You wouldn't think that the situation could be worse than we've already heard. But apparently it is.
last night's program, Laura spoke with Roger Meece, the United Nation's
special representative in Congo. He told As It Happens that the
agency's efforts were not enough to stop the rapes of more than a
hundred-and-fifty women and young boys in Congo.
attacks, which included systematic gang rapes in a number of eastern
villages, took place in late July and early August. They unfolded over a
period of four days.
time, the United Nations knew that rebels were in the area a day after
the attacks began, but officials say they had no idea that mass rapes
were taking place. That's despite the fact that the agency has a camp
stationed just thirty kilometres away from the village.
you also heard in last night's interview, the U.N.'s investigation into
the rapes is just beginning. While that work continues, so does the
treatment of the victims. An aid group called International Medical
Corps has been caring for those who were attacked. Today, the group is
saying the total number of women who were raped is even higher than
Miel Hendrickson is the I-M-C's regional director for the area. We reached her in Kinshasa.
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Isa Saharkhiz is behind bars in Tehran. During the height of last
summer's post-election unrest, he was arrested -- along with hundreds of
But the veteran journalist
and activist doesn't think his jailors are the only ones responsible
for his loss of freedom. He also blames the cell phone company Nokia.
And he's doing something about it.
We reached Mr. Saharkhiz's American lawyer, Ali Herischi, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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Wildlife preservationists in Kenya have seen saying it for years:
poaching and smuggling animals parts is illegal and unethical. But it
seems that message is still being ignored.
this week, hundreds of pieces of elephant ivory and five rhino tusks
were seized at an airport in Nairobi, just before they were about to be
illegally smuggled out of the country. And the problem is getting worse.
Paul Udoto is with the Kenya Wildlife Service and we reached him in Nairobi.
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Talk about creating a cosmonautic cacophony! Ever since we revealed on
Monday that NASA was asking the public to pick the song that will be
used to wake up the astronauts on board the space shuttle Discovery's
last flight, As It Happens listeners have been sending in more
suggestions than the Enterprise has photon torpedoes.
far, we've played Rush, The Arcade Fire, and Prism. See the pattern?
They're all as Canadian as the Canadarm. Remember the Canadarm? Do they
still use the Canadarm?
Anyway, here are a few more suggestions to pass along.Brian Pratt, from Burnaby, BC, writes:
these space wake-up songs: a Canadian choice would be the one
Morningside used to play on occasion: Paradise by Daisy DeBolt. Those
astronauts probably like raw and steady like many of us!
And John Nenadovich, who is currently at Larder Lake, Onatrio, says:
"I know just the song to wake up those space travelers. The song is titled Honeymoon on a Rocket Ship."The singer is Hank Snow.
remember it well, since it came out about 1954!"And finally, Mack
Furlong, from St. John's Newfoundland, writes:"All the songs you've
played have been thematically correct; musically, the Arcade Fire tune
is the most interesting. But filed in the 'I can't believe they haven't
played this one yet' category is another legendary Canadian band's
space-age song. Klaatu -- named, for heaven's sake, after a famous movie
space man played very well by Michael Rennie -- and their memorable
anthem Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft.
Talk about hitting the nail on the head!
Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!"
Gort indeed, Mack Furlong. Here some classic Canadian prog-rock! This
is Klaatu ---Wait! I've just been handed a message by the director. He
says we can't play Klaatu. We played Klaatu earlier this year, and we're
only allowed to play them once per decade. And besides, the only copy
in the library is on vinyl and it's signed out by Bob MacDonald.
So let's play some Hank Snow instead!
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You're listening to Hank Snow, with his 1954 recording, Honeymoon on a Rocket Ship.
And that's the end of this Snow flurry for the time being. The news is
next, and then we're back with more As It Happens. When we return:
Lending an alpine hand. We thought a five-thousand-year-old mummy found
in the Alps had died alone -- but the truth may be gentler.
Paintings from memory. An American art-history professor tracks down dozens of paintings by a nearly-forgotten artist.
Swede and sour. A politician who advocates voluntary drug tests for
Swedish students agrees, and then refuses, to take one himself.
Stay tuned. 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.
Whenever I feel sorry for myself, I always have the same thought: "At least I'm not Otzi the Iceman."
example, today, the sandwich guy put honey mustard on my sub when I
specifically asked for Dijon. And I know he did it on purpose. But
instead of going back to the sub shop and giving that sandwich guy a
piece of my mind, or crying, I remembered poor old Otzi -- who was
killed in the Alps more than five thousand years ago, and died wounded,
cold, and alone.
me down. Until I read about a new study that suggests the place where
the so-called iceman was discovered wasn't a murder site at all -- but
the site of a respectful burial. Which may mean it really wasn't so bad
to be Otzi. So look out, sandwich guy.
Alessandro Vanzetti is a professor of archaeology at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. He was in Rome.
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Fifty years of smoked meat, up in smoke. Figuratively speaking.
