Editor's Notes Friday 16 September 2011

True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 29 (288)
Friday, September 16, 2011

Editor's Notes

Where have all the women gone?

Sharia law for everyone puts Libyan women in their place

Before the illiegal attack on Libya thousands of women were attending university. Their acadamic achievement was recognized not only with marks but also with scholarships that allowed them to study abroad. When they married, the government of "Mad Man" Qaddadfi gave the couple, aside from free education, a $50,000 start-up, free healthcare and more, all of it paid for by the state-owned oil industry.
Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton with a billion dollar budget engineered what they referred to as a humanitarian war and the women are back in their homes terrified at having to live under Sharia law as the new puppet government insists. No women on the strets now; just young thugs shooting automstic rifles.
It is to the eternal shame of the mainstream media that they have been part of this deceit. Character assassination is a key weapon and those employed as psychological attack dogs scratch the bottom and come up silly. A photo has been circulating of a room in Qadaffi's centre in Tripoli. The cutlines and the voice overs refer with mock horror to a double bed with a conservative quilt and two bedside table lamps giving off soft light.
Is that the best they can do? Shame on them.
There's much to be said about the lies that led to this latest horror prompted by greed but, keeping my powder dry for future reference, I draw your attention to an excellent piece below  by Murray Dobin We've been lied to about Libya, its rebels and about the real reasons the West wants Gadhafi gone

Meanwhile, we're glad to be back. I'm happy to report that our appeal for funds has prompted the best return ever. It's still far short of what we need but the response has been most encouraging. Let me repeat here our appeal with an update.

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Thanks to all of you who have so far

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Below we repeat two brief Editor's Notes. One justifies our claim that True North Perspective publishes in the best traditions of Canadian journalism and the second why it's vital that we receive financial support from our readers. Finally, a story you won't find in the corporate news: WikiLeaks exposes Washington's close ties to Gaddafi. Without further ado, we'll leave you with them. — Looking forward, Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher,True North Persepective.
Editor's Notes
True North Perspective
Vol. 6, No. 13 (272)
Friday, April 15, 2011

It has been said . . .

True North Perspective is too radical

While we publish in best traditions of Canadian journalism

What's radical, in a pejorative sense, is that there is no longer a competitive press in Canada.

Canada grew up with a competitive press. During the American Civil War The Montreal Gazette was pro South and pro slavery. The Toronto Globe was pro North and anti-slavery.

In Canada's capital up until the 1950s the two English language dailies registered their differences on their front pages. The Ottawa Journal proudly proclaimed its allegiance with the word Conservative right up there with the newspaper's flag. The Ottawa Citizen matched this with the word Liberal.

Late 1970s and into the 1980s bean counters became an assassination squad and killed daily newspapers throughout the country. — 362 words.

Why True North Perspective is a necessary voice to keep you informed

Corporate media, an arm of military-industrial propaganda, hid this from you

 WikiLeaks cables expose Washington’s close ties to Gaddafi

Good buddies fall out over who's Number One

and the character assassination hotly proceeds

'Those like Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron and Berlusconi who have branded Gaddafi a criminal to be hunted down and murdered were all his accomplices. All of them collaborated with, armed and supported the Gaddafi regime, as US and European corporations reaped vast profits from Libya’s oil wealth.'

By Bill Van Auken
Global Research

27 August 2011 — US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday, August 24, and Thursday, August 25, expose the close collaboration between the US government, top American politicians and Muammar Gaddafi, who Washington now insists must be hunted down and murdered.

Washington and its NATO allies are now determined to smash the Libyan regime, supposedly in the interests of “liberating” the Libyan people. That Gaddafi was until the beginning of this year viewed as a strategic, if somewhat unreliable, ally is clearly seen as an inconvenient truth.

The cables have been virtually blacked out by the corporate media, which has functioned as an embedded asset of NATO and the so-called rebel forces that it directs. It is hardly coincidental that the WikiLeaks posting of the cables was followed the next day by a combination of a massive denial of service attack and a US judge’s use of the Patriot Act to issue a sweeping “production order” or subpoena against the anti-secrecy organization’s California-based Domain Name Server, Dynadot.

The most damning of these cables memorializes an August 2009 meeting between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son and national security adviser, Muatassim, with US Republican Senators John McCain (Arizona), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Susan Collins (Maine) and Connecticut “independent” Joe Lieberman.

McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008, has in recent speeches denounced Gaddafi as “one of the most bloodthirsty dictators on Earth” and criticized the Obama administration for failing “to employ the full weight of our airpower” in effecting regime change in Libya.

In the meeting held just two years ago, however, McCain took the lead in currying favor with the Gaddafis. According to the embassy cable, he “assured” them that “the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its security” and “pledged to see what he could do to move things forward in Congress.” — 1,368 words.

Meanwhile, take it easy but take it.
Looking forward
Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective

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