Listener Response: Omar Khadr
We're receiving a lot of response to our discussion yesterday about Omar Khadr's return to Canada. We heard from two guests, National Post columnist Tasha Keiriddin and John Norris, one of Omar Khadr's Canadian lawyers. After years of legal wrangling, Omar Khadr was released from the prison in Guantanamo Bay and as of Saturday is in a Canadian prison. Our conversation about his case and his future dominated our inbox.
Dale Moore of Vancouver had this to say:
Omar Khadr was a child who did something terrible, a child who may or may not feel badly about what he did, and a child who has grown into a man who may or may not be rehabilitated.
Bet Bateman from Creston, B.C. adds:
This propaganda against Omar is sickening to say the least. In a place such as Guantanamo, particularly a child would be inclined to confess. Leave this young man to live in peace.
But Don Eaton of Dixon Point, New Brunswick counters with these thoughts:
The Khadr family has shown through word and deed that they are against our way of life. The bleeding hearts who would have every rebel, terrorist or plain crooks allowed to stay on our soil should back off.We are paying big in many ways to keep these people on our tax dollars.
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Fighting for India's Landless - Ekta Parishad
Tens of thousands of protesters in India are gathered to begin a 300-kilometre march today, from rural Gwalior to New Delhi. They're demanding the government help millions of Indians out of poverty by redistributing land.
Kishore Kumar Kujur is one of the protestors., he's a farmer who lost 2 hectares of land. We heard from him. And we also heard from Dana Lakshmi, an adivasi, or indigenous, woman, who is is also without land.
Organizers are hoping this march will attract 100-thousand landless Indians. It's timed to coincide with the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Gandhi remains a hero to the country's poor and landless-- and for many, life hasn't changed much since Gandhi's fasts and marches.
Ekta Parishad is an organization that lobbies on behalf of the landless in India. In preparation for this march its leaders have spent a year traveling the country talking to marginalized people. They've also been negotiating with the government to reach an agreement on land reform. They are hopeful a deal is about to be signed.
Rajagopal P.V. is the head of Ekta Parishad. His wife and fellow activist is a Canadian, Jill Carr-Harris. We reached both of them in Gwalior - the birthplace of Gandhi.
This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry.
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