June 19, 2009

Pt 1: Uighurs in Bermuda- When you think of Bermuda, chances are you conjure up a warm island-paradise full of swaying palm trees and calm ocean breezes. But things aren't so peaceful there right now.

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Pt 2: The Daddy Shift - We started this segment with some voices of a few Canadian dads reflecting on the modern meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and the decision to stay home with their kids.

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Pt 3: The God Debate - The best-seller list has not been kind to God lately. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins took aim at the big guy in The God Delusion. Then the well known writer Christopher Hitchens - never one to shy away from a fight - followed up with God is Not Great.

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It's Friday, June 19th.

Al-Qaida's top commander in Afghanistan says his organization is broke and can't come up with the cash to finance martyrdom operations.

Currently ... Thank you Lehman Brothers.

This is The Current.

Part One: Uighurs in Bermuda - Bermudan military

When you think of Bermuda, chances are you conjure up a warm island-paradise full of swaying palm trees and calm ocean breezes. But things aren't so peaceful there right now.

Last week, Bermuda's government agreed to take in four wrongfully accused inmates from the U.S. Military Prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They are all Muslim Uighurs from China, an ethnic minority often persecuted in their home country. And now the decision to welcome them could cost Bermuda's Premier his job.

Glenn Brangman is a Major in the Bermudan military. He's been helping the four former prisoners learn about Bermuda's culture and customs. And he was in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Uighurs in Bermuda - Abdulqadir

Abdulla Abdulqadir is one of the four Uighur men now in Bermuda. We spoke with him earlier with some help from Rushan Abbas, a translator who also worked with the Uighur detainees in Guantanamo.

Uighurs - Bermuda Opposition

As you heard earlier, Bermuda's opposition is trying to remove Premier Ewart Brown, at least in part because of his decision to allow the four Uighur men into the country.

If the opposition is successful, it will be because of a motion brought by Kim Swan ... a motion that may go to a vote later today. Kim Swan is the leader of the United Bermuda Party and he was in Hamilton, Bermuda.

The Daddy Shift

We started this segment with some voices of a few Canadian dads reflecting on the modern meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and the decision to stay home with their kids.

For most of these Dad's, every day is, in a sense, Father's Day. And while stay-at-home dads aren't exactly taking over the playgrounds or clogging up the diaper aisles across North America, Jeremy Adam Smith says they do represent a new chapter in our understanding of family.

Jeremy Adam Smith is the author of The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms, and Shared Parenting Are Transforming the American Family. And with Father's Day nearly upon us, he joined us from San Francisco.

The God Debate - Terry Eagleton

The best-seller list has not been kind to God lately. Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins took aim at the big guy in The God Delusion. Then the well known writer Christopher Hitchens - never one to shy away from a fight - followed up with God is Not Great.

And after carefully considering the mounting number of arguments for atheism, Terry Eagleton decided that a rebuttal was in order. He's one of Britain's leading literary critics and theorists. His new book is Reason, Faith and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate, takes on the two leading atheists whom Eagleton refers to, simply as, Ditchens. He was in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Last Word - Royal City

Stay with us on CBC Radio One. Q is next. And later today on The Point ... Do robots have a place in the kitchen? The Point is at 2 o'clock -- 2:30 in Newfoundland and parts of Labrador. And, tonight at 10 o'clock on CBC Television, it's The National.

Now, our last guest, Terry Eagleton is a literary theorist with a Marxist bent ... so he's not the most obvious place to go looking for a spirited defence of Christianity. Of course neither are Canadian indie rock bands ... unless you're talking about Guelph Ontario's Royal City. It was a quietly Christian band until it broke up in 2004 and its leader, Aaron Riches, left for England to study a Christian theological movement called Radical Orthodoxy. And so with Father's Day coming up on Sunday, it seems appropriate to end the program with Royal City's song Bring My Father A Gift.

Music

Artist: Royal City
CD: "Little Heart's Ease"
Cut: CD 1, "Bring My Father a Gift"
Label: Three Cut Records
Spine: TGR 012

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