May 31st of this year, Nate's Deli was a staple for sandwich lovers and
late-night crowds in Ottawa. On that date -- which marked its fiftieth
anniversary -- the Rideau Street restaurant served its last smoked meat
And then, yesterday, the building that housed Nate's was torn down.
before Nate's closed its doors for good, As It Happens spoke to its
owner and co-founder, Dave Smith. He told Carol he was retiring, partly
because he was too busy fundraising for his other passion: helping youth
overcome substance abuse. Here's part of that conversation, from our
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There's a rumour going around here at the CBC that management is
considering random testing of its radio announcers. It's whispered that,
very soon, my colleagues and I will be stopped arbitrarily in the
halls, and asked a skill-testing question, such as, "What is the capital
of Albania?" or "What is Alan Thicke's hometown?" If we fail to answer
correctly, we'll be sent for "re-education" -- a process that apparently
resembles Malcolm MacDowell's re-education in "A Clockwork Orange".
Obviously, this rumour is making people pretty uncomfortable. Not me: I
happen to know that the capital of Albania is Tirana, and Alan Thicke
was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Management, please take note.
students at some Swedish schools are feeling similarly uncomfortable
right now -- because they may soon be subject to mandatory drug testing.
That's what Sweden's current Justice Minister, Beatrice Ask, wants. Her
predecessor, Thomas Bodstrom -- currently the chair of the country's
Parliamentary Justice Committee -- favours voluntary drug testing for
are controversial. In some schools, a voluntary drug testing system is
already in place -- but, voluntary or not, students are feeling
pressured to subject themselves to testing. So Sweden's Sveriges Radio
sent out reporters to talk to Beatrice Ask and Thomas Bodstrom -- and to
ask both politicians to voluntarily submit to drug tests.
Ask did so with no qualms. Mr. Bodstrom's response was a little more
nuanced. Which is to say that he agreed to a test -- and then abruptly
Here's his initial
exchange, in Swedish, with a reporter from Sveriges Radio's P3 program.
First, the reporter asks Mr. Bodstrom if he'll take a test. Mr.
Bodstrom instantly accedes. And then the reporter says "we'll have to
find a bathroom". That sound you hear is an eager Thomas Bodstrom
removing his suit jacket to indicate his readiness. And then the nurse
explains that Mr. Bodstrom's urine will be tested for amphetamines,
hashish, opiates, and benzodiazepenes. At which point, Mr. Bodstrom's
enthusiasm immediately dries up.He says, "No, never mind. I am backing
out. I feel that it would be too personal and I feel all sweaty with my
shirt and everything."
later expanded on that answer, saying that he didn't want the nurse to
see him naked -- which implies that, while he may have a clear
understanding of drug policy, he's a bit hazy on how to use his fly. He
also insisted that he hadn't used drugs in thirty years. And he noted
that his own squeamish response to a request for a voluntary drug test
underscores his point that students should not be subject to mandatory
As you can
imagine, his fellow citizens are a bit nonplussed by Thomas Bodstrom's
refusal to urinate. After all, it's pretty clear that his
decision-making process is extremely fluid. So, despite his
protestations, some Swedes believe he failed the test by refusing to
take it -- instead relieving himself by deciding not to.
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Most of us have no idea of how much junk we have hoarded in our
basements, garages and attics. But a new art exhibition in Denver may
give us cause to take a look.
exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of Charles Deas -- an
American painter who specialized in portraits, and scenes of frontier
and Native American life in the mid-nineteenth century. But before the
artist turned thirty, he went insane, and he and his paintings have
since fallen into obscurity ... until now.
C. Clark is a professor of art history and American studies at Amherst
College in Massachusetts. She has tracked down thirty-nine of the
troubled artist's paintings. We reached her in Boulder, Colorado.
Dateline, North Yorkshire, England.While upgrading the A1 highway
between the towns of Dishforth and Leeming, construction crews have
unearthed what appears to be an ancient Roman estate.
have revealed the remains of a water-powered mill, used to grind flour
and grain. Remains of food, clothing, timber buildings and graves were
also found. Archaeologists believe the industrial site was likely used
to supply a military outpost used by the Romans in the second century.
while all of those finds are amazing, there was one especially stunning
discovery: the world's first incidence of someone wearing socks with
impressions of fibres on a rusty nail from a sandal on the site, which
archaeologists conclude are from a sock-like garment. Makes sense:
Claudius travels from Rome wearing sandals, and ends up in the damp
British countryside. He probably had cold feet in more ways than one.
fact, letters found at a nearby garrison prove that soldiers wrote home
asking for more clothing, including socks and underwear.
to experts, that settles it: two millennia ago, the fashionable Roman
abroad was likely to sport socks with sandals, thus staying comfortable
while making others uncomfortable.
if you're a dad in North Yorkshire, wearing socks and sandals and
enduring the mockery of your children, you now have an excuse. Just tell
them the old saying: when on Romans, do as the Romans do.
Racehorses have weird names. That's because they have to be registered
with a central racehorse authority that requires a unique name for every
newly registered horse. Which is why they're called things like
"Secretariat" or "Seabiscuit", instead of "Fast Horsie" or "Allan".
racing announcer Larry Collmus is an old hand at making all these odd
handles sound normal. But on Sunday, he called a race at Monmouth Park
Racetrack in New Jersey in which two horses had names that were more
than odd -- they contradicted one another.
One was named "My Wife Knows Everything", and the other was called "The Wife Doesn't Know".
Here's how Larry Collmus managed it -- our Sound of the Day.