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Friday, October 15, 2004

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  • From Vietnam to Iraq: American War Resisters Seek Refuge in Canada


    In an unprecedented simulcast with Canadian Broadcasting’s morning show, "The Current," Democracy Now! broadcasts live from Toronto, Canada. Decades after Vietnam War resisters fled to Canada to avoid the draft, American soldiers who are resisting the war in Iraq are now looking north of the border for a safe place to call home. We speak with two Iraq war resisters, Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey who are seeking refugee status in Canada as conscientious objectors. And we speak with their lawyer, Jeffry House, who fled to Canada during the Vietnam war to resist the draft. [includes rush transcript]

  • Controversy Over Monument in Canadian Town for U.S. Resisters to Vietnam War


    A recently-proposed monument in Nelson, British Columbia for American draft resisters from the Vietnam War has stirred up a lot of controversy. We hear a few reactions to the proposal before the City Council ultimately cancelled the plans. [includes rush transcript]

  • Amnesty Calls for Release of Syrian Canadian Jailed in Damascus for Over 2 Years


    As a judicial inquiry into the deportation of Canadian citizen Maher Arar continues largely in secret in Canada, concern is building for another Syrian-Canadian being held in Damascus: Arwad Al-Boushi. We speak with Alex Neve, the secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada. [includes rush transcript]

  • Universal Health Care: A Debate On Health Care in the U.S. and Canada


    We host a debate on Canada’s health care system, where universal health care is an institution, and the U.S. where its benefits are still the subject of debate. We are joined by Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute and Dr. Michael Rachlis, a health policy analyst and author of Prescription for Excellence.[includes rush transcript]