August 29, 2008

Pt 1: Arif Lalani - Even by Afghanistan's increasingly diminished standards, this has been a difficult month. Taliban attacks on coalition forces have been frequent and fierce. Aid workers have been targeted and killed. And Canada's top-soldier says The Taliban now controls significant chunks of the territory around Kandahar, where Canadian soldiers are stationed.

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Pt 2: The Peacemaker - Documentary - There is a centuries-old tradition in south-east Turkey that -- to this day -- continues to terrorize the people who live there. It is vengeance. Blood feuds, often settled by violence, are a way of life. But Sight Shanla is trying to change that. He's made it his life's work to try to end this deadly tradition. He says he's saved thousands of people from being murdered by feuding neighbours and families. And he's become something of a celebrity in the process, a former butcher who's now known as the President of Peace in his hometown of Diabacur. Dorian Jones traveled to Diabacur to meet Sight Shanla and brought back this documentary. It's called "The Peacemaker" and it first aired on The Current last September.

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It's Friday, August 29th.

The CD Howe Institute is recommending that the Bank of Canada leave its target for the overnight interest rate unchanged at its next announcement.

Currently, Stephen Harper says that proves parliament has become totally dysfunctional and leaves him with no choice but to call an election.

This is The Current.


Arif Lalani

Even by Afghanistan's increasingly diminished standards, this has been a difficult month. Taliban attacks on coalition forces have been frequent and fierce. Aid workers have been targeted and killed. And Canada's top-soldier says The Taliban now controls significant chunks of the territory around Kandahar, where Canadian soldiers are stationed.

Arif Lalani knows the situation all too well. For the last 15 months, he's been Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan. He's considered by many to be a rising star in the Canadian diplomatic corps. He's also a Muslim, born in Uganda and raised in Ontario and British Columbia, and the only western diplomat invited to pray with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the end of Ramadan.

Arif Lalani is now Canada's out-going Ambassador to Afghanistan and he joined us from Ottawa.

Listen to Part One:

 

The Peacemaker - Documentary

There is a centuries-old tradition in south-east Turkey that -- to this day -- continues to terrorize the people who live there. It is vengeance. Blood feuds, often settled by violence, are a way of life. But Sight Shanla is trying to change that. He's made it his life's work to try to end this deadly tradition. He says he's saved thousands of people from being murdered by feuding neighbours and families. And he's become something of a celebrity in the process, a former butcher who's now known as the President of Peace in his hometown of Diabacur. Dorian Jones traveled to Diabacur to meet Sight Shanla and brought back this documentary. It's called "The Peacemaker" and it first aired on The Current last September.



Listen to Part Two:

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