Hello, I'm Laura Lynch.
Good evening. I'm Dara McLeod.
This is As It Happens.
The defense cannot rest. An Iranian lawyer who defended a woman
sentenced to death by stoning flees his country, and seeks asylum in
On with the chauvinism. France announces the latest in a series of
anti-immigrant reforms -- this time, one that will see foreign-born
criminals stripped of their citizenship.
Someday his prints will come. And when they do, Steve McCurry's will be
the last photographs ever developed using the late, lamented Kodachrome
Between a hawk and a hard place. Residents of Moose Jaw thought two
irritating birds of prey had flown the coop for good. They were wrong.
For Bobby Hebb, it was mostly "Sunny". The late singer-songwriter
composed hundreds of songs -- but one 1966 hit shone brightest.
And...get mad because you can't get even. Scientists shatter
humankind's dreams of achieving a smooth full-body tan -- and they blame
our bothersome bottoms.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio whose cheeks are burning with shame.
When Iranian lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei agreed to take on the case of
Sakine Mohammedi Ashtiani, he was well aware of the risks.
client is the mother of two who is accused of adultery and sentenced to
death by stoning. Her case has made headlines around the world this
summer. Because of this international pressure, her scheduled execution
last month was temporarily halted. But her fate remains uncertain.
he took on her case, it wasn't long before Mr. Mostafaei was
interrogated by Iranian authorities. Fearing for his safety, he fled
Iran and last week he was smuggled into neighbouring Turkey. Mr.
Mostafaei has since been arrested there on immigration charges. He's
hoping to be granted asylum.
in Tehran, the situation has gotten worse. His family has also become a
target. Mr. Mostafaei's wife, along with two other relatives, were
arrested by Iranian officials.
Earlier today, we reached Mohammad Mostafaei at the detention centre where he's being held.
case is being closely watched by Drewery Dyke, an Iran researcher with
Amnesty International. We reached Mr. Dyke in London.
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It might have given consumers those nice bright colours and even the
greens of summer -- but after digital photography took over, even Paul
Simon couldn't stop them from taking Kodachrome away. So, in 2009,
facing lagging sales, Eastman Kodak discontinued the production of the
beloved colour reversal film.
in 1984, photojournalist Steve McCurry used Kodachrome to shoot a
portrait called "Afghan Girl" -- a stunning photograph of a green-eyed
young woman he met in a refugee camp in Pakistan. The image, which later
appeared on the cover of National Geographic, became a symbol of the
month, Mr. McCurry used Kodachrome once more, when he shot Kodak's
final roll of the film. We reached the photographer in New York City.
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Dateline: Bucharest.There were a few tense hours in the Romanian
capital yesterday -- and serious concern for the health of President
It had been a week since national polls showed that President Basescu's
popularity was waning. His government's austerity measures have been
greeted by severe cutbacks in support from the Romanian public. But just
because voters like him a little less, it doesn't mean they weren't
worried when their president was rushed to hospital on Wednesday. Camera
crews surrounded the hospital to find out about his condition. The
entire country descended into panicky speculation. One political rival
hinted that the president might be working too hard, and burning out.
But those concerns were allayed soon enough -- although, over time, new ones have emerged.
long after his medical emergency, President Basescu made a surprise
appearance on national television. The problem had occurred, he
explained, after his regular morning swim. He had been speaking to a
minister over the telephone, when he had an ear-cleaning accident. Or,
as he put it, he inserted "a cotton bud in my ear the wrong way."
There was a collective sigh of relief -- followed by stifled snorts and guffaws.
details on the incident have yet to be disclosed. But even his brief
explanation raised questions that remain unanswered. Questions like,
"How do you ram a Q-Tip in your ear 'the wrong way'? Do you mean you
tried to put it in vertically, instead of horizontally?" -- and
"Seriously, what did you do with the Q-Tip?"
It also creates some worries about the president's ability to multi-task.
too early to tell what this incident will do to President Basescu's
approval ratings. But if they were waning before, it's unlikely that his
failed de-waxing will cause them to wax.
That was Mr. Dynamite himself, the late James Brown, introducing a
classic song he was about to perform. The song is called "Sunny", and
Mr. Brown was one of countless artists who heard genius in it. Over the
years, it was also covered by Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Ella
Fitzgerald, Dusty Springfield, and Stevie Wonder -- among many others.
was written by a man named Bobby Hebb in 1966, in response to the
killing of his brother outside a nightclub in Nashville, Tennessee. Its
lyrics pay tribute to someone whose smile eased the singer's pain, "when
his life was filled with rain."
Singer-songwriter Bobby Hebb died this week of lung cancer. He was seventy-two.
He began his musical career as a trumpet player in a Navy Jazz band,
but his talents were soon recognised by country singer Roy Acuff, who
employed Mr. Hebb as part of his backing band. As a result, Mr. Hebb
became one of the first black musicians to play the esteemed country
music venue the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. But he wouldn't be part of
anyone's backing band for long: he was a prolific songwriter, turning
out hundreds and hundreds of tunes. And when "Sunny" became an enormous
hit in the summer of '66, he became a star. When he toured the United
States with The Beatles, he got equal billing.
