Saturday, September 30, 2006

Oil, water, war...

The Toronto Sun said 3500 people showed up for the "red rally" in Toronto. But fellow blogger, "where'd that bug go?" said "i believe the attendance was between 600-800." That's quite a wide gap in between those numbers.

The Waukesha Water Utility hopes to avoid a lengthy process of applying for Lake Michigan water access through a compact needing approval by all the region’s states by arguing its ground water system’s connection to the Great Lakes basin and easterly flow should deem it eligible with or without the new guidelines in place.
But whether the utility succeeds in its strategy, laid out in letters sent this year to the governor’s office and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Waukesha still must gain approvals for a diversion from all eight Great Lakes governors and two Canadian provinces’ leaders, a DNR official said Friday.

This is interesting, a machine that pulls the humidity from the air and turns it into drinking water. A few are also touting the machines as a potential solution to the clean-water shortages that plague the Third World. If it became widely used in Third World Countries, I wonder if it would have any environmental impact. I have no idea, any thoughts?

It appears thehe Alberta oil sands "are in danger of getting bogged down by escalating labor and materials costs." There has been criticism that Alberta is losing money by allowing raw product from the oilsands to be shipped to the United States for upgrading, Premier Ralph Klein says he’s asked his energy minister to review the issue. But BP has already invested US$3B in a northwestern Indiana refinery to handle Canadian crude. If you read the whole article, it also mentions another possible plant in Chicago. It doesn't sound like much will come of the issue for a plant in Canada, but who knows?

There will be no direct Canadian government subsidies for the proposed Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline, but an ownership position is possible, says a newly appointed chief federal representative for the project.

Just days after German help in the south was ruled out, a defense ministry source says that German military aircraft are seeing action in the volatile southern region of Afghanistan.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Early Morning Tidbits

My spin on this disgusting piece I found from a trade industry article...
Invest in Afghanistan! For some reason, we have no idea why, state owned business are now becoming privatized. And they need your money. Why invest your money? CHEAP LABOUR. This is a list of companies you can buy into, and more are on the way!!!! Please help us help Afghanistan. WE CAN ALL PROFIT. Another bonus, our children in the military will take the bullet, so you don't have to. It's a win win situation for all! Well...all of us that matter.
And why do I feel this way? Afghanistan Facts

Liberal Keith Martin spoke at the Kentucky Canadian Studies Roundtable about "Opportunities for Canadian and United States Cooperation at Home and Abroad."

The Tory government has dumped Jack Iyerak Anawak, a former Liberal MP, from his job as Canada’s Arctic ambassador, and is eliminating the position from the Foreign Affairs department.

Minister of Trade David Emerson says "We have not been aggressive enough and focused enough on ensuring that Canada keeps up with the rapid, almost competitive, expansion of bilateral free trade agreements," he told a gathering of business people. Much was made of the fact that Canada has not signed a single free trade agreement in the past five years. Uh-oh...where is this headed?

Boeing wins the contract to create a high-tech border surveillance system across the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders. The project, expected to cost more than $2 billion over the next three to six years, will integrate motion sensors, cameras, and an estimated 1,800 high-tech towers to feed live information to Border Patrol agents.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Canadian Action Party

I listened to this speech and could not believe this was a Canadian politician having the guts to speak the truth. I'm blown away!

I know I'll hear people say not to throw a vote away on a party that won't win but if we all think that way, there will will never be change. There will always be the same parties and the same politics. Just look at where Canada is today and tell me with a straight face and in your heart that you want more of it. If you can honestly tell me you are content with our resources being stripped from us and corporations calling the shots. Huge military spending, our health care at risk and deeper integration with the United States. Then, cast your vote for any one of the 3 main parties. The more I read about them, it looks like they do a lot of talking, but that's about all they do. If they really were against any of the above there would have been action taken long before now. They have had their chance and who took action? Real action that would have stopped the complete sell-out of Canada? Not one of them, because our Country has been sold.

I have to stand behind someone who I think has the guts and the drive to actually do more than talk and argue because it makes them look like they are doing their job. I want someone who will get the job done.

If you have an open mind, at least watch this video. You will never hear another politician give a speech like this. Call it a cast away vote, I call it "waking up"

flash or quicktime

You can also visit their site here.

whatreallyhappened has some headlines today that shouldn't be overlooked. If you scroll down he has 3 videos of the IDF shooting journalists. The news just gets worse everyday.

This statement was drafted by U.S. Jews committed to stopping and holding accountable Israel for its destructive policies and practices--most immediately for a halt to the current attacks on Lebanon and Gaza.

The Conservative government will reportedly soon release new vehicle-emissions standards that will be one of the most stringent on the continent. Not to mention the car industry is hurting, and they need to find a way of selling more. I wonder why there is so much focus on vehicles and not on the industries that pollute our water and air?

More than a dozen Arab countries were blocked by a Canadian motion in their bid to have a vote on a resolution labelling Israel's nuclear capabilities a threat on the final day of the International Atomic Energy Agency's annual meeting. ????? I just can't believe it.

The U.S. Coast Guard has laid plans to create 34 "safety zones" on the Great Lakes for artillery training. But some people are complaining about how close to shore they will be.

Monday, September 25, 2006

All in a days work

US Threatens Palestinian President Since when aren't they threatening someone? Nothing new here:, move along.

Someone over at the Council on Foreign Relations says the "Atlantic democracies" should avoid open political confrontations infront of the press and that the EU should step up on security issues and their military. That the US would listen to their needs if they had important assets to offer the US to compromise.

The State Department in Washington joined forces with several American industries to plan an image make-over by issuing guides for Americans travelling overseas on how to behave. What an insult to American citizens! I wonder if their own tax dollars went to pay for that?

Here is an article that admits globalization will take industry from industrialized countries and leave us unemployed unless we create new industries. I've often thought that we would end up paying to build up other nations for the corporations. Once we've played our part and paid the way, what good are we?

Where there is a will there is a way. Can't let that nasty privacy legislation stand the in way.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Some Light Reading

The Supreme Court of Canada has redefined "Breach of trust" which could potentially make it more difficult to obtain criminal convictions against politicians or public servants charged with corrupt conduct.

A member of Congress from Michigan complained to Canadian officials about the recent release of apparently raw sewage into the St. Marys River.

Oh boy...if this is true. We're all in for it!

A good article on North America.

Another reason why we should resist our growing dependance on computers. Imagine "cash cards" and "voting machines" being the standard. Imagine how happy the hackers would be...

Politicians should become more spiritual? I tend to disagree. We don't have to look hard to see how governments hide behind religion to do vulgar things. How about we accept other peoples religious beliefs and keep the politics out of it?

