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Friday, November 28, 2008 Vol 3 No 37 (151)
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How the Harper government pushed financial deregulation in Canada and abroad

Way cleared for US mortgage firms and easy credit, insured by Canadian taxpayers

By Ellen Gould

Listen to Stephen Harper and you might think Canada plays to our national stereotype when it comes to the world of finance. We might be boring but at least we don't stand for the risky policies adopted by our American cousins. — 995 words.

"News is what (certain) people want to keep hidden. Everything else is just publicity."
PBS journalist Bill Moyers.

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Editor's Notes

Friday, November 28, 2008
True North Perspective
Vol. 3, No. 37 (151)

Opposition should unite in a coalition government to save Canada

Stephen Harper was head of the rightwing National Citizens Coalition when he called for the building of “a firewall around Alberta” to keep out the rest of Canada. Economist Stephen Harper has always had Big Oil close to the centre of his being. Having usurped the Progressive Conservative Party with the able assistance Peter Mackay, he now wants to ram down the throats of unsuspecting Canadians a majority Conservative government — 393 words.

From the Desk of Harold Wright, Contributing Editor

This is from newshound Dave Barry's colonoscopy journal:

I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis. Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, quote, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!' — 1,107 words.

The good cancer?

by Dana Jennings
The New York Times

There is no such thing as a “good cancer.” When my prostate cancer was diagnosed last April, I can’t tell you how many well-meaning friends and acquaintances said: “At least you have a good cancer.” What they were trying to say is that prostate cancer is often very treatable when detected in its early stages. Even so, nearly 30,000 American men died last year of “the good cancer.” — 609 words.

From the Desk of Anita chan, Contributing Editor, Australia

Workers fight to save their union activists

China Labor News Translations

The case of Ole Wolff (Yantai) Electronics Ltd

This case of unusual rank and file union activism in China can be seen as both good and bad news. The good news is that, in the North-Eastern Chinese port city of Yantai there are workers’ willing to struggle for two years for their right to form their own union that will stand up for their rights. The bad news is that this struggle has taken a heavy toll on union activists, at least seven of whom have been fired because of their union activity as part of a persistent and illegal union busting campaign by the company. — 1,835 words.

An insider reveals trade secrets of conservative media gas bags

This is a very interesting article written by a former right wing talk show producer revealing the secrets of the trade. — 788 words.

Cloud of Smoke

By Barbara Florio Graham
True North Perspective

I've been watching and reading as many varied sources as I can to try to understand what's happened in this current crisis, and whether or not the bailout should have been rejected. What's the alternative? Nobody seems to have an answer.

But I've come to one conclusion about the cause of all this chaos. — 482 words.

Spirit Quest

'‘We are wise to live in the Advent of Hope and Promise’

By The Rev. Dr. Hanns F. Skoutajan

The annual cycle of the seasons is rolling towards its conclusion. Halloween’s pumpkins have long rotted away. The cheers of the Gray Cup Parade are but an echo and the game itself has run into the end zone. In the U.S. a lame duck president has pardoned his last Thanksgiving turkey from the annual turkeycide. In Canada Santa has slid down the TSX Composite graph into the shopping malls of the nation where sales are cautious, we are told. Can Christmas be far behind? — 591 words.

Honeytrap Lies and Women Spies

‘The real Mata Hari was not very successful’

By Rosie White
American Sexuality Magazine

The stage is dominated by a statue of Shiva. As the lights go down, a woman emerges from the wings dressed in oriental costume; veils, a metal breastplate and elaborate jeweled headdress. — 1,406 words.

Dominican Republic pays tribute to Fidel Castro and Cuba’s support

ROSEAU, Dominion Republic — Before a crowd of more than 5,000 commemorating the 30th anniversary of the independence of Dominica, President Nicholas J.O. Liverpool bestowed the Medal of Honor of Dominica on Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz. — 864 words.

Victory for Venezuela’s Socialists in crucial November elections
as three pro-Chavez candidates defeat opposition governors

Voters registered minds of their own in a more than 65% turnout

‘The electorate was more selective in its voting decisions regarding Chavista candidates – rewarding candidates who performed adequately in providing government services and punishing those who ignored or were unresponsive to popular demands.’1,033 words.

