July 16, 2009

Pt 1: Anti-Gang Legislation - Canada's anti-gang legislation has had quite a workout this week. On Monday July 13, 2009, a jury in British Columbia acquitted four members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club on charges of committing crimes for the benefit of a criminal organization. The decision was a blow to police, prosecutors and politicians. But there was a very different outcome in a courtroom in Toronto just three days later.

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Pt 2: Rape of Berlin - A little over a year ago, the United Nations passed a resolution called, Women and Peace and Security- laying out actions countries are obliged to take to prevent sexual violence in war and punish those who commit it. But some say that resolution has done little -- or even nothing -- to stop such abuses. And to drive that point home Human Rights Watch is released a report this day about how members of the Congolese army have been committing rape with impunity.

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Today's summer guest host was Sheila Coles.

It's Thursday, July 16th.

In the wake of another report that accuses the Israeli Defense Forces of committing war crimes in Gaza, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack says the IDF is "one of the most ethical armies in the world and acts according to the highest moral code."

Currently, He also says Israel is a country at peace with its neighbours, posesses no nuclear weapons and believes that Hamas will come around, just as soon as it gets to know the country a little better.

This is The Current.

Anti-Gang Legislation

Canada's anti-gang legislation has had quite a workout this week.

On Monday July 13, 2009, a jury in British Columbia acquitted four members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club on charges of committing crimes for the benefit of a criminal organization. The decision was a blow to police, prosecutors and politicians. But there was a very different outcome in a courtroom in Toronto just three days later.

In another court case, three members of a local street gang were convicted of first-degree murder, attempted murder and committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal organization.

Anti-Gang Legislation- RCMP

Anti-gang cases can cost millions of dollars, thanks to the need for intense security, the need to construct court rooms large enough to accommodate multiple defendants, not to mention the number of hours police and prosecutors spend preparing for trial. Despite the costs, there are few convictions on record. But police maintain that anti-gang laws are a much-needed tool.

Bob Paulson is the RCMP's Assistant Commissioner in charge of national security criminal investigations. But before taking up his current post, he spent years working on gang-related cases. He was in Ottawa.

Anti-Gang Legislation - Analyst

Julian Sher has spent many years investigating gang activity in Canada as well as our judicial system's record in dealing with it. He's an investigative journalist and the author of several books including, The Road To Hell: How the Biker Gangs are Conquering Canada. Julian Sher was in Montreal this morning.

Rape of Berlin

A little over a year ago, the United Nations passed a resolution called, Women and Peace and Security- laying out actions countries are obliged to take to prevent sexual violence in war and punish those who commit it. But some say that resolution has done little -- or even nothing -- to stop such abuses. And to drive that point home Human Rights Watch is released a report this day about how members of the Congolese army have been committing rape with impunity.

Rape has been a part of war from the earliest days of mass organized killing. One of the most brutal examples took place 64 years ago - as Soviet troops advanced into the crumbling, burning remnants of Nazi Germany and sexually assaulted an estimated two million women. And it's only now that the first scientific study of the life-long effects of rape in war is being carried out.

Philipp Kuwert is doing the study. He's a psychiatrist at the University of Greifswald in Germany.

Rape of Berlin - Historian

Much of what we know about the rapes committed by Soviet troops in Germany comes from the research of British historian Antony Beevor. He wrote about it in his international best-seller, The Fall of Berlin, 1945. His new book, D:Day - The Battle for Normandy, is coming out this fall. Antony Beevor was in Dover, England.

Music

Artist: Five Stone
CD: Instrumentals
Cut: "All together Now"
Label: November Sixteenth Publishing
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