Friday 22 June 2012


Randy Ray wins police award for valour after

saving a woman from being stabbed to death

05 June 2012 OTTAWA Canada — Randy Ray was today awarded the Ottawa Police Services Certificate of Valour for intervening on behalf of a woman who was being savagely stabbed by a man wielding a butcher knife.

Mr. Ray was one of eight who were awarded a Certificate of Valour.

On Monday, 12 September 2011, Mr. Ray, family man, author, journalist, publicist, and Publicity Director of True North Perspective, was taking his morning walk. At about 7:40 he saw ahead of him an altercation between a male and female.

"At first I thought it was a father trying to usher his daughter into his car to take her to school. The next thing I knew the woman was on the lawn screaming. The man was slashing her with what looked like a butcher knife that must have been a foot long." (More)

Clucking like a blind old hen, Hilary Clinton points

a shameless gnarled claw at Syria on the slave trade

US adds Syria to list of those not doing enough to fight slavery

By Scott Stearns
Voice of America
21 June 2012 STATE DEPARTMENT — The United States is adding Syria to a list of countries that could face sanctions for not doing enough to fight human trafficking. The annual US report on worldwide slavery says Burma and Venezuela are among those countries making progress.

The State Department report says thousands of women from Somalia, Indonesia, Iraq and the Philippines are victims of prostitution and forced labor in Syria after being duped by fraudulent employment agencies. The report puts President Bashar al-Assad's government on a list of countries that could face sanctions over these abuses because it says Damascus is failing to investigate or punish those responsible.

Parading of the annual US state department report

on worldwide slavery is another ultimate in hypocrisy

As True North Perspective has been reporting for weeks, back in the 'land of the free' there are several million slaves being bought, sold, and exploited. The penalty for human trafficking in the United States can be as low as a $500 fine.
This disgrace is reported not only by non-government organizations but by federal and state governments themselves.
Wake up Hilary! Democracy starts at home.
Here following (please click on headlines) are samples of the storys on slavery in the United States that have been carried by True North Perspective during the past few weeks. (More)

Spy files on Diefenbaker, Pearson destroyed in 1989

Security agency cites 'nonsensical' privacy rights

CBC News

17 June 2012 — Canadian security agents compiled dossiers on former prime ministers John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson but the secret files were destroyed in the late 1980s, newly declassified records show.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which inherited the highly sensitive files from the RCMP's security branch, says they were discarded to "respect the privacy rights" of the leaders, both of whom died in the 1970s.

Two intelligence historians dismissed the CSIS explanation as ridiculous.

"How could destroying these files protect Pearson and Dief's privacy when they were already dead?" asked Steve Hewitt, a senior lecturer in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham in England. (More)


CIA and military Special Operations compete as US expands

secret surveillance operations throughout sub-Sahara Africa

By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post
13 June 2012 OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina FasoThe U.S. military is expanding its secret intelligence operations across Africa, establishing a network of small air bases to spy on terrorist hideouts from the fringes of the Sahara to jungle terrain along the equator, according to documents and people involved in the project.

At the heart of the surveillance operations are small, unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. Equipped with hidden sensors that can record full-motion video, track infrared heat patterns, and vacuum up radio and cellphone signals, the planes refuel on isolated airstrips favored by African bush pilots, extending their effective flight range by thousands of miles. (More)


Syria is armed like the proverbial porcupine

with deadly state of the art Russian weapons

No wonder NATO is resisting temptation to attack

The Moscow Times

19 June 2012 — Russia has shipped billions of dollars worth of missiles, combat jets, tanks, artillery and other military gear to Syria over more than four decades. Moscow says that it’s currently providing Assad with weapons intended to protect Syria from a foreign invasion and that it is not delivering the kinds of weapons needed to fight lightly armed insurgents in cities.

Here is a brief look at some of the weapons systems Russia has recently shipped to Syria or pledged to deliver in the future, according to official statements and Russian media reports. Russian government officials have remained secretive about the arms trade, so a complete list of Russian weapons and other military gear sent to Syria is unavailable: (More)


Syria shoots down Turkish F-4 warplane near Syrian border

Turkey has said it believes that one of its fighter jets has been shot down by Syrian security forces.

22 June 2012 — The F-4 Phantom disappeared over the Mediterranean, south-west of Hatay province, not far from Syria's coast.

PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said initially that "the other side have expressed regret" but later was unable to confirm what had happened.