Hebb was never able to quite replicate the success of his first big
single. He did get a Grammy for co-writing Lou Rawls' 1971 hit, "A
Natural Man", and a Hebb original, "Love, Love, Love" became a huge hit
in Britain's burgeoning Northern Soul scene. And he remained actively
involved in music throughout his life.
But of course, Bobby Hebb will always be most fondly remembered for this piece of musical sunshine. Here he is, with "Sunny".
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We're about to step aside so that you can hear the news. But As It
Happens will return in about six minutes -- with these stories.
Strangers in an increasingly strange land. The summer gets hotter for
foreign-born residents of France, with a new law that would strip
non-natives of their status if they commit crimes.
Getting to the crocs of the matter. Sure, the recently discovered "cat
crocodile"'s bite was bad -- but it was its chewing that really made the
The hawk-y season begins -- but no one wants it to. The worst
neighbours you ever had are nothing compared to the dive-bombing raptors
of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
Stay tuned. I'm LL.
And I'm DM.
It's been a long, hot summer in France -- particularly if you live there, but you weren't born there.
President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the dismantling of three hundred
illegal Roma camps. Then, French police staged a forceful raid on an
immigrant squat in a suburb of Paris -- a video of which shows pregnant
women and children being dragged across concrete. And now the Ministry
of Immigration has announced new legislation that would strip
foreign-born citizens of their French nationality if they've committed a
crime. The controversial bill will be presented in September.
Tardis is a Policy Officer with France Terre Asile, an organization
that provides assistance to refugees and migrants. We reached him in
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summer, the residents of the 1000 block of Henry Street in Moose Jaw,
Saskatchewan, had a bit of a problem -- two, in fact. A pair of
Swainson's hawks shacked up in the neighbourhood and their aggressive
behaviour wasn't just harrying residents -- Canada Post suspended
service after mail carriers were repeatedly harrassed by the swooping
raptors. Well, last fall, when the hawks flew south, residents were
granted a reprieve... but much to their chagrin, it was only temporary.
Pamela Peterson lives on Henry Street in Moose Jaw. We reached her at home.
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Usually, when scientists turn up an ancient species of crocodile, there
is much attention paid to its fearsome bite. Well, this case is a
little different -- and a little less scary. Because the latest specimen
unearthed is remarkable for its fearsome...chew.
in Tanzania, this hundred-and-five-year-old reptile had mammal-like
teeth. And its fancy chewing ability distinguishes it from all other
crocs. It's been dubbed Pakasuchas kapilimai -- the first part of which
literally means "cat crocodile".
O'Connor was the lead researcher on a study on the creature, published
in the journal, Nature, this week. We reached him in Athens, Ohio.
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It wasn't that long ago that heliophiles would routinely head out to
the backyard, cover their deck chairs in tinfoil, douse themselves in
baby oil, and -- with the help of a therapeutic wine cooler -- doze off
for a couple of hours in the mid-day sun. And when they awoke, they
would have achieved the particular shade of mahogany they had yearned
for. Of course, they would have tan lines, where their string bikini or
their "I'm With Stupid" T-shirt had been -- but what could they do? With
all those gawking neighbours, they couldn't very well sun-tan au
Then, with the advent of
the tanning salon, it seemed, the full-body, tan-line-free tan seemed
within our grasp. In a private tanning bed, would-be George Hamiltons
experienced many a nude awakening -- but somehow, their tans still
weren't a hundred per cent even. Would any human ever win the coveted
gold in bronzing?
No. For two
reasons. First of all, tanning is now one of the most dangerous
activities in which any human can engage. If you told a friend you were
heading into the Florida Everglades to eat raw chicken and throw
cut-rate firecrackers at random alligators, the first thing he would say
would be, "Make sure to take at least a 50 SPF." The sun's warming
rays -- or, if you're an indoor tanning enthusiast, UV rays -- are no
longer our friends.
second problem with the full-body tan is that, according to scientists
at the University of Edinburgh, it's a physical impossibility.
a study published in the journal "Experimental Dermatology", these
scientists report that they enlisted a hundred volunteers to undergo six
tanning sessions each. Then, they examined the skin in two bodily
areas: the back, and the buttock. It just says "the buttock" here. It
doesn't specify which buttock.
Anyway, they found that, after receiving the same exposure, the eager
back was much more tanned than the reluctant buttock. Meaning that
different parts deal with the sun's UVB radiation differently. Meaning
that getting all your constituent parts to reach the same skin tone is
impossible, until they invent the tanning-bed equivalent of the Large
Hadron Collider. And also meaning that you shouldn't push the buttock to
join in the browning. If your behind is lagging behind, it's just
trying to protect itself.
might find fault with this study. One possible quibble: a study on
tanning was conducted in Edinburgh. Which is sort of like conducting a
study on haggis in Miami. Regardless, the conclusion is important: you
don't have to leave the sun completely behind, but you may as well leave
your behind completely out of the sun.
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