Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Afghan Candidate - Janan Mosazai
The news about Afghanistan this morning is that half a world away in Washington, the Afghan war has created real tensions and divisions in the White House. In a new book, Obama's War, journalist Bob Woodward characterizes key players in the Obama administration as deeply torn over Afghan strategy, even as the president agreed to triple troop levels.
The debate over what-to-do in Kabul was, of course, playing out on the ground this past weekend, when Afghans went to the polls - and 25-hundred candidates jostled for 249 seats. Already, complaints about voter fraud are in the thousands - including concerns that in some areas controlled by the Taliban, voter turnout exceeded 100-percent.
In the midst of all that, a 30 year old graduate of Ottawa's Carleton School of Journalism was traveling Kabul province, but Janan Mosazai wasn't reporting -- he was running. He is one of a new breed of young Afghans who wants a say in their own destiny. Janan Mosazai was in Kabul.
The initial results are expected on October 8th.
Last Word - Winnipeg Birthdays
We ended the program today with a celebration 18-hundred years in the making. We're focusing on the demographic shifts that are transforming Canada and the world. And one of them is the increase in the number of people living to be 100 or more. So we went to a birthday party at a retirement home in Winnipeg, where dozens of centenarians came together to mark their respective milestones.