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May 17, 2010

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A new day, no new détente. There's a glimmer of hope in Thailand -- but in the meantime, the violence continues to intensify.

Separating fact from faction. A new report on the Sri Lankan civil war reveals some terrible truths the country's government has kept quiet.

An I.D. whose time has come. Princeton, New Jersey prepares to issue "community identification cards" to illegal immigrants.

The nuclear options. To avoid sanctions, Iran makes a uranium deal with Turkey -- but that doesn't defuse international skepticism.

In excelsis Dio. Remembering a heavy metal singer who unleashed a huge voice from a relatively small frame.

And...life's a ditch, and then you dive. It's a distinctly Manitoban angle on angling: the seasonal phenomenon known as "ditch fishing".

As It Happens, the Monday edition. Radio that exposes culvert operations.


THAILAND: RED SHIRTS UPDATE Duration: 00:08:07

Another week begins, but there's no end to the bloodshed in Bangkok.

At least thirty-seven people have died, and nearly three-hundred have been wounded, in fresh clashes between Red Shirt protesters and government forces. Both sides are refusing to yield in the weeks-long standoff. But there was a glimmer of hope earlier today for resumed talks, as a key Red Shirt leader called on the government to propose an end to the fighting.

Sean Boonpracong is the spokesperson for the Red Shirt protesters. We reached him in Bangkok.


LIFE AND TIMES OF DAVID LLOYD GEORGE, TV FILM MUSIC/CHI MAI Duration: 00:00:30

Album:ENNIO MORRICONE: FILM MUSIC 1966-1987

Label:VIRGIN, CDVD 2516

Persons/Roles:
ENNIO MORRICONE - COMPOSER
ENNIO MORRICONE - CONDUCTOR
ENNIO MORRICONE - ORCHESTRATOR
ENRICO DE MELIS - PRODUCER

FTR: SASK ATTACKED MAN Duration: 00:01:47

Dustin Lafortune has become almost unrecognizable to his family and friends.

A few months ago, he was a young, healthy two-hundred-and-fifty pound man. Now, he lies in a hospital bed in Regina, a mere ninety pounds, his body covered with bruises and burns, his face mangled from abuse.

His family members say they believe he has been tortured.

They realized something was wrong in April when Dustin failed to show up for his cousin's wedding. They reported him missing and, a few days later, a man claiming to be a relative dropped him off at the hospital.

Dustin's mother, Renee Lafortune, described her family's ordeal to CBC Television in Regina. Here is part of what she had to say, for the record.


ISOLATE Duration: 00:00:28

Album:WAIT FOR ME/MOBY

Label:MUTE, 724596941621

Persons/Roles:
MOBY - COMPOSER
MOBY - PRODUCER

NJ ILLEGAL ID CARDS Duration: 00:07:07

While conservative lawmakers in Arizona are trying to pass a law that cracks down on illegal immigration, the community of Princeton, New Jersey, is taking the opposite approach.

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund is issuing what they call "community ID cards" for illegal immigrants in the municipality of Princeton. And the local government is endorsing the program.

Maria Juega is the treasurer for the Fund, which already issues cards in Trenton, New Jersey. Next week, it will start issuing the cards in Princeton.


MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, FILM MUSIC/SENDERO Duration: 00:00:26

Album:MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, SOUNDTRACK

Label:DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, 000329402

Persons/Roles:
GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA - COMPOSER

FTR: MB DITCH FISHING Duration: 00:02:22

Near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, mid-May is bait-and-switch season.

Well, that's not exactly true. "Bait-and-switch" implies that you're actually making an effort to fool the victim in the first place. But in this case, the victims have already fooled themselves intno believing they're in a nice, warm creek, perfect for spawning. They're not. They're actually in shallow ditches, where the water is clear and slow-moving. So for practitioners of ditch-fishing, there's no switch required. And hardly any bait.

For the record, here is CBC Winnipeg's Marcy Markusa speaking with Orest Pressey about the phenomenon of "ditch fishing".


