Mission Statement True North is for opinion makers

"News is what (certain) people want to keep hidden. Everything else is just publicity."
PBS journalist Bill Moyers.

Your support makes it possible for True North to clear the fog of "publicity" and keep you informed on what's really happening in the world today. Please send your donation to:

Carl Dow, True North, Station E, P.O. Box 4814, Ottawa ON Canada K1S 5H9.

Or quick and easy and perfectly safe, via Pay Pal. No donation is too small.

True North No Gas Fridays
Dont be shy! Just dont buy!

Join True North No Gas Fridays and hit back at Big Oil price gouging. When enough drivers make the point that theyre mad as hell and wont take it anymore Governments will act. You can count on it. Protect yourself with True North No Gas Fridays.

dont go here

Take care, beware, dont go near that thing on Friday . . . theres a gouger lurking, with a very greedy eye on your hard-earned money.


Editor’s Notes

Shaking the Money Tree

A long-time girl friend used to say on greeting, “Hey! What’s shakin’?” I haven’t seen her for a few years but if she were to ask me today I’d say, “The Money Tree!” — 434 words.

Visiting Judge Harold Wright dismisses
charge of discrimination in Scottish court


Terrorist pleads guilty with an explanation

Click here for full story on both cases. — 141 words.

Health Watch

The poor get diabetes while the rich get local and organic
but government funding seeds projects for universal safe food

As a class, lower income people have been well represented in some of the best-covered food stories of our day, particularly hunger, obesity, and diabetes. As these issues have faded in and out of the public's eye over the last 25 years, another food trend was rapidly becoming a national obsession -- namely, local and organic. — 1,490 words.

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

Ferrari still concerned over corporate espionage

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo has proved that he is not yet ready to put the espionage dispute with McLaren behind him. — 201 words.

Interesting Canadian historical notes … by George Laidlaw

George Laidlaw is a novelist and President of the Ottawa Independent Writers.

Could Canada be claimed by China?

Canada is the second largest country in the world and China is fast becoming the most powerful (United States aside). Perhaps China has a legitimate claim to Canada or some part of Canada.

Global warming could solve the mystery of two British lost ships

 — 467 words.

From the Desk of Tom Dow, Contributing Editor

Amnesty International says it’s illegal for Ottawa
to look the other way when others practice torture

‘This is a dangerous and troubling proposition’

 A leading human rights group is challenging a claim by the Canadian government that it's free, under international law, to collaborate with foreign regimes that practice torture in the name of fighting terrorism. — 446 words.

 ‘The people from Hope are arguing against hope.’

Hillary proved her masculinity by backing G.W. Bush
Can Hillary now cry her way back to the White House?

When I walked into the office that Monday, people were clustering around a computer to watch what they thought they would never see: Hillary Clinton with the unmistakable look of tears in her eyes. — 1,151 words.

Churchill’s granddaughter on documentary about how British/Soviet spies combined to foil a Hitler plot to kill Big Three at Tehran meet

The attempt by Nazi Germany to assassinate the "Big Three" - Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill - was foiled thanks to Soviet and British intelligence.

MOSCOW —  The British Big Ape Media TV company and the Moscow TV Center are making a documentary series about Russian-British relations over four centuries. The Lion and the Bear, for release in 2008, will mix documentary history, travelogue and personal accounts and will be presented by author, and Winston Churchill's granddaughter, Celia Sandys. — 996 words.

Iranian Jews deny a planned exodus from Iran

TEHRAN — The head of the Iranian Jewish Society, Siamak Mareh Sedq, and a Member of Parliament from the Jewish community, Morris Motamed, in a recent joint statement dismissed allegations of an organized departure of Iranian Jews. — 202 words.

From the Desk of Rosaleen Dickson, Contributing Editor

No corner-bar drunken paranoids here

Eight U.S. State Department Veterans declare
a chilling challenge to official account of 9/11

"Fifteen of the nineteen people who allegedly flew airplanes into buildings in the United States got their visas from the same CIA Consulate at Jeddah." [6]

In a commentary after a 2007 interview of David Ray Griffin, PhD, Mr. Kenney said, “We should strive to clearly separate what we know from things we don't. Thus, we have a reasonably high level of confidence that the Establishment conspiracy narrative is absurd.  The World Trade Center structures came down through controlled demolition.  Flight 93 was shot down over rural Pennsylvania.  And whatever it was that hit the Pentagon could not have been Flight 77.  Further, whatever his peripheral involvement, the planning and implementation of 9/11 did not originate with Osama bin Laden.” [8] — 2,400 words.

Imperial Britain, Czarist Russia fought wars

Central Asia on front line in energy battle
as Russia leads the pack in “Great Game’

BUKHARA, Uzbekistan — In the scrub brush desert south of this ancient Silk Road town, the natural gas wellheads are built on modest concrete platforms about the size of basketball courts. Because the gas is naturally pressurized, pumps are not needed to bring it to the surface. Pipes simply kiss the ground and gas pours through them. The issue is where the gas goes from there. — 1,294 words.

Young Iranians are pushing for change
as the children of the revolution rebel

‘The state is flexible, they will accept what the youth is pushing on them," said Mohammad Moussavi, a former Iranian ambassador. "Over the next five years we will see the transition start. I don't see cracks in the system but evolution.’ — 562 words.

Mexican miners strike against 19th century conditions
Government and company respond with force of arms     

MEXICO CITY — Mexican labor authorities seized on technicalities to order an end to the strike at the country's largest copper mine in Cananea, Sonora, on Friday. The Mexican press reports that more than 700 heavily armed agents of the Sonora state police arrived in Cananea just hours before the decision was announced, and agents of the Federal Preventative Police were sent to the tiny mountain town as well. Strikers report that the streets were filled with rocks and teargas, and 20 miners have been injured - some seriously - in the ensuing conflict. The union says that five strikers are missing. — 1,632 words.

Rate shift signals a growing gap
between U.S. and China economies

SHANGHAI (Reuters) — Signaling a growing divergence between the U.S. and Chinese economies, a key dollar interest rate has dropped below its Chinese counterpart for the first time since the yuan's peg to the dollar was abolished in July 2005. The vanishing of the longstanding spread between U.S. and Chinese interest rates shows how monetary policies in the two countries are headed in opposite directions, and complicates China's effort to curb a huge inflow of speculative money, analysts said. — 733 words.

Dollar and Pound Both Heading Down!

The housing market in the United States is collapsing. It's no longer a secret. Nor do you have to be an economist to see how the real estate contagion is taking its toll on the broader American economy. — 871 words.

Harold Wright, Doctor of Punology, and his colleague George Carlin succinctly deal with profound questions of life and living:“If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?”

Link not working? Story not loading? Can't click on the links? Got another computer problem? Never fear! Carl is here!

If you have any problems with accessing the newsletter or problems with your computer, send an email to Carl Hall , and he will be more than happy to assist you.


Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Assistant Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Contributing Editors
Rosaleen Dickson
Tom Dow
Randy Ray
Harold Wright