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Laughing all the way to one
while bypassing the one that really counts
By the time you read this, the federal budget will have been beaten to death
in print, on air, and on cable. So there’s not much point in me going on about
it at any length. The budget, for the Harper Tories, is a no-election budget. In
the most unlikely event that there will be an election this spring, it would be
a good budget for the Tories to seek another, this time majority, mandate. It is
in fact a Liberal budget, with some New Democrat and Bloc thrown in for good
Wisdom in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright
Sage advice from Judge Harold Wright on why you shouldn’t beat yourself
up. — 135 words.
Four environmentalists arrested
at prime minister’s residence — 147 words
Defence minister apologizes
for misleading parliament — 74 words
Star-witness deals delay
Conrad Black trial — 162 words
Chiquita fined $25M
for hiring terrorists
U.S. banana giant Chiquita Brands International Inc. has pleaded guilty to
doing business with a terrorist organization for paying protection money to
Colombian paramilitaries between 2001 and 2004. — 155 words.
A Russian take on George
Latin American tour — ‘Calderon's
hospitality saves Bush's neck’
Photo by Reuters
During his recent Latin American tour, U.S. President George W. Bush tried to put his best foot forward. However, in this stopping-for-the camera at a carrot-bagging location, it’s pretty clear by the look on their faces that everyone is unhappy with the occasion.
President George W. Bush has completed his tour of Latin America, which the
U.S. president had hoped would help shore up Washington's position in the
strategically crucial region. However, in the final tally, his visit was a
miserable affair: Mr. Bush failed to resolve a single important question, and
his every footstep was dogged by anti-American protests. Towards the end of his
trip, the American president could even have suffered wounds to more than his
morale if not for the hospitality of Mexican President Felipe Calderon. —
Cartel in the
"Gas OPEC" to be created in Doha in April
Kommersant News Service has learned that last week some of the
world's leading natural gas exporters reached a final agreement on the creation
of a so-called "gas OPEC." The consortium of gas-rich countries, which at the
moment includes Russia, Iran, Qatar, Venezuela, and Algeria, is due to be
formally organized in the Qatari capital of Doha on April 9. The appearance of
such a powerful player in the energy arena will undoubtedly meet with an
extremely negative reaction from the United States and the European Union. —
delay in Litvinenko Inquiry
‘I have big problems’ victim told his son
British prosecutors' demand that British investigators unearth more
information before prosecutors proceed with the case of dead security services
agent Alexander Litvinenko may explain why Russian authorities have been barred
from coming to London. — 282 words.
Militants chop ears
off Afghan drivers
Suspected militants chopped off the ears of two drivers supplying fuel to a
U.S. military base in Nuristan province of eastern Afghanistan, an interior
ministry spokesman said Sunday. — 89 words.
India workers allege
conditions by U.S. employer
More than 300 East Indian workers employed by a U.S.-based marine fabrication
company have alleged that they are being treated like 'animals' and have formed
a committee to raise their concerns against the firm. Indians working for Signal
International LLC, based in Mississippi and Texas, have alleged that they are
forced to live and work in slave-like conditions and are unduly exploited.
— 336 words.
Background on action in The
Horn of Africa
‘This is not a war between Ethiopia and Somalia’
Demgogue jumps from Marxism-Leninism to Buddhism
Analysis by Mohamed Hassan, a former Ethopian diplomat, he is a university
professor in Brussels, Belgium. In 2003 he wrote a book. L’Irak face à
l’Occupation (Iraq eye to eye with the occupation) with David Pestieau. The book
on the war in Iraq has been published in French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian,
German and Turkish. This thoughtful essay reveals startling developments that
lead to another avoidable humanitarian crisis. — 2,892 words
True North Canuck Fact of the Day
Canadian invented ‘Beatlemania’ to describe frenzy
No “Yeah, yeah, yeah” without Canada? You bet. Sandy Gardiner, an Ottawa journalist, coined the phrase ‘Beatlemania’ to describe the frenzy created by the 1960s British rock group. He came up with the term while covering The Beatles during a trip to Liverpool in the Fab Four’s early days.
Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site
Harold Wright, True North's Doctor of Punology, says, “The dead batteries were given out free of charge.”
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