LA TEMPETE DES CORNEILLES Duration: 00:00:27

Album:SUR LE TOIT DES VOISINS/GADJI-GADJO

Label:MANGE-TA-MAIN, MTMGG002

Persons/Roles:
PIERRE-OLIVIER DUFRESNE - COMPOSER
GADJI-GADJO - FOLK ENSEMBLE
GADJI-GADJO - INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
GADJI-GADJO - PRODUCER
ROBERT LANGLOIS - PRODUCER

SC: JUPITER BELT Duration: 00:01:39

It's really embarrassing to get caught with your pants down. And it's even more embarrassing when you're the largest planet in the solar system, so everyone with even a small telescope can tell.

Jupiter, you see, has lost its belt.

Most people probably know that Jupiter has a giant red spot, kind of like a celestial beauty mark, on its surface just below its equator. But that spot, typically, is in the middle of a similarly red "belt" that goes all the way around the planet.

And astronomers have just noticed that the belt is gone. Vanished into the haze -- well, technically the combination of helium, hydrogen, methane, and a whole bunch of other smelly gases that make up the Jovian atmosphere.

Apparently, this has happened before, most recently about fifteen years ago. It also happened in 1973. In those cases, Jupiter was able to recover its belt before anyone paid much attention -- it slowly faded away and then came back. But this time, the belt has appeared to vanish suddenly, probably because Jupiter was hidden behind the sun for several months before it reappeared, sans belt.

And now it's a mystery when the belt -- which scientists believe is actually a sort of ammonia stream running through the Jovian atmosphere -- may reappear. And maybe it won't -- perhaps Jupiter has decided that going beltless is the new galactic a hundred-and-forty thousand kilometres long, perhaps you could let Jupiter know. In the meantime, to spare it embarrassment, we'll just give it some space.ar

DALET: MUSIC - JUPITER'S BELT


RED BELT Duration: 00:02:08

Album:TEGAN AND SARA: SAINTHOOD

Label:SIRE, 2-521124

Persons/Roles:
SARA & TEGAN - COMPOSER
SARA & TEGAN - WRITER
SARA & TEGAN - ENS IN-V

CLOSING MONDAY Duration: 00:00:36

We're about to take a short break so you can hear the news. But we'll be back with more As It Happens in a little more than six minutes. When we return:

Uncivil war. The International Crisis Group has some harsh words for the Sri Lankan government -- and the harsh measures it took to end a decades-long conflict.

Not just a photographic memory. Turns out those Google vans that snapped pictures of your house may also have gotten a picture of your Internet activity.

A scanner in the works. Forget about the security guards ogling your torso: X-ray airport scanners may actually be hazardous to your health.

Stay tuned. I'm HM.

And I'm DJ.


RETURN MONDAY Duration: 00:00:50

Hello again, I'm HM.

And I'm DJ. This is As It Happens, Part Two.

Coming up:

That Google van that took a picture of your house for the Web? It also took a picture of what you were doing inside the house.

And dealing with no Dio: we say farewell to one of the great powerhouse vocalists in hard rock.

Those stories are still to come on As It Happens.


ICG REPORT - SRI LANKA Duration: 00:06:47

The truth will out.

Sri Lanka's three-decade-long civil war came to an end a year ago. But, for the most part, the outside world was shut out during the final months of the conflict.

The Sri Lankan army hammered away at the last stronghold of the rebel Tamil Tigers. Caught in between the two warring sides were tens of thousands of civilians. Many of them were killed. Just how many is still unknown.

But now a clearer picture is emerging. Today, the International Crisis Group released a report of its investigation into the war's bloody conclusion. We reached the ICG's Robert Templer in New York.


EASTERN JOURNEY Duration: 00:00:23

Album:AWARDS FOR WORLD MUSIC 2004

Label:UNION SQUARE, MANTDCD223

Persons/Roles:
TRILOK GURTU - COMPOSER
TRILOK GURTU - PERCUSSION

GOOGLE STREETVIEW PRIVACY Duration: 00:06:50

If you live in a major city, you may have heard of Google Steet Maps. In the last year or so, little vans have travelled every street in hundreds of cities in the world, photographing as they go. So now, when you type in an address to Google Maps, you also have the option of seeing a street-level photograph of the address you're looking for.

