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Editor’s Notes

Happy Canada Day!

The best version of our national anthem that I’ve ever heard was produced by a school choir at First Avenue Public School in Ottawa. I’ve never heard it live but every time I hear a recording made by these elementary level children I feel a thrill of pride. It took an enormous amount of talent by the music teacher to bring out such quality — because I think we’ve got one of the dullest national anthems in the world. Now hold the umbrage. I’ve got a couple of words to add that will transform the anthem and cause you to forgive my audacity. — 672 words.

Humour in the Court
of Judge Harold Wright

A case of mistaken identity

A redneck farm hand radios back to his boss, the farm manager:  "Boss, I gotta big problem here. I hit a pig with the pickup. The pig's OK but he's stuck in the bull bar at the front of my pickup and is wriggling and squealing so much I can't get him out.” — 149 words

Health Watch

Simple injection to treat heart disease

A simple injection may boost failing hearts and improve the quality of life for millions of people with heart disease. The new treatment creates new blood vessels from stem cells that replace damaged ones in the heart. — 219 words.

From the Desk of Mike ‘The Hammer’ Garvin

Nissan working on electric car batteries

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday his company is working hard to develop the next generation of smaller, lighter auto batteries — a technology that holds promise for electric cars as well as for hybrids. — 613 words.

Palestinian children line up with buckets to take cooked food back to their extended families.

West Bank : Hamas hard
to find but is still strong

HAWARA, West Bank: A new code was born here overnight. No one, it seems, belongs to Hamas in the West Bank anymore. They are all now "Islamists," a word that neatly, and maybe more safely, shears the political from the religious amid the uncertainty of a Palestinian people newly divided. — 1,321.

U.N.: Afghan opium output soars
to twice as much as under Taliban 

Report: 5 percent of world's population aged 15 to 64 used drugs in past year
• In 2006, Afghanistan accounted for 92 percent of global illicit opium production
• Figure up from 70 percent in 2000 and 52 percent a decade earlier \
• Opium is the main ingredient for heroin. — 634 words.

Singapore GIC Real Estate
eyes move on Russia, Turkey

SINGAPORE (Reuters) — The property arm of the Government Investment Corp of Singapore is looking to move into Russia and Turkey but is "extremely careful" in the London office market where prices have soared. — 517 words.

From the Desk of Geoffrey Dow, Science Editor

Preparing for a digital Pearl Harbor

Anyone who follows technology or military affairs has heard the predictions for more than a decade: Cyberwar is coming. — 977 words.

Communist Webmaster accused
of hatching Trotskyist conspiracy

MOSCOW — In a bizarre dispute hearkening back to the rhetoric of the Stalin-era purges, the Communist Party's webmaster has been accused by fellow party members of hatching a Trotskyist conspiracy. — 392 words.
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A partial picture distorts the truth
of the Soviet 1930s Great Terror

Pavel Aptekar is an historian and a commentator for Vedomosti, where this essay appeared.

June 12 was the 70th anniversary of the execution of the members of the "Red Army military-fascist conspiracy" — Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky, army commanders Ieronim Uborevich, Avgust Kork, Yona Yakir and other Soviet military leaders. In many ways it is this people think about when they hear the phrase the "Great Terror." — 1,221 words.

Chinese rule proved profitable
for Hong Kong's British giants 

In the early 1980s, with negotiations on Hong Kong's reversion to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 under way, Swire Group, one of the oldest and biggest British conglomerates here, made a crucial choice. It decided its future lay with China. — 1,340 words.

Breaking the code of secrecy


The Boston Globe

There is no end to the magnetic attraction of secrecy on government officials. So it is a healthy sign of democratic self-correction when the code of secrecy is set aside, as it was Tuesday, June 26, when, at the behest of CIA Director Michael Hayden, the agency released 693 pages of declassified files on CIA abuses from the 1950s to the 1970s. Among these were a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro, subjecting unwitting subjects to LSD and the wiretapping of journalists. — 396 words.

Secret service kill ex-Gitmo prisoner
in apartment shoot-out at Nalchik

MOSCOW — A man formerly held in the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was killed Wednesday in a shootout with security agents in Kabardino-Balkariya, the Federal Security Service said. — 235 words.

Tony Blair is the wrong man for the job

Bringing peace to the Middle East is a noble goal, but he wants to do too much.

It was a sunny day in London, and newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair was sharing a press conference with his American friend and mentor President Bill Clinton. The future of progressivism was the topic of the day, and the two leaders bathed each other in compliments. — 801 words.

Global poll shows
wide distrust of U.S.

Distrust of the United States has intensified across the world, but overall views of America remain very or somewhat favorable among majorities in 25 of 47 countries surveyed in a major international opinion poll, the Pew Research Center reported Wednesday. — 1,147 words.

Look Forward to Anger

It's impossible to satisfy "Rage Boy" and his ilk. It's stupid to try.

If you follow the link, you will be treated to some scenes from the strenuous life of a professional Muslim protester in the Kashmiri city of Srinagar. Over the last few years, there have been innumerable opportunities for him to demonstrate his piety and his pissed-offness. And the cameras have been there for him every time. — 1,016 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day  

Keep going straight west; you can’t miss it.

The first persons to drive across Canada were Thomas Wilby and F.V. Haney in 1912.  Although some parts of the country didn’t even have roads then, the two made the trip in 52 days.

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

A book for all seasons

Mark Kearney and Randy Ray, prolific writers of Canadian best sellers, have produced a perfect book for the beach blanket season. Entertaining and informative, it will make you feel good about being a Canadian.

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