A burning question. A Nova Scotia couple is stymied and shaken when they find a flaming cross on their front lawn.
A feather in their cap-sizing. The first mate of the tall ship
Concordia tells us why everyone on board is safe and sound, despite a
Pros, and cons. The NHL has taken two weeks off for these Winter Games
-- and the league commissioner says he may not be willing to give the
next Games a break.
Tilting near windmills. The Dutch government teeters, then topples, over the future of the country's role in Afghanistan.
Sleuth and consequences. A feature interview with crime writer Henning
Mankell -- whose latest book investigates murder and imperialism.
And...nastiness, brutishness, and shortness. Three overzealous Russian
officials are fired -- for trying to keep their diminutive president
isolated from potential insult.
As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that stresses: Gnome Man is not an island.
Before we share this story with you tonight, I'd like to tell you that
it takes place in present-day Nova Scotia, Canada. I mention that
because, as you listen to the interview, you may feel as though you're
in a time-warp.
We reached Michelle Lyon in Hant's County.
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Today in Canada, the phrase "it's Miller time" is not a triumphant call
to crack a beer. It's a glum acknowledgement of one astonishing
goaltender. Last night, Ryan Miller -- the goalie for Team USA -- made
forty-two saves to carry the Americans to a stunning 5-3 win over Team
And while that victory has hockey fans wondering who will be in the
finals at the Vancouver games, some are already wondering what players
will actually be going to the next Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Because NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league hasn't made a
decision about whether NHL players will be allowed to participate.
Jay Feaster writes a blog for The Hockey News, and is the former
General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He's in Brandon, Florida.
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Maybe you haven't noticed because you've been too busy watching the Olympics, but Parliament has fallen apart.
Not our parliament, mind you. It's just prorogued. I'm talking about
the Dutch parliament. This weekend, after sixteen hours of tense
negotiations, the Dutch government collapsed, after coalition members
failed to reach a decision concerning the the country's role in the war
Boris Dittrich is a former Member of Parliament for the Social Liberal
Party D66 -- or Democrats 66 -- in the Netherlands. He now works for
Human Rights Watch in New York, which is where we reached him.
There's a CBC Sports update from Vancouver coming up next, followed by
the news. And then we'll be back with more As It Happens. When we
A matter of lifeboats or death. The first mate of the capsized
Concordia tall ship tells us what happened -- and how everyone was
Breaking news. The editor of a Tamil newspaper in Toronto is shattered by a pointed incident of vandalism.
Politics is a ditty business. In the midst of a scandal, the president of Indonesia unleashes his latest album of pop songs.
Stay tuned. I'm CO.
And I'm MW.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm MW. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
Henning Mankell talks about his latest book -- which goes beyond a standard procedural to investigate geopolitics.
And faced with a tall order, officials in one Siberian city go to great
lengths to protect the feelings of Russia's short-ish president.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
It's not often the tale of an outright disaster has a happy ending. But
fortunately, that's how the sinking of a Canadian tall ship off the
coast of Brazil turned out.
The Concordia capisized last week. And all sixty-four people aboard
the ship -- students, teachers and crew -- have lived to tell the tale
of their survival, and their rescue.
Kim Smith was the First Mate on board the Concordia, second-in-command
only to the Captain of the ship. He arrived home in Lunenburg just a
few hours ago, and we reached him there.
He was a political player during some of the dirtiest dealings in
American politics, but Alexander Haig emerged largely untainted. The
army general who served in the highest ranks of the U.S. government died
this weekend at the age of eighty-five.
Mr. Haig's beginnings were in the military, not in politics. He was a
West Point graduate who served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War,
and he won many honours, including the Purple Heart and the
Distinguished Service Cross. In the mid-nineteen-seventies, his military
career served him well once again, when he served for five years as the
Commander of NATO Forces in Europe.
His political trajectory began in the 'sixties, first under Defense
Secretary Robert McNamara, then under National Security Advisor Henry
Kissinger. Alexander Haig went on to serve as White House Chief of
Staff under both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, then as Secretary of
State under Ronald Reagan.
It was during the Reagan Administation that Mr. Haig did something he
would never live down. After an assassination attempt on the President,
Mr. Haig infamously told the American people, "As of now, I am in
control here in the White House, pending the return of the
vice-president." He was not. At the time, there were a few people ahead
of him in the political food chain.
About five years ago, Alexander Haig appeared on As It Happens to
talk about Deep Throat, the mole who leaked information to the
Washington Post during the Watergate scandal. Until Mark Felt revealed
himself, many people believed Alexander Haig was Deep Throat. Here's
part of Alexander Haig's conversation with Mary Lou Finlay, in May 2005
-- in which he talks about what he thought of the legendary informant.
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Tamil-Canadian Leaders met with Sri Lankan Leaders this week, in what
they claimed were efforts to help support Tamils in Sri Lanka -- and
develop ways to rebuild the war-scarred Northern regions. But their
actions haven't met with the blessings of all Canadian Tamils.
