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North American Union: Three Amigos Less One?

imageIf U.S. presidential candidates Senators Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama want to dabble with a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), they’ll find Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper standing in their way.

  Harper issued a warning yesterday to future U.S. leaders out to renegotiate the North American free-trade Agreement (NAFTA), warning them that Canada would drive a tougher bargain because of its position as America’s biggest energy supplier.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - Full Story

Gorging Gore “addicted” to steak

imagePETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) may have got former Vice President Al Gore in the doghouse with his main Global Warming sidekick Maurice Strong by pointing out his “addiction” to red meat.

  While “PETA appreciates the work that Al Gore has done to raise awareness about the problem of global warming (emphasis PETA’s, they think he’s “Too chicken to go vegetarian”.

  Gore may be finicky when it comes to Mr. Edison’s incandescent light bulb, but according to PETA his love for steak and sausage is creating greenhouse gas emissions.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - Full Story

Alleged gunrunner’s wife says she saw no sign of huge arms shipments

No doubt Victor Bout has a loving and loyal wife. All she told The Times is her own version of his business life and an expression of her affection to him.

The most interesting news in this article is that the Thai authorities “dropped charges against him last week” but they still want to hand him over to the American justice. Russian media wrote about Bout’s connections to the Russian military intelligence and his association with high Kremlin bosses, Igor Sechin in particular. It seems very likely that Victor Bout’s arrest in Bangkok wasn’t a “detached” event but the result of an “underground” fight in the Russian military and intelligence establishment.

By David M. Dastych Mark Franchetti- Monday, April 14, 2008 - Full Story

Pallywood Strikes again

At the recent closing arguments of the Mohammed al-Dura trial, France 2 screened a special video presentation about what happened at the Netzarim Junction on the fateful day. That presentation, which Charles Enderlin recently posted online, unfortunately relies on the same kind of staged footage as the original al-Dura video did.

Professor Richard Landes blows the lid on this disingenuous video.

Go to our Backspin blog to see Enderlin’s footage and to comment on this story. The France2 presentation’s in French, of course, but even if you mute the sound, you’ll easily understand what Enderlin wants the images to convey.

 

 

By Guest Column Honest Reporting- Saturday, April 12, 2008 - Full Story

Was There a Second Irangate?

Oliver North (left) and Richard LawlessOnly half of the Iran-Contra affair has been told.
—Amiram Nir, counterterrorism advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, point-man of Oliver North in the Iran-Contra operations, from an interview with Bob Woodward, Summer 1988:

While reviewing some materials concerning various Iranian political events having occurred during the last years of Khomeini, I came across a fantastic piece of information which allows us to identify with great probability, in fact with near certainty, the man previously only known as “Witness C”  or by his alias,  Abolghasem Mesbahi.

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - Full Story

James “Buffalo Jim” Barrier found dead.  Will Steve Miller be next?

Wrestlers Psycho Sid, Goldberg, and Rick Steiner lend their support Steve Miller and Buffalo Jim Barrier. Through thick and thin they’ve been a team fighting mob corruption in Las Vegas for decades.

  And now Barrier is dead. 

  According to his closest friend, former Las Vegas City Councilman and Canada Free Press (CFP) columnist Steve Miller, “He (James `Buffalo Jim’ Barrier) was found in a room with an empty bottle of valium. 

By Judi McLeod - Monday, April 7, 2008 - Full Story

Just how much stupidity can one world tolerate?

Life is hard. It’s harder if you’re stupid.”  - JOHN WAYNE

Is stupid the new smart? Is dumb the new wise? Is oblivious the new aware?

I am prompted to pose these simple questions in light of current events as witnessed through the probing lenses of television cameras and the scribblings of the popular print media, not to mention the prolific news sources found on the Internet and the overcrowded field occupied by far too many bloggers all jostling elbow-to-elbow for my rapidly diminishing attention span.

