Mission Statement – True North is not for everyone
First reference is to the last in
the lineup. An excellent editorial by the International Herald Tribune that calls
on Congress to make full and successful challenge on the attack on civil
liberties by the Bush administration. The editorial serves as a warning to
Canadians to beware of narrow ideologists who, in the final analysis, would only
feel secure if our whole population was locked up and allowed out only on day
passes. — 542 words,
Laughter rules in the court
of Judge Harold Wright — 129 words
After stumbling in South Korea
Wal-Mart buys 35% of China retail chain
But China's size and enormous growth potential does not guarantee success.
The market is fragmented and highly competitive. Shelf prices are extremely low,
and poor infrastructure outside the major cities make transport logistics a
nightmare. Wal-Mart will need to face down increasingly sophisticated Chinese
retail conglomerates such as China Resources, Shanghai Brilliance Group and
Lianhua supermarkets on their home turf. Home Depot and Best Buy are opening
branches in China, and dozens of other American and European retailers are also
planning to move in. — 929 words,
To understand the Chinese stock market
you must understand the Chinese economy
Given all the furious capitalism and all the economic growth happening in
China, it’s easy to forget that the country is still a command economy
controlled by the Communist Party. But it is, and that brings with it all kinds
of implications that many Western investors aren’t used to. — 1,299
Venezuela expands support
for Bolivian disaster victims
More than 350,000 homeless, 35 dead. The Chavez government has announced that
it is increasing the aid to Bolivia to $15.7 million and 75 tons of supplies to
deal with the humanitarian crisis there, in the wake of massive flooding. This
aid is in addition to logistical support in the form of emergency teams,
helicopters, and transport planes. — 245 words.
Holocaust deniers scorned in
What really scares the mullahs
is UN security council agreement
Iran seems to have at least temporarily halted the uranium-enrichment program
at the heart of its standoff with the UN security council, according to the head
of the International Atomic Energy Agency. — 838 words.
How to end the assault on liberties
International Herald Tribune
Five years of the Bush administration's overreaching and congressional
collaboration continue to exact a high toll in human lives, America's global
reputation and the architecture of democracy. Brutality toward prisoners, and
the denial of their human rights, have been institutionalized; unlawful spying
on Americans continues; and the courts are being closed to legal challenges of
these practices. It will require forceful steps by this Congress to undo the
damage. Taking on this task is a moral imperative that will show the world the
United States can be tough on terrorism without sacrificing its humanity and the
rule of law. — 1,071 words.
True North Canuck Fact of the Day
Toronto produces world’s funniest
Toronto-born actress Beatrice Lillie was often billed as “the funniest woman in the world.” In addition to starring in several stage plays by Noel Coward, the comedienne appeared in several films from the silent era up until her last film in 1967, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site
Harold Wright, True North's Doctor of Punology, says, "When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.”
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