Today's summer guest host was Sheila Coles.
It's Monday, July 13th.
The Prime Minister has dismissed the media furor over whether he failed to eat a communion wafer as a "low moment in journalism."
Currently, Coming up ... did Stephen Harper's uneaten communion wafer bear a striking resemblance to Jesus? Stay tuned for the shocking details in the latest Wafergate twist. And in our last half-hour... the Stephen Harper diet craze... cutting out the body of Christ for swimsuit season.
This is The Current.
Protests and Democracy
During the past few days, opposition protests erupted again in the capital of Iran... with demonstrators calling for "death to the dictator." In Western China, people have taken to the streets in the past week in the name of democracy... And during the last decade, there has been no shortage of popular, democratic uprisings.
In countries such as Ukraine in 2004, Mexico in 2006 and now, Iran ... broad-based movements made up of ordinary people and opposition politicians took to the streets demanding that their voices be heard. For the most part, people all over the world have cheered them on. But there are those who caution that these popular movements can - on occasion - actually undermine democracy... by giving more power to street protests than ballot boxes.
For their thoughts on the relationship between popular uprisings and democracy, we were joined by Stephen Zunes. He's the chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco. He's also the chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He was in San Francisco. And Lucan Way is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto. He's also the co-author of The Rise of Competitive Authoritarianism and he was in Oakland, California.
Six O'Clock in Alabama - Documentary
Last summer the United Nations leveled a stunning allegation against the state of Alabama. According to the UN, state officials are -- it says -- "strikingly indifferent" to the risk of executing innocent convicts and may have already sent innocent people to their deaths.
Thomas Arthur is a 66-year-old convict who's on death row for a crime he insists he didn't commit. The Current's Howard Goldenthal traveled down to Atmore, Alabama to spend the days before his execution with Thomas Arthur's daughter.
The execution was scheduled -- as it always is -- for Six O'Clock in Alabama.
This documentary first aired last September. In April of this year, a judge ordered that evidence not previously tested should be checked for DNA.
*** This documentary contains violent subject matter and may not be suitable to younger listeners ***