The World Bank approved a $13 million grant to help fight the threat of the bird flu in the West Bank and Gaza.'s ok to watch them starve, being treated and herded like animals, have their homes destroyed and land stolen but by GOD we will not let the bird flu get them!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

It's Illegal to Grow Your Own Food...

The title caught your eye, didn't it? It's not true. But I believe there will be a day when we will see that headline. You think I'm nuts?
Consider this: Genetically Modified Foods. Patenting certain genes in animals. Terminator Seeds that cannot reproduce. Think about it. Why would a company make a seed that will not reproduce? Control, control of the food supply, control of the prices. Control over what you can or cannot grow and what you eat.
There has been a file for a patent put on a pig!
Then you factor in the pressure these companies and our government have been putting on European countries and third world countries to accept this "new food supply."
Factor in all the rules and regulations. Red Tape and cerrtifications. Talk of needing RFID. The family farm will cease to exist, they will not be able to afford to stay in business.
Look at all these diseases, the bird flu, mad cow(caused by what they feed the animal). Pretty soon we will be told it's in our own best interest that we no longer have animals (our own safety). It will become a health risk to farm our own food.
Huge corporations will be responsible for our food consumption. And if you try to fight the system...well just ask Percy how that turns out.
Talk about having ultimate control, when you are in control of the food chain!
I wish more people would take an interest in what our local farmers have been trying to tell us before it's too late. I wish our politicians would tell us why they help push this on other countries.
Another telling piece is this:
Monopoly challenge: With control of almost 60% of the US cotton seed market after the buyout, Monsanto anticipates anti-trust scrutiny in the US, and the company's president says it will divest its US cotton seed company Stoneville, which controls about 14% of the US market. "If the EU is serious about helping Africa's cotton farmers and improving Africa's cotton export earnings, it can begin by rejecting the Monsanto/D&PL merger in Brussels as an attack on anti-competition policy," said Pat Mooney of ETC Group. "The merger of these two US companies will make the removal of cotton subsidies much more difficult and will keep cotton and cotton clothing prices unnaturally high for European consumers. A barrier thrown up in Brussels will even be seen inside the Beltway in Washington, DC. The boll is in the EU's court!" said Mooney.
They are even worried about being considered a monopoly!
Hope you enjoy your "real food" while you still can OR we could all ask our politicians to address this situation before it gets out of hand. It's our choice and we have no-one to blame but ourselves if we ignore it.
I'd rather this title remain fiction than become fact.

Didn't Your Mother Tell You Oil And Water Don't Mix?

Two new crude pipelines from Canada to Illinois will cross 242 rivers and streams and some want to know just how they can accomplish that without an environmental impact.

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Cute Joke. Or is it? :)

Check this out at matthewgood: Stanley .

Former Canadian Prime Minister Joins Advisory Board

Former Canadian Prime Minister, John Turner, joins Inter-Citic Minerals Inc's advisory board. Another member on the board is Chris Hodgson , former Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Northern Development and Mines.

Why Would A Country Hand Over it's Security To Another?

A consortium led by Boeing, the second-largest US defense contractor, and including Israel's Elbit Systems won the first part of a contract, part of a multibillion-dollar Homeland Security Department plan to help secure US borders with Mexico and Canada.

After the outcry from the public about sourcing out security of their ports, I can't believe they turn around and do it at their borders.

Hat Tip to WhatReallyHappened

It Makes Me Go...HMMMMM...

When Chavez was in Cuba visiting Castro an old arch rival, Carlos Ortega, escaped from prison. Then there is the White House proposal for Cuba to hold a referendum on democracy. If you want to know more about this visit Labornet or U.S. rulers' role in Venezuela partly exposed. I don't think we have heard the last of Ortega...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Canadian Ambassador Fired by E-mail

The Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Alvin Curling, received his walking papers from the PMO via a tersely worded e-mail. Canada's "New Government" , a role-model for all our children!

They won't even tell us if the Environment Ambassador's job is being abolished.

Harper Lesson 101 - Show no leadership, no class and avoid the "sheeple" at all costs.

Spin Doctors

I don't understand why the media, the military and our governments have to put a spin on everything. Don't they understand that it's better to tell it like it is, because when the truth gets out, it makes us distrust anything else they say and do, and personally, I am offended that they think we shouldn't know the truth. Take the spin NATO created when they annouced Poland was sending 1000 fresh troops to Afghanistan after their pleas for extra help in the region. Later, defence minister Radoslaw Sikorski let slip that Nato chiefs asked him to announce the long-planned move to give the impression of progress and encourage other allies to join the mission.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

In Other News...

This just doesn't make sense. While I am saddened by the death of Montreal-based photojournalist Zahra Kazemi. There has been a protest outside of the Ontario Legislature and calls to the UN to try the Iranian President for her murder. This is getting out of hand. Let's all just put people on trial for anything, come on, it's time to stop with accusations, propaganda and tactics meant to sway people into a certain mode of thinking.

Tactics like having the foreign minister of Austalia tell us that Australians would be shocked if we left Afghanistan. Oh boy, we wouldn't want to shock them now, would we? So, just shut up and do what the Harper Government wants.

You know, like by supporting Israel and forced labor for Palestinian children in an Israeli prison or the West Bank: a government in jail. Wait! Even better, check out all these murdered children in Palestine. Neat O, eh, Mr. Harper? Good thing you are the DECISION MAKER OF CANADA, we should all obediently follow your moral and decent ways. Just imagine what Canada would be like if we did.

Former Calgary MP's Home Set On Fire

Former Calgary MP Jim Hawkes "welcome mat" was set ablaze, causing his damage to his front door. He alleges that it is a warning to drop the lawsuit he and 10 others have against the Calgary West riding association and the Conservative Party of Canada.

Thank goodness it wasn't worse, as small as it might seem, fire is unpredictable. I wouldn't take something like that happening at my home lightly.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

So, You Stand For Canada, eh? Liars!

News that we weren't supposed to get...

If you care about Canada and where it is headed you will read this. If you believe your politician when they tell you they look after you and the interests of our country, you will not ignore this. Ask your local and provincial leader about this. Ask them where they stand, and what they are going to do about it.

Deep Integration Planned at Secret Conference Ignored by the Media
Mel Hurtig got his hands on the secret list of participants.

Monday, September 18, 2006

How Low Will They Go?

Someone is worried about their riding. And who are they afraid of? It's not one of the "Big 3" parties but the Canadian Action Party.

I don't know what area this happened in but someone has been calling the public and requesting donations to help with an anti-same-sex marriage campaign and they are posing as a CAP member. The Canadian Action Party is not involved in any campaigns regarding same-sex-marriage, nor do they make telephone calls for monetary support.