Have you noticed over the past decade or so how television, movies, magazines and newspapers glorify the antics of really stupid people? I think the movie Dumb and Dumber opened the floodgates to this trend.

By Bill McIntyre - Saturday, April 5, 2008 - Full Story

The man who was not there

This case is not closed. The investigation continues, it has continued since the plane went down and it will continue until every individual who we can identify who played a role in this tragedy is brought to justice.

US Acting Deputy Attorney General Bob Mueller
January 31, 2001—The day of the Lockerbie Verdict [1]

By Dr. Ludwig de Braeckeleer - Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - Full Story

Silence from post-election Zimbabwe deafening

According to Zimbabwe’s independent newspaper The Zimbabwean, Morgan Tsvangirai has toppled President Robert Mugabe with 58 percent of the popular vote. 

Tsvangirai received 467,000 votes to Mugabe’s 300,000 in Saturday’s general elections.

  See The Zimbabwean election results here.

  There has been no dancing on the streets since word first leaked out that Mugabe had been defeated in election polls. 

  The silence from Mugabe’s fearsome ZANU-PF Party following Election Day is deafening

By Judi McLeod - Monday, March 31, 2008 - Full Story

By royal command: Earth Hour

Toronto motorists were warned on traffic highway signs yesterday that lights in the city should be turned off between 8 & 9 p.m., Saturday, March 29 for Earth Hour.

  Here’s hoping that all would-be home invaders, pedophiles, rapists and burglars don’t drive.

  Lights have always gone a long way in keeping John Q. Public safe from criminal elements up to no good.

By Judi McLeod - Saturday, March 29, 2008 - Full Story

The FARC Jones Boy & Congressman James McGovern

Democrat James McGovern, FARC leader Raul ReyesDead men talk and in the Colombian-Ecuadorian jungle, they talk loudly about Congressman James McGovern (D-Mass).

  The media-downplayed hard drive recovered from the computer of killed Colombian guerilla Raul Reyes, No. 2 in command of the Colombian FARC, tells a tawdry tale of the opposition of House Democrats to the US. -Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

  “Some Democrats oppose the Colombia trade deal because they sympathize more with FARC’s terrorists than with a U.S. antiterror ally (Colombia)”

(The Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2008).

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - Full Story

Are suspected terrorists in the “Toronto 18” the same as members of the “Toronto 1

In an effort to provide them a fair trial, the Canadian government is seeking a limited publication ban on the identities of the adults charged with belonging to the so-called “Toronto 18” group.  The identity of the youth charged with belonging to a homegrown terror cell is already protected under the Young Criminal Justice Act.

  The trial for the youth gets underway in a Brampton court today.

  Almost unheard of since they were nabbed in a foiled undercover operation to kidnap and behead members of Parliament, among other things on June 2, 2006, some of the suspected terrorists are alleged to have attended a terrorist training camp in a wooded area in Washago, near Gravenhurst.

The so-called Toronto-18 is not the first group of suspected terrorists to have fallen off the public radar screen.

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - Full Story

Did the FSB Betray Victor Bout?

Warsaw, Poland: In my first article,  published on the CFP on March 14, and then reposted on political Web sites in BritainSwitzerland and in the United States, I reported about the DEA sting operation against Victor Bout and also on some events from the past, involving him and other people. A few hours only after the CFP publication, I received interesting documentation from Bucharest, Romania, which was published in part in my second article, posted on the CFP on Tuesday, March 18, 2008. A story recently printed in a Polish magazine Gazeta Polska provided more facts about international links of Victor Bout’s criminal network, including his business with Polish Military Intelligence, and also with Russian and Polish gangsters Semyon Mogilevich and Riccardo Fanchini (Marian Kozina).  According to the Polish TV reporter Witold Gadowski, one of the high-positioned protectors of Victor Bout in the Putin’s Kremlin was gor Ivanovich Sechin, known as an opponent of the new President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev.