After an emergency security meeting, his office said it was understood that Syria had brought the plane down. (More)

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Vol. 7, No. 21 (323)
Friday 22 June 2012
Guest Editorial
By David McLaren
Special to True North Perspective
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
At the beginning of everything, the Navajo were shown two yellow powders. One they could use — it was maize pollen. The other they were told to leave in the ground. That was oxidized uranium.

No one talks of “clean” nuclear energy anymore, not when you consider the whole fuel cycle.

Early mining in the North West Territories rendered Deline a “village of widows” because of the high mortality rate of Dene men who worked, unwarned and unprotected in the uranium mines.

The same thing happened to Navajo in the southwest US. Their ancient lands have been devastated by uranium mines, turning their creation story into apocalyptic prophecy.

Contamination during the operation of a nuclear plant is a constant concern. And the spent fuel from the core of a nuclear reactor is high level nuclear waste. It takes a million years (give or take a few millennia) before it’s safe to stand beside.

So why do four municipalities in southwestern Ontario want to be the nuclear waste capital of Canada? (More)

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Kudos to BC judge on euthanasia ruling

A slow painful end of life denies the right to life, liberty and security of person

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

22 June 2012 — The ruling by Justice Lynn Smith of the B.C. Supreme Court striking down portions of the federal anti-euthanasia law should put the issue before Parliament, which is exactly where it should be.

However, don’t expect the Harper government to let our elected representatives ever really consider the issue. It will appeal Smith’s decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, and if that fails, will most likely ram through a provision to prevent it from coming into effect.

While that will appease the usual complainers, it ducks actually dealing with the reality of Smith’s decision. By the way, she suspended the effect of her ruling for year except in the case of a B.C. woman who is suffering from ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. (More)

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, Sustainable Development Editor

Reaching back 2000 years the poet Juvenal

makes ancient Rome seem like Rome today

By Shelby Brown
Education, J. Paul Getty Museum
13 June 2012 — Roman poetry is filled with entertaining rants against urban evils, which I revisited with glee while preparing for a gallery class I taught at the Getty Villa last month.

Some of the most illuminating diatribes come to us from D. Iunius Iuvenalis (Juvenal), an embittered poet of the late first and early second centuries A.D.

As translated by Peter Green, his verses showcase many of the irritants still encountered in city life today, from traffic jams to fashion requirements. (More)

Spirit Quest

There is hope but we must want to live in hope

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

22 June 2012 — As a teenager I was an amateur lepidopterist .... Ok, a butterfly and moth collector.
With my net I swept the grassy fields and flower beds, and sat expectantly under the porch light on a warm summer evening waiting for my prey.
I sorted out my catch and consigned some to my death bottle, a jar containing cotton batten soaked in ammonia.
When dead I carefully removed the creatures and did the mortician’s thing, preparing them for display. I spread their wings on a stretching board and, when dried into position, I administered the coup de grace, thrusting a long needle through their tiny bodies, pinning them into a display case. (More)
Bits and Bites of Everyday Life

Making a difference: philanthropy still alive and well

By Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair
True North Perspective

Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair is the author of The Neglected Garden and two French novels. Visit her website to learn more

22 June 2012 — It was with great pleasure that I read an article on Dave Smith in the June issue of the Fifty-Five Plus magazine.
I have admired Dave Smith ever since I was a young teacher starting her career and discovering the social make-up of Canada’s capital. Trying new restaurants was part of the experience for this young farm girl who hadn’t had a chance to venture very far. Nate’s Deli was one of those places. I always marveled at the celebrities, both politicians and stars alike, who had frequented this place. I thought there must be something more than the excellent food!
As I soon discovered, the man behind the business was a force to be reckoned with... a man of the world who was just as comfortable with the very poor as he was with royalty.

Beating the Drum

The stereotypes that separate us

'Whereas the number of Canadian males behind bars decreased by nine per cent between 2002 and 2007, the number of women jumped by 11 per cent, according to a new report by Statistics Canada.'

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.

22 June 2012 — I have never been an advocate of programs that seek to empower people by separating them into categories of gender or culture or race. I find that most of these programs do more harm than good, and in many instances are usually based on faulty assumptions.

Only boys are bullies. Only men are violent. Aboriginal people are discriminated and excluded by ‘white’ people. Only men are arrogant and aggressive. Women are gentle and the caretakers of our society. Girls are not good at math. Only girls suffer self esteem issues. Only boys join gangs. All blondes are bimbos. We live in a society that is continually selling us stereotypes, and using these stereotypes to perpetuate the myths.

The problem with these myths is they do not empower anyone. Instead they diminish an individual and create a society which is based on divisions and separation. It is these separations that allow people to group human beings under one banner and create an environment of fear and blame. Fear in that people are afraid to report a problem; blame in that an individual can blame someone else for their situation. (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.


