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Friday, July 11, 2008 Vol 3 No 27 (141)
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‘… as parents we can’t just ignore our children’s pain and just let them be.’

My Son, And The Others

By Judy Wilson

How do you punish your teenage son when he happened to be one of his “other” selves when he broke the rules, and now that personality is gone?  How do you introduce him to people when his personality that day won’t let you call him by your son’s name?  How do you relax when, on any given day, you have to live with someone who looks almost identical to your child, but who you don’t know very well yet? — 1,114 words.

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Editor’s Notes

Friday, July 11, 2008

A mother’s pain, a mother’s love

Our lead story this edition is a moving account by Judy Wilson, a mother of two interesting children. Earlier we ran a piece about one of them (please go to the True North Perspective archives and Google Judy Wilson). Today Judy writes about her teenage son who has Dissociative Identity Disorder better known by its former name, Multiple Personality Disorder. Judy’s children are lucky to have a mother like her. Judy writes of her dilemma with the power that comes with understatement. The problem and the profound empathy with which she deals with her children is must read for all who would expand their knowledge and understanding of the human condition. — 232 words.

Reader challenges No Gas Fridays as too late
Says consumer greed has overwhelmed supplies

Letter to the Editor

Re: No Gas Fridays

If I correctly recall the principle, Carl, you want everyone to boycott the fuel pumps on Fridays because that's the traditional day for profiteering service stations to jack up prices, thus catching vulnerable consumers at the beginning of their weekends. If that tactic is or was indeed being practised by the gasoline and diesel purveyors - but with prices settling back to the same old norm by Monday - then your counter-tactic would still be meaningful. — 336 words

A direct message to Prime Minister Harper

‘A golden opportunity to gain Senate reform lite’

By Alex Binkley
True North Perspective

Because Prime Minister Harper doesn’t take well to advice from the news media, especially a member of the loathed Parliamentary Press Gallery, I turn to True North Perspective to pass on my proposal for reforming the Senate. — 541 words.

Health Backgrounder

Cuba lung cancer vaccine is available to ‘Health Tourists’

By Patricia Grogg
Inter press Service

An alarming number of Canadian teens are smoking fruit-flavoured cigarillos, a new survey reveals, which should prompt governments across the country to ban the products immediately, the Canadian Cancer Society says. — 669 words.

Health Watch

Learning how your brain lies to you may help you to think critically
and understand that the sun really does not revolve around the earth

By Sam Wang
China Daily

How your brain lies to you

False beliefs are everywhere. Eighteen percent of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth, one poll has found. This effort to dispel misinformation may be more difficult than it seems, thanks to the quirky way in which our brains store memories - and mislead us along the way. — 756 words.

From the Desk of Mike (the Hammer) Garvin

Impacts of speed limiters on heavy trucks

In 2005, following a demand by the Canadian Trucking Alliance, the Quebec and Ontario governments commissioned a number of studies on speed limiters for all heavy trucks travelling in Canada at no more than 105 km/h. Last Friday, Transport Canada released a report on the impacts of such a regulation. — 156 words.

An Ideal Husband

Priest lectures mostly to girls because they’re more interested

‘I’ve known cases where the mother accompanies the couple on their honeymoon!’

Maureen Dowd

By Maureen Dowd
Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times

This weekend, we celebrate our great American pastime: messy celebrity divorces. There’s the Christie Brinkley/Peter Cook fireworks on Long Island and the Madonna/Guy Ritchie/A-Rod Roman candle in New York. — 790 words.

U.S. "State Secrets" privilege derails rendition suit
Lawyer for tortured Canadian Maher Arar will appeal

By William Fisher
Inter Press Service

NEW YORK — Canadian Maher Arar, whose "rendition" to Syria is widely viewed as an egregious example of mistaken identity, has again been denied the right to appear in court, and Congressional efforts to rein in the George W. Bush administration's widespread use of national security as a defence appear to be foundering. — 1,238 words.

Blacklisted by George W. Hugo Chavez will visit Russia
to focus on tanks, air defense against threat of U.S. attack


CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will visit Russia this month to discuss purchasing tanks and other military equipment, which he says is needed to stave off the threat of a U.S. attack. — 155 words.

TV performers ratify Hollywood labour deal
splitting labour front while avoiding a strike

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — The smaller of Hollywood's two performers unions ratified a new prime-time TV contract on Tuesday, undermining a last-ditch bid by the larger, more militant Screen Actors Guild to secure a richer deal. — 836 words.

