For four days this summer, villages in the province of North Kivu, in
the Democratic Republic of Congo, experienced atrocities few of us could
On July 30th,
Rwandan rebels entered the villages, took control, then systematically
looted homes and gang-raped more than a hundred-and-fifty women and
The rebels are gone now. But the true horror of what happened is only just coming into focus.
village where many of these rapes occurred is only about thirty
kilometres away from a United Nations peacekeeping force. And according
to a local aid group, called "International Medical Corps", the U.N.
knew the location of the rebels a day after the attack began.
The U.N. has since announced that it will launch an investigation.
Meece is the special representative to the U.N. Secretary General for
the Democratic Republic of Congo. We reached him in Goma.
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When the news broke that thirty-three miners, trapped underground since
August 5th, were still alive, all of Chile rejoiced. And no one
rejoiced more fervently than the families of those men -- many of whom
have been keeping vigil at the mine in northern Chile for the past three
Two members of Alberto
Avalos's family are among the men trapped underground. They are his
nephews, Florencio Avalos Silva and Renan Avalos Silva. We reached
Alberto Avalos earlier today in Copiapo, forty-five kilometres from the
San Jose mine. We spoke to him with the help of a translator. In the
interest of time, we've omitted the translation of Laura's questions.
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The farms might be going, but the cows are there to stay.
this summer, we told you about Correction Canada's plans to close six
prison farms across the country -- farms that provide rehabilation and
training for inmates, protect valuable farmland, and increase the supply
of local food.
the farms are still being decommissioned, supporters are taking the bull
by the horns, so to speak. Earlier this week, they formed a co-op, and
bought nineteen of the cows from the Kingston prison farm.
Dowley is a member of the Save our Prison Farms Coalition, and a
interim board member of the co-op. We reached her on her dairy farm near
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It's a space oddity when a starman talks about life on Mars. Or spiders
from Mars, for that matter. But even though David Bowie has recorded
umpteen songs about space, no one of them has suggested they'd be
effective as wake-up songs for astronauts.
this week, we've been asking you to submit your ideas for music to
rouse the astronauts on board the space shuttle Discovery's final
voyage, scheduled for November. That's because NASA is asking people to
pick the song that will be used as a musical alarm aboard the shuttle.
the music that's radioed in is suggested by the astronauts themselves.
But now, because the program is winding down, the public has been
invited to participate. And "As It Happens" has embraced the project
with both Canadarms. So far, we've played Rush's Countdown, and The
Arcade Fire's Wake Up.
Both Canadian. Both excellent songs. And both well suited to be cosmic alarm clocks.
But today we found this e-mail in our inbox, from Annette Cunningham:
I'm writing in from Esquimalt, B.C. and was very interested in last
night's story about NASA's 'Space Rock'! I was actually awoken this
morning by my submission -- shout out to JACK FM in Victoria -- and I
think it is a perfect match. It comes from our very own Vancouver-based
band Prism - can there really be too much Canadian content rockin' the
Martian Astrobowl? I think not.
My space rock submission for 'Space Rock' is Prism's Spaceship Superstar."
Annette, we couldn't have put it better ourselves. From 1977, here's that bit of classic Canadian space-rock.
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Well, we're going to take a break -- a Prism break -- so that you can
listen to the news. But we'll be back with more As It Happens in just a
few minutes -- and these stories:
An unbelievably fine kettle of fish. This year, sockeye salmon aren't
just coming back to the Fraser River -- they're bringing all their
friends and family with them.
Diplomacy through a fish-eye lens. Scotland and Iceland play tug-of-war
with mackerel -- and experts are worried the fish won't stand the
And a story only tangentially related to fish. Turns out biodiversity
may have emerged not as a result of competition, but as a result of
having a big pond to swim around in.
Those stories are still to come. I'm LL.
And I'm CN.
Hello, I'm Laura Lynch.
Good evening. I'm Craig Norris.
This is As It Happens, Part Two.
