Blogging & Revolution: Syrian human rights activist Razan Ghazzawi


Syrian human rights activist and blogger Razan Ghazzawi speaks to us about documenting the human rights abuses in her country, facing down the regime of Bashar al-Assad and having to live in exile because of her work.

Syrian Human Rights Activist, Razan Ghazzawi

Razan Ghazzawi's reputation precedes her. So much so, that by the time she was arrested by the Syrian regime in 2011, many around the world already knew who she was. No ordinary blogger, that's for sure.

Razan Ghazzawi is an out-spoken human rights activist, bold enough to use her real name as she documented the uprising from inside Syria. Her blog, twitter and flickr accounts go beyond the basic facts of a conflict that has now taken the lives of more than 70-thousand people. She provides a window into the dreams and ambitions of ordinary Syrians.

Razan Ghazzawi was released by Syrian authorities after her 2011 arrest, and then arrested again in February of last year, when the office of the human rights group she was working for was raided. She eventually fled the country. We have agreed to withold where she is living now due to fears for her safety.

Razan Ghazzawi has been on a speaking tour in Canada and she was in Montreal.

This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch.

Mail: Salt, Sugar, Fat

Salt, Sugar and Fat - according to Michael Moss, they are the unholy trinity of addictive flavours that the processed food industry uses to keep us eating more.

Michael Moss is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning investigative reporter and the author of Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Anna Maria spoke with him yesterday.

And the business of our health got a lot of you talking.

Joan Johnson of Egbert, Ontario sent us this:

Last summer, I noticed a Kellogg's product aimed at kids called Krave. Is this not the height of contempt towards the consumer? It's a clear indicator of how this company really feels about our children and their health.

Marlene Otto of Penticton, BC wrote this:

I was taught a 'no-brainer' way how to tell how much salt is too much in foods. The milligrams of salt should be no more than the number of calories. For example, bread that has 120 calories should have no more than 120 mgs. of salt.

And David MacRury posted:

Why should I eat food without salt, sugar and fat? This guy makes me want to eat more junk.

Michael Moss also spoke about saturated fat. That prompted Eduardo Rasche da Motta of Edmonton to respond:

Saturated fat from natural sources is healthy and necessary and its avoidance partly accounts for the obesity epidemics.
Take a look at the amount of animal fat the French and people from Okinawa island consume. It is the highest in the world, and yet they enjoy some of the lowest rates of cardiovascular diseases.

To join the conversation, tweet us @thecurrentcbc. Or find us on Facebook.You can call toll free at 1 877 287 7366. Or email us from our website. And if you missed the conversation with Michael Moss, it's definitely worth taking a listen - you can also download the podcast.

Other segments from today's show:

Aboriginal Justice Report: Whose justice system is it?

It is realistic to lead a celibate life?

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