Why Julian Assange's Ecuador move is brilliant

Julian Assange’s appeal for asylum in Ecuador may spare him a prison stay in Sweden or the United States

By Ray McGovern

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

20 June 2012 — Barring a CIA drone strike on the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s sudden appeal for asylum there may spare him a prison stay in Sweden or possibly the United States. Assange’s freedom now depends largely on Ecuadorian President Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado, a new breed of independent-minded leader like Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

Correa has been a harsh critic of U.S. behavior toward Ecuador and its Latin American neighbors as well as an outspoken fan of WikiLeaks. Atypically for the region, Ecuador is not a major recipient of U.S. economic or military aid, so Washington’s leverage is limited. This suggests that the Ecuadorian government may decide to defy Washington, accept Assange’s request for asylum, and have him flown to Ecuador pronto. (More)


Syria, although a virtual one-party state, has a secular government like Australia, Canada, the US and other Western countries. Ever active in empire building, the US has a secret plan to break up the country in ethnic and Muslim religious sections. Professor Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research elaborates on:

Hidden US Military Agenda: 'Break Syria into Pieces'

16 June 2012 — A timely article in the Jerusalem Post last month brings to the forefront the unspoken objective of US foreign policy, namely the breaking up of Syria as a sovereign nation state --along ethnic and religious lines-- into several separate and "independent" political entities. The article also confirms the role of Israel in the process of political destabilization of  Syria.  The JP article is titled: "Veteran Kurdish politician calls on Israel to support the break-up of Syria' by Jonathan Spyer (The Jerusalem Post, May 16, 2012).
Sherkoh Abbas, President of the US based Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria (KNA)  has "called on Israel  to support the break-up of Syria into a series of federal structures based on the country’s various ethnicities."

The objective of the US sponsored armed insurgency is — with the help of Israel — to "Break Syria into Pieces".

The "balkanisation of the Syrian Arab Republic" is to be carried out by fostering sectarian divisions, which will eventually lead to a "civil war" modelled on the former Yugoslavia. (More)


How the US is playing for time on Iran

'After all, the world is already chock-a-block full of nuclear weapons, including the thousands the U.S. and Russia still possess, as well as those of Pakistan, a country we (the US) seem intent on destabilizing.  And yet, the only nuclear weapon that ever seems to make the news, obsessively, repetitively, is the one that doesn’t exist — the Iranian bomb.'

Take time to read

Deep-Sixing the China Option — How the Obama administration is stalling its way to war with Iran, By Flynt Leverett and Hilary Mann Leverett (More)


Eisenhower's warning ignored: Presidential power subject

to the military-industrial complex has risen to a sinister level

By Bill Boyarsky
20 June 2012 — By following a warlike path—and getting a free pass from too many progressives—President Barack Obama is making sure that foreign policy will remain in the hands of the military-industrial complex.
Hardly discussed in the presidential campaign is how Obama personally picks targets on a kill list, hugely has increased drone attacks, and wages cyberwarfare against Iran. If these actions had occurred under Bush-Cheney, liberals would have taken to the streets. Instead, the practices are accepted as facts of life, barely worth comment.

The truth is that in the last half century, this kind of presidential power, backed by the military and the arms industry, has been enshrined as permanent policy. And it will continue no matter who wins in November or in future elections. Whoever is in charge, the military, the intelligence spooks and the war industries always seem to co-opt the president. (More)

UN investigator says some American drone strikes may be

war crimes: will encourage others to flout international law

Russia Herald (ANI)

22 June 2012 — The American Government's policy of using drone strikes to kill terror suspects presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has warned.

Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, said that Obama administration's attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, could encourage other states to flout long-established international law.

In his strongest critique so far of drone strikes, Heyns suggested some may even constitute 'war crimes', The Guardian (UK) reports. (More)


The Cinema

Prometheus Dumber than a dozen Chariots of the Gods

In the theatre, everybody could hear me scream

Original published at Edifice Rex Online
22 July 2012 — Ridley Scott's much-hyped prequel to his iconic 1979 science fiction/horror classic Alien goes a long way towards debunking the auteur theory of film-making.
Barring an unacknowledged stroke, there is just no way the same mind could have been responsible for both films. Clearly, Dan O'Bannon deserved one hell of a lot more credit for the first movie than Scott ever did.
In fact, Prometheus is one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen. Failing basic archaeology, biology, astronomy and psychology (to name only a few areas of Epic Failure), Prometheus makes no sense and isn't even scary. (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.