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October 5, 2009

Pt 1: Pre-mature Births - The numbers are startling, about a million babies die each year because they are born prematurely. And the rate of premature births is on the rise all over the world. When the numbers are broken down by region, North America -- that's Canada and the United States taken together -- ranks a close second ... right behind Africa ... in the percentage of babies born prematurely.

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Pt 2: Angela Davis - During the radical protest movements of the 1960's and 70's in the U.S., there was no woman more famous or notorious than Angela Davis. She was active in the civil rights movement ... a member of the radical and often violent Black Panthers.

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Pt 3: Forest Offsets - We started this segment with a clip of Moses Kiptala. He's a farmer in Eastern Uganda. Seventeen years ago, he and a group of other farmers were pushed off their land in the name of conservation ... evicted so that the Ugandan Government could establish Mount Elgon National Park. Mount Elgon is an important watershed. And it supports a rich variety of vegetation. So the land there is highly contested.

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It's Monday, October 5th.

The Liberals tried unsuccessfully to bring down the Conservative government with a non-confidence motion last week.

Currently, The Liberals are now refocusing their efforts on getting the government to beef up employment insurance ... by covering 80 per cent of an MP's salary.

This is The Current.


Pre-mature Births - Howson

The numbers are startling, about a million babies die each year because they are born prematurely. And the rate of premature births is on the rise all over the world. When the numbers are broken down by region, North America -- that's Canada and the United States taken together -- ranks a close second ... right behind Africa ... in the percentage of babies born prematurely.

The data comes from the World Health Organization. It was compiled by the U.S. charity, The March of Dimes. And according to a report it is presenting at a conference in New Delhi tomorrow, premature births are "an enormous global problem" with implications for families, medical systems and national economies. Doctor Christopher Howson is the Vice President of Global Programs with the March of Dimes. And he was in New Delhi, India.

Pre-mature Births - Panel

David Morley and Arthur Schafer have both been monitoring the consequences of the increase in premature births. David Morley is the President and CEO of Save the Children Canada. He was in Toronto. And Arthur Schafer is an ethics consultant for the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.



 

Angela Davis

During the radical protest movements of the 1960's and 70's in the U.S., there was no woman more famous or notorious than Angela Davis. She was active in the civil rights movement ... a member of the radical and often violent Black Panthers.

And in 1970, she was accused of being a co-conspirator in the murder of a white judge and placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. She spent almost a-year-and-a-half in jail. But after a highly publicized trial and a global campaign to free her, an all-white jury acquitted her of murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy.

Today, Angela Davis is a professor, an activist and the author of eight books, including Are Prisons Obsolete? and the soon to be published The Meaning of Freedom. She is also the founder of Critical Resistance, a group that advocates for the abolition of the U.S. prison system. Angela Davis was in Montreal last week to give the McGill Beaverbrook Lecture on "Media, Race and Power."


Extended interview: audio to come


Forest Offsets - SinksWatch

We started this segment with a clip of Moses Kiptala. He's a farmer in Eastern Uganda. Seventeen years ago, he and a group of other farmers were pushed off their land in the name of conservation ... evicted so that the Ugandan Government could establish Mount Elgon National Park. Mount Elgon is an important watershed. And it supports a rich variety of vegetation. So the land there is highly contested.

And now some say the situation is being further complicated by a foreign business that is trying to offset carbon dioxide emissions the West. Forests Absorbing Carbon Dioxide Emission -or FACE- is a Dutch organization. Over the last 15 years, it has planted millions of trees throughout the area. But some locals believe that all those trees are aggravating their attempts to get their land back.

Jutta Kill sees this as another example of a case where a western company's plan to sell carbon offsets can have a devastating effect on local politics in a developing city. Jutta Kill is the Director of SinksWatch, a group that monitors offset projects around the world. She was in London, England.

Forest Offsets - ERA

But not everyone is willing to give up on the idea of planting trees to offset carbon emissions. Robert Falls is the CEO of Ecosystems Restoration Associates, a company that has a number of forest offset projects. Robert Falls was in Vancouver.

Last Word - Sweet Black Angel

We ended the programn today with a last word about Angela Davis. She may have been wanted by the FBI but in the 1970s, she was also a cultural reference point. She appears in Philip Roth's novel American Pastoral. She was parodied in the movie Network. And she was celebrated by more then a few rock stars including . The Rolling Stones, they gave her a tribute to her on their album, Exile on Main Street. We played the song, Sweet Black Angel.

Music

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Cd: Exile on Main Street
Cut: Cut 8, Sweet Black Angel
Label: Rolling Stones
Spine: WCGK-40489



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