Friday 2 March 2012


New documents reveal how IBM worked with Hitler's

Nazi war plans and six-phase extermination program

By Edwin Black
Reader Supported News

28 February 2012 — Newly-released documents expose more explicitly the details of IBM's pivotal role in the Holocaust — all six phases: identification, expulsion from society, confiscation, ghettoization, deportation, and even extermination. Moreover, the documents portray with crystal clarity the personal involvement and micro-management of IBM president Thomas J. Watson in the company's co-planning and co-organizing of Hitler's campaign to destroy the Jews. (More)

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On returning to Israel, Druze students say media

is giving false impression of what's happening in Syria

Eight students crossing border are met by parents' hugs, kisses and tears

By Jack Khoury

21 February 2012 GOLAN HEIGHTS — Druze students returning to the Golan Heights from Syria said on Monday that they never saw any demonstrations, and that reports and pictures emerging from the country were not reliable.

"There was a feeling of uncertainty, people are very confused," said Nadar Khalabi, who studies Arabic literature.

"I went out to the street when I heard there was a demonstration, but I didn't see anyone," he said. "A large part of the pictures and reports from Syria are not reliable, at least that was our impression."

Another student, Wissam Safdy, agreed. "I went to the al-Mazzah neighborhood in Damascus when there were reports of demonstrations, but I didn't see anything," he said. "We don't know what's happening, but in Damascus things are calm, and the prevailing feeling is that in the end Syria will come out of this crisis." (More)

activists to question 'insult' to target countries

By Laura Rozen
The Envoy

29 Febuary 2012 — Some 43 "pro-democracy" group workers have been formally charged by Egyptian prosecutors with being improperly registered and illegally receiving foreign funding.

Most prominent among them is Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the head of the International Republican Institute's Cairo office, who took shelter at the US Embassy in Cairo since being barred from leaving the country in January.

LaHood was among 15 released this week and flown to Cyprus with American lawmakers threatening to cut off some $1.3 billion in annual US foreign assistance funds to Egypt.

It has also generated some soul-searching among some veterans of US government-funded pro-democracy programs about whether the programs tend to foster resentment and suspicion more than they advance democracy and civil society groups abroad. (More)
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Friday 02 March 2012
Egypt arrests 43 members of American Fifth Column

But bows to US when $1.3 billion grant is threatened 

According to the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms . . .

Fifth Column means: A secret subversive group that works against a country or organization from the inside, as in The government feared that there was a fifth column working to oppose its policies during the crisis. This term was invented by General Emilio Mola during the Spanish Civil War in a radio broadcast on October 16, 1936, in which he said that he had una quinta columna ("a fifth column") of sympathizers for General Franco among the Republicans holding the city of Madrid, and it would join his four columns of troops when they attacked in 1937. The term was popularized by Ernest Hemingway and later extended to any traitorous insiders. General Mola's Fifth Column was not as effective as he had hoped: Madrid, pulverized by Nazi aircraft, and defended by civilians, most of whom had ten bullets per rifle against an enemy superbly armed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, held out until 28 March 1939.

As noted above, the term Fifth Column was first used by the Nazi/Fascist cabal that destroyed the Republic of Spain during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War, giving Hitler his first taste of military victory. Today, the United States of America, spending billions of dollars (one billion on Libya alone), employs regime-change Fifth Columns in countries throughout the world in its attempt to realize its fantasy of world domination. (More)

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Alex Binkley is a foremost political and economic analyst, whose website is Readers will be aware that his columns in True North Perspective have foreseen political and economic developments in Canada. This week in ... 

The Binkley Report

Something old is new again and is very promising

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

02 March 2012 — In its fervent support for the oilsands industry, the Harper government has paid too little attention to a sector that could not only help with the country’s energy issues, but also create plenty of green jobs.