Many are angry that these leaders spoke to a government they see as
oppressive to their people -- a government they consider to consist of
war criminals. A Toronto Tamil newspaper appears to have borne the brunt
of this anger. Yesterday, the offices of the Uthayan Newspaper, a
Canadian Tamil paper, were the target of a premeditated attack with a
Logan Logendralingam is the editor of the Uthayan Newspaper. We reached him at his Toronto office.
Here's something for Canadians to be grateful for: when the Prime
Minister comes to town, we don't have to get gussied up. When the PM's
motorcade rolls into Anytown, Canada, we put on our least
ketchup-splattered jeans, and a shirt, if we feel like it, and head to
the Tim Hortons where he's eating a ceremonial cruller, or whatever.
Stephen Harper understands.
That is not the case in Russia. When a Prime Minister or President
makes an official visit, towns are expected to be presentable and
welcoming. You've got to put the best face on things, no matter how much
cosmetic surgery that requires.
So, earlier this month, when President Dmitri Medvedev paid a visit to
the Siberian city of Omsk, city officials did a thorough clean-up. They
trucked in fresh snow, to cover up the grey stuff. They cleaned the
streets. And then they made two mistakes.
There was a billboard in Omsk, emblazoned with an extra-large photo of
President Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Omsk officials
evidently wanted the President to know that he was the focus of their
attention. Because they airbrushed Mr. Putin right out of the picture.
Mistake Number One.
Mistake Number Two resulted from oversensitivity. Mr. Medvedev is not a
statuesque man, unless the statue in question is quite small. He's
about five-foot-three. So those same city officials felt the President
might not appreciate a poster that appeared on his motorcade route. It
was a poster advertising a children's play being put on at a local
theatre. And it read: "We Await You, Merry Gnome!"
Authorities in Omsk felt that poster might be misinterpreted, so they
took it down. People found out about the censorship, and the story went
viral. The three people responsible for the overzealous Omsk makeover
were fired. Because, in trying to protect Dmitry Medvedev's feelings,
they accidentally alerted the world that he might be considered
gnomelike. Also, nobody messes with a picture of Vladimir Putin.
The whole thing could have been avoided. After all, Dmitry Medvedev
has presented himself as a laid-back guy, and a fan of 'Seventies rock
bands like Pink Floyd. Probably even that band's psychedelic debut, The
Piper at the Gates of Dawn. And probably even this song, from that
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She was held for fifteen months in Somalia, before being released last
November. Last night, freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout has spoken
publicly for the first time.
She was the guest of honour at a dinner organized by members of
Calgary's Somali community. Here is some of what Amanda Lindhout had to
say, for the record.
Henning Mankell is one of the the most prolific and well-regarded crime
fiction writers in the world. The Swedish author's books featuring
detective Kurt Wallander have sold more than forty million copies -- and
were made into a PBS series starring Kenneth Branagh.
But Mr. Mankell is more than a crime writer; a part-time resident of
Mozambique, he is also an outspoken critic of the West's role in African
development. Now, Mr. Mankell has a new book out.
The Man From Beijing introduces us to Birgitte Roslin, a tough-minded
judge trying to solve the murders of nineteen people in a northern
Swedish town. Against the backdrop of a vast imperialist conspiracy, her
investigation takes her from the Sweden to China, and Zimbabwe and
Henning Mankell joined Carol in our studio for a feature intervew, earlier today.
Occasionally -- and mostly unfortunately -- politicians sing. They
think you will find it charming and, therefore, find it hard to hate
Here in Canada, we were recently subjected to Prime Minister Stephen
Harper's rendition of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends."
Which, at least, was an improvement on Brian Mulroney's tone-deaf
sing-a-long with Ronald Reagan back in 1985. Irish eyes may have been
smilin', but Canadian ears were scowlin'.
And Americans have the likes of Senator Orrin Hatch -- an accomplished
songwriter whose catchy "Eight Days of Hannukah" we played for you over
the holidays. And, of course, former Attorney General John Ashcroft --
whose haunting, unforgettable "Let The Eagle Soar" you were just deeply
But few of these Western leaders are as prolific as Indonesia's Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono. President Yudhoyono -- or "SBY" as he's known in his
home country -- has just released his third pop album.
The album collects nine songs, all penned by the president, sung by
some of Indonesia's most popular performers. The title track, "I'm Sure
I'll Get There," is an ode to his own political commitment, but the
others are more sentimental. "For You Sweet Children" is dedicated to
kids who fall victim to natural disasters. And "Longing My Love" is, you
guessed it, a yearning ballad.
Perhaps the timing of the album's release has something to do with the
fact that President Yudhoyono's reputation as a corruption-fighter has
come into question of late. Two scandals involving abuse of power have
recently been exposed in Indonesia.
As a result, SBY's approval rating has dropped from ninety percent to
seventy-five -- the kind of popularity that would have his North
American counterparts singing from the rooftops.
Here's President Yudhoyono, with a song from an earlier album -- one
that he sang himself. It's called "Merajut Damai" -- a song about peace.