Today's summer guest host was David Michael Lamb.
It's Wednesday August 19th.
The Ontario Provincial Police pulled their guns during the takedown of the world's most popular Kurdish singing star, when they mistook him for a terrorist.
Currently, The police officers have now all been transferred to work the I.D. unit at the Canadian High Commission in Kenya.
This is the Current.
One of Canada's most influential healthcare organizations is about to get a new leader. Later today, Anne Doig will become the new president of the Canadian Medical Association just as the debate over health care reaches a fever pitch. It's been an interesting road for the Saskatchewan family doctor, who's also a mother of six.
Dr. Doig takes over from Dr. Robert Ouellet, who rocked the Canadian medical establishment by suggesting a greater role for the private sector in health care.
Now, all eyes are on Dr. Doig to see if she will follow or steer the Association in a different direction.
Dr. Anne Doig officially becomes the president of the Canadian Medical Association when the group wraps up its general council meeting in Saskatoon later today. She joined us from Saskatoon this morning.
The Merchant of Death
We started this segment with the sound of bloody warfare in Monrovia during the first few days of Liberia's civil war. When the war ended 15 years later, more than 200,000 Liberians were dead.
It's alleged that many of the guns used in the slaughter were brought into the country by one of the world's most wanted arms dealers -- a one-time Soviet military officer named Viktor Bout. And now Thailand is Viktor Bout's new best friend.
Last week a Thai court ruled he could not be extradited to the United States. The Thai and US governments are appealing the decision. That means he will spend a few more months in custody. But if those appeals fail, the man believed to be the weapon supplier of choice for rogue regimes and insurgents around the world, will be free.
The US has been itching to get its hands on Bout after he allegedly offered to sell sophisticated weapons to American undercover agents. They were posing as members of the FARC, a Colombian rebel group. THe FARC is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S but not by Thailand.
Those sorts of dealings wouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed Bout's career. His reported list of clients included former Liberian president Charles Taylor who is now on trial in the Hague for war crimes. Libyan president Mummar Gaddhafi and warlords in Sierra Leone and Angola. And he still has a lot of affection for his close friend and alleged war criminal Jean-Pierre Bemba of the of Democratic Republic of Congo. We aired a clip of Victor Bout speaking from a noisy Thai jail about his Congolese friend:
The reporter who got that interview is Nick Paton Walsh. He's the Asia Correspondent for Channel Four and we reached him in Kabul, Afghanistan.
To give us a sense of what's at stake if Viktor Bout does goes free we were joined by Steve Braun. He is the co-author of Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible. He was in our Washington, D.C. studio.