sodomy -- a charge that can carry a twenty-year
sentence in Malaysia. Opposition members and rights groups are saying
this is just another "show trial" -- that the charges are unfounded and
Dr. Thomas Pepinsky is an Assistant Professor in Government and South
East Asian Studies at Cornell University. We reached him at his home in
Ithaca, New York.
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Sometimes it's hard to quit. You tell yourself, "This is it -- my last
smoke ever." Then, the next thing you know, you're celebrating having
quit successfully with a cigarette.
And sometimes it's equally hard to quit singing about your last cigarette.
Last night, we told you about an Indonesian man who finally decided to
stop smoking after his cigarette exploded mid-drag, blowing out six of
his teeth and leaving him with fifty-one stiches in his face. And after
that, we played a tune sung by kd lang called "Last Cigarette."
Well, it turns out that Ms. lang has something of an addiction to
songs about kicking addiction -- as we learned from Kristin McKinnon in
Courtice, Ontario. She writes:
"I enjoyed your explosive story about how to quit smoking. However, I
was surprised when you played kd lang's 'Last Cigarette.' The song you
played was not what I was expecting, in any way, shape or form.
"Did you know Ms. lang has two songs about her last cigarette? She
sang the song I know (and was ready to bop to tonight) in her earlier
years before she, in my humble opinion, started to take herself so
"Maybe you could play us a snippet of her first 'Last Cigarette?'"
Well, Kristin McKinnon from Courtice, Ontario, yes, we could.
Last night, we played kd crooning "My Last Cigarette" from her 1997
album, Drag. Here, now, is kd lamenting "I'm Down To My Last Cigarette"
on her 1988 album Shadowland.
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