Known generally as the bio-economy, it involves transforming plant and tree material, even pond scum, to create fuel and many other products we use daily. Production of feedstock for the industry is renewable and sustainable and would provide benefits not only across the country, but around the world. (More)
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

Expert audit finds Heartland associate taught

'biased' climate course at Ottawa's Carleton University

By Suzanne Goldenberg
US environment correspondent
28 February 2012 — An associate of the Heartland Institute, the thinktank devoted to discrediting climate change, taught a course at a top Canadian university that contained more than 140 false, biased and misleading claims about climate science, an expert audit has found.
The course at Ottawa's Carleton University, which is being accused of bias, was taught for four terms from 2009-2011 by Tom Harris, a featured expert at the Heartland Institute.
Heartland's core mission is to discredit climate change, and it is currently moving into the education realm. It plans to spend $100,000 on a project countering established teaching of climate change to American school children, an unauthorised release of documents showed.
But the audit report, released on Tuesday, suggests such efforts are already underway on college campuses. (More)
Frozen out
1 March 2012 — Media interactions with government scientists have undergone a reversal across North America during the past six years. In the United States, President Barack Obama's administration has directed federal science agencies to develop integrity policies with clear guidelines for scientists who are approached by journalists.
Over the same period, Canada has moved in the opposite direction. Since Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party won power in 2006, there has been a gradual tightening of media protocols for federal scientists and other government workers. Researchers who once would have felt comfortable responding freely and promptly to journalists are now required to direct inquiries to a media-relations office, which demands written questions in advance, and might not permit scientists to speak. Canadian journalists have documented several instances in which prominent researchers have been prevented from discussing published, peer-reviewed literature. Policy directives and e-mails obtained from the government through freedom of information reveal a confused and Byzantine approach to the press, prioritizing message control and showing little understanding of the importance of the free flow of scientific knowledge. (More.)
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Contributing Editor
The civic champion last week shared thoughts on his legacy, and what he yearned to accomplish still.
By David Beers
01 March 2012 VANCOUVER B.C. — The sunlight was icy blue in its clarity last Thursday afternoon, one of those days in Vancouver when the wet curtain pulls back and if you've chosen the right spot to be, you will be vastly rewarded. Jim Green's voice on the telephone described the panorama before him.
"I have these beautiful views of our beautiful, beautiful city. My apartment overlooks right down Cordova Street. I can see the Lions. It's just glorious."
All of this was visible to Green because he lived on the 12th floor of the Woodward's Building. Jim Green, of course, was the reason there was a Woodward's building. For 10 years, the Downtown Eastside's iconic department store sat boarded up until Green led the city's effort to purchase it from the provincial government for $5 million, hold community consultations and design competitions, and get built the eccentric amalgam of social housing, higher education, arts spaces, retail, and swish digs that Woodward's is today. (More)
Spirit Quest

'Hell,' as Dostoevsky wrote, 'is the inability to love.'

By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan
True North Perspective

02 March 2012 — Danger! What follows might be construed as “religious” by some and “irreligious” by others. 
I was not introduced to The Lord’s Prayer until I was ten years of age. My parents did not tuck me in nightly with calming, read: sleep invoking intercessions. They had distanced themselves from their respective faiths at age 18, a time of questioning for many, in favour of socialism albeit the democratic kind. Because of that political conviction which they dared to put into action beyond the ballot box, they were forced to flee the Nazi horde as they invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938.
Only after coming to Canada and attending that small, one room, public school  (8 grades, 30 children, one 19 year old teacher) in the woods of northern Saskatchewan, was I introduced to the Lord’s Prayer along with the singing of “God Save the King,” as the ritual at the beginning of each day. (More)
Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

Breathing room, a landing space, for Hope

By Geneviève Hone
True North Perspective

Geneviève Hone is a grandmother, family therapist and social worker.  With her husband, Julien Mercure (also a family therapist), she has co-authored three books on couples and family life. Her home on the web is

2 march 2011 — My mother and I don’t always see eye to eye and our lunchtime discussion is certainly one of those times.
Mother explains briefly that in this school people apparently like to take a moment to stop and pray for a moment. And she flatly turns down my proposal for homeschooling. I bring forth solid arguments: we don’t even know who God is, why should we pray to Him (in those days, God was always a “He”, of course).
But between serving soup and sandwiches and trying to prevent my brothers from pulling each other’s hair out, my mother is not inclined to indulge in a serious theological discussion. “I’ve told you before, Geneviève. If you are bothered by the idea of God, replace the word ‘God’ by ‘Life’.” It’s the same idea. Now get out of here or you’ll be late for school.”.  (More.)

The photo of the year award goes to . . .


East Central Ontario Editor Ken Jeffries is the proud father of son Brandon who will be three months old on Wednesday 14 March. Standing by is mother Angela Marlow. The photo was taken by eight-year-old sister Amber Lynn Marlow. Happy Birthday Brandon!

