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July 02, 2009

Pt 1: CIA in Iran - Tehran blames the unseen hand of Western intelligence for the uprising at the same time that U.S. President Barack Obama has been criticized for what some see as a hands off approach to Iran.

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Pt 2: The Miracle at Springhill - This morning we replayed a documentary we first brought you on October 23rd of last year ... the fiftieth anniversary of the Springhill mining disaster. On October 23rd 1958 a series of shockwaves rumbled through the Number Two mine in Springhill, Nova Scotia, one of deepest coal mines in the world.

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Today's summer guest host was Mellissa Fung.

It's Thursday, July 2nd.

Fifty-six years after the CIA helped engineer a coup to install the Shah as ruler of Iran, there are increasing calls for the CIA to intervene in Iran's disputed election.

Currently, because, you know, it worked out so well last time.

This is The Current.

CIA in Iran - Lenczowski

Tehran blames the unseen hand of Western intelligence for the uprising at the same time that U.S. President Barack Obama has been criticized for what some see as a hands off approach to Iran.

And a week before a G8 meeting where Iran will be prominent on the agenda, that has opened a debate over what - if any - role the CIA - should play in Iran.

John Lenczowski has strong opinions on the question. He is President of The Institute of World Politics and was Director of European and Soviet Affairs for the National Security Council during the Reagan administration. He was in Washington, DC.

CIA in Iran - Goodman

For another perspective on whether there's a constructive role for the CIA in Iran, we were joined by Melvin Goodman. He was a long-time analyst with the CIA, but is now a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Policy. He is also the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA. Mr. Goodman was in Washington, DC.

Music Bridge

Artist: Ray Montford
Cut: CD1 May It Begin
CD: The Early Sessions
Label: Softail Records
Spine #: ES04CD

The Miracle at Springhill

This morning we replayed a documentary we first brought you on October 23rd of last year ... the fiftieth anniversary of the Springhill mining disaster. On October 23rd 1958 a series of shockwaves rumbled through the Number Two mine in Springhill, Nova Scotia, one of deepest coal mines in the world.

Those killer shockwaves have since become known as the "Bump of 1958." But to the 174 men who were working underground at the time, it felt more like a small earthquake. For 75 of them, the mine became their tomb.

The world's attention was captivated by live radio and television coverage of survivors making their way to the surface. Two groups of miners remained trapped, without food or water. They were left for dead by the mine's owners. But their fellow miners refused to stop digging. Six days later, twelve men were rescued from their blackened prison, four kilometres underground. Six more were found alive three days after that.

It was called The Miracle of Springhill. Of those 18 survivors, only three are still alive today. 76-year-old Harold Brine is one of them. This is his story, as told to CBC Radio's Halifax Producer, Mary Lynk.

Letters

It's time for our weekly letters pack here on The Current, a chance for you, our listeners to weigh in our stories. This morning Current Producer John Chipman joined Mellissa Fung to read some of your mail.

Blood Transfusions: We recieved a lot of feedback on a story we aired last Friday. That was the day the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the case of an 18-year-old girl, who is a Jehovah's Witness. The girl - known only as A.C. - has Crohn's Disease. She says her rights were violated three years ago when at age fourteen, she was forced to get a blood transfusion to treat internal bleeding in her bowel. She and her parents were opposed to the blood transfusion because it goes against their religious beliefs.

We heard reaction to the Supreme Court decision from two medical ethicists. Obviously one of the biggest issues that came to the fore both in that ruling and in our discussion was the issue of maturity and the decision-making skills of minors.We read some mail on this topic.

Honduras: On Tuesday's program we turned to Honduras, where the military ousted President Manuel Zelaya, sending him into exile. We spoke with Josue Murillo, a Honduran human rights lawyer. Some of our listeners also had strong opinions about the military coup in Honduras. We shared some of your letters on this issue.

Average Canadian: Now back to Canada and a look at what defines Canadians. Yesterday, Current Producer Chris Wodskou brought us a Canada Day segment about whether Canadians are actually proud of being ... well, average. Chris presented us with this perspective from writer and satirest Bruce McCaul, a Canadian who moved abroad almost 40 years ago. That whole segment illicited some not so-average responses.

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