Now, it turns out that Google wasn't just collecting images -- it was collecting data, too. So if you were surfing the Internet on an unsecured wireless network when the van drove by, chances are it recorded a little of whatever you were doing.

Not surprisingly, this admission, just offered by Google, has privacy experts rather concerned.

Marc Rotenberg is one of them. He's the Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C.


PHENOMENA Duration: 00:00:22

Album:FUZZBOX/THE SECTION QUARTET

Label:DECCA

Persons/Roles:
BRIAN CHASE - COMPOSER
KAREN ORZOLEK - COMPOSER
NICK ZINNER - COMPOSER
THE SECTION QUARTET - STRING QUARTET

SC: OBIT - RONNIE JAMES DIO Duration: 00:03:27

Ronnie James Dio looked fantastic onstage. That's not to say he was stunningly handsome -- although he had a certain appeal. I mean he looked "fantastic" in the sense that he was a kind of heavy-metal fantasy. He was short, not much taller than five feet. His curly black locks tumbled past his shoulders. He made theatrical hand gestures -- one of which, the "devil horns" sign, he's been credited with inventing. He had wide eyes and elfin features. On the whole, he appeared to have emerged, clad in black leather, from a mountain cave in the land of Mordor.

But it was his voice that was really fantastic. Here's what it sounded like:That's a short excerpt from the song "Rainbow in the Dark" -- just a taste of the power Ronnie James Dio lent any song he performed.

The heavy metal legend died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was sixty-seven.

Mr. Dio didn't start out as a metal singer. He didn't even start out as Mr. Dio. He was born Ronald James Padavona, and grew up Cortland, New York. In the late 'fifties, he joined a local band called The Vegas Kings, in which he played bass guitar, and occasional trumpet. And it's testament to the force of his voice and personality that, within pretty short order, The Vegas Kings were re-named Ronnie and the Redcaps -- and he became the frontman.

By the early 'sixties, Mr. Padavona had adopted the surname "Dio". And by the late 'sixties, Mr. Dio had adopted a new approach to music.

He and a new band, Elf, were playing heavy blues-rock -- heavy enough to open for Deep Purple. And Elf was also talented enough to catch the ear of Deep Purple's virtuosic guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore. When Mr. Blackmore left Deep Purple in the mid-'seventies, he asked the members of Elf to form a new band, Rainbow -- and he asked Ronnie James Dio to sing.

That was Mr. Dio's ticket to the big time. First, he sang for Rainbow, which was moderately successful. Then, he took over vocals for Black Sabbath, when Ozzy Osbourne left in 1979. And then, in the early 'eighties, tired of being someone else's employee, the man named Dio formed a band named Dio -- and became a staple of hard-rock FM radio. In 1985, he used his clout to gather a heavy-metal answer to Live Aid, called Hear 'N' Aid, which raised money for African famine relief.

Ronnie James Dio was never a household name. He was a metal singer's metal singer -- a man with a set of supernatural pipes that were still as arresting as ever well into his sixties. He was also one of the last remaining titans of old-school hard rock, who sang about "holy divers" and dragons, and recorded concept albums about ancient books of magic spells. He was, in a word, fantastic.


HOLY DIVER Duration: 00:03:50

Album:HEAVY METAL BOX/

Label:RHINO, R2 187388

Persons/Roles:
RONNIE JAMES DIO - COMPOSER
DIO - POP GROUP
RONNIE JAMES DIO - PRODUCER

DIVERSION Duration: 00:00:40

Album:VERSION/RONSON, MARK

Label:DEMO

Persons/Roles:
MARK RONSON - COMPOSER
MARK RONSON - INSTRUMENTALS
MARK RONSON - PRODUCER

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL Duration: 00:06:31

They say timing is everything. And when it comes to Iran's bargaining with the world community over its nuclear program, that's true. At least, the timing is everything from a political point of view.

A few months ago, Tehran backed out of a deal that would have seen it ship its uranium abroad for enrichment. Now, with the threat of a new round of sanctions looming, Iran has come to an agreement with Turkey and Brazil to do just that.

To explain what the move means, we reached Iran expert Mehrzad Boroujerdi in Syracuse, New York.


