Contrite -- or just trite. Serbia's parliament says it's sorry for the
massacre at Srebrenica -- but won't use the term "genocide".
Constructive criticism. The U.N. starts talking about how to spend
billions rebuilding Haiti -- while one aid group says the country really
needs medical help.
Spin pal. Sometimes a series of glowing letters to the editor in support of an MP come from the place you'd most expect.
Not so much a touch of class as a push. Remembering the tough-love
teacher who inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver" -- and generations of
We have nothing to fear but sphere itself. And when a scientist
explains the giant round stones of Costa Rica, we'll have nothing to
fear at all.
And...it turns out we all have magnetic personalities. The proof:
magnets on your head can actually change the orientation of your "moral
As It Happens, the Wednesday edition. Radio that sticks.
It's an apology...but some are saying it's not enough.
In July 1995, some eight thousand Bosnian Muslim men and boys were
killed by Bosnian Serb forces -- and Serbia failed to intervene. Today,
after hours of debate, Serbia's parliament passed a resolution
apologizing for the massacre. But the parliament has refused to refer to
what happened as a genocide.
Zarko Korac is a Serbian member of parliament and the country's former deputy prime minister. We reached him in Belgrade.
Following the Srebrenica massacre, the International War Crimes
Tribunal in The Hague heard evidence against Bosnian Serb leader Radovan
Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic for their roles in the massacre. On
July 5, 1996 a former Serb soldier who had already pleaded guilty to war
crimes testified about how he helped execute Muslim civilians. From our
archives, here's part of that testimony.
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There's an old PR adage that says there's no such thing as bad press.
That may be true, but for politicians at least, good press is, well,
better. Especially if you're a federal minister.
Canada's federal Status Of Women Minister Helena Guergis knows about
bad press. Not long ago, the press reported a tantrum Ms. Guergis had at
a Prince Edward Island Airport. And earlier this month, her husband,
former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer, was in the news when he was fined
for reckless driving. Cocaine possession charges were laid, but dropped.
maybe that's why one of Minister Guergis's staffers took the old "bad
press" adage to heart. By creating some good press ---- which has
resulted in some very bad press.
Ian Adams is the managing editor at the Collingwood, Ontario newspaper The Enterprise-Bulletin. We reached him at his office.
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Sometimes it's hard to know the right thing to do. And when we
experience an ethical challenge, we often talk about referring to a
"moral compass" -- something that can guide our sense of right or wrong.
figurative, unfortunately. But wouldn't it be great if we actually had a
real compass -- something we could manipulate to make us better people?
Well, according to new research from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, we do. And what's more, like an actual compass, we can
control it using magnets.
Dr. Liane Young was the lead researcher of the study. We reached her in Boston.
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And now we'll take a break so that you can hear the news. After which
we'll be back with a lot more As It Happens. When we return:
Should they rebuild houses, or health? Two views on what should happen
with billions of dollars in international aid money in Haiti.
They were some small scraps for man -- but a group of preservationists
think protecting the garbage on the moon will be one giant leap for
Ferris wheels. That car in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" wasn't really a
vintage Ferrari -- but it'll still fetch a princely sum at auction.
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.
From bad to worship: some say a Newfoundland church should be
preserved, some don't -- and now someone has sawed its steeple off.
One American anthropologist has a giant set of balls -- which he's prepared to discuss with Carol at some length.
Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.
There's no question that Haiti will have billions of dollars to
rebuild. What remains in question is how best to spend that money.
Today, representatives of more than one hundred countries met at the
United Nations to pledge financial assistance for Haiti's rebuilding,
and to discuss how that rebuilding should take place.
Canadian Kim Bolduc is the Deputy Special Representative for the U-N Stabilization Mission in Haiti. She is in New York.
Some aid organizations already on the ground in Haiti have their own
ideas about what the financial priorities should be. One of those is
Medécins Sans Frontières, which is asking that international donors
consider direct financial support for Haiti's health care system.
Bruno Jochum is the Director of Operations for Médecins Sans Frontières. He is in Geneva.
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Dateline: about twenty-one degrees North Latitude, eighty-nine degrees East Longitude.
Not long ago, the co-ordinates I just gave would have put you on South
Talpatti Island -- if you were Bangladeshi. If you were Indian, you
would have found yourself on New Moore Island. That's because what you
called the tiny island depended on where you were from. I'm not going to
take a side, so I'll just call it Disputed Land Mass for the time
Disputed Land Mass emerged from the Bay of Bengal for the first time
after a horrific cyclone in 1970. It was a smallish, roundish pile of
silt that fluctuated in size depending on currents and water levels. And
because of its constantly shifting coast, no one could actually live on
Disputed Land Mass.
But it was big enough to argue over. So Bangladesh and India did just
that. Both countries claimed Disputed Land Mass as their own. Bangladesh
called it "South Talpatti Island"; India called it "New Moore Island".
Both countries claimed international law was on their side. And even
though you probably needed hip-waders just to stand on the island most
of the time, and it probably reeked of rotting kelp and garbage, India
even briefly sent some soldiers there in the early 'eighties.
Well, argument over. Because Disputed Land Mass is now an undisputed
underwater lump. Indian scientists have announced that the island --
which was never more than two metres above sea level -- had disappeared,
because of rising sea levels. Which are rising because of global
No one will mourn Disputed Land Mass. But its burial at sea is just a
sign of things to come. And given the degree to which sea levels are
expected to rise -- and the effect on all the other islands in the
region, and on Bangladesh itself -- Disputed Land Mass may have just
been wise to get got while the getting was good.
