Today's guest host was Nancy Wilson.
It's Monday June 22nd.
In the face of growing anger, Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called this month's presidential election a fair vote.
Currently, To back up his case, the Ayatollah said 150 percent of Iranians agree with him ... Actually, it was 200 percent after a recount.
This is Current.
Queen of Iran
We started this segment with some sound from the streets of Tehran were once again packed with protesters over the weekend ... thousands clashed with black-clad police.
According to Iran's state television, 10 protesters were killed and 100 were injured. However Iranian radio reports said as many as 19 people had been killed.
Despite Ayatollah Khameini's call for the demonstrations to end, Iranians showed up en masse. And once again, women were front-and-centre. That's been the case since the protests began just over a week ago, in the wake of Iran's disputed Presidential election.
In a broader sense, women have been at the forefront of political change in Iran for more than a century. They participated widely in the Constitutional Revolution in 1906. They pushed for liberal reforms through the 1960s. And they were heavily involved in the Iranian Revolution of 1979, only to find many of their rights stripped away by the Islamic Government that rose to power after the Shah was deposed.
Queen Farah Pahlavi is the widow of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. She worked to extend women's rights under his rule and she was in Morocco.Women in Iran
For a wider perspective on the role that women have played and are playing in Iranian politics, we were joined by Shahrzad Mojab. She's an Iranian-Canadian professor of Education at the University of Toronto, and the former director of the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies there. Professor Mojab was in Toronto.
Federal Elections - Shoulda Woulda Coulda Didn't
Canadians have narrowly averted yet another trip to the polls. After last week's showdown between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, it turns out we are all off the hook.
But not everyone agrees that's a good thing. So this morning, we're asking if we should have had a summer election ... how it would have turned out if we had ... whether we could have coped with another campaign and what to make of the fact that, of course, we didn't get one in the end... Shoulda, woulda, coulda - didn't!
Last week, our producer posted a tweet saying we were working on this story and several people wrote in with their shoulda, woulda, coulda. We shared a couple.
One person tweets: coulda worked as a poll clerk on election day and made $200. Drat!
Another writes Coulda done it, I didn't care, though I shoulda.
And finally: GONNA! No election now just means it is deferred to the fall.
A fitting last word.
Pride & Politics
This coming weekend, Toronto will once again be home to one of the world's largest Pride Festivals. Over the years, it has become one of the biggest celebrations in Canada, one of the country's top tourist attractions and one of the city of Toronto's biggest money-making events. But it wasn't all that long ago that Toronto's gay community was feeling under siege.
In February 1981, hundreds of gay men -- both the owners and patrons of the city's bath houses -- were swept up in the largest mass arrests in Canada since the imposition of the War Measures Act in 1970. The raids quickly became a rallying cry that galvanized the gay community and laid the foundations for the Pride movement in Canada. We aired a clip.
Toronto's annual Pride Parade was born out of the political reaction to the bathhouse raids. Twenty-eight years later, the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered communities encompass a wide range of political agendas ... agendas that generate their own internal battles.
This year, a group called "Queers Against Israeli Apartheid" has stirred up a fierce debate about the role that politics should play in Pride events. The group has been given the green light to march in the parade. The Parade's elected Grand Marshall -- human rights lawyer El-Farouk Khaki -- is taking some heat for speaking at one of the group's events. And the whole thing has some people arguing that Pride shouldn't be politicized. We heard from Bernie Farber from the Canadian Jewish Congress.
For their thoughts about the appropriate balance between Pride and politics, we were joined by three people. Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Nancy Nicol is an independent film maker, who has just completed four documentaries on the history of the gay and lesbian movement in Canada. And Drew Rowsome is an Associate Editor at Fab Magazine, Canada's largest gay scene magazine. They were all in Toronto.
Last Word - Rise Up
Artist: Parachute Club
Cd: Parachute Club
Cut: Cd 1, "Rise Up"