Dr. Mustafa Barghouti is the founder of and Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative. Dr. Barghouti will be joining me live from Gaza at the beginning of Hour 1 of today’s program. Dr. Barghouti ran for the Presidency of Palestinian Authority in 2005.
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Also joining us from Gaza in Hour 1 will be Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for UNRWA, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees.(unrwa.org).
I will air interviews with guests who provide differing perspectives on the conflict between Israel and Hamas and the impact this conflict is having.
Last weekend I spoke with recently retired Canadian Major General Ed Fitch who strongly supports Israel’s position and actions. Prior to that we spoke with the Washington bureau chief for Al Jazeera, Abderrahim Foukara and a Canadian-Israeli student who is also a member of the Israel Defence Force reserves.
Also today, a report requested by Toronto Chief of Police into the police shooting death of 18 year old Sammy Yatim of Toronto calls on police to have greater skills in dealing with persons under emotional stress and/or perhaps living with mental health issues. Toronto criminal lawyer David Butt joins me (as he does frequently on criminal law issues) to speak to what the report further calls for.
The U.K. will be holding an inquiry into the death of former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London. He died of radiation poisoning after having tea at a restaurant with two Russian men, one also a former KGB officer. The British government wants to determine with the Russian government was involved in the death of Litvinenko.
Alexander Litvinenko and Dr. Yuri Felshtinsky are co-authors of the controversial and banned in Russia book “Blowing Up Russia.” Dr. Felshtinsky will speak to us today about the British inquiry and what’s going on on the border of Ukraine and Russia. Dr. Felshtinsky has spoken to us on several occasions over the past months and states his view that Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s intent is to annex Ukraine and other former republics within the former USSR.
The issue of radicalizing of Canadian youth to Islamist causes, which then cause these young men, generally, to decide to head overseas to fight in conflicts such as the one in Syria is what I’ll speak with Imam Robert Mohamed Heft about. Imam Heft is the founder of the Paradise Forever Centre in Toronto.
We’ll talk to Albertan Cindy Nichol, adoptive mother of 18 month old Christopher from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Unfortunately, foot-dragging by Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials is denying Ms. Nichol and her family from being united with Christopher in Canada, as the federal government refuses to issue an entry visa for Christopher although it appears there is absolutely no valid reason for CIC to do so.
And if you made $1.6 billion in one day, your name is likely Mark Zuckerberg and you founded something called Facebook. Your worth is now $30.3 billion and you’re 30 years of age. Independent tech analyst and writer Carmi Levy @carmilevy (onTwitter) joins me as well on fantastic careers by young people with a vision for social media and other online ventures.