Detained and Abandoned: The case of Omar Khadr

Detained and Abandoned: The case of Omar Khadr

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When President George W. Bush declared war on Afghanistan in 2001, his military order stipulated that captives should “be detained, and, when tried, to be tried for violations of the laws of war and other applicable laws by military tribunals.” These tribunals would later come to be known as military commissions. Thus began the saga of Omar Khadr’s detention.

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was severely wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan, on 27 July 2002 . Khadr, the only survivor of the raid, was captured and transferred to the US Air Base in Bagram, Afghanistan, where he was held for three months. In October 2002, he was transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where his trial by military commission is now about to begin after nearly eight years of indefinite detention.

Khadr was held incommunicado at Guantanamo Bay for two years. In 2004, he was defined as an “enemy combatant” by the Combatant Status Review Board. He was first charged in 2005, three years after his detention, in acordance with President Bush’s military order establishing military commissions. Khadr was accused of murdering Sgt.CHristopher Speer, a US soldier who died in the firefight, in violation of the law of war, and was also charged with attempted murder in violation of the law of war, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and spying.

This two-part series explores the judicial issues brought forth by the various forms of military commissions created by the Bush and Obama administration, contextualizes them within international law and discusses the legalities of the charges against Khar in part one.

Part two, set to air 29 September, deals with the moral, legal and psychological implications of Khadr’s age and scrutinizes the Canadian government’s involvement in his detention.

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Fox News North Emergency Broadcast

In this special edition of Friday Off the Hour, academics, watchdogs, and activists spoke on the recent controversy arising around Prime Minister Harpers attempts to create SunTV.

CKUT’s special emergency broadcast aired September 17th. The show featured guests Emma Ruby Saks, campaign coordinator with Avaaz.org, Professor Mark Raboy from McGill University, Professor Leslie Shade from Concordia University, Ian Morrison, spokesperson for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, Professor Donald Gutstein, co-director of NewsWatch Canada, and Steve Anderson, National Coordinator of OpenMedia.ca.

The show focused on the political and social implications of establishing a channel similar to Fox News in Canada.

To download the interview with Emma Ruby Saks, please click here, or if you would like to stream it, please press the arrow below.

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If you are interested in listening to the interview with Professor Mark Roboy and Professor Leslie Shade, you can click on the arrow below, or if you would like to download it, please click here.

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To download the interview with Ian Morrison, please click here. If you would like to stream the interview, please click below.

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If you wish to download the interview with Professor Donald Gutstein, please click here. Otherwise, you can stream it below!

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Finally, if you are keen on streaming an interview with Emma Ruby Saks and Steve Anderson, please click below. Otherwise, you can click here to download it.

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Back to School Special

In the special broadcast from September 6th to the 10th, CKUT’s news collective hour featured issues surrounding going back to school.

On September 7th, an interview with Joce Jessen and a queer walking tour around downtown Montreal. Click here to download the Joce Jessen interview. Click here to download part 1 of the Queer Walking Tour and here to download part 2.

Click below to stream the Joce Jessen interview.

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Click below for part 1 of the queer walking tour, and below that for part 2.

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On September 8th, CKUT celebrated international literacy day by broadcasting an interview with a representative of the Canadian Council on Learning. Click here to download Marc’s interview.

Click on the arrow below to stream the interview about literacy rates.

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On September 10th, an interview with Ashley about QPIRG Concordia, an interview with Joel about issues facing the Quebec Student Movement, and finally an interview with Adrienne about rising tuition at McGill University. Click here to download the interview with Ashley, here for the interview with Joel, and finally here for the interview with Adrienne.

To stream Ashley’s interview, please click below.

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If you want to stream Joel’s interview, please click on the arrow below.

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Finally, if streaming Adrienne’s interview is what you really want to do, please click below.

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Under the Olive Tree interview with Ali Abunimah

Click HERE to download the full interview.

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Listen to an interview with Under the Olive Tree’s Laith Marouf and Ali Abunimah, co-founder of electric.intifada.net. Marouf and Abunimah discuss the “peace” negotiations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in Washington D.C. that began today and the Palestinian community’s response to the negotiations.

Originally aired on CKUT 90.3FM & www.CKUT.ca on Under the Olive Tree, September 2nd at 11am.