June 10, 2009

Pt 1: NS NDP - After more than a century of Tory blue and Grit red, Nova Scotia is awash in orange this morning. Last night, NDP leader Darrell Dexter led his party to its first victory in the history of the province ... and the entire Atlantic region. The NDP took 31 of the province's 52 seats, giving it a majority government and making Darrell Dexter the Premier-designate of Nova Scotia. Darrell Dexter was in Halifax.

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Pt 2: Wafa Sahnine - For the last six years, Wafa Sahnine has been waiting for a phone call telling her that her step-father, Abousfian Abdelrazik, is finally coming home. The last time they saw each other was March of 2003 when Abousfian Abdelrazik left for Sudan to visit his mother.

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Pt 3: Geronimo - Skull & Bones - Even 100 years after his death, Geronimo's legacy is still highly contested, even among his descendants. Earlier this year, his great-grandson -- Harlyn Geronimo -- filed a lawsuit on behalf of some of Geronimo's descendants. They are seeking to repatriate Geronimo's remains.

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This is the Current.

NS NDP - Leader

After more than a century of Tory blue and Grit red, Nova Scotia is awash in orange this morning. Last night, NDP leader Darrell Dexter led his party to its first victory in the history of the province ... and the entire Atlantic region. The NDP took 31 of the province's 52 seats, giving it a majority government and making Darrell Dexter the Premier-designate of Nova Scotia. Darrell Dexter was in Halifax.

N.S. Election Panel

For their thoughts on what the first NDP election victory in Nova Scotia history says about the state of the province and the party, we were joined by three people. Jeff MacLeod is a Professor of Political Science at Mount Saint Vincent University. He was in Halifax. Ralph Surette is a political columnist at the Halifax Chronicle Herald. He was in Halifax as well. And Marilla Stephenson is a columnist with the Halifax Chronicle Herald in Sydney, Cape Breton.

Wafa Sahnine

For the last six years, Wafa Sahnine has been waiting for a phone call telling her that her step-father, Abousfian Abdelrazik, is finally coming home. The last time they saw each other was March of 2003 when Abousfian Abdelrazik left for Sudan to visit his mother.

A few months later he was detained by Sudanese authorities and accused of having links to terrorist activities. He was later released and the RCMP and CSIS have both cleared him of any criminal wrong-doing. But he is stuck in Sudan, sleeping on a cot in the Canadian Embassy in Khartoum. The Canadian Government won't give him the travel documents he needs to come home because he is still on a United Nations' Security Council no-fly list.

Last Thursday, the Federal Court of Canada ordered the Canadian government to bring Mr. Abdelrazik back to Canada within 30 days. And Judge Russell Zinn didn't mince words. He said Mr. Abdelrazik was "as much a victim of international terrorism as the innocent people whose lives have been taken away by recent barbaric acts of terrorism."

A group of supporters have booked a plane ticket for Mr. Abdelrazik for later this week. But the federal government has yet to respond to the court's decision. And that means Wafa Sahnine is still waiting.

Yesterday we spoke with Wafa Sahnine with translation from CBC's Susan McKenzie. She spoke to us from Montreal.

As we mentioned earlier, the Federal Court of Canada has ordered the Federal Government to allow Mr. Abdelrazik to return to Canada. The Current requested an interview with Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon so that we could ask him if the federal government plans to do that. We were told he was not available. His Parliamentary Secretary, Deepak Obhrai also declined to be interviewed, but provided us with this statement yesterday:

The government has received the court's decision on the case of Mr. Abdelrazik. We are reviewing the ruling and will make our decision based upon sound legal advice.

Abdelrazik Lawyer

Well, Abousfian Abdelrazik does have a plane ticket to come back to Canada this week. But it is not clear if the Federal Government plans to issue him the documents he needs in order to travel.

For her thoughts on the situation, we were joined by Audrey Brousseau. She's one of the lawyers working on behalf of Abousfian Abdelrazik and she was in Ottawa.

Geronimo - Skull & Bones: Pember

We started this segment with a clip from a PBS series called, We Shall Remain.

Even 100 years after his death, Geronimo's legacy is still highly contested, even among his descendants. Earlier this year, his great-grandson -- Harlyn Geronimo -- filed a lawsuit on behalf of some of Geronimo's descendants. They are seeking to repatriate Geronimo's remains.

It is believed that he is still buried at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, where he died in captivity on February 17th, 1909. Harlyn Geronimo wants to have his great-grandfather's remains moved to the headwaters of the Gila river in southwestern New Mexico ... an area considered traditional Apache territory.

Geronimo's great-grandson, Harlyn Geronimo. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsay Clark is one of the lawyers involved in the lawsuit. We heard from him.

For some of the context around this lawsuit, we were joined by Mary Annette Pember. She's a Red Cliff Ojibwa writer and a former President of the Native American Journalist's Association. She's on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in Wisconsin this morning.

Geronimo - Skull & Bones: Robbins

Well, the Order of Skull and Bones may play a role in the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of Geronimo's remains. Alexandra Robbins has been trying to unlock the mysteries of this. She is an investigative journalist and the author of Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths to Power.
Alexandra Robbins was in Washington.

Music Bridge

Artist: Ray Montford
Cut: CD7 Spirit Runner
CD: Many Roads
Label: Softail Records
Spine #: MR03CD

Last Word - Geronimo Song

We gave the last word to country singer Bobby Barnett. He recorded two albums of songs about the history of the American West, including his 1985 song, The Ballad of Geronimo.

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