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Pt 2: Durban 2 - Mere moments into Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the delegates attending the United Nations conference on racism in Geneva yesterday, two men in rainbow-coloured wigs made their presence - and their displeasure - known.
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Pt 3: Susan Boyle -This, as 50 million hits on YouTube would suggest is someone you may already know. Someone who has made big waves since this appearance on the popular Tv show, "Britain's Got Talent." That a middle aged woman would take a shot at the competition - well - the originally dismissive audience was in delighted disbelief. Jaws dropped, people wept, the judges beamed and now everything has changed.
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It's Tuesday, April 21st.
All crew and passengers are safe after the man who hijacked their CanJet plane at a Jamaican airport was subdued by police.
Currently, passengers said it was refreshing to be held hostage by a gunman instead of a bankrupt travel company.
This is the Current.
About 40 Canadian travellers returned home shortly after mid-night from a Jamaican holiday, more relieved than relaxed... having survived the terrifying ordeal of being held hostage aboard CanJet Flight 918 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Late Sunday evening, a man armed with a gun managed to get past airport security and force his way onto a plane, about 40 minutes before its scheduled takeoff. There were 167 people aboard the Canadian operated charter, destined for Cuba, and then Halifax.
The flight never left, of course. Instead, the man who has since been identified at Stephen Fray, from Montego Bay, held passengers and crew captive. Only after a flight attendant who suggested passengers give up money and belongings in exchange for their freedom were they let go. Six remaining flight crew were forced to stay.
Seven hours later, members of a Jamaican counter-terrorism squad stormed the plane and took the would-be hijacker into custody, ending the standoff. Thirty-one year old Jamie Speer, from Lake Utopia, New Brunswick, was on that plane. He was heading home from vacation with his partner, Allison Bailey. We spoke with Jamie Speer yesterday afternoon, and reached him in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He's back in Canada this morning. We spoke to him about 13 hous after he and the other passengers were released.
Authorities identify the hijacker as Stephen Fray, from Montego Bay, Jamaica, We were told the Department couldn't speak to his particular case. But we did hear from Deepak Obhrai, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs who told us about the Canadians in general. We reached him last night in Washington.
Durban 2 - Anne Bayefsky
Mere moments into Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the delegates attending the United Nations conference on racism in Geneva yesterday, two men in rainbow-coloured wigs made their presence - and their displeasure - known.
The protestors shouted "Shame, shame" and "racist, racist", seemingly unfazed, Mr. Ahmadinejad continued. He called Israel a quote, "paragon of racism", and continued, with what critics described as anti-zionist rhetoric and what the Secretary General of the UN called a platform to accuse, divide and even incite.
Next, it was the delegates from all 23 European Union nations turn to make a statement by walking out to applause, even as the Iranian President kept speaking. Some countries, like Canada and the United States, have boycotted the conference altogether. They believe it's little more than a platform for countries to espouse anti-semitic rhetoric.
Others argue a boycott is a missed opportunity to address racism globally, and a misguided blow to oppressed people who need such a forum to effect change in their countries. Our next guest supports the Canadian Government's decision to boycott the conference. Anne Bayefsky is a Professor at York University in Toronto, a Senior Fellow at the non-partisan think-tank, Hudson Institute and the Editor of EYE on the UN - a watchdog publication that takes a critical view of the United Nations. She is attending the UN conference in Geneva to report on it for publication. And that's where we reached her by phone.
Durban 2 - Margaret Parsons
Not every Canadian believes Canada should be boycotting this conference. Margaret Parsons attended the first UN World Conference on Racism in 2001, in Durban, South Africa. She's the executive director of the Toronto-based African-Canadian Legal clinic. This week, she's in Geneva, attending the conference that's also being called "Durban 2".
Susan Boyle - Palumbo
This, as 50 million hits on YouTube would suggest is someone you may already know. Someone who has made big waves since this appearance on the popular Tv show, "Britain's Got Talent." That a middle aged woman would take a shot at the competition - well - the originally dismissive audience was in delighted disbelief. Jaws dropped, people wept, the judges beamed and now everything has changed.
Two weeks ago, Susan Boyle, the 47 year-old from Scotland, was an unknown talent with a dream. Now, with every passing day - she's fielding yet another interview request. From Larry King Live to morning shows across continents, she's the belle of the media ball. And that performance you just heard... it has become the most watched online TV clip - ever.
Clearly, there's something about Susan Boyle the world loves. And that has at least one psychotherapist wondering what all this adulation really says about the rest of us. Dennis Palumbo has a practice in Los Angeles. He is also a former screenwriter whose credits include the movie My Favorite Year, and the TV comedy show Welcome Back Kotter. And last week he wrote an article for The Huffington Post, called "What If Susan Boyle Couldn't Sing." He was in Los Angeles.
Susan Boyle - Cottin
If you were to tear up at Susan Boyle's performance, well, Letty Cottin Pogrebin wouldn't fault you for it. Half the women she invited to watch the YouTube clip cried when they saw it, she says. Ms. Pogrebin is the founding editor of MS. Magazine, and wrote a piece called "Why Susan Boyle Makes us Cry." And she was in New York City.
Susan Boyle - Gundle
It may be that Susan Boyle is the most famous Scot since Sean Connery. But if you think of Connery, you think of James Bond, a dashing figure of fame and glamour. So, the question is... will the unassuming songstress from West Lothian join the glamour set? Stephen Gundle knows a lot about glamour and fame. He is a Professor of Film and Television Studies and the University of Warwick in England. And he is the author of the new book Glamour: A History. We reached him in Coventry.
Last Word - Susan Boyle
Stay tuned to CBC Radio One, it's Q next with Jian Gomeshi. And this afternoon at 2 pm it's The Point with Aamer Haleem. And you can catch CBC's The National every night on Newsworld at 9 and 10 pm.
Now, well before Susan Boyle made some of us shed a tear with her rendition of Les Miz's I Dreamed a Dream, she recorded Cry Me a River, a rendition of the brooding blues song made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. She recorded it for a local charity album in 1999. That album was funded by the tiny Whitburn Community Council in her collection of villages as she called it. Only 1,000 copies were made. But the internet clip has received about a million hits. So if anyone is crying a river today, maybe it's the recording companies who missed, or passed, on this little gem.