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December 9, 2008

Pt 1: Liberal Fate - With Parliament in suspended animation, all eyes are now on the race for the Liberal leadership. And the obstacles in Michael Ignatieff's way seemed to be disappearing. Yesterday, Stephane Dion said he would resign as soon as a new leader is chosen. And the competition for the job got a little thinner after Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc pulled out of the race.

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Pt 2: Trevor and Debbie Greene - When Trevor Greene sat down with village elders near Kandahar in early 2006, that's not how he expected the meeting to end. He'd removed his helmet and weapon as a sign of respect. And with pen and paper in hand, he talked, and asked them what they needed.

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Pt 3: Congo Doctor - If you search the news wires in the DRC .. the Democratic Rebuplic of Congo - you'll learn that there are peace talks underway this week to try to deal with the latest round of fighting. Latest because the Congo is after all a place where the death toll in the last decade had reached about 5 million.

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It's Tuesday, December 9th.

Stephane Dion announced he will step down as Liberal leader as soon as a successor is chosen.

Currently, that's when the Conservatives' anti-Michael Ignatieff attack ads are scheduled to debut.

This is The Current.


Liberal Fate: Panel

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With Parliament in suspended animation, all eyes are now on the race for the Liberal leadership. And the obstacles in Michael Ignatieff's way seemed to be disappearing. Yesterday, Stephane Dion said he would resign as soon as a new leader is chosen. And the competition for the job got a little thinner after Liberal MP Dominic LeBlanc pulled out of the race.

That leaves just two candidates -- Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff. The Liberal caucus had planned to vote for an interim leader tomorrow ... a vote most observers were thinking Michael Ignatieff would win. But Bob Rae was not in favour of that plan.

Well since then the Liberal Party's National Executive has agreed to broaden the consultation to include over 800 liberals including riding Presidents, defeated candidates and Presidents of the party's clubs ... that would be Student clubs, Women's, seniors and Aboriginals. The date they are giving a decision is now December 17th.

For their thoughts on the state of the Liberal Party, we were joined by two political historians. Michael Bliss is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. We reached him in Vancouver this morning. And David Mitchell is the out-going Vice-Principal at Queen's University and the incoming (in January) President of Public Policy Forum in Ottawa. He was in Kingston, Ontario.

 

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Trevor and Debbie Greene

When Trevor Greene sat down with village elders near Kandahar in early 2006, that's not how he expected the meeting to end. He'd removed his helmet and weapon as a sign of respect. And with pen and paper in hand, he talked, and asked them what they needed.

The axe -- the one a 16-year-old Taliban fighter drove into his skull ... he never saw it coming. After that, it was chaos. His platoon-mates opened fire on the attacker and then on the other Taliban fighters who lay hidden in ambush. Everyone thought Trevor Greene was dead.

We aired a clip with how some of Trevor Greene's platoon-mates recall the attack. It's an excerpt from "Peace Warrior," a new television documentary produced by CTV. It explores what happened to Trevor that day and the battle that he, his partner Debbie Lepore and their daughter Grace have been facing ever since.
Debbie Lepore and Trevor Greene were at their home in Nanaimo, British Columbia.


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Congo Doctor

If you search the news wires in the DRC .. the Democratic Rebuplic of Congo - you'll learn that there are peace talks underway this week to try to deal with the latest round of fighting. Latest because the Congo is after all a place where the death toll in the last decade had reached about 5 million.

So there are stories about peace talkes. But the story that is harder to talk about is what is still going on ... the terrorizing of women - little girls ... teenage girls ... 20-somethings ...middle-aged women and women in their 80's. Age appears to be no barrier in a place where rape is a weapon of war - where women are sexually brutalized by soldiers fighting on all sides. It isn't the only place this happens but it may be the worst.

Many of those victims end up at the Panzi Hospital of Bukavu is in South Kivu ... right in the heart of the fighting. Doctors there have been collecting testimonials from women who have been sexually terrorized.

*** We do want to warn you that some of what you are about to hear is disturbing and very graphic.

We aired some recorded readings of testimonials from women who have been raped and terrorized in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are stories that Doctor Denis Mukwege can barely listen to. He runs the Panzi Hospital of Bukavu and Anna Maria spoke with him last month while he was visiting Canada with Aissatou Diajha, of the Stephen Lewis Foundation who agreed to interpret.

*** And again, we warn you that some of what you're going to hear is disturbing and graphic. Dr. Mukwege began by telling us about the women who come to see him.

Aissatou Diajha is from the Stephen Lewis Foundation and translated for Doctor Mukwege. Doctor Denis Mukwege is the Director of the Panzi Hospital of Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Anna Maria spoke with him at the end of November while he was visiting Canada.

Click here to donate to the Panzi Hospital through the Stephen Lewis Foundation.


Music Bridge

Artist: Khadja Nin
Cd: "Ya ..."
Cut: 1, "Mama"
Label: Ark 21


Last Word - Kadja Nin

Later today on CBC Radio One, it's The Point ... and host Aamer Haleem will tell you how to get the best deal at the mall. The Point is at 2 o'clock -- 2:30 in parts of Newfoundland and Labrador. And tonight at 10 o'clock on CBC Television, The National will look at how much the Bank of Canada can cut its prime lending rate without emptying the till.

We ended the program this morning with a singer from Burundi named Kadja Nin. She's one of the most famous female singers anywhere in Africa and she writes frequently about the many hardships that African women often face. This is her song, "Mama."


Music

Artist: Khadja Nin
Cd: "Ya ..."
Cut: 1, "Mama"
Label: Ark 21


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