While I think the use of such tatics is pathetic not to mention illegal (and I do hope whoever did this gets caught) the CAP can also look on the bright side of this: They must be making an impact somewhere.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Are we looking at the next secretary general of the UN?

A few days ago I was reading a blog about someone from Canada going to school in the States. They talked about how boring the whole process was on the first day of orientation for students from outside the Country. Near to the end the speaker told them that you haven't experienced the U.S until you had seen the Latvian dancers and they should go see them.

I saved the blog page because the first thing I thought was: WHAT???? What does that have to do with the States? Naturally, I went searching for what was going on in Latvia for the speaker to have mentioned it. When I gathered all the links for this post, I went back to find the blog, no luck. So whoever you are, thanks for the topic and for writing about your day.

I went to Wiki and came across Vaira Vike Frieberga, the President of Latvia who was re-elected in 2003. She studied here in Canada and taught psychology in Montreal. She actively pursued inclusion into NATO and the EU and supports the US invasion of Iraq.

Then I came across this article with the headline: Time for a Woman at the U.N. saying that she has expressed interest in the secretary general post.

And now, of course, comes this headline: Latvian president to run for UN secretary general.

After the comment at the University, I think I'll place my bets on Vaira to win. How about you?

UPDATE: I found the blog!! Capitalist Pig vs Socialist Swine and here is the blog entry.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

My Links List is Almost Bare!!!

(Now I can start to blog! There are so many things I've been wanting to put up but I just had to clean up my files. I thought it would never end...)

Brutal US attack on unarmed Afghans captured by photos
Claims that US troops shot dead up to six unarmed Afghan civilians two months ago in Kabul have been given added credibility with a series of photographs offering visual evidence of military misconduct.
The pictures were taken by an Afghan passer-by on 29 May in Khair Kane, a district of north Kabul. The 20 photographs appear to show a group of unarmed Afghan civilians being killed by gunfire from an American Humvee.

Terror Nation: Lies, Injustice, and the American Empire’s Way
Remember, good patriots, we are at war with Islam, Socialism, Communism, drugs, crime, illegal immigration, Gays, labor unions, liberal university professors, peace activists, environmentalists, Anti-Semites, secular humanists, and all those who pose a threat to the United States. Each of these groups shares culpability for the terrorism which has killed several thousand of US, British, Spanish, and Israeli citizens since 2001. They are a cancer upon the American Way and must be excised. Freedom and liberty will prevail despite their onslaught of evil.

Government, Industry To Use Computer Microphones To Spy On 150 Million Americans
Private industry and eventually government is planning to use microphones in the computers of an estimated 150 million-plus Internet active Americans to spy on their lifestyle choices and build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining.
Digital cable TV boxes, such as Scientific Atlanta, have had secret in-built microphones inside them since their inception in the late 1990's and these originally dormant devices were planned to be activated when the invasive advertising revolution arrived - 2006 marks that date.

President seals Railways deal
As part of his business tour of the United States of America, President J. A. Kufuor has struck a deal in Washington DC, with the Ministry of Ports and Railways signing an MOU with SNC Lavali, a Canadian railway firm.
The memorandum will provide SNC Lavali with the rights to commence prospects of rehabilitating rail lines in the bauxite mining areas.

Untested GM rice found in food, says Greenpeace
Traces of genetically modified rice from China have been found in products on sale in the UK, green groups claimed today.
Three packets of noodles bought from two stores tested positive for genetically modified content, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace said.

Canada's Bell Globemedia buys CHUM for 1.5 billion US dollars
Canada's media behemoth Bell Globemedia said it had acquired rival CHUM Ltd. in a deal worth 1.5 billion US dollars that would consolidate its position as the nation's dominant broadcaster.

Cross-Docking with RFID - Ship2Save and AAID Security Solutions deploy RFID solution at Crown Corporation.
Ship2Save and AAID Security Solutions have teamed up to provide the first step in an elaborate roll-out plan for a Canadian Crown Corporation.
The unidentified company has been using the system over the course of the last several months to help address a variety of logistical inefficiencies related to their cross-docking operations.

Canada PM names Pakistan's ex-military officer as Adviser on South Asia
Canada has appointed a former military officer of Pakistan as Special Adviser on South Asia to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Wajid Khan, currently Member of Parliament in Canada, is expected to visit India as part of his tour to the region next month to explore medium and long-term opportunities.However, prior to his visit to the region, Khan has raised hackles in the government here by reportedly saying that he would try to broker peace between India and Pakistan.New Delhi has maintained that India and Pakistan are capable of solving all their issues and disputes and there was no need for any mediation by anyone else.

Canada needs to rethink airport security, warns Israeli expert
Sela says the reliance on electronic equipment is a mistake because the machinery is notoriously unreliable and results in frequent false-positives, which slow baggage handling. By dropping the question, another opportunity to question passengers and observe their behaviour is lost.

Ace Aviation's Jazz Sues for Access to Toronto's City Airport
Ace Aviation Holdings Inc.'s Jazz unit asked a Canadian judge to set aside a federal agency's order prohibiting it from flying from Toronto's downtown airport so it can compete with a rival airline.
Jazz, a regional carrier that's part of Air Canada, the country's biggest airline, suspended service from the island facility Feb. 28 when the Toronto Port Authority canceled the airline's lease.

Public Shut out of Lodge Debate - MLA

North Island MLA Claire Trevena is questioning Environment Minister Barry Penner’s priorities after it was revealed that the government plans to fly in potential bidders via helicopter to view proposed sites for private lodges in B.C.’s public parks.
“Instead of consulting the public about lodges in our provincial parks, the B.C. Liberals have decided it is more important to give helicopter tours of the area to potential bidders,” Trevena said in a press release. “This raises the question: in whose interest are these private lodges being built?”

WHO May Allow More DDT to Fight Malaria
The World Health Organization is poised to promote broader use of the controversial pesticide DDT in the battle against malaria. Long banned in the United States because of environmental damage, DDT is used legally in a few impoverished countries to kill malaria-bearing mosquitoes. It's no longer sprayed outdoors, but indoors - to coat the inside walls of mud huts or other dwellings where mosquitoes lurk. The aim is to protect sleeping families from bites at night.

World Bank, Gates probe Africa private health care
The World Bank's private sector arm and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday announced plans to explore private health care opportunities in Africa.

Moving Palestinians and Israelis towards a talking phase is a top priority for Egyptian diplomacy.
Egypt is becoming impatient with the current impasse in Palestinian-Israeli communications and the impact thereof on the situation in the Gaza Strip, an immediate border concern to Cairo.

Condemned to desolation
Hundreds of desperate parents swarmed lists of coupon numbers tacked to the walls of the UNRWA relief centre in the Beach Refugee Camp of Gaza City Sunday, nervously trying to locate their assigned lot to collect emergency food packages only being offered to families with at least 11 members.

