Wednesday, June 18, 2008 | Categories: Episodes
It's Wednesday, June 18th.
Canadian officials in Afghanistan insist the Taliban have not "taken over" local villages, but merely "entered them to make their presence felt."
Currently, Of course that's still more than NATO has managed.
This is The Current.
As the run rose on June 18, 2008, Canadian and Afghan troops were preparing for battle against hundreds of Taliban rebels.
The rebels had invaded and seized control of several villages near Kandahar city, overrunning homes and reportedly planting landmines throughout the area. It all came just days after a huge Taliban prison break that led to the escape of 400 Taliban inmates.
Rangina Hamidi, an Afghan-American activist living and working in Kandahar, gave us the latest.
For their thoughts on the stakes on the ground, we were joined in Toronto by Brian MacDonald, a retired colonel and a Senior Defence Analyst with the Conference of Defence Associations, and from Ottawa by Scott Taylor, a former Canadian soldier and the Editor-in-Chief of Esprit de Corps Magazine.
Listen to Part One:
Morgan Tsvangirai Interview
On June 27, 2008, the people of Zimbabwe go to the polls in their second attempt to elect a President in less than six months. The previous vote was mired in accusations of ballot-stuffing, vote-rigging, fraud and intimidation. Even so, it very nearly broke President Robert Mugabe's increasingly merciless grip on power after 28 years in office. In the aftermath of that election, dozens of opposition supporters were murdered, hundreds more were arrested, and Robert Mugabe said he wouldn't give up power regardless of how the vote goes.
Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, joined us from Harare.
What To Do With Mugabe?
Robert Mugabe's refusal to leave office even if he loses the run-off election created something of a standoff in Zimbabwe -- one that could easily turn bloody. Mark Ashurst watched other African countries deal with similar situations and joined us from London, England, where he serves as director of the Africa Research Institute, to give us his thoughts on how Zimbabwe might best manage the situation.
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But John Winters sees more campers every summer than just about anyone in the country, so he's got a pretty good idea of what kind of gear they're using. He's the superintendent of Algonquin Provincial Park and he joined us from the park's east gate in Whitney, Ontario.
The question we're asking is, how comfortable can you make yourself before you're not really camping at all? To help answer it, we were joined by two people whose companies have developed all sorts of camping gear -- essential and otherwise: from Toronto by Tim Southam, Public Affairs Manager for Mountain Equipment Co-op; also from Toronto by Joanne Elson, a Spokesperson for Canadian Tire; and from Vancouver by Jack Christie, the Outdoors columnist for the Georgia Straight newspaper.
Last Word - Roughing It
With the debate on camping, it's worth remembering there was a time when just living in Canada was hard work. So we closed this episode with a passage from Roughing It in The Bush, Susanna Moodie's semi-autobiographical novel about her experience as an immigrant who settled in the area near Peterborough, Ontario, in the 1830s.
Music: MacKinnon's Brook Suite, Movement 1 - The Voyage
Listen to Part Three: