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July 9, 2008

Pt 1: G8 Meeting and Aid to Africa -July 9, 2008 was the last day of the Group of Eight meetings in Japan. And, like in years past, among the many issues on the agenda was aid to Africa. Throughout the meetings, the leaders of the world's most powerful economies insisted that they are following through on commitments made at past summits, and that the G8 remained dedicated to helping some of the poorest countries on earth. But activists were less sure, and said the G8's record on the issue was mixed at best.

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Pt 2: Tiger Temple (Documentary) - If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with something really big and really dangerous, there's probably a tourist destination out there for you. You could stalk a rhinoceros in South Africa, get a big, furry bearhug from a panda in China, or snorkel with a shark in the Philippines. Animal encounter operations like these are controversial. Advocates say they educate people about wild animals. But critics argue that wild animals belong in the wild, with people keeping a respectful distance.

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Today's guest host was Jim Brown.


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G8 Meeting and Aid to Africa

G8 Researcher

July 9, 2008 was the last day of the Group of Eight meetings in Japan. And, like in years past, among the many issues on the agenda was aid to Africa. Throughout the meetings, the leaders of the world's most powerful economies insisted that they are following through on commitments made at past summits, and that the G8 remained dedicated to helping some of the poorest countries on earth. But activists were less sure, and said the G8's record on the issue was mixed at best.

And some Africans argued that the fact the issue keeps resurfacing year after year suggested the aid that was getting through wasn't doing much good.

To discuss this issue, we were joined from the G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan by John Kirton, Director of the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto.


Ugandan Journalist

A number of young Africans question the effectiveness of aid pledged to Africa. Some even suggest African countries would be better off without that enormous financial commitment from the West. Andrew Mwenda is a leading critic of foreign aid to Africa. He's a Ugandan journalist, but he joined us from Kigali, Rwanda.


Aid Advocate

For some on the front lines battling hunger and poverty in Africa, the prospect of turning off that international aid tap spells disaster. Susan Mbaya is World Vision's Advocacy Director for the African Region and she joined us from Nairobi, Kenya.


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Tiger Temple (Documentary)

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with something really big and really dangerous, there's probably a tourist destination out there for you. You could stalk a rhinoceros in South Africa, get a big, furry bearhug from a panda in China, or snorkel with a shark in the Philippines. Animal encounter operations like these are controversial. Advocates say they educate people about wild animals. But critics argue that wild animals belong in the wild, with people keeping a respectful distance.

We presented the story of an unusual place to find an animal encounter business : a Buddhist temple in Thailand. The Tiger Temple is just three hours outside of Bangkok and it has become a popular tourist attraction, featuring some very big and very zen felines. The CBC's Meredith Dellandrea traveled to the Tiger Temple and prepared this documentary. It's called "Ferocity You Can Touch" and it first aired on The Current in December 2008.



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