Bilateral talks postponed over nationalization resolution - Bolivia, Brazil

Brazil's oil industry slammed the Bolivian government's decision.
"This is an expropriation of assets," Alvaro Teixeira, executive secretary of Brazil's oil institute IBP told BNamericas. "What was the calculation based on? It seems to be totally politically based."
Petrobras plans to question Bolivia's ministry on the resolution, but is willing to take the case to an international court to obtain compensation on its investments in Bolivia, company CEO José Gabrielli said.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Will I Ever Finish Unloading my Links? Halfway There...

60 New Creatures Found Living in the Mediterranean
Commenting that the effects of global warming can be seen throughout the world’s seas, Ozturk said “During our research, we determined that nearly 60 creatures living in the Indian Ocean have entered the Mediterranean and are now surviving there. Poisonous organisms are also included, giant jellyfish being one of the most interesting of these creatures. Part of our research is to analyze the effects of these new species on Turkish fisheries.”

Tension Between Ankara and Tel Aviv over Secret Meeting
The publicized reports of Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul meeting with the families of the three Israeli soldiers abducted by Hamas and Hezbollah members during his visit to Jerusalem has caused tension between Turkey and Israel.

'Israel must be Called to Account'
President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM), Mr. Bulent Arinc evaluated Israel’s offensive in Lebanon as the greatest tragedy of the 21st century and urged that it be called to account for its actions in Lebanon.

Settlers assaulting American citizens
In recent months, citizens of Western nations, including Americans, involved in pro-Palestinian volunteer efforts were assaulted and
injured in the Occupied Territories by Israeli settlers and harassed by the (Israeli army). Those taking part in demonstrations, nonviolent resistance, and direct action are advised to cease such activity for their own safety," it said.

Sweden to host conference on humanitarian situation in Palestine
Sweden, Spain and Norway will jointly host a conference in Stockholm on September 1 on the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories, focusing especially on Gaza."At the same time as the eyes of the world are rightly directed towards the ongoing crisis in Lebanon, we must not forget the situation in the West Bank and Gaza," Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jamtin said.

Israeli Army Cause Serious Head Injury to Israeli Lawyer at Demonstration
Earlier today, August 11, the Israeli Army and Border Police shot an Israeli demonstrator with rubber bullets from close range in the head and neck, causing serious injuries. The man, who is a lawyer, was taken by the army to Tel Hasomer hospital from where he is reported to have suffered brain damage.

Rosa Brooks: Antiwar Wackadoos Are Winning
Opposing the war in Iraq is no longer fringe -- it's American.

Nonviolent resistance continues as Israel confiscates another 100 dunams of Bethlehem
The central West Bank’s Bethlehem is going piece by piece. Israeli army Commander of the Central Region, Yair Naveh, adopted a new resolution Friday providing for the confiscation of 100 additional dunams of Palestinian land.
The Director of the Committee to Defend against Land Confiscation, Khalid Al Azzeh, told PNN today that the latest confiscation is set to take place in southwestern Bethlehem’s Al Khader Village. Israeli forces dropped leaflets in the town Friday afternoon to inform residents that they will lose more of their land.

Organic Standards At Risk
Corporate America (Kraft, Wal-Mart, & Dean Foods) along with the USDA and the not so smart members of Congress, are trying to lower the organic standards and gain control therby putting our organic standards at risk. A Bush appointee is drafting a list of synthetic ingredients that would be allowed organic production.

New Yorkers to study about Israel
City council approves curriculum on Israel initiated by Israeli Consulate in New York; curriculum to be integrated into training program for educators teaching in 1,400 public high schools

New anti-Semitism program offered to Quebec schools
One-sided and disproportionate criticism of Israel has the effect of inflaming anti-Semitism, the president and CEO of BMO Financial Group warned Monday.

Peace group under FBI surveillance
School of the Americas Watch, a faith-based peace organization that seeks to close a U.S. military school that has advocated the use of torture and assassination, finds itself under surveillance by the FBI’s counterterrorism unit.
Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest who founded the organization, recently told members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva that the spying has been going on for years.
And he has the documents to prove it.

Monsanto Buys ‘Terminator’ Seeds Company
The United States Government has been financing research on a genetic engineering technology which, when commercialized, will give its owners the power to control the food seed of entire nations or regions. The Government has been working quietly on this technology since 1983. Now, the little-known company that has been working in this genetic research with the Government’s US Department of Agriculture-- Delta & Pine Land-- is about to become part of the world’s largest supplier of patented genetically-modified seeds (GMO), Monsanto Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri.

Information requested
A list of criteria was requested by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to Great Lakes Development in a pre-commitment letter in March. It offered incentives but required a list of specific details by June 6. The deadline passed, however, without any feedback from the company on the criteria:

Gaza worse off a year after Israeli withdrawal
On September 12, 2005, the Israeli army, after 38 years of occupation, withdrew from the Gaza Strip, taking along with it almost 5,000 Jewish settlers who lived in 21 settlements scattered across the coastal strip. On that day Gazans were relieved, believing that they will finally experience freedom of movement, international export and import, travel, and economic revival. One year later, these dreams still look more like a fantasy.

Gaza doctors encounter 'unexplained injuries'
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is considering whether there is a case for an investigation into the injuries amid suspicions by the medics that the injuries were inflicted by what they claim may have been unidentified "non-conventional" weapons.

Glacier buys stake in Alberta newspaper chain
Canadian publisher Glacier Ventures International Corp. said on Wednesday it has purchased a 50 percent stake in a chain of Alberta daily and community newspapers.
Glacier, which this year purchased most of Hollinger International's small Canadian dailies, will pay C$28.2 million ($25.2 million) for the stake in Alta Newspaper Group LP, which will also borrow C$15 million from Glacier.

General To Recommend US Missile Defense Sites In Europe Soon
The head of the US missile defense agency said Tuesday he expects to make recommendations in a matter of months on where to position interceptor missiles and radar in Europe to best protect against the threat of Iranian missiles.

Afghanistan, Inc.: A CorpWatch Investigative Report
A highway that begins crumbling before it is finished. A school with a collapsed roof. A clinic with faulty plumbing. A farmers’ cooperative that farmers can’t use. Afghan police and military that, after training, are incapable of providing the most basic security. And contractors walking away with millions of dollars in aid money for the work. The Bush Administration touts the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan as a success story. Perhaps, in comparison to the violence-plagued efforts in Iraq and the incompetence-riddled efforts on the American Gulf Coast, everything is relative. A new report “Afghanistan, Inc.,” issued by the non-profit organization CorpWatch, details the bungled reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Links, Headlines...take them and blog...