Maliki Stunner: He wants US pullout timetable
Warns Bush not to attack Iran from Iraq bases

By Robert Dreyfuss
The Nation

The long-running showdown over the proposed US-Iraq treaty, aimed at legitimizing the American occupation of Iraq, is coming to a head, and it doesn't look good for the United States. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tossed a bombshell Tuesday, July 8. In a news conference about the still-secret US-Iraqi talks, which began in March, Maliki for the first time said that the chances of securing the pact are just about nil, and instead he said Iraq will seek a limited, ad hoc renewal of the US authority to remain in Iraq, rather than a broad-based accord. — 631 words.


While Pentagon officials apply brakes and call for more diplomacy
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran

By Seymour M. Hersh
The New Yorker

Operations outside the knowledge and control of commanders have eroded “the coherence of military strategy,” one general says.

GLate last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country’s religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran’s suspected nuclear-weapons program. Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. — 6,157 words.

U.S. Army intelligence colonel says it’s time to end war crimes in Iraq

"As these files remind us, many charges of war crimes in Iraq have not seen the light of day," said Michael Pheneger, a retired Army intelligence colonel who is also a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union. "There are many discoveries here that should bring pause to any American who cares about this country and hopes to restore the United States' respected role in the world. It is time to bring the facts about this war into the sunlight and end practices that go against our laws and national values."

Did you know?

Homes Quiz – by Mark Kearney and Randy Ray

For many Canadians, their home is their castle.  It’s where they spend the greatest portion of their time relaxing with friends and family, entertaining, tackling odd jobs, or sleeping.  They also spend a large chunk of their income on mortgage payments, property taxes, repairs and upgrades.

But how much do Canadians know about the homes they live in or are planning to buy?  As you tour open houses in search of your dream home this spring, or plan renovations at your existing abode, we invite you to test your knowledge of housing with our trivia quiz.. We’ll pose one question each issue here. You can find the answer at the bottom of the page. Good luck

What do the initials OMB stand for?

Randy Ray of Ottawa and Mark Kearney of London, Ont. are the authors of seven books, including Pucks, Pablum & Pingos, a Canadian trivia book, published in April.  Visit their Web site at:

IRAQ: Journalist Charges Censorship by U.S. Military in Fallujah

By Dahr Jamail
Inter Press Service

emains of U.S. Marines killed by a suicide bomber in Fallujah on Jun. 26.

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. journalist Zoriah Miller says he was censored by the U.S. military in the Iraqi city of Fallujah after photographing Marines who died in a suicide bombing. — 1,393 words.

The Dangers Of Wearing A Headscarf

By Yulia Latynina
The Moscow Times

One week ago in the center of Makhachkala, assailants gunned down Colonel Mogamed-Arip Aliyev, head of the local branch of the Interior Ministry in the city of Buinaksk. There had been several previous attempts on his life. Once, his attackers placed a bucket filled with explosives in Aliyev's home, but rain later dampened the detonator, foiling their plans. Aliyev's children found the bucket with explosives while playing the next day. — 652 words.

From the Desk of Jamie Kneen
Communications & Outreach Coordinator — MiningWatch Canada

Jailed aboriginal protesters released after appeal court rules
bringing down the legal hammer was 'too harsh', rejects fines

By Michael Oliveira
Canadian Press

TORONTO — There was no reason to "bring down the hammer" on seven aboriginals who were incarcerated and fined after protesting against mining projects in their communities, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Monday in calling the six-month sentences "too harsh. — 628 words.

Oaxaca's Government Land Grab

Paramilitary groups attack centuries old tradition

By Theresa Kleinhaus and Maya Schenwar
t r u t h o u t | Report

In villages across Oaxaca, where land has been owned communally for centuries, paramilitary groups are doing their bloody part to change the scene.

OAXACA and CHICAGO — On April 30, in the small village of Santo Domingo Ixcatlan, in Oaxaca, Mexico, a group of armed men from the paramilitary group the "White Guards" pulled over the car of carpenter Gustavo Castaneda Hernandez, a villager and vocal opponent of the sale of Santo Domingo's communal land. The group, led by Freddy Eucario Morales Arias, the ex—mayor of Santo Domingo, rapidly blocked off the entrance and exit to the road with pickup trucks. The men began beating Hernandez, still trapped in his vehicle. They then set the car on fire. Hernandez was burned alive. — 1,607 words.

Cuba sees continued growth in sugar production
with help of new Brazilian sugar-cutting combines

By Marc Frank

HAVANA (Reuters) — Cuba is investing in sugar cutting combines, trucks and other equipment and retooling mills in preparation for a big jump in output in 2008-2009, the official media said Wednesday. — 336 words.