China to continue path to greater prosperity, democracy, harmony
Chinese State Councilor Lui Yandong tells international forum

NOTTINGHAM, England — Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong said here Thursday that China would continue to apply the experience gained in its 30-year reform and opening-up drive and adhere to a scientific, peaceful, harmonious and coordinated development. — 195 words.

Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Piracy in the Gulf of Aden
U.S. always hopes for the best and ends up with the worst

By Yulia Latynina
The Moscow Times
A division of The New York Times

The events in the Gulf of Aden seem to be a microcosm of the contemporary world. Located between Yemen and Somalia, the Gulf of Aden is a vital artery of global shipping that feeds the Suez Canal. Every day, 250 ships of every kind -- giant tankers and container ships carrying everything from clothes to electronics -- transport $2 billion of goods through the gulf. — 605 words.

Politkovskaya Judge Staying on Murder Case

By Alexandra Odynova
Staff Writer
The Moscow Times
A division of The New York Times

The judge presiding over the trial of three men charged in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya refused to recuse himself from the case on Wednesday after prosecutors accused him of bias for reversing his decision to close the proceedings to the public. — 323 words.

Russia signs accords with Peru in new Latin American thrust

Russia has concluded a series of treaties with Peru on defence, trade and scientific cooperation, in what is being seen as a sign of its renewed Latin American thrust. — 457 words.

How Many Lashes Can One Man Take?

by Noreen Malone

There were protests in Egypt this week after an Egyptian doctor was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 1,500 lashes by the Saudi Arabian government for prescribing medicine to a princess that "drove her to addiction." The wife of the convicted doctor worried publicly that the sentence would kill him. How many lashes can one man stand? — 531 words.

Cuba moves millions out of harms way as hurricanes Gustav, Ike,
and Paloma hammer island in succession causing $10 billion damage

By Alberto Núñez Betancourt

"We have the will to overcome, to confront these natural phenomena and draw the relevant lessons, given that we have to live with them, but the most important, the principal thing, is life," said President Raúl Castro Ruz. — 440 words.

Obama defends calling on Clinton-era veterans

By Jeff Zeleny
International Herald Tribune

CHICAGO — President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday defended his decision to select veterans of the Clinton administration for positions in the West Wing, his cabinet and across the administration, saying Americans would be rightly "troubled" if he overlooked experience simply to create the perception of change. — 758 words.

Despite drop in oil, renewable energy is a go
Wind companies: Beaten down, time to buy

By Nick Hodge
Energy and Capital

I don't know how long they can stay this low.

I'm referring to the three wind stocks I've recommended to the savvy readers of the Alternative Energy Speculator. — 178 words.

Sharp plans joint solar venture with Enel


TOKYO — Sharp of Japan, Enel of Italy and a third manufacturer will invest more than $2.6 billion in Italian solar power ventures to tap growing demand for cleaner energy. — 539 words.

Hitch Your Wagon To A Recession-Proof Stock

by Tony Sagamik
Money and Markets

Our country has been losing millions of jobs to cheaper foreign competitors and losing our edge in many industries — electronics, automobiles, semiconductors, clothing to name a few — but one thing we have that every country in the world wishes they had is our collection of spectacular universities. — 995 words.

Fascinating historical notes … by George Laidlaw

Novel recalls forgotten continental battle that saw
the American army suffer 94 per cent casualties

Some answers about history never get said on the TV show Jeopardy. — 219 words.

Random Acts of Poetry

By Mike Heenan, Literary Editor, True North Perspective

Who's Your city?

Richard Florida is an urban thinker best known for his theory of the "creative class" as a key to urban regeneration. He is a professor and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and heads a private consulting firm, the Creative Class Group. — 336 words.

New web site may be path to success
for authors, publishers, and companies

Prolific best-selling Ottawa author and publicist Randy Ray has developed a new Web site to promote his publicity services, which he offers to authors, publishers and companies. Mr. Ray has helped many clients get their message out across Canada on CTV, CBC Radio, CH-TV, A-Channel and Global TV, and in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, Halifax Herald and many Ottawa-area weekly newspapers. Mr. Ray's web site is: He can be contacted at: (613) 731-3873 or

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Geoffrey Dow, Managing Editor
Yvette Pigeon, Associate Editor
Mike Heenan, Literary Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Ian Covey, Director of Photography
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Contributing Editors
Anita Chan, Australia
Rosaleen Dickson
Tom Dow
Randy Ray
Harold Wright