(forgive me if some are repeats, I am trying to clear my saved list and sometimes forget to delete. I know I may have found some of these links through other bloggers, next time I'll make sure to keep track.)

C.D. Howe Institute names Jean Boivin to its Monetary Policy Council
Boivin is an associate professor in the department of economics at HEC Montréal. Boivin received his B.Sc. from the University of Montréal and his MA and PhD from Princeton University, New Jersey, where he was a student of Professor Mark Watson and co-author with US Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke.

Date Palm Spraying
Video of aerial crop spraying to kill bugs and boost Iraq's economy.

More Israeli Airstrikes

The War on Terror
Shell-shocked troops are coming back from Iraq with snakes in their heads. A new virtual reality treatment offers hope for vets.

The Enron Tapes
All the materials available below (other than the audio files) consist of PDF format files containing scanned images of the materials submitted.

Perception of Risk of Terrorist Attacks

The Complete Saudi Primer
Michael Moore's new movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, delves into the relationship between the Bush dynasty and the House of Saud. Follow along with this guide to everything you always wanted to know about the Bush-Saudi connection but were afraid to ask.

A Primeval Tide of Toxins
Runoff from modern life is feeding an explosion of primitive organisms.This 'rise of slime,' as one scientist calls it,is killing larger species and sickening people.

All the Organic Broccoli in the World Won't Be Enough to Save the Planet
Adopting an ethical lifestyle is meaningless unless we carry its principles outside our own homes and gardens

China Tightening Control Over Tibet
China's Communist Party has been tightening its grip on Tibet in recent months, resorting to language and measures not seen since the repression of the late 1990s, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Did the use of Uranium weapons in Gulf War 2 result in contamination of Europe?
Evidence from the measurements of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, Berkshire, UK.

The World's Worst Internet Laws Sneaking Through the Senate
[Update: The Cybercrime Treaty was ratified by the Senate late last night. The U.S. will now have to comply to requests for assistance from fifteen countries, and growing.]

The Military-Industrial Complex in Canada
Warning: PDF file

Information Warfare: Media-Military Relations in Canada
Warning: PDF File

DRC minister slams fake poll results
A key government minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday slammed the publication of fake results of the country's historic election, accusing those responsible of fomenting trouble.

U.S. Instigated Iran's Nuclear Program 30 Years Ago
White House staff members, who are trying to prevent Iran from developing its own nuclear energy capacity and who refuse to take military action against Iran "off the table," have conveniently forgotten that the United States was the midwife to the Iranian nuclear program 30 years ago.

Tom Ridge, Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Joins Iridium Satellite Board of Directors
Iridium Satellite is pleased to announce that Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security and two-term Pennsylvania Governor, has joined the Company’s Board of Directors. Iridium Satellite is the only provider of truly global satellite voice and data solutions. The company helps government and businesses around the world improve preparedness and response for disaster and defense scenarios, in addition to providing mission critical and functional commercial telecommunications services. Iridium provides complete coverage of the earth, and delivers essential services to and from remote areas where no other form of communication is available.

Armor to provide less-lethal munitions to Army
Armor Holdings Inc.'s latest contract with the U.S. Army is to provide munitions for use in crowd and riot control.
The multiyear deal is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a maximum value of $14.1 million. Armor will provide less-lethal munitions under the contract. The initial order is worth $1.3 million and is for 40 mm crowd dispersal munitions.

ATK Receives $90 Million Contract to Supply Orion Motors for Missile Defense and Commercial Satellite Launch Vehicles
ATK'S Orion Motors Provide the Propulsion Backbone for the Nation's Ground- Based Missile Defense Program

(Ain't War Grand? A_R)

Alberta minister urges provinces to broaden private health insurance
All provinces need to move quickly to review any restrictions on private health insurance or face the possibility of court-imposed changes, Alberta Health Minister Iris Evans warned Monday.

Slow Food Nation
In this forum edited by Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters, experts discuss the politics of food, and how it may be poisoning our bodies and our planet.

Britain Is Potential Site For US Missile Defence System
The Pentagon is making inquiries as to whether Britain would allow the United States to set up in the country the European base for its new missile defence system, The Times reported on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

So, What's New Around the World?

Gambia: Buried Hills Canada Comes Again
The company's owner and Chief Executive Roger Hills, accompanied by a former Canadian Prime Minister, Mr.Chretien, met Mr. Jammeh on his campaign trail at Basse to sign the said agreement. Mr. Fafa Sanyang, who last month succeeded Mr. Ousman Bojang as Petroleum Commissioner. Praised Mr. Jammeh for his "foresight and commitment to Gambian development Speaking on the occasion, Hon. Edward Singhateh, a Secretary of State in the Jammeh Government, said for three years people have believed that all the "oil thing" as hoax, but the signing of the agreement has proved President Jammeh right.

Canada fights to keep its water
One country has abundant fresh water, far more than it needs. Across the border there is simply not enough and it has yet to find a solution to the problem.

Book predicts Great Lakes water battles will intensify
Peter Annin recalls staring in fascinated horror at what had been the coast of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan, now a desolate wasteland strewn with scrub brush and corroded hulls of abandoned fishing boats.

Sea-to-Sky highway price tag $220 million higher as a P3
(Vancouver) An independent analysis of the Sea-to-Sky highway project has found that it will cost taxpayers an extra $220 million over the next 25 years as a P3 than if the government had used its traditional financing and procurement processes.
Marvin Shaffer, an economist and author of the analysis released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, examined Partnership BC’s “Value for Money” report that estimated the costs of going with a P3 versus traditional government financing and procurement for the highway upgrade and maintenance project. The Partnerships BC report concluded that the P3 option would cost $46 million more, but it was nonetheless chosen. Shaffer’s analysis shows the price difference is actually much larger.

Canadian embassy chief accountant charged with embezzlement
Prague, Sept 8 (CTK) - The chief accountant of the Canadian embassy in Prague, a 31-year-old Czech citizen, faces charges of embezzling millions of crowns, the state attorney told CTK today.
According to the police, the employee embezzled CZK 18 million from the embassy by illegal withdrawal of money from its accounts in 1998-1999.
Originally, the loss of the money was investigated by the Canadian Mounted Police. However, when they ascertained that the perpetrator is Czech, they have handed the case over to their Czech colleagues.

Legislators and civil society groups of the North American region call for halt to Security and Prosperity Partnership and replacement of NAFTA
Rosario Quispes of RMALQ describes the Security and Prosperity Partnership, as “a distorted, more dangerous version of NAFTA.”
“We need to work together to stop the Security Prosperity Partnership because the negotiations have been anti-democratic, without transparency and promise to benefit only the business elite of the region,” says Victor Suarez, Member of the Mexican Parliament (Partido de la Revolución Democratica, D.F.).

