Friday 20 January 2012

Mike Gravel US Democratic Senator from Alaska (1969-1981)

says Barack Obama is simply George W. Bush all over again

05 December 2011 — The US is like a paranoid drunk who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex-Senator and former US presidential candidate, Mike Gravel, says.

“I like the US.  But, at the same time I think my country is an imperial country that is going downhill, and our leadership does not even acknowledge the problem.

“Phony triumphalism has turned into a device to make Americans live in fear of a terrorist attack, yet you are a thousand times more likely to catch cancer than ever be hurt by that,” he says.

“All I can say about what the US is doing – it‘s immoral,” Gravel says, explaining that “as a result of 9/11, we have altered our moral compass. And people have begun to get used to brutalizing each other.”

“We Americans used to think ‘Oh, what happened in Germany could never happen with us!’ Well, it is happening with us. And it is happening to the detriment of our global position.” (More)

Ugly trade in child slaves flourishes daily in American cities

Crime rampant in Portland, Oregon as hundreds sold for sex

By Laura Vicker
Columbian Staff Reporter

21 December 2011 PORTLAND Oregon — A program launched this year in area schools spotlighting child sex trafficking is called “Deceptions.”

It’s a fitting name: Deception is clearly how the crime can run rampant, an executive director of the nonprofit group spearheading the program told the Vancouver Rotary Club on Wednesday.

Many in Clark County don’t believe child sex slavery occurs here, said Jim Grenfell, who heads AWARE, an organization whose mission is teaching teens to make healthy choices.

Many believe the crime is isolated, only affecting runaways. And children who could fall victim don’t easily recognize the warning signs, he said.

“Like me, there have been people in shock and disbelief that this is actually going on here,” Grenfell said. “It’s going on in our community every day.” (More)
A US violation of human rights

Five Cuban antiterrorists jailed in midst of hysteria

created by Cuban exiles some of whom were terrorists

By Wayne S.Smith
Center for International Policy
13 January 2011 — Stephen Kimbers forthcoming book What Lies Across the Water? is perhaps the most complete account of the Cuban Five I’ve yet read – and I came away from reading it with a renewed sense of depression. No wonder! The case has long befouled the image of the United States as dedicated to justice, honour and fair play.
As Kimber notes, the trial back in 2001 was such a complete farce that it drew massive international criticism – from 10 Nobel Prize winners, from hundreds of jurists, members of parliaments and various other organizations all over the world, many of whom joined 12 amicus briefs asking the Supreme Court to review the case. And for the first time in history, the UN Human Rights Commission condemned a trial in the United States.  
Kimber follows the Cubans as they are assigned to the United States as undercover agents, not to work against the US but to gather information on exile terrorist activities against Cuba (which had included bombing Cuban resorts and blowing a Cuban passenger airliner out of the sky — Editor). (More)
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Asia moves to centre stage as US flexes John Wayne muscles

Take time for print-outs on China, North Korea, to see ahead

The US, battered and bleeding, has officially pulled out of Iraq leaving behind a covering force of thousands of mercenaries they call contractors. Meanwhile, the US is suing for peace with the Taliban in Afghanistan after losing the war there.
(As an example of the terrible conditions festering in Kabul under American guns, please read Children struggle and die in dangerous Kabul.)
The Taliban aren't co-operating. This was the outfit that George W. Bush attacked to show them right from wrong. The Taliban know a wounded beast when they see it. Why rush? The US will pack their tents sooner or later. They'll have to go because, like a punch drunk boxer whirling around in the ring, they've decided that Asia/Pacific is a good place to start a new Cold War, after all there are no shots being fired there yet. (More)
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Alex Binkley is a foremost political and economic analyst. 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

Brawling in the CP boardroom

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

20 January 2011 — A brawl has broken out in the normally gentle boardroom of Canadian Pacific (CP) set off by a US hedge fund investor and it has shippers who rely on the railways readying for another push on the federal government for effective rail freight service rules.