Cuba frets over rising food and fuel import costs even as economy grows

By Marc Frank

HAVANA (Reuters) — New Cuban President Raul Castro's promise to improve daily life is running up against soaring fuel and food prices for the import-dependent country and belt tightening is in order, the official media said on Tuesday. — 633 words.

No time to think small: McCain idea to throw Russia out of G8
doesn’t go far enough — the whole huddle should call it quits

By Jim Hoagland
The Washington Post

John McCain would kick Russia out of the Group of Eight economic powers, but this is no time to think small. The G8 leaders themselves should declare surrender and disband their high-profile huddle on the state of the world. Think of it as global shock therapy. — 755 words.

A Worthless Gust of Hot Air

‘Despite all the spin from Hokkaido, what we have had from the G8 is another staggering abdication of leadership.’

worthless gust of hot air

Stunning hypocrisy — At the G8 summit in Tokyo, President George W. Bush, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plant a tree. Despite grandiose claims of a groundbreaking climate change deal, the leaders have specified no details on how their goals will be achieved, according to The Independent UK. (Photo: AFP / Getty Images)449 words.

Against background of rising violence and killings
MDC wants Annan or Cyril to mediate ‘Zim’ crisis

By Basildon Peta
The Star
South Africa

As the death toll after the June 27 run-off poll climbed to 20 recorded cases, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said it would prefer a respected figure such as former United Nations (UN) secretary-general Kofi Annan or businessman Cyril Ramaphosa to take charge of mediation to end the Zimbabwe crisis. — 298 words.

Russia: A nation with two armies, one regular conscripts
the other better paid volunteers, skilled high tech specialists

By Alexander Golts
The Moscow Times

In 1996, a little-known lieutenant general told a few journalists the last thing I expected to hear from a Russian military leader: "The armed forces should be given only concrete military goals, not political goals. Troops should be withdrawn from the battlefield immediately after the completion of the military objective." — 747 words.

Forced servitude in America?

The U.S. already has high rates of volunteerism, but that's apparently not good enough for our presidential candidates.

By Jonah Goldberg
Los Angeles Times

There's a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the stain of racism from the nation, vows to run afoul of the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery. — 848 words.

Biofuel production boosts food prices by 75%, report suggests

CBC News

The production of biofuels has driven up food prices 75 per cent, according to an unpublished World Bank report obtained by The Guardian. — 353 words.

Alarm in Kandahar as a local protector is killed

By Graeme Smith
The Globe and Mail

Neighbours woke to the sound of gunfire, then a car horn blaring continuously. Habibullah Jan lay slumped against the steering wheel of his Toyota Corolla, bullet holes peppering the modern white sedan. The killing of the 47-year-old parliamentarian on Friday night, July 4, has deepened the sense of alarm in Kandahar city, as the provincial capital lost another of its local protectors. The chain-smoking tribal elder controlled the city's western suburb, Senjaray, with a private militia and a talent for deal-making. — 942 words.

What Kim Jong 11, George W have in common
Charades reveals a universal sentence structure

By Ewen Callaway news service

If Kim Jong Il plays charades, his hand gestures might look just like George Bush's, a new study suggests. It seems that, regardless of the sentence structure of their native tongue, non-verbal communication is the same across the globe. — 338 words.

Free Trade, Why "Free" Matters

By Deak Baker
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Senator McCain was in Colombia last week touting his support for the trade agreement that the Bush administration had negotiated with the country. He also touted his support for NAFTA, contrasting both positions with Senator Obama's opposition to the two pacts. McCain had an important ally in his campaign. The media decided to embellish McCain's case by touting his support for "free trade," as opposed to the specific deals in question. This is a very important difference and it reflects deeply held biases in the media. &mdash763 words.

Good news for coral-island nations of Kiribati, Tuvalu

Greenland meltwater will take slow wave around globe

By Fred Pearce news service

Pacific nations threatened with disappearing beneath the waves as sea levels rise have been given a partial reprieve – for a few decades at least. But Europe and North America could be at much greater risk of floods than previously appreciated. So claims the first systematic analysis of what will happen to the water from melting Greenland ice. — 481 words.

Spirit Quest


By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan

I am penning this Quest on the deck of a cottage that overlooks a beautiful lake in the hills north of Ottawa. The first thing I do every morning is go down to the dock and dive into the cool and, yes, pristine waters.  The last thing I do before retiring to my bed is to watch from that same dock the moon rise over the trees on the other shore. — 686 words.

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Answer to Homes Quiz Did You Know?

OMB stands for Ontario Municipal Board, which is an independent and impartial adjudicative tribunal that listens to the appeals and concerns of people, public bodies or corporations who object to the decisions of local or regional councils, committees of adjustment, land division committees or the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


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