Palestinians hit out as Israel tightens visa controls
Palestinian businessmen who returned from exile over the last decade to help build the economy in the occupied territories have launched a campaign against a change in Israeli immigration policy that they say is forcing them out.

Canadian Infrastructure Investment is Erratic
Canadian pension fund giants are prevented from investing in local infrastructure by erratic regulation and a lack of government initiatives, reveals Global Pensions. Claude Lamoureux, ceo at the CAD96 billion (46 billion)Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, said it remained difficult to invest in Canadian infrastructure and accused the government of "changing the rules" after it had agreed infrastructure deals.

Hacker's delight
Given that the GCN controls the Bush administration's missile defense system, the flagship of its national security plan, one might think that the network itself would be secure. But indeed just the opposite appears to be true. In its audit, the inspector general revealed that MDA officials "had not fully implemented information assurance controls required to protect the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of the information in the GCN." As a result, "Missile Defense Agency officials may not be able to reduce the risk and extent of harm resulting from misuse or unauthorized access to or modification of information of the GCN and ensure the continuity of the network in case of an interruption." In other words, the system could be hacked--outsiders could enter into the network, change or delete data, and/or share classified information--and MDA would not know about it, be able to respond effectively, or apparently prevent it from happening again.

Singapore Bans NGO Delegates attending IMF/World Bank Meeting
Singapore has banned 20 NGO delegates, and some NGO organisations from attending the IMF/World Bank meeting during the week of September 14-20, despite these people having formal invitations from the IMF/World Bank.

Teenagers wary of new database
An OCC spokesperson told GC News on 11 September 2006: "(Practitioners) only get limited access to the index and the DfES has just launched a consultation so they can get the views of young people."The index will be launched in 2008 in England and Wales at an initial cost of £224m. The government says that to protect young people the state must gather records on 12m children and their families. Information held in separate local databases, family doctors' records, nursery reports and children's examinations will be put into one system.

Meanwhile the forgotten, forsaken Gaza is dying
GAZA is dying. The Israeli siege of the Palestinian enclave is so tight that its people are on the edge of starvation. Here on the shores of the Mediterranean a great tragedy is taking place that is being ignored because the world’s attention has been diverted by wars in Lebanon and Iraq.

MQM senator questioned by Canadians
Mashhadi reportedly travelled to Canada last week to appear before the Canadian Security Intelligence Review Committee hearing on behalf of one of over 200 MQM Pakistani exiles living in Canada. One of these MQM supporters was declared a political refugee but could not get citizenship because of his MQM membership.

Egyptian ‘business experts’ here on study mission today
Members of the group are top officials of Egypt whose main functions are developing businesses, including Norman Boukhalife of the Canadian International Development Agency, the funder of the project. Based on the briefer of the visit, the mission to Southeast Asia of the Egyptians “is to enhance the individual professional’s experience and the project’s collective knowledge involving the successful delivery of non-financial service models that maybe adapted to the Egyptian content as well as identifying potential linkages.” The briefer said the visit was part of the Business Development Support Project, a project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and executed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. “(This project) aims to play a role in the development of non-financial services for SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in Egypt through working with businessmen/women and youth associations, investors association, universities, ministries and government agencies,” it pointed. The project will also focus on promoting opportunities through SME support with “an emphasis on women and youth,” it added.

NATO Chief Leads Extraordinary Talks On Afghan Reinforcements
On Saturday, the chairman of NATO's military committee, Canadian General Ray Henault urged the allies to come good with reinforcements, saying: "We are currently at about 85 percent of the requirements and want the remainder."

PALESTINE: Genocide in Gaza
A genocide is taking place in Gaza. This morning, September 2, another three citizens of Gaza were killed and a whole family wounded in Beit Hanoun. This is the morning reap, before the end of day many more will be massacred. An average of eight Palestinians die daily in the Israeli attacks on the Strip. Most of them are children. Hundreds are maimed, wounded or paralysed.

SIDA to Support re-Construction of Power Station in Gaza
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) said that it decided to support transportation and installation of seven new transformers to the Gaza power station at a cost of $2.1 million.

Peace long way off for Afghans
IT WILL take 10 years or longer to bring peace to Afghanistan, Australian Defence Force chief Angus Houston has warned.

Gaza shelves bare
"Israel imposes very harsh restrictions on Palestinian merchants. They give priority to Israeli products over Palestinian ones," Mansour said. "Palestinian merchants used to pay US $400 in tax for a shipment coming from abroad in the past months. Nowadays, they pay up to $2,000."

Canada Watch - what our embassy sees as fit to print
So the Canadian Embassy in Washington has a regular newsletter they send out by email, presumably for Canadians living in the US. You can sign up too. That's fine, it's good to tell our neighbours about what Canada's up to. But they seem to take a certain.... slant on the issues of Canada and the world.For example, the September 8th newsletter leads with the Fraser Institute's (ick) report on 'Economic Freedom in the World.' From the executive summary:

Government resents Leo Brincat's comments
The government has expressed resentment at comments made by Labour's spokesman on Foreign Affairs Leo Brincat on Malta's financial contribution to help the peoples of Lebanon and Palestine.

Israel invites bids for West Bank settlement expansion
A blow to hopes of reviving the peace process was dealt last week by Israel, which invited tenders for nearly 700 new housing units in the occupied West Bank, drawing Palestinian condemnation of the largest settlement expansion push for the territory this year.The Housing Ministry published advertisements in the press inviting the bids, with 348 houses to be constructed in Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, and 342 houses to be built in Beitar Eilit to the south of the city.The bids -- the largest invited so far this year and the biggest since Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took office on May 4 -- were immediately denounced by the Palestinian Authority as an obstacle to peace in the Middle East.
(3rd story down)

Ministers zero in on meeting energy needs
“To do this, we are working collaboratively, so that communities in every province and territory can prosper.”The meetings were closed to the public and media, but were attended by scores of government officials and industry representatives.

A Question...

Why are gas prices so low when nothing has changed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, Lebanon and Israel? What's up? I heard it will stay low until the elections are over in the states.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Mr. Harper, why is this okay?

As a world leader, Mr. Harper is to be an example for the people in our Country. So, he is teaching us that what is happening in Palestine is okay. He stands behind it. He won't speak out against the suffering, abuse and starvation. He doesn't care that people are treated worse than animals. He doesn't care if children go hungry. He just doesn't care.

Mr. Harper, I wonder how you sleep at night. I wonder how you look at yourself in the mirror. Do you feel no shame? Does it not embarrass you to know that millions of people see you for who you are? A puppet. Not a leader, because that would be someone with intelligence and a mind of his own. Not a whiner who threatened to quit his party after losing the last election. You have to use threats against the senate, against the press, and that is because you don't even have the skills to communicate and educate. Is that because the goals you are pursuing are not your own and you don't even know enough about them to actually hold a debate or conversation about them?

