Countdown to Trump Inauguration

With the upcoming inauguration of the president-elect down south, CKUT’s News Collective would like to share some thoughts from Masha, a member of Russia’s Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot is a feminist protest punk-band-meet-art-collective that uses performance and music to disseminate their defiance. The group’s “guerilla performance” in 2012 at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow brought them international recognition and a two-year jail sentence for mocking Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for the, then, presidential candidate.

In 2016, Pussy Riot again spoke out against the American president-elect. At the time of the interview, Trump was the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential election. In response to his success, two songs – “Straight Outta Pussy” and “Make America Great Again” – were released. Both their lyrics and music videos challenged his demonstrated misogyny, racism, and classism.

When asked about Trump, Masha described him as “a crazy asshole.” The interview further explores why tactics employed by feminists in the US and Canada cannot be compared with feminism’s tactics in the Russia, how the rise of Trump resembles that of Putin, and how the media can distort public opinion about struggles against the status quo.

The CKUT News Collective would like to encourage its listeners to go out and show solidarity with DC’s disruptions of Inauguration Day in Montreal.

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Youth sit-ins at MPs’ offices all over the country

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Today July 3rd, students and youth across Canada are turning up the heat. They are demanding that politicians across the political spectrum get serious about climate change, with sit ins confirmed across the country in 7 offices happening simultaneously. In Montreal, over 20 local youth have staged sit-ins at NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau’s Montreal constituency offices to call on the party leaders to commit to freeze tar sands expansion and drive a transition to a renewable energy economy in Canada.

CKUT member Anouk Millet talked with Kristen Perry, a member of the sit-in at Thomas Mulcair’s office, and Julianna Duholke, who participated to the sit-in at Justin Trudeau’s bureau.

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Citizenship: A Right or A Privilege?

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On Tuesday March 11th, Carla Green and Amelie Phillipson hosted a live panel discussion on Off the Hour. The panel centred around the question: citizenship: a privilege or a right? Carla and Amelia spoke with Malek, a Montreal student who has gone through the Canadian immigration process, Jaggi Singh from No One Is Illegal and Solidarity Across Borders, and Noa Mendelsohn Aviv from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. In the wake of Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s proposed changes to Canada’s Citizenship Act, they discussed what Canadian citizenship means now, what it’s meant in the past, and what it will mean in the future if the amendment passes.

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We Don’t Need No Don – Organized crime & politics in Jamaica


‘We Don’t Need No Don’ – Organized crime and politics in Jamaica

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On Sunday, May 23rd, 2010, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding declared a state of emergency over the Jamaican capital Kingston. The following week, a four-day offensive by the Jamaican State’s armed forces left 73 dead, a number many fear could be significantly higher. The violence predominantly occured in the Kingston neigbourhoods of Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens.

What had caused this desperate situation? Som say, that the roots of the problem can be traced back to the United States’ extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, made to Jamaica in September 2009.

But the extreme violence not only highlights the repercussion of this attempted implementation of international justice. It also sheds light on the roots of organized crime and politics in Jamaica, as well as how other nations, particularly the United States, are implicated in the situation through the international drugs trade.

This CKUT documentary explores the roots of organized crime in Jamaica, how the Jamaican diaspora accross Canada and the United States are affected by the recent violence, and investigates potential long- and short-term solutions to the problem.