August 11, 2008

Pt 1: Conflict in Georgia - In an act of aggression not seen since Russia's war with Afghanistan in 1979, Russia has taken control of Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. The seizure of Tskhinvali came shortly after Georgian troops withdrew and President Mikheil Saakashvili called a ceasefire early yesterday morning. Several heavy days of fighting left hundreds dead and thousands homeless.

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Pt 2: Canadian Men's Rowing - Four years ago, the Canadian Men's Eight Rowing team was at the height of its very considerable powers. Its members were World Champions and favourites to win gold in Athens. But in the final race, something went wrong and the team left Athens with nothing. The experience left the team psychologically scarred and determined to make sure things end differently in Beijing. Five of the nine athletes in the boat this year were in Athens four years ago. They're back together for a second -- and perhaps final -- run at gold.

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It's Monday, August 11th.

Fierce battles continued in Georgia over the weekend between Russian and Georgian soldiers.

Currently, President George Bush has vowed to do whatever it takes to defend Atlanta.

This is The Current.


Conflict in Georgia

In an act of aggression not seen since Russia's war with Afghanistan in 1979, Russia has taken control of Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. The seizure of Tskhinvali came shortly after Georgian troops withdrew and President Mikheil Saakashvili called a ceasefire early yesterday morning. Several heavy days of fighting left hundreds dead and thousands homeless

Some voices from the city Tskhinvali. This week, Russian forces claimed that the Georgian army was still engaged in battle and countered by bombing targets throughout the country, including the Tbilisi airport.

Condeming Russia's Attacks

The international community is condemning Russia for these attacks. The US has drafted an emergency UN resolution and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has accused Russia of violating Georgia's territorial integrity in South Ossetia and of using excessive force. For an update on the latest we reached New York Times reporter Mike Schwirtz. He joined us from Zestaponia, Russia.

We also spoke with Sam Greene regarding about how the South Ossetia conflict has reached the level it has and what that means for the region as a whole. Sam Greene is a political scientist with the Carnegie Moscow Center for the Endowment of International Peace. He Joined us from Moscow.


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Canadian Men's Eight Rowing

Four years ago, the Canadian Men's Eight Rowing team was at the height of its very considerable powers. Its members were World Champions and favourites to win gold in Athens. But in the final race, something went wrong and the team left Athens with nothing. The experience left the team psychologically scarred and determined to make sure things end differently in Beijing. Five of the nine athletes in the boat this year were in Athens four years ago. They're back together for a second -- and perhaps final -- run at gold.

Qualifying races happened earlier this day and Canada's men's team placed first in their heat and have qualified for the finals happening the following Sunday.

CBC Radio's Curt Petrovich has been following the Men's Eight team for the last few months from its training regime in Victoria to the World Championships in Switzerland. And he's prepared this documentary.


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