This year, the return of the sockeye salmon to British Columbia has brought with it an even more important resource: hope.
the Pacific Salmon Commission predicted that an astonishing twenty-five
million sockeye will fill the Fraser River this summer, making it the
best run in almost a century.
John Reynolds is a Professor of Fisheries and Ecology at Simon Fraser University. We reached him in Vancouver.
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How did a former executive named Rick Scott win the Republican
gubernatorial primary in Florida last night? Well, if you ask his
political director, she'll tell you: "We didn't have a traditional
campaign. We had a campaign of people who were tired of the traditional
establishment. They are tired of the same old thing."
you can put aside your confusion about whether there's such a thing as a
non-traditional establishment, she clearly has a point. Mr. Scott's
victory wasn't a landslide -- he only won by a few percentage points.
But the people who voted for Rick Scott, as opposed to Florida's
Attorney General Bill McCollum, were voting for a man who brought a
fresh face to politics. A man who received an A-Rating from the National
who received a perfect score from a group called "Tea Party In Action"
-- meaning that he is an unimpeachable proponent of limited government,
and is "fiscally responsible". A man who was the CEO of the largest
health-care company in the United States -- which also committed the
biggest Medicare fraud in American history. And a man who spent fifty
million dollars to win the right to be Florida's Republican candidate
million dollars of his own money. Forty million of which was spent on an
advertising campaign to paint his opponent, Bill McCollum, as a
"desperate career politician" -- and to drown out complaints that,
during his tenure as CEO, the hospital chain Rick Scott founded incurred
one-point-seven billion dollars in fines for that enormous Medicare
Those tens of millions of dollars ultimately made the support of the
actual Republican Party kind of redundant. And now state Republicans are
torn. On one hand, they've got a right-wing candidate whose past is a
giant piñata for the Democrats. On the other, they've got a handsome
candidate who looks kind of like "Mad Men"'s Roger Sterling, albeit with
less hair and a much greater tendency to smile unconvincingly at
inappropriate times. And, most important, they've got a candidate who's
apparently willing to spend as much as is necessary to make sure he
becomes Florida's governor. So the GOP can spend its money elsewhere --
and Rick Scott can millions to establish himself as the "fiscally
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They're smelly, and most cultures regard them as too disgusting to eat.
But mackerel are at the centre of the newest fishing fight in the
On one side, Great
Britain -- specifically, Scotland -- which has fished and consumed the
striped, oily fish for some four hundred years. On the other, Iceland
and the Faroe Islands, recent converts to the joys of the pungent
mackerel -- which is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its high
Omega-Three content, and the health of its stocks.
after both Iceland and the Faroe Islands dramatically increased their
catch quotas, many worry that those stocks may be in danger.
Stevenson is leading the fight for Britain at the European Parliament.
He's an M.E.P. from Ayrshire, Scotland, and the senior vice-president of
the Parliament's Fisheries Committee. We reached him at home.
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For most of us, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution boils down to a
single four-word phrase: "survival of the fittest". It implies that
competition for resources was the driving factor in creating
biodiversity. But new findings, published in the scientific journal
Biology Letters, offer a more complicated theory. One that,
unfortunately, is a bit tougher to reduce to a catchy phrase.
Sahney is a PhD student at the University of Bristol in England. She is
the co-author of the study, and we reached her today at her home in
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Caster Semenya is racing again.
her ban was lifted last month, the South African runner has competed
three times in the eight-hundred metres -- winning every race, but not
beating her time at the World Championships last year.
won that race in record time -- and immediately thereafter, Ms.
Semenya's racing career and personal life went downhill in record time.
She was removed from competition after tests revealed unusually high
levels of testosterone. Questions about her gender reverberated around
In July, doctors
concluded she can compete as a woman. And yesterday, it was confirmed
that she will race for South Africa at next month's Commonwealth Games.
After the announcement, Caster Semenya spoke with reporters -- for the