Beating the Drum
'Unfortunately, our medical system is about big business'
By Beverly Blanchard
True North Perspective
Beverly Blanchard is an Ojibway First Nation from Northern Ontario.  She holds a degree in Economics. During the last twenty-two years, she has worked as a consultant to First Nation and Inuit organizations in a variety of disciplines including: homelessness, suicide prevention, violence prevention, childcare, HIV/AIDS, women’s issues, business planning, and economic development. She has also designed and delivered Aboriginal awareness and stress management workshops to Federal government employees. Currently, Ms Blanchard is a life strategy coach, author and energy healer in Ottawa.

02 March 2012 — I decided to do a little more research on this whole OxyContin issue. So I started my search on the message/discussion boards. Why not listen to what the users were saying? I mean they are the ones that are affected by this change. Besides earlier this week, mainstream media had become silent on the topic.

The on-line forums are filled with a mixture of discussions on the subject of prescription drugs. In the discussions, I am amazed at the plethora of prescription drugs out there in the marketplace. There are perocetsfentanylroxy, meth, morphine or...there is quite an extensive list of options. There are those that make suggestions about what drugs to try and how to use them. There are even suggestions on how to ask your doctor.

Mixed in with those discussing their need to use OxyContin to manage their pain, there are the abusers of OxyContin. They share the forum and their information. At times, this brings about some nasty name calling. (More)
From the Desk of Darren Jerome

A continuing update on the war against WikiLeaks transparency

Please be advised that the below is not just the same old thing. By clicking on it you'll find the petition in support of Julian Assange and discover fascinating on-going reports and videos related to one of the most important events in modern history, and the desperate attempts to put a lid on information that everyone should know. Don't miss this special opportunity to stay informed.

Report from Obama's America

Willful blindness:

What no one is saying about

the human costs of an attack on Iran

By Marsha B. Cohen

The Lobelog via

1 March 2012 — Whether from the right, left or the center, the potential “consequences” of military strikes (a euphemism for war) against Iran are being assessed almost exclusively on the basis of the potential impact on Israel, the US and Europe: a spike in the price of oil wreaking havoc in the global economy–Hezbollah launching missile strikes from Lebanon into Israel and carrying out acts of terrorism against “soft western targets”–rather than the disastrous consequences for Iran, its neighbors and the global ecosystem.
No one is talking about the harm that “surgical air strikes” against “suspected Iranian nuclear facilities” with GBU-28 “bunker-buster” bombs, which derive their ability to penetrate concrete and earth from depleted uranium, would inflict on 74 million Iranians, nearly a quarter of whom are under the age of 14 and under and half of whom are under the age of 30. (More.)

Chinese local police director spearheads search

to find girlfriends for five of his busy single men

Official website called Save a Single Policeman attracts 38,771 hits in two weeks
The photo strip shows only four because the fifth is being held back as a surprise
By Mary Hannock
24 February 2012 BEIJING — It is one of modern China's biggest social headaches: too many men, not enough women, and a surfeit of bachelors that some have estimated will top 30 million by the end of the decade.
But now a Chinese police station in Chengdu is taking matters into its own hands, soliciting dates for single male officers through an official website entitled Save a Single Policeman. The station is concerned that its young officers, many of whom are newcomers to the Sichuan province, work long hours and have no family locally to help them find girlfriends. (More)
Cuba News Agency
02 March 2012 HAVANA Cuba — A new Cuban vaccine against chronic Hepatitis B (Nasvac) will be one of the innovations to be introduced during the International Congress on Biotechnology March 5 to 8 in Havana.
Dr. Gerardo Guillen Nieto, vice president of the event’s organizing committee, told reporters that good results have been obtained during the almost finished clinical studies of this vaccine, which is unique in the world. (More)

Venezuela 'does not fear sanctions'

Will continue to supply Syria with oil

By Ewan Robertson
01 March 2012 MERIDA Venezuela — Venezuela’s oil minister, Rafael Ramirez, has confirmed that Venezuela will continue to supply Syria with oil, despite international pressure against the Assad government and other nations that maintain relations with the Arab country. Responding to criticisms in the mainstream press, Ramirez said Venezuela does not fear any possible sanctions that could result from continued trade.
“Syria is a blockaded country. If it requires diesel and we can supply it, there isn’t any reason not to,” announced the minister, while making clear that Venezuela would continue to support the Syrian government, a close ally of Venezuela in the Middle East. 
The Syrian government has been embroiled in a civil conflict for the past year, with the United Nations claiming that the Assad government has used unnecessary force against peaceful protesters. Syrian government sources, however, maintain that they are responding to attempts by armed terrorist groups to forcefully overthrow the government. The official death toll on both sides is still unknown, although various estimates place it somewhere between 2000-5000 (Click here for details). (More)

have no empathy for problems abroad: only money counts

22 November 2011 — Film director Oliver Stone waxed critical against America's love of money, its role in war, and Barack Obama while at a film festival in Algeria where he was promoting his latest documentary.

