July 18, 2008

Pt 1: Afghan Insurgency - In the week of July 14, 2008, the commander of the Canadian soldiers in Kandahar stood up at a press conference with the Governor of Kandahar. Together, they announced that they had reason to believe an airstrike had killed a top Taliban commander. It was more proof, they said, that international forces still had the upper hand in Afghanistan.

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Pt 2: Happy Birthday Susie (Documentary) - For many parents with disabled children, their biggest fear is the day they are no longer able to care for their child. There are programs to help them find the support, care and housing their children will need. But in many small towns and rural areas, those services are maxed out. That's left Susie Schule and her mother Regula in a very difficult bind. They live in Happy Valley Goose Bay, a town of about eight thousand people in Labrador. Regula adopted Susie nearly 30 years ago when Susie was seven. Susie was born with cerebral palsy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

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Today's guest host was Jim Brown.


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Afghan Insurgency

On the Frontline

In the week of July 14, 2008, the commander of the Canadian soldiers in Kandahar stood up at a press conference with the Governor of Kandahar. Together, they announced that they had reason to believe an airstrike had killed a top Taliban commander. It was more proof, they said, that international forces still had the upper hand in Afghanistan.

But while Canadian military officials were briefing reporters about the airstrike, insurgents launched two separate attacks. One of them killed three Afghan police officers and an unknown number of civilians. The other killed one woman, after insurgents fired grenades into five civilian fuel tankers.

The attacks came amidst reports that the number of foreign fighters crossing into Afghanistan was on the rise, and that the situation was a long way from being under control.

Jean MacKenzie has a front-line view of what's going on. She's with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and she joined us from Kabul.


Analysis

By 2008, after years of focussing on Iraq, the instability and violence in Afghanistan caught the attention of the Pentagon. So much so, that some U.S. military commanders began pushing for ten thousand more American combat troops to be sent to Afghanistan. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addressed the situation in Afghanistan.

But in the first half of July 2008, Canada's Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, was offering a very different perspective on the situation in Afghanistan.

Mark Sedra addressed the mixed and sometimes conflicting messages coming from the Canadian and U.S. militaries. He's a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and co-author of Afghanistan: Transition Under Threat and he joined us from Toronto.


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Happy Birthday Susie (Documentary)

For many parents with disabled children, their biggest fear is the day they are no longer able to care for their child. There are programs to help them find the support, care and housing their children will need. But in many small towns and rural areas, those services are maxed out. That's left Susie Schule and her mother Regula in a very difficult bind. They live in Happy Valley Goose Bay, a town of about eight thousand people in Labrador. Regula adopted Susie nearly 30 years ago when Susie was seven. Susie was born with cerebral palsy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

And the two of them are fast approaching a major turning point in their lives. Regula is eighty now. And she's getting increasingly worried about who will care for Susie when she's gone. The CBC's Kate Kyle spent some time with Susie and Regula and prepared this documentary. It's called "Happy Birthday Susie" and it first aired on The Current in January 2008, just a few months before Regula turned 80.


Music

Artist: Steve Dawson
Cut: CD10 "Ruby"
CD: "We Belong to the Gold Coast"
Label: Black Hen Music
Spine #: BHCD 0030


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