June 3, 2008

Pt 1: Documentary: Into the Darkness- A Canadian citizen, languishing in a foreign prison without being charged with a crime or appearing in a courtroom -- and never seeing a lawyer, or for that matter, a Canadian consular official. This was the experience of Bashir Maktal, who has been held in Ethiopia for more than 16 months. And no one in Ottawa or the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa wants to talk about his case.

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Pt 2: Bashir Maktal, A Canadian Jailed Overseas - Documentary (Cont'd) - Part two of our documentary about the case of Bashir Makhtal, produced by The Current's John Chipman.

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Pt 3: Feature Interview With Barbara Walters - Barbara Walters interviewed Fidel Castro, the Shah of Iran and Jimmy Carter. For most journalists, asking the president-elect of the United States if he sleeps in the same bed as his wife probably wouldn't be at the top of their list of questions. But then again, Barbara Walters has never followed other people's rules.

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It's Tuesday, June 3rd.

A House of Commons committee has launched an inquiry into the Maxime Bernier scandal. Currently, at least that's according to these classified documents someone left lying here.

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Bashir Maktal, A Canadian Jailed Overseas


Documentary: Into the Darkness

A Canadian citizen, languishing in a foreign prison without being charged with a crime or appearing in a courtroom -- and never seeing a lawyer, or for that matter, a Canadian consular official. This was the experience of Bashir Maktal, who has been held in Ethiopia for more than 16 months. And no one in Ottawa or the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa wants to talk about his case.

The Current producer John Chipman investigated Bashir Maktal's story and joined us to talk about it.


Music

Hamza el Din -- Eclipse




Listen to Part One:

 

Bashir Maktal, A Canadian Jailed Overseas - Documentary (Cont'd)


Documentary: Into the Darkness (continued)

Part two of our documentary about the case of Bashir Makhtal, produced by The Current's John Chipman.


Music

Hamza el Din -- Eclipse


Listen to Part Two:

 

Feature Interview With Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters interviewed Fidel Castro, the Shah of Iran and Jimmy Carter. For most journalists, asking the president-elect of the United States if he sleeps in the same bed as his wife probably wouldn't be at the top of their list of questions. But then again, Barbara Walters has never followed other people's rules.

She has had a spectacular career by any account. She's interviewed every American President since Richard Nixon, as well as dozens of other world leaders and countless movie stars, musicians, celebrities and criminals.

Her career climax came in 1976, when she broke onto the stage reserved for the big boys of journalism as co-anchor of the ABC Evening News. She was called a failure. Colleagues tried to push her out. But she persevered and kept asking both tough and unexpected questions of the biggest newsmakers of the day.

Barbara Walters joined us in Toronto. Her memoir, Audition was published in May 2008.


Last Word - Iraq War Resisters

On Thursday, May 29, 2008, NDP MP Olivia Chow presented a motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to allow so-called Iraq War Resisters to stay in Canada. Joshua Key is one of the resisters who would be granted refuge by the motion. He served in Iraq as a Private First Class Combat Engineer. But after eight months, he went AWOL and arrived in Canada in March of 2005, where he settled in Saskatchewan with his wife and their four children, where they waited for a federal court to rule on whether he can stay in Canada as a refugee. He spoke to The Current back in March of 2006. We closed this episode with an excerpt of that interview.


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