Can anyone watch and read these links and not know enough to see that it is unjust, immoral and wrong?

New words, old tactics
A lasting settlement to the conflict will necessarily require a Palestinian state side by side with the state of Israel; and recognition that the demands of the Palestinian people are no more than the reasonable demands of any other people - a land and an identity of their own.

Palestinian Donors: What Mission ?
Their financial and diplomatic embroilment in the Palestinian internal dialogue has affected their image from bad to worse. The donors and their democracies are now publicly criticized as being in collusion with a plan to bring down the Palestinian government and to bring the PA to its knees politically.The Palestinians have no resources under the Israeli occupation and it is difficult for them to negotiate the type of aid they get. Either they take it or they leave it. If they take it, they take it with conditions. If they don't, they end up with nothing, which sums up their current dire situation.

Commentary: The price of Israel
Once again Israel wreaks havoc and destruction and the world's main response is to seek ways to "guarantee the security of Israel." This is the essence of the present diplomatic flurry, of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, and most alarmingly the premise underlying the dominant Western, and to a lesser extent Arab, political discourse.

Iraq: Palestinians Under Attack, But Unable to Flee
Amid widespread sectarian violence in Iraq, Palestinian refugees in Iraq face particularly grave security threats, including targeted killings by mostly Shi'a militant groups and harassment by the Iraqi government, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Countries in the region such as Jordan and Syria must open their borders to Iraqi Palestinians at risk, and the international community must urgently respond to their plight by providing financial assistance to the host countries and third-country resettlement opportunities on a humanitarian basis.

Powerless in Gaza
I am going crazy without electricity. There is even a shortage of candles now – I had to use the two my wife and I had received from our marriage. I worry about [starting a] fire," said the 36-year-old from Beit Lahiya.
For the past two months, Gaza residents like Aqdeir have lived without a regular supply of electricity after the Israeli military bombed Gaza's only power station on 28 June.

Israeli acts of kindness
1:20 - Palestinians put out an Israeli induced fire in what appears to be Al Aqsa mosque.
1:24 - Israeli soldiers storm the mosque and start chasing unarmed Palestinians, beating them with long objects - either bats or batons, and shooting at them
2:27 - Israeli soldiers drag a lifeless Palestinian through the street, as if he were a head of cattle
2:50 - an Israeli soldier kicks a Palestinian man as he lies unarmed on the ground with half a dozen others.
3:54 - a mob of Israeli soldiers storm towards a group of Palestinian women and start pushing them around.
5:57 - an Israeli soldier uses a long object to beat a Palestinian sitting on the hood of an Israeli jeep as a human shield.

6:04 - two Israeli soldiers take a 6yr old Palestinian boy hostage and run away with him thrown over their shoulder. One soldier pushes a woman pleading with them to let the boy go.
(Watch the video at this link)

The Truth Will Set You Free
(Read any of their latest posts)

All Eyes on Lebanon, Gaza Tragedy Forgotten
Gaza appears like a dead city extending from the Erez Gate to Rafah at the Egyptian border. Most of the shops are closed. Since Israel has control over almost all aspects of life, it sometimes takes days for the basic human needs to enter the region. Israel bombs houses every day under the pretense that it is hitting militants.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Somena Media Blog...

This article is well worth reading and spreading...

Bittersweet Victory

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A great site. Informative. Many downloads on various subjects. (North American Union, Zionism...) You can download the full Freedom to Fascism movie.


Thanks to yayacanada for that link.

Just another day...

The U.S. Asset Portfolio
U.S. upstream M&A activity surged in 2005 in deals involving every type of E&P company-from major oils to newly formed private firms.

Cheney income tops Bush 12-fold
US Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife earned 8.82 million dollars last year, some 12 times the amount President George W. Bush made, the White House said Friday.

Ban on Terminator Seeds Stands Despite Canadian Government Stance
Farmers in Canada and around the world heaved a collective sigh of relief when efforts to undermine a six-year UN moratorium on Terminator seed technology were rejected at a recent meeting of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Brazil.
Canada, Australia and New Zealand—the so-called Terminator Trio—supported by the U.S. and the biotechnology industry, were pushing for a change to the language governing the moratorium with the aim of eventually having it eliminated altogether.

Could bills lead way to oil drilling in the Great Lakes?
Both the U.S. Senate and House have passed bills that would allow exploration in an area of the Gulf of Mexico previously off-limits, said Abby Rubley of Environment Michigan in Ann Arbor.
"There is a federal moratorium that is very similar to the federal moratorium on the Great Lakes for drilling," said Rubley. "Our concern is if we open that area, we set a dangerous precedent for drilling in the Great Lakes."

Bombers ... In Spaaaaace!
The U.S. Military Space Plane -- or MSP -- has been high on the Pentagon's wish list since at least 2003, when an Air Force planning document revealed the military's desire for a quick-launch space plane that could drop a bomb anywhere on the globe within two hours, without the need of forward bases.
Also wanted is a space vehicle that can repair, deploy and even attack satellites, or insert reconnaissance drones into the atmosphere -- all within hours of orders.

Mexican truckers to hitU.S. roadways next year
The August issue of Teamster magazine features a cover story on the plan for an enlarged I-35 that will reach north from the drug capital border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 1,600 miles to Canada through San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Duluth, while I-69 originating at the same crossing will shoot north to Michigan and across the Canadian border.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Canadian bits...

Construction unions want Ottawa to bar foreign workers on B.C. bridge project
B.C. construction unions are demanding the federal government stop a German company from importing cheap labour to help build a new bridge across the Fraser river near Vancouver.

Retiring general to lead security initiatives
Brig. Gen. Jose Riojas will retire next week after he turns over Joint Task Force North to the agency's next commander, but he's not going to start breaking in a rocking chair.
On Sept. 8, Brig. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, director of Capabilities Development, U.S. Army Capabilities Integration Center, will take command of JTF-North. Riojas, after a 30-year career in the Army, will become the University of Texas at El Paso's vice president for strategic initiatives, where he wants to push the school to national prominence as a support center for homeland and border security issues.

As Obasanjo tells of dev’t partnersNIGERIA POLLS FOR APRIL 2007• NDC may benefit from candidate Babangida’s $billions• NPP may be disadvantaged
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday fixed the 21st of April 2007 as the date for its presidential elections.
The elections would feature military leaders like Major Gen. Buhari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and the key Christian civilian governor, Peter Odile, for this ultimate contest, which would have a bearing on Ghana’s polls the year after.

