Friday, 12 February 2010

[creative-radio] CKUT radio: Proroguing Palestinian Human Rights?


* CKUT radio: Proroguing Palestinian Human Rights?

Friday February 12th 17h00-18h00
live broadcast on CKUT radio, 90.3fm
tune-in globally via live stream at

discussion on the wave Conservative government cuts to NGOs across Canada
including live commentary from:

* Mary Corkery, executive director KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice
Initiatives in Toronto, Canada.

* Michel Lambert, executive direction of the Montreal-based international
solidarity organization Alternatives

* Dave Bleakney, national representative with the Canadian Union of Postal
Workers (CUPW) in Ottawa.

* Rick Salutin, novelist and critic based in Toronto who writes a regular
column in the Globe and Mail.

An in-studio discussion on CKUT radio's daily community news program Off the
Hour hosted by journalist and community organizer Stefan Christoff. This
special discussion aims to address the recent wave of government cuts to major
NGOs in Canada, across the country organizations including Alternatives, the
Montreal-based international solidarity organization and KAIROS the ecumenical
social justice group based in Toronto are facing major funding slashes from the
Conservative government in Ottawa.

Across the media landscape these government cuts to longstanding NGOs has
created major debate and discussion particularly on the Conservative
government's focus on slashing funding towards groups outspoken towards Israeli
military policies towards the Palestinian people living under military
occupation in the West Bank and under blockade in Gaza. Conservative minister
Jason Kenney has been particularly outspoken in regards to the funding cuts,
explicitly outlining that the government cut funding towards KAIROS due to the
organizations defense for Palestinian human rights.

As critical voices towards Israel's apartheid policies towards the Palestinian
people grow across Canada and globally the Conservative government has moved in
the past years to attempt to stifle democratic discussion on Canada's policy
positions towards Israel/Palestine and to criminalize the growing movement of
boycott, divestment and sanctions in opposition to Israeli apartheid modeled
after the global solidarity movements against apartheid in South Africa which
played a key role in bringing down the racist apartheid regime in South Africa
20 years ago.

* CKUT radio is a major community radio station in Montreal with extensive ties
to grassroots social movements and cultural workers across Montreal, Canada and
globally, more info at:

* Stefan Christoff is a Montreal-based journalist and community organizer


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