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Editor’s Notes

Tory assassinations warn of hard times

if they should win a majority government 

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 and Germany
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 words.

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 Iran
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 woman
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 at:   www.triviaguys.com
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