The Current

The Current for April 12, 2019

Today on The Current: We’re asking how the world should see Julian Assange: as a whistleblower, a free-speech fighter, or a traitor?; plus, do Confucius Institute programs in our schools offer our kids a class in Chinese language and culture, or a lesson in propaganda?; and we hear from protesters and experts on the situation in Sudan, and what happens next.
Gillian Findlay is guest host of The Current.
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Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

  • The arrest of Julian Assange Thursday starts a new chapter in the saga of the Wikileak's founder. We ask how the world should view him and what will be his legacy: as a whistleblower, a free-speech fighter, or a traitor?
     
  • Students in New Brunswick have been learning about Chinese language, food and culture in weekly half-hour classes paid for by the Confucius Institute. What they're not taught is anything remotely controversial, such as China's record on human rights violations. Are the classes a lesson in soft power and propaganda?
     
  • A military coup ended the 30-year rule of Omar Al-Bashir in Sudan this week, after months of protests on the streets of Khartoum. But the situation is far from settled. Demonstrators have rejected the decision to set up a transitional military council to run the country for two years, and vowed to continue protests until a civilian government is established. We speak to people on the ground about what happens next.