Smash the State Report - July 20th 2012

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July 20th 2012 - In today's Smash the State Report, we talk about the running of the counter-olympic torch in the UK in the lead up to the London summer games, and play a piece from the UK National Radio Project called: The Olympic Games: Who Wins? which (minus the discussion on Indigenous rights) contains quite similar concerns and discussion of dissent, to all the coverage of the #Riot2010 games in vancouver that was produced by AW@L Radio, Redeye Radio, and other critical groups who covered the issues.

The show then highlights the actions and disruptions undertaken against the Harper government in response to their cuts to refugee health care and for the racist messaging around it.  In one instance, a youth refugee who has been in canada since childhood was thrown out of a tory BBQ for asking @kenneyjason a question.

Next up, the show discusses how disgraced OPP cheif Julian Fantino has been named the minister of international cooperation.  Fantino was in charge of the G20 policing operations as well as the man responsible for the violent 2006 raid on Kanonhstaton, a land protection action on an active land claim in Grand River territory ontario, mere hours after the premiere had said there will be peaceful resolution.

And a little sol sol sol SOLIDARITY! needs to be sent to newfoundland where a court injunction has been issued to end a massive wildcat strike at a construction site.  The workers want fair wages and safety, the bosses just want more money!

 

And finally, I ask folks to do the unthinkable - please help Romeo Dallaire!  Dallaire has been campaigning to ensure that canadian citizen Omar Khadr is released from america's torture prison in Guantamo Bay, Cuba.  Khadr was 15 when american attacked his village and home and in the battle he killed an american solider.

 

The Smash the State Report is a segment on the weekly 2 hour AW@L radio (16:00-18:00est) on CKMS 100.3  - Community * Co-op * Campus Radio - Waterloo - http://soundfm.ca

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