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You may recognize that stirring music as the theme from the classic
adventure movie, "Raiders of the Lost Ark". And, quite possibly, the
most memorable scene from that movie is that fantastic bit, near the
opening, when Indiana Jones narrowly escapes being crushed by a giant --
and perfectly spherical -- stone boulder, a booby trap set by some
ancient, fictional South American civilization.
Now, it was a great scene. But did you ever stop to wonder how exactly
-- or for that matter, why -- an ancient south American civilization
would care to make giant and perfectly round, boulders?
That's precisely what John Hoopes, an anthropologist at the University
of Kansas, has been trying to figure out. Indiana Jones may be
fictional, but the giant stone spheres, it turns out, are real. We've
reached Dr. Hoopes in Lawrence, Kansas.
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A community in Newfoundland and Labrador is asking itself an age-old question today: "Is nothing sacred?"
Sometime between seven and eight a.m. this morning, someone tore down
the steeple of the one-hundred-and-sixteen year old Anglican Church by
the Sea in St. Philip's, Newfoundland. The wooden church has been the
centre of controversy since the Anglican diocese decided to demolish the
old building to enlarge its graveyard. Heritage lovers have been
fighting that decision.
Last night, the town council of St. Phillips told the Anglican diocese
it couldn't tear down the building since it's part of the community's
heritage. But this morning, some people decided to take matters into
their own hands.
Here are the voices of some residents of St. Phillips as they stood in shock around the now-steeple-less church.
Those were the voices of some residents of St. Philips, Newfoundland, as they stood around the Anglican Church by the Sea, which had its steeple lopped off this morning.
This afternoon the council held another meeting to discuss the events
of the day. Steve Sharpe is the head of the committee set up to protect
the church, and was at that meeting. We reached him in St. Johns,
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Sometimes, when you go on a trip, you leave the stuff you don't need behind. Even when your trip is to the moon.
Back in 1969, when astronauts made the first moon landing, they left a
few things on the lunar surface besides a flag and some footprints.
Some valuable things, like a Haseelblad camera. And some not-so-valuable
things, like airsickness bags.
And junk -- or artifacts, if you will -- has been piling up on the moon ever since.
Now a group of space enthusiasts in the United States is trying to
preserve the moon debris -- using a somewhat unorthodox method.
Beth O'Leary is the co-founder of the Lunar Legacy Project. We reached
her at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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Close your eyes, and prepare to go back in time -- to a movie theatre in 1986. Don't be alarmed if you smell hair gel.
I bet you remember those voices. You heard Mia Sara as the indulgent
girlfriend Sloane Peterson; Alan Ruck as the hapless,
trying-to-be-cool-but-failing Cameron Frye; and a young Matthew
Broderick as one of the most iconic film characters of the 'Eighties:
Ferris Bueller. And in that scene, Ferris is about to go tearing around
Chicago in his friend Cameron's dad's car: a Ferrari GT 250 Spyder
In the film, they take it on a good run. And then while the kids are
at a Cubs game, the parking attendants take it on a good run. And later,
in the car's glass-backed garage, Ferris and Cameron prop the car's
wheels up and jam it into reverse, in an attempt to turn back the
Now, the good news. When Cameron lost his temper and pushed the car
off its jacks, and it went crashing through the glass into the ravine
behind the house, that really didn't happen. It was special effects. It
was actually an old Honda Civic or something that was wound up crumpled
in the forest below.
So that means the car is still around, intact. Albeit with the extra
mileage. Because I don't think you can really roll back the odometer
And, here's another spoiler: it's not a genuine Ferrari. It's a copy,
commissioned by the movie's director, the late John Hughes. Because the
real ones are very rare, and way too expensive to tear around Chicago
in, leave with dodgy parking attendants, or risk crashing through a
glass wall into a ravine.
Now, the best news: in a few weeks, that imitation Ferrari is going to be auctioned off.
So for the ten of you out there who are actually pining for the
'Eighties, and are rich enough to spend thousands of dollars on
nostalgia, you can bid on the car. And, if you win, you can pretend
you're a truant high school student, speed around Chicago, go to a Cubs
game, and shout, "batter, batter, batter, batter, sah-WING, batter...."
Or you could just put it in your glass-backed garage and forbid your
children from touching it. Although I'll warn you: that doesn't always
turn out well.
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Jaime Escalante loved teaching -- but the East Los Angeles school he
taught at didn't make it easy for him to teach. The kids were unruly,
the school lacked basic supplies, and after his first day at Garfield
High School, the Bolivian-born math teacher wanted to go back to a
But then, he changed his mind. He said he would first teach the kids respect and responsibility. Then he would quit.
Over the next two decades, he would do more than that. First he taught
his students advanced calculus, using tough approaches that would put
him at odds with the school administrators. He taught generations of
inner-city kids to dream big.
And he taught educators around the country not to give up on students
from poor and troubled backgrounds. His work at the school inspired the
1988 film "Stand and Deliver", which garnered an Oscar nomination for
actor Edward James Olmos, who played Mr. Escalante.
Jaime Escalante died of cancer yesterday.
Erika Camacho is one of his former students at Garfield High. We
reached her at Arizona State University -- where she now teaches math.