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Editor’s Notes

No mystery to Quebec elections — the Liberals will win

I’ve been planning to write a piece on the Quebec elections but haven’t found the time. So I decided to start off Editor’s Notes with a few words that will put the question in perspective. — 896 words.

Laughter in the court
of Judge Harold Wright

Passive-aggressive in 98 words.

Whose oil is it, anyway?

The plan: for buddies of Dick Cheney
Vice president of Oil and Munitions

Antonia Juhasz of the International Herald Tribune says “Today more than three-quarters of the world's oil is owned and controlled by governments. It wasn't always this way. Until about 35 years ago, the world's oil was largely in the hands of seven corporations based in the United States and Europe. Those seven have since merged into four: ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP. They are among the world's largest and most powerful financial empires. But ever since they lost their exclusive control of the oil to the governments, the companies have been trying to get it back. . . . Iraq's five trade union federations, representing hundreds of thousands of workers, released a statement opposing the law and rejecting ‘the handing of control over oil to foreign companies, which would undermine the sovereignty of the state and the dignity of the Iraqi people.’" — 829 words.

Halliburton to Dubai


International Herald Tribune

A handshake can still trump a videoconference. The energy services giant Halliburton announced on Sunday that it will move its corporate headquarters and its chief executive, David Lesar, from the old boomtown of Houston (Texas) to the rising boomtown of Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The move sends the message that even in the new economy, some of the old rules still apply — including that location matters. — 300 words.

Crippled, Iraq leans on longtime enemy Iran for trade
Economies of the ex-enemies are increasingly intertwined

While the Bush administration works to stop Iran from meddling in Iraq, Iranian air conditioners fill Iraqi appliance stores, Iranian tomatoes ripen on the window sills of kitchens here and white Iranian-made Peugeots sit in Iraqi driveways. . . . The economies of Iraq and Iran, the largest Shiite countries in the world, are becoming closely intertwined, with Iranian goods flooding Iraqi markets and Iraqi cities looking to Iran for basic services. — 1,250 words.

One woman’s heroic fight to rescue
boys and girls sold into slavery

A thriving commerce in human beings is taking place behind the facade of most major cities and towns in the U.S. and worldwide. Activists are pushing back, but they need reinforcements. — 2,133 words.

A summary of what's in
the major U.S. newspapers

31 Plots

Everybody leads with news that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, confessed that he organized those attacks, and quite a few more, at a military hearing on Saturday at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon released a transcript of the closed hearing last night. "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z," Mohammed told the panel. Mohammed listed 31 terrorist plots he claimed to be "responsible" for as al-Qaida's "military operational commander for all foreign operations around the world." — 910 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

It’s mostly a matter of averages that keep increasing

The average height of Canadian women is 163 centimeters, or 5 feet 4 inches Their average weight is 65.8 kg, or 145 pounds. The average height of Canadian men is 178 centimeters, or 5 feet 10 inches.  Their average weight is 83.2 kg, or 183 pounds.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com
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