Pershing Square Investments, headed by Bill Ackman, acquired a 14.2% stake in CP last year with the intention of pushing for drastic improvements to its poor financial results under current CEO Fred Green.

Ackman wants Green replaced by former Canadian National (CN) CEO Hunter Harrison whose cavalier attitude towards customers as he boosted that railway’s productivity was a main driver in a concerted campaign by shipper organizations for regulations that would balance the market place of the two national railways and their customers. (More)
From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

In China, a steel skyscraper that breathes

By Kelly Chan
Atlantic Cities
19 January 2012 — China will be home to yet another towering steel skyscraper, and this new one set to rise in Wujiang looks straight out of a Sharper Image catalogue.
The Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have stolen the competition yet again with a design that conflates sustainability with a sleek, high-performance façade. Renderings show a 358-meter-tall tapered high rise shaped like an oversized eye of a needle and marked by an immense atrium and light well. (More)

Always worth repeating
— Winston Churchill
Let's say that news throughout human time has been free. Take that time when Ugh Wayne went over to the cave of Ugh Payne with news that the chief of his group had broken a leg while chasing his laughing wife around the fire. That news was given freely and received as such with much knowing smiles and smirks to say nothing of grunts of approval or disapproval. — 688 words.

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

20 January 2011 — “Up, up the long delirious burning blue,
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace,
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
........  put out my hand and touched the face of God.”
High Flight, a poem written by John Gillespie Magee (1941), part of which I quoted above, was an American pilot and poet.  It was a very popular wartime poem which I had to learn and recirte when I was in grade 6.  That was not a problem for me for I loved planes and flying although I had never been aloft. I was also endowed with a vivid imagination and could visualize  being in an aircraft and sending it  “through footless halls of air.”(More)
Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

Unwrapping gifts

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

I’ve just finished the work I needed to do with the actors and now, from a corner of the large room, I quietly observe them rehearsing a play destined to open sometime in April.  I’ve been asked by the director of the play, a very dear friend, to help create and assemble the costumes.

Earlier today, I have built a prototype of a cloak that attempts to evoke mid-17th century fashions.  The cloak must be light enough that the actors don’t melt under the lights, heavy enough that it drapes elegantly, long enough to demonstrate that nobody needed to skimp on fabric, short enough to allow for freedom of movement especially during the swordfight episode. Perhaps you thought that sewing such a cloak was simply a matter of taking a big circle of fabric and cutting out a hole to let head and neck protrude in a graceful manner.  Well, so did I till this afternoon, but I don’t any longer, and this is why this embryonic piece of clothing will be known as a prototype.  “A big circle of fabric with a hole in the middle” doesn’t do it justice! (More.)


The ultimate in recycle-reuse

Frances finds an award-winning shop just around the corner

By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective

Frances Sedgwick's keen eye and ear for the human condition reveals the heart and soul of Parkdale in southwest Toronto, one of the country's most turbulent urban areas where the best traditions of human kindness prevail against powerful forces that would grind them down. True North Perspective proudly presents a column by writerFrancesSedgwick. Her critical observation combined with a tender sense of humour will provide you with something to think about ... and something to talk about.

20 January 2012 — When I was in Ottawa over the holiday season I went to an Arts and Craft Show in the Glebe at the Lansdowne Stadium. 
I was fascinated by one particular booth.
The booth sold bags - laptops, backsacks, purses, everything you can imagine. These products were special because they were made from re-used materials from wrecked cars. (More)

Selective history

Cultural variety and hostilities were present

among Aboriginals before the Europeans came

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.  
By Beverly Blanchard
True North Perspective

Most of what we believe is based on either traditions or customs that have been passed down through the ages or what society and the media have told us to believe. For most of us we blindly accept this information as truth and never really question whether these truths are actually grounded in reality.

