Editor's Notes

Censorship or not censorship — That is the question, eh?

There is a saying in journalism that one must have a nose for news — either learned or natural. It's a vital part of our work.

It's been long understood in our hallowed craft that there are those among us who can gather news but not write; there are those who can write, but not gather. And there are those born with the ability to do both. All are vital to the industry.

To produce True North Perspective and now True North Humanist Perspective, we have to scan the world on all continents. It takes time and energy, and a nose for news. We have to know the difference between false propaganda and the truth.

There have been times, for example, when a correspondent has filed copy that suited our editorial policy but smelled bad to our finely-tuned news sense. We asked the correspondent to check the source. There was something about the copy that wasn't right.

Use it anyway, we were told. We said no. Our readers, at last count about 155,000 of them and growing, rely on our credibility. It is important that they trust us. Please check it out.

Within the hour the correspondent wrote in saying that our suspicions were justified. The story was false.

All this brings me to our lead story in today's issue, US 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime', a sensational scoop, if true.

The story was picked up from Mail Online, a branch of The Daily Mail co.uk., a racy, popular, newspaper sold mostly in Great Britain.

Of course we scanned the world, looking for confirming stories or denials. But nothing. Soon, when we clicked on the link (www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-wea...) we found the following:

   

As soon as I read the above, I smelled censorship. According to Newsweek, Washington spent one billion dollars to flatten Libya and render it a playground for Islamic terrorists. Why not engineer a false chemical war scheme in Syria?

So I decided to leave the story on the cover even though it would lead to Sorry. I would experience great satisfaction in having my nose for news proven wrong in this case. There are millions of innocent civilians being killed or harmed in this Washington prompted and financed war in Syria. The devastation in lives and infrastructure is appalling.

Cuba breaks US blockade

For more than a half-century now, Washington has conducted a severe economic blockade against "Communist" Cuba, while it carries on a merry financial affair with "Communist" China.

The Cuban people have suffered considerable deprivation because of the blockade, including widespread food shortages. The decades long attempt to isolate Cuba from its Latin American neighbours took a mighty hit recently when Cuba was elected to the presidential post of a new organization of Latin American and Caribbean countries that has reversed the order by excluding the United States and Canada.

Please see story below.

Meanwhile, take it easy, but take it.

Looking forward.

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective
and
True North Humanist Perspective

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