World Bank Seminar Series: Global Issues Facing Humanity
Warning: PDF File

A North American Community: A Proposal to Deepen NAFTA
Warning: PDF File

Japan, Canada to hold meeting of defense chiefs on Monday
Japanese Defense Agency Director General Fukushiro Nukaga will meet with his Canadian counterpart, National Defense Minister Gordon O'Conner, on Monday, the agency announced Friday.
The defense summit between the two countries -- the first since March 2003 -- is expected to cover such topics as exchanges of defense officials, regional issues and international peacekeeping activities.

Pak-Canada agree for more cooperation against terrorism
Canadian Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor Friday lauded Pakistan's role for doing "fantastic job" in the fight against terrorism and stressed more cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad to effectively counter the menace.

The united state of Canadian journalism
Noble intentions, even as a side effect of military intervention (as they were for Canada in Afghanistan), are just dandy if your goal is to drum up blind support for government policy. Which, to confirm your fears Mr. Martin, is exactly what the Canadian media is up to right now. Eventually we're going to have to deal with some of the trickier issues as the years roll by and our troops are still fighting and dying in a futile war that only happened because there was never any debate to begin with.

RFID May Be Key To Finding Latest Mad Cow Case
Canada has spotted more cases of mad cow disease, and some U.S. experts say an aggressive RFID tagging program has helped find sick animals faster.

Say Goodbye To The Real Internet
The giant telecoms have come up with a brilliant strategy to ensure they can create a partitioned-off, for-profit Internet, and they're implementing it now. The above website is your introduction to a world of bullshit that I promise you will mark the successful corporate takeover of the Internet. Mark my words --but do it fast, because they won't be here for long, unless the telecoms are stopped.

Cullen to attend APEC Finance Ministers' meeting
Dr Cullen will hold bilateral talks with Vietnamese Finance Minister Vu Van Ninh, Mr Jin Renqing, the Finance Minister for the People's Republic of China, and Canadian Finance Minister James Flaherty. He will also meet Japan's Senior Vice-Minister for Finance, Naokazu Takemoto, Chile's Under-Secretary for Finance, Mrs Maria Olivia Recart, and discuss international education opportunities with Vietnam's Minister of Education and Training, Mr Nguyen Thien Nhan.

University of Guelph report shows that regulatory obstacles are thwarting biotechnology in Canada
Canada will have to change the way it regulates scientific advances if it’s to benefit economically and socially from biotechnology innovation, according to a new report by a University of Guelf professor.
“Federal and provincial government agencies have made a concerted effort to increase support for biology,” said philosophy professor David Castle, the study’s lead author. “But biotechnology innovation continues to outpace the development of the regulations necessary for product approvals. This problem is highlighted when new biotech products straddle different regulatory authorities.”
(How about they just stop this monopoly on our food supply. When is the Canadian Government going to do something about this mess? A_R)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Dawg's Blawg...

Please take moment to visit Dawg's Blawg, if you haven't already, to send he and Marianne your well-wishes or prayers.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Middle East News...

Fascists? Look who's talking
Nexis, which also surveys the Canadian press, found that newspapers owned by CanWest Global Communications, a group that owns the country's Global Television Network as well as the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette and several other regional newspapers, were also among the most consistent propagators of the "fascism" paradigm and ranked far ahead of other Canadian outlets in the frequency with which they used keywords such as "appeasement" and "fascist" in connection with Iraq and Iran. The CanWest Global group is run by members of the Asper family whose foreign-policy views have been linked to prominent hardline neo-conservatives in the US and the right-wing Likud Party in Israel.

Was There Really An Attack On Israeli Soldiers?

Open Letter Re US Policy in the Middle East -From People in the United States Who Believe that Only Justice Will Bring Peace
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter-Martin Luther King, Jr.Dear Sisters and Brothers Living With War,We write to you in anguish, to express what cannot possibly be contained in words. We need a new language to speak about what humanity means and still can mean, what our humanity must create in this danger.We send our solidarity, our commitment, our love. We write to let you know that many in this country are organizing, educating, protesting, and engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience to change US policy in the Middle East.

Israeli court sends captured Hamas leaders for trial
An Israeli military court on Thursday ordered 15 Hamas leaders, including two Cabinet ministers and the speaker of Palestine's Parliament, to go on trial charged with membership of an outlawed organisation. The group, 12 of them elected members of the Parliament, appeared in court at Ofer Camp on the occupied West Bank. At trial on December 12 they face a maximum jail sentence of 10 years if convicted.

Israeli police capture asylum-seeking Palestine man in UK Embassy compound
The 28-year-old had threatened to shoot himself on live television if his request was not granted. Police told Israel's Channel 10 TV that initially it was thought the man was armed, but later it was discovered he had a toy gun. Reuters said he told another Israeli broadcaster, Channel 2, "Someone should come and help me. No one wants to help me." Injaz is a police informer and feared for his life.

K.C. Peace Conference Focuses On Palestine-Israei Conflict
A Regional Peace Conference will be held Oct 20-21

Palestine Observer to UN Calls for Compelling Israel to Cease Military Attacks
"We reiterate that for all of these war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people, Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable and the perpetrators must be brought to justice," Ambassador Mansour said Thursday in three identical letters to the UN Secretary General, the President of the UN Security Council and the President of the UN General Assembly.Mansour said that as the international community remains silent, Israel, the occupying Power, continues to wage its brutal military campaign against the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially in the Gaza Strip.Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has killed at least 20 citizens, including children, in the neighbourhood of al-Shajaia in an on going attack launched five days ago.

Situation in Gaza Continues to Deteriorate, with Crossing Points Closed most of the Time
Two months after the start of Israeli military operations, life for the 1.4 million people living in the Gaza Strip remains very difficult, said Friday : International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Marches In NZ Regarding Israel/Resolution 1701
Marches across New Zealand tomorrow demand Israel withdraw from Lebanon and Palestine and warn against UN Resolution 1701.
Aotearoa Jews for Justice, Wellington Palestine Group and Peace Action Wellington join with the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (Auckland) in calling on the New Zealand government to think very carefully before sending any troops to join the expanded multinational UNIFIL force in Lebanon.

The Canadians and others at Camp Julien are still drinking the last of the 1.5-litre bottles of commercial spring water produced in the United Arab Emirates, for which they were paying $87,000 US a month ($115,342 Cdn). An equivalent amount of Julien-produced water, which is just starting to appear around the base, should cost a fraction of that. With the changeover, Canadian officers have told their French counterparts they want to wait until things settle down and new camp consumption rates are established before striking a deal, probably in early September. Said Doran: "If we do start selling this water outside the camp, I think it's safe to say that this will be the safest water in Kabul."