AGBANNON BLUES Duration: 00:00:07

Album:KARIBU/LOUEKE, LIONEL

Label:BLUE NOTE, 50999 5 02465 2 6

Persons/Roles:
LIONEL LOUEKE - COMPOSER
MASSIMO BIOLCATI - DOUBLE BASS
LIONEL LOUEKE - GUITAR
FERENC NEMETH - DRUMS
ELI WOLF - PRODUCER

BASI-VIRK TRIAL Duration: 00:05:18

If I ask you to close your eyes and think of Christmas, you might a pile of neatly wrapped boxes nestled under the tree. And if I'm more specific -- if I ask you to close your eyes and picture the Christmas season of 2003 -- you might see something somewhat different. Namely, the RCMP hauling out unwrapped boxes of documents from the B-C Legislature in Victoria.

Thus began the controversy surrounding the privatization of BC Rail, in which former government employees Dave Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi face multiple charges of fraud and breach of trust.

If you find the case confusing, you're not alone. It's a doozie. But many are hoping their questions will be soon be answered: the long-awaited trial begins today.

To help bring us up to speed, we reached Vaughn Palmer, Provincial Affairs Political Columnist for the Vancouver Sun, in Victoria.


(SOMETHING'S GOING DOWN ON) ZAVADOVSKI ISLAND Duration: 00:00:08

Album:KNEE DEEP IN THE NORTH SEA/PORTICO QUARTET

Label:VORTEX

Persons/Roles:
PORTICO QUARTET - COMPOSER
PORTICO QUARTET - JAZZ GROUP

FTR: BRIT. LABOUR BROTHERS Duration: 00:02:09

After Gordon Brown stepped down as leader of the UK's Labour Party, David Miliband was quick to launch his leadership bid. But if the current Foreign Secretary wants the job, he'll have to face some competition that once shared a bathroom with him -- his baby brother.

This weekend, Ed Miliband announced he'd be challenging his brother in the leadership race. In fact, as it stands, the pair are the only official candidates -- although others, including Ex-Schools Secretary Ed Balls, former Health Secretary Andy Burnham and left-wing MP John Cruddas, have expressed interest in running.

Yesterday, in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, Ed Miliband spoke about his "ability to unite the party" and why he's better suited for the role than his older brother. Here's part of the conversation, for the record.


FTR: ED MILIBAND - MOTHER Duration: 00:00:34

Oh, and in case you're worried about how Mother Miliband would vote -- Ed addressed that when he announced his leadership bid:


SAVE FOR YOU Duration: 00:00:06

Album:SMART KID/CLUMSY LOVERS

Label:NETTWERK, 0 6700 30419 2 8

Persons/Roles:
CHRIS JONAT - COMPOSER
CLUMSY LOVERS - POP GROUP
JOHN WEBSTER - PRODUCER

AIRPORT SCANNERS BAD Duration: 00:06:53

When the first full-body scanners were plugged in at Canadian airports, concerns over privacy made headlines. We all saw the pictures -- and a lot of us became concerned about security guards poring over images of our every bump and curve.

Seems that embarrassment may not be our biggest worry where these scanners are concerned. A group of scientists at the University of California in San Francisco are calling on U.S. Science Czar John Holdren to address a more serious issue. In a recent letter, the researchers say that X-ray body scanners may present significant health risks.

Professor Robert Stroud is a Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco -- and he co-authored the letter.


WHEN I COME AROUND Duration: 00:00:15

Album:JAMIE LIDELL: MULTIPLY ADDITIONS

Label:WARP, WARPCD 143

Persons/Roles:
JAMIE LIDELL - COMPOSER
SALO - COMPOSER
JAMIE LIDELL - SINGER

HAITI PAINTINGS Duration: 00:06:14

The U.N. building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti will soon be a wing of the Smithsonian Institution.

The museum and cultural archive is leasing out the building to store art objects that would otherwise be left buried in rubble. It's called the Haiti Cultural Recovery Project, and its doors open this June.

Richard Kurin is the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian, and he's overseeing the project in Port-au-Prince. We reached him at his office in Washington, D.C.


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