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.
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.
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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
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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
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
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|GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA|| - ||COMPOSER|
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".
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|ROBERT LANGLOIS|| - ||PRODUCER|
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
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
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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
Uncivil war. The International Crisis Group has some harsh words for
the Sri Lankan government -- and the harsh measures it took to end a
Not just a photographic memory. Turns out those Google vans that
snapped pictures of your house may also have gotten a picture of your
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.
Hello again, I'm HM.
And I'm DJ. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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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
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
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.
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|MARK RONSON|| - ||PRODUCER|
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.
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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.
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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.
Oh, and in case you're worried about how Mother Miliband would vote --
Ed addressed that when he announced his leadership bid:
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|CHRIS JONAT|| - ||COMPOSER|
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|JOHN WEBSTER|| - ||PRODUCER|
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
Professor Robert Stroud is a Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
at the University of California, San Francisco -- and he co-authored the
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| SALO|| - ||COMPOSER|
|JAMIE LIDELL|| - ||SINGER|
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.