Speaking mostly in French at a press conference in Algiers recently, Stone said he was shocked by the global financial crisis and "to see how money was venerated by America".

Its middle class "is the biggest victim" said the US director, though nothing could be done to change a system that he called "undemocratic, even after the arrival of Obama." (More)

A modest proposal for creating a growth economy

The merits of investing in crime

David McLaren is an award-winning writer living at Neyaashiinigamiing on Georgian Bay. He has worked in government, in the private sector, with ENGOs (Environmental Non-Government Organizations) and First Nations. Comments on this and other essays are welcome at 
By David McLaren
Special to True North Perspective

02 March 2012 — The G20 have been scratching their heads about how to recover from the Great Recession and create jobs in stalled economies. They could do worse than taking a page from the policy book of the Harper Government, as the Canadian Government is now known, and invest in crime.

The Harper Government’s modest proposal has the advantage of not requiring high crime rates, or any statistical data for that matter. For with this plan the government can create crime. The secret to creating crime is, of course, in manufacturing criminals. I would argue that, with the Harper Government’s Tough on Crime proposal, we can make such good criminals that, with a little venture capital, we will be able to increase employment and boost the economy for decades to come.

The first step is blindingly simple, yet elegantly efficient: increase jail time. For if there’s one thing the research tells us, it’s the longer the sentence the better schooled the criminal. (More)
Future: Silent
By Sebastian Anthony
1 March 2012 — Japanese researchers have created a hand-held gun (pictured above) that can jam the words of speakers who are more than 30 meters (100ft) away. The gun has two purposes, according to the researchers: At its most basic, this gun could be used in libraries and other quiet spaces to stop people from speaking — but its second application is a lot more chilling.
The researchers were looking for a way to stop “louder, stronger” voices from saying more than their fair share in conversation. The paper reads: “We have to establish and obey rules for proper turn-taking when speaking. However, some people tend to lengthen their turns or deliberately interrupt other people when it is their turn in order to establish their presence rather than achieve more fruitful discussions. Furthermore, some people tend to jeer at speakers to invalidate their speech.” In other words, this speech-jamming gun was built to enforce “proper” conversations. (More.)
By Ella Davies
BBC News
1 March 2012 — Researchers studying communication among the apes found that females made the most noise during sex if the "alpha female" was nearby.
Low-ranking females that were invited to have sex with high-ranking females would also call to tell other group members about the bond.
Experts suggest females communicate the encounters to boost their status.
The species Pan paniscus are referred to as the "erotic" or "promiscuous apes" because they regularly engage in sexual contact with both their own and the opposite sex. (More.)
By Robert T. Gonzalez
1 March 2012 — We all know dolphins are intelligent animals. So intelligent, in fact, that a document called the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans — which argues that dolphins should be afforded similar rights as humans — has actually been gaining some serious traction among scientists and ethicists in recent years.
One of the most human-like dolphin behaviors is that of the signature whistle. Each dolphin has a unique whistle that, in many ways, is a lot like its name. And while we've known about these whistles for decades, little is known about their use by dolphins in the wild. Now, a team of Scottish scientists has brought us one step closer to making sense of these enigmatic noises. (More.)

The Old Man's Last Sauna
(To read the stories just click on the italic titles. Please tell us what you think.)
An eclectic collection of short stories by Carl Dow that will stir your sense of humour, warm your heart, outrage your sense of justice, and chill your extra sensory faculties in the spirit of Stephen King. The final short story, the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Sauna is a ground-breaking love story. The series begins with Deo Volente (God Willing). Followed by The Quintessence of Mr. FlynnSharing LiesFlying HighThe Richest Bitch in the Country or Ginny I Hardly Knows YaOne Lift Too ManyThe Model A Ford, the out-of-body chiller, Room For One Only and O Ernie! ... What Have They Done To You! The series closes with the collection's namesake, The Old Man's Last Saunaa groundbreaking love story. All stories may also be found in the True North Perspective Archives.

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