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Tory buddies Harper and Charest

know how to buy an election


Just as were putting today’s issue to bed I learned that Charest of Quebec is planning to take the handout from his fellow Tory Firewall Harper and use it as a tax break for the residents of La Belle Province. I couldn’t help but laugh-out-loud. As blatant a piece of vote buying as Quebec has ever seen. And it has seen plenty. — 425 words.

Wisdom in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright

To solve a case Judge Wright tells the fable
of a father, a girl, and a wicked money lender

Judge Wright had in his court a couple who had come to him to settle a dispute. They had given up on arguments and had decided on divorce unless a solution could be found.  In response Judge Wright told the following fable: — 571 words.

Judge who sentenced Saddam
to death is living in exile

A British news report says that the Iraqi judge who sentenced former President Saddam Hussein to death has applied for asylum in London. — 137 words.

An Argentine novelist writes:
‘What we see in Hugo Chávez’

BUENOS AIRES — fervent welcome that greeted President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela during his visit to Argentina a week ago was inexplicable to some Argentines and left others indignant. Many here tend to mistrust populism and demagoguery, finding them redolent of Peronism. But even among the wary, a window of hope has opened, with Mr. Chávez as its symbol. — 952 words.

Scotiabank looking for ‘growth opportunities’
eyes buying a minority stake in Chinese bank

TORONTO — Scotiabank says that it wants to forge a strategic partnership with Bank of Dalian Co. Ltd., China's seventh-largest commercial bank, by way of a minority investment. — 210 words.

CIA officer says he hopes Norman Mailer is right
in saying America has entered a pre-fascist state

‘Closing the Gap Between Torturer and Victim’

In Andrew Cockburn’s new book, Rumsfeld, the gap between rampant power and its faraway victims is closed. Donald Rumsfeld, US secretary of defence until last year and a designer of the Iraq bloodbath, is revealed as personally directing from his office in the Pentagon the torture of fellow human beings, exploiting “individual phobias, such as fear of dogs, to induce stress” and use of “a wet towel and dripping water to induce the misperception of suffocation”.  — 725 words.

Napoleon, the Jews
and French Muslims

PARIS — Not all stories from the past have relevance today. But here is one not very well-known story about the Jews in Napoleonic France that has much relevance to French Muslims in our own time. — 814 words.

Countries in Russian and U.S. spheres of influence
increasingly chafe under disintegrating yokes

The end last week of US President George Bush's tour of South America was marked by gleeful reporting in the Russian press of the anti-American demonstrations that dogged Mr. Bush's footsteps throughout his trip and the false notes struck by America's policy in relation to its southern neighbor. In truth, however, the relationship between the US and Latin America is remarkably reminiscent of the relationship between Russia and the CIS. — 1,721 words

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

First Canadian gold medal won under the Stars and Stripes
And the gold medal goes to Canada, er, uh, the U.S.  Canada’s first Olympic gold medal ever was won by a man competing for the United States.  George Orton of Strathroy, Ont. took first place in the steeplechase at the 1900 Olympics in Paris, but because Canada didn’t have an official team he entered as part of the American team instead.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com
Harold Wright, True North's  Doctor of Punology, says, “I was wondering why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.”
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