He was a polarizing figure in life. And now, he's a polarizing figure in death.
On Saturday, the South African white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche
was attacked and killed on his farm. Two of his farm workers were
charged with the killing, which police say was the result of a dispute
over pay. But his death has enraged members of the Afrikaner Resistance
Movement, or AWB -- the party founded by Mr. Terreblanche in the 1970s
to fight against ending apartheid. Over the weekend, the party's
secretary-general said that the killing was a declaration of war by
South Africa's black community, and that it would be avenged.
Steven Friedman is a political scientist, and the Director of the
Institute of Democracy and Governance at the University of Johannesburg.
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They spent eight days in a dark, flooded mine, clinging to life. By
all accounts, it was as hellish an ordeal as it's possible to imagine.
But three-thousand rescuers --- many of them fellow miners --- didn't
give up. And early this morning, in Shanxi province, dozens of Chinese
miners were pulled out, alive.
Damian Grammaticus is a BBC reporter living in Beijing. And that's where we reached him.
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Here at "As It Happens," we get a lot of calls and emails that we
don't air, for various reasons. Unfortunately, none of those reasons are
quite as exciting as the reasons the Conservative government has given
for redacting thousands of documents dealing with the transfer of
detainees by Canadian Forces to Afghan prisons in 2006 and 2007.
According to the government, these redactions have been done to
protect national security.The opposition, however, however, thinks
otherwise, accusing the government of covering up information that could
implicate the Harper government.
Whatever the reason, redacting seems to be contagious. Talkback has a fever. And the only cure, is more music.
It is a struggle we face at every breakfast: just how do you fold a
newspaper in such a way that allows you to read, yet doesn't inhibit
eating? Since the dawn of the daily, it has prevented all humans from
simultaneously eating oatmeal and reading about health care reform. But
now, just when newspapers are at their most popular, one man has come to
After seeing his father struggle with the breakfast/paper dilemma,
Gareth Jones decided to do something about it. That something is the Binski: a hands-free newspaper stand that allows broadsheet lovers to eat and read to their hearts' content.
We reached Gareth Jones, inventor of the "Binski", in Old Colwyn, North Wales.
The legal high called "mephedrone: has been closely linked to the
recent deaths of nearly thirty young people in the UK. As we reported
last week, the public outcry caused by these deaths gained such momentum
that the British Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, announced an imminent
ban of the substance.
However, not all have welcomed the move. Including Eric Carlin, a
member of the government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
Angry at how the British government is tackling drug issues, this
weekend Mr. Carlin resigned his post. We reached Eric Carlin in
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Albert Einstein once said, "Life is like riding a bicycle: to keep your balance, you must keep moving."
Well, for people living with Parkinson's disease, life moves forward,
even if they cannot. And now, a Dutch neurologist studying the disorder
has discovered a way for some patients to find temporarily relief from
Parkinson's, and "keep moving." And, oddly enough, it involves a
Dr. Bastiaan Bloem is a professor of neurology and medical director of
the Parkinson's Center at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center.
We reached him in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
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The big kid on the block won't let him play, so he's taking his band and going home.
Bob Dylan's plans to extend his Never Ending Tour into China have
ended, after officials there denied him permission to hold concerts in
Beijing and Shanghai. That means not only disappointed fans in China's
two largest cities, but in Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong as well.
According to his Taiwan-based promoter, the chance to play mainland
China for the first time was the main reason Dylan agreed to the Asian
leg of the tour. So with the Chinese dates no longer on the table, he's
called the whole thing off.
It's up to China's ministry of culture to decide which foreign artists
get to perform in the country. And Dylan's past as an icon of
counterculture appears to be a factor in his not being allowed to play,
as his promoter explained recently to a Hong Kong newspaper. Officials
are on heightened vigilance since a Bjork concert in Shanghai two years
ago. The Icelandic rocker followed up her performance of a song called
"Declare Independence in Shanghai" by chanting "Tibet! Tibet!" from the
stage. In an effort to prevent such controversy from recurring, the
ministry toughened its approach to overseas acts.
But clearly no one in the ministry is in step with modern times,
because for Dylan, things have changed. At sixty-eight, he's a lifetime
away from his days as the reluctant poster boy of protest music. And in
the intervening years, Dylan's challenge to live audiences has often
been less "don't criticize what you can't understand", and more one of
"just try to understand a word I'm saying".
So by refusing to let him play, China has provoked much more of a
political stance from Dylan than he was otherwise likely to make. By
turning his back on all of east Asia, he's turned the tables on China,
and left it standing alone and red-faced in the field.
|BOB DYLAN: BLONDE ON BLONDE|
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Is an ounce of prevention too heavy a burden for people in good health? Well, it depends on the kind of prevention.
In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved
the marketing of the cholesterol medication Crestor for preventive use,
for people who don't have high cholesterol problems. Health Canada has
approved the drug for similar use in Canada. But some medical experts
question the long-term benefits of prescribing cholesterol medications
-- known as statins -- to healthy people.
Dr. Mark Hlatky is a professor of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University. We reached him in Stanford, California.
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Say you and your chum are planning a visit to the Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York City. Now, your friend doesn't know much about art,
so it's kind of tempting, when you come to, say, Picasso's Dying Bull,
to make up your own bull on how the piece is "representative of the
struggle for artistic self-realization" or whatever. Your friend
wouldn't be any the wiser.
But the guard standing behind you probably would be. Because the
majority of the Met's guards are themselves budding Picassos. That is to
say, many of them are practising artists. And, this month, they're
launching their very own art magazine called SW!PE.
Christopher Boynton is SW!PE's editor. We reached him in New York City.
On Easter Monday, with spring in the air, we have two traditions on As
It Happens. The first tradition is sitting around filled with candy and
ham and regret. The second is airing a reading of a really beautiful
short story: Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant". It's the tale of how a
cold heart can be warmed when you let the world in.
Without further ado, here's Barbara, reading "The Selfish Giant".
|SARAH HARMER: I'M A MOUNTAIN|
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