I used to deliver Aboriginal awareness workshops to a federal government department.  At the start of most of my workshops, I would do what they commonly refer to as an ice-breaker.  I used a children’s game in which I would whisper in someone’s ear a statement and this person would whisper the statement to the ear of the nearest person. The whispering process would continue until the last person to receive the statement would stand up and repeat what was heard. Inevitably the statement was never even close to the original statement. I used this game as a starting point for demonstrating some of the problems with oral traditions. It is also a problem that is inherent with written traditions. (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.

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Contributing Editor

Woman on the mind proves costly for men

The very thought of you — dulls our brains

New research suggests the mere idea of an encounter with a woman can impair men’s cognitive performance.

By Tom Jacobs
16 January 2012 — Ladies: Do you have any idea how much power you have over us men? To quote the classic song, it seems the very thought of you is enough to dull our brains.
That’s the conclusion of a research team from the Netherlands, which reports the mere anticipation of interacting with a woman can temporarily impede men’s mental abilities.(More)
By Mitch Potter
Washington Bureau
The Toronto Star
20 January 2011 CHARELSTON, S.C. — You know it’s not your day when 3,000 people are standing in front of you laughing hysterically and you’re the only one who doesn’t get the joke.

Or you should know, at least.

But not Herman Cain, bless his breathtakingly unironic soul.

There was Cain on Friday, the former Republican front-runner who quit his bid for the presidency in December amid several too many allegations of sexual wrongdoing, not getting it to the very end. (More)
26 December 2011 LA PAZ Bolivia — After 14 years in the country, and despite all the campaigns and having a network of outlets, the chain was forced to close the eight restaurants that remained open in the three main cities: La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
It's a question of the first Latin-American country not to have a McDonald's, and the first country in the world where the company has had to close because their bottom lines have been in the red for more than a decade.
The impact on the creative and marketing managers has been so strong that a documentary was filmed under the title Why McDonald's went broke in Bolivia, where they try to explain the reasons that led Bolivians to still prefer pies to hamburgers.(More)

New economic community of 600 million is created

by 33 countries of South America and the Carribean


27 December 2011 CARACAS Venezuela — In December, the leaders of 33 American countries situated southward of US borders gathered in Venezuela's capital, Caracas. The leaders signed the agreement about the establishment of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Therefore, Rio Group and the Latin American and Caribbean Summit will not gather any longer. The new organization, which represents the countries with the total population of 600 million, has the largest oil, gas and water reserves in the world. The CELAC may eventually play the role of one of the centers of the multipolar world. (More)

Venezuela offers free removal of PIP implants

Banqrupt French company used industrial silicone

By Deisy Buitrago and Daniel Wallis
China Daily News

29 December 2011 CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela is offering women the free removal of breast implants made by a bankrupt French company that used industrial silicone to make cheap prostheses linked to health risks. 

The implants were made by the now defunct Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) and appear to have had an unusually high rupture rate, prompting the authorities in France to urge women to have them removed. (More)


Children struggle and die in dangerous Kabul  

By Wang Huazhong
China Daily News
03 January 2012 KABUL Afghanistan — It was an early morning in August, 5:50 a.m. to be precise, not the time for children to have fun. But youngsters bold enough to risk it had climbed onto the roofs of their mud houses that dot the hills in Kabul. They were looking at a giant, black cloud rising from the ground not far away.
Five minutes ago, a car bomb had exploded and sporadic gunshots ripped through the quiet morning, the thick plumes of smoke now spreading a black shadow over the city. Welcome to Kabul! A day ago, on the same roofs, the children were flying kites and smiling into China Daily reporters' cameras. (More)

Beating a path for peace, Chinese military diplomacy

secures co-operation agreements with border countries

China Daily News

17 January 2011 BEIJING — China's military diplomacy has boosted ties with foreign forces in 2011, according to Qian Lihua, director of the Foreign Affairs Office with the National Defense Ministry.

Senior officials of the Central Military Commission and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) headquarters paid visits to 14 neighboring countries including Vietnam, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore and the Philippines in 2011.

China attended meetings to exchange views on defense and security issues such as the 10th prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Shangri-LaDialogue and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers Plus Meeting.