By David M. Dastych - Thursday, March 20, 2008 - Full Story

Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion swoops down on Salah Choudhury

Kidnapped from his own office, which had been stormed by members of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at 7 p.m. Dhaka time last night, anti-Jihadist Muslim journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury was questioned for hours.

A para-military arm of the government, RAB is notorious for its crackdowns on dissidents and wholesale violations of human rights.  People taken by RAB often disappear never to be seen again.

  When RAB stormed the offices of Choudhury’s newspaper, Weekly Blitz, they ordered his employees out and interrogated Choudhury, seizing his telephones and not allowing him any communication, friends or legal counsel.

By Judi McLeod - Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - Full Story

Following the trail of the “Merchant of Death”

Warsaw, Poland: In my previous article, first published on the CFP on March 14, and then reposted on political Web sites in BritainSwitzerland and in the United States, I reported about the DEA sting operation against Victor Bout and also on some events from the past, involving him and other people. Only a few hours after the CFP publication, I received an interesting documentation from Bucharest in Romania and an article from the current issue of a Polish conservative magazine Gazeta Polska. Both provide very interesting disclosures about the illegal weapons trade and Mr. Bout’s connections to the Romanian and Polish military intelligence. Here is the first of my follow up reports.

By David M. Dastych - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - Full Story

People got SARS from toilet flushing

On Thursday when Hong Kong shut all kindergartens and primary schools, affecting more than 500,000 children, Toronto environmentalist Maureen Reilly, BA sent an email to Scott Dowell, Coordinating Officer for Global Health, Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Reilly, who is researching the proper protocol for managing fecal waste from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), has for the past decade studied the issue of pathogens in municipal effluents and land applied sludge wastes.

By Judi McLeod - Monday, March 17, 2008 - Full Story

The ugly face of peace anti-war style

Telling tales on moonbats drives the anti-war crowd into a frenzy as Move America Forward (MAF) found out this afternoon at Washington D.C.’s National Press Club.

  MAF was releasing its investigative report on the nationwide plague of attacks against military recruiting centers (The Sedition Report) when members of CodePink, International ANSWER and Global Exchange went hog-wild.  Heckling, screaming and spitting obscenities, they charged that MAF’s claims of improper actions by anti-war radicals were all lies, that the anti-military activists had been nothing but peaceful.

By Judi McLeod - Friday, March 14, 2008 - Full Story

‘Merchant of Death’ detained in Thailand

Warsaw, Poland: In a rare interview granted in Moscow to American journalist, filmmaker and writer, Peter Landesman, in 2003, Victor Anatolyevich Bout (then 36) said about himself: ‘‘I woke up after Sept. 11 and found I was second only to Osama.” And referring to his bad reputation of “the biggest arms dealer in the world’’ he joked: ‘‘Maybe I should start an arms-trafficking university and teach a course on U.N. sanctions busting.’

By David M. Dastych - Friday, March 14, 2008 - Full Story

Global warming graduates to worldwide “security” issue

Just when you thought that ubiquitous carbon credit peddler Maurice Strong had left the international stage forever, just like this winter’s bitter wind, there he blows again.

Not only is climate change destined to destroy Mother Earth, according to the former United Nations under-secretary-general, it is now a worldwide “security” and foreign relations issue.

How climate change has become a worldwide “security” threat was never explained when Strong spoke to the world from the China Foreign Affairs University Forum.  But there were few details from Strong and Al Gore when climate change climbed to the top as this century’s new religion.

By Judi McLeod - Thursday, March 13, 2008 - Full Story

Memo to Bangladeshi Metropolitan Session Judge Mohammad Momin Ullah:

Memo to Mohammed Momin Ullah, Metropolitan Session Judge, Dhaka, Bangladesh: “We know.  Canada Free Press (CFP) knows that the charges brought up against Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury by the previous Islamist alliance government in Bangladesh, come up in your court, tomorrow.”

By Judi McLeod - Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - Full Story