The Chinese military made profound achievements in cooperating with neighboring forces in military training and academic research, and dispatched professionals to provide medical care and humanitarian aid to disaster-hit areas in Pakistan and Thailand.

Qian said China always gives priority to harmonious ties with neighboring countries, pursuing a peaceful policy of communication and cooperation.

"China will face up to the disputes and hot issues in regional security, taking care of the interests of other countries and maintaining our principles at the same time," Qianadded. (More)
Playing with fire: Obama's threat to China
Obama says US influence will turn from the Middle East towards the "vast potential of the Asia-Pacific region".

Michael Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

By Michael Klare
Al Jazeera
10 Decembee 2011 — When it comes to China policy, is the Obama administration leaping from the frying pan directly into the fire? In an attempt to turn the page on two disastrous wars in the greater Middle East, it may have just launched a new Cold War in Asia - once again, viewing oil as the key to global supremacy.

The new policy was signalled by President Obama himself on November 17 in an address to the Australian Parliament in which he laid out an audacious - and extremely dangerous - geopolitical vision. Instead of focusing on the greater Middle East, as has been the case for the last decade, the United States will now concentrate its power in Asia and the Pacific. 

"My guidance is clear," he declared in Canberra. "As we plan and budget for the future, we will allocate the resources necessary to maintain our strong military presence in this region." 

While administration officials insist that this new policy is not aimed specifically at China, the implication is clear enough: from now on, the primary focus of US military strategy will not be counterterrorism, but the containment of that economically booming land - at whatever risk or cost. (More)
By Stephen Gowans
There are a few facts to keep in mind to understand what’s going on in the wake of the 17 December 2011 death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
28 December 2011 — #1. US foreign policy vis-a-vis North Korea has always sought to force the latter’s collapse to pave the way for its absorption into the US-dominated South [1] — and did so well before Pyongyang began to work on nuclear weapons.
US hostility toward North Korea has never been about nuclear weapons. On the contrary, North Korea’s nuclear weapons are a consequence of US hostility.
US hostility, now in its seventh decade, is about what it has always been about: putting an end to what Washington mistakenly calls North Korea’s Marxist-Leninist system (Marxism-Leninism has been replaced by Juche ideology—a home-grown doctrine of self-reliance), its non-market system, and its self-directed economic development [2]. None of these offer much latitude for US profit-making at North Korea’s expense, and hence are singled out for demolition. (More)

The Book End

Kathleen's Cariole Ride 

By Margaret Kell Virany

A heart-warming tale of romantic Knight-and-Lady Courtly Love 

Kathleen's Cariole Ride - Click to purchase!Margaret Kell Virany was born in Cookstown, Ontario, Canada in 1933. She loved nursery rhymes, fairy tales, poems, parables and stories of real lives. In 1937 she went by ocean liner to a family reunion in England. She got an Honours BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto in 1955, where Northrop Frye taught her.

In 1955 she married Thomas ViranyBASc, her editor on the student daily, The Varsity. From 1981 to 1990 she and her husband co-owned and edited the Aylmer Bulletin, a weekly newspaper. The Portsmouth UK News awarded her a bouquet of flowers and full-page coverage for her family-history rendition, A Book of Kells. Eating at Church, celebrating the cuisine and anniversaries of two pioneer churches, sold out in Gatineau, Quebec (across from Ottawa), where she lives.

Now here is Margaret Kell Virany telling us in her own words about the exciting, romantic love affair of her parents and their more than 60-year marriage as they found themselves everywhere from the back country to the company of prime ministers and royalty. (More)


Exciting products, innovative services to be showcased at

2012 Home Renovations Show at the new CE Centre

The Home Renovations Show, the city’s first home show of 2012, will feature the latest in renovating, upgrading, and planning under one roof at a state-of-the-art consumer and trade show centre near Ottawa International Airport.

The show takes place on Jan. 20, 21 and 22 in the new CE Centre at 4899 Uplands Dr. (More.)

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The Old Man's Last Sauna
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.