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When autumn leaves refuse to fall

The city of Toronto announced last week that there would be no change to their leaf collection times. Although the city has reduced the number of pickups this year from six weeks to four, collecting bags of leaves will end as scheduled on December 7.

By Arthur Weinreb - Monday, November 19, 2007 - Full Story

Wolf Blitzer is No Tim Russert

Judging by the reaction to Thursday night’s CNN debate, everything seems to be falling into place for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president. After flirting with subjecting her to some scrutiny, the media seem to be coming to the conclusion that her nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate is inevitable.

By Roger Aronoff - Monday, November 19, 2007 - Full Story

An Immigration Plan

The problem of illegal immigration is really a problem with illegal immigration from Mexico and from Central American nations. There are two reasons why immigration is such a political hot potato.

By Bruce Walker - Monday, November 19, 2007 - Full Story

Musharraf Must Go

I have been following the ongoing political crisis in Pakistan with great interest.  In fact, if you read the IC blog at you will see that I have written 21 posts on Pakistan over the last 100 days.  However, I have not devoted a full column to what is arguably the most important story in global politics in the year 2007.  That is until now.

By Guest Column Aaron Goldstein- Monday, November 19, 2007 - Full Story

How To Improve Your Immunity

A reader asks “Please write about natural ways to strengthen the immune system. I want to avoid taking the flu vaccine”. This is a good question because every year 40,000 North Americans die during the flu season and thousands more hospitalized. So what steps will strengthen your immunity and insure you’ll be around another day? And what has an accidental discovery by an insurance company to do with immunity?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir sends desperate message to West

Hayatullah KhanWord has reached Canada Free Press (CFP) through journalist Hamid Mir in Pakistan about the treacherous situation for journalists since General Perez Musharraf declared martial law.

  Mir is the Executive Editor of GEO Television, Pakistan’s third largest television network.  GEO was pulled off the air by the General Perez Musharraf administration on Nov. 3.  Pakistanis with satellite dishes could watch GEO until November 16, when the network went completely off the air.

By Judi McLeod - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Pakistan—After the Shut Down of GEO TV

Dear Friends,

Here are some news and comments from Pakistan, India and other countries—after a shut-down of private TV News channels in Pakistan by the Musharraf regime. Please, put some facts and comments on your Web sites to help our Pakistani journalists friends to survive the repressions and to reopen their broadcasting to the Nation and worldwide

By David M. Dastych - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Understanding Social Conservatives

Because the religious right is the most visible champion of social conservative values today, and the secular socialists have worked so hard to make sure that social conservatism is defined as some right-wing religious extremism, it is in vogue to refer to social conservatives as some mutant breed of social Nazis.

By JB Williams - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Descent into Gong Show Journalism

After spending far too many years in obscure newsrooms across the country, I can now take some comfort in sitting back on my aging haunches and ponder the state of the industry I once so enthusiastically embraced and defended.

By Bill McIntyre - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Debate Lost the Debate

The Las Vegas Democratic Debate began with the fanfare of an NBA game.  The players individually took the court to the cheers of their fan groups in attendance. Wolf Blitzer allowed a paparazzi moment for team photos while he briefed us on his role as enforcer of the rule that answers must be related to questions—a job he performed with the adeptness of a WWF referee.

By Lee Cary - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Musharraf shuts down Geo TV

ISLAMABAD: Geo News, Pakistan’s premier Urdu news channel, also seen round the world as the main source of news and current affairs, was shut down at 1 a.m. Pakistan time (12 midnight Dubai time) after President Pervez Musharraf put tremendous pressure to silence a media outlet which had refused to bow down to his dictates.

By Guest Column Muhammad Saleh Zaafir- Saturday, November 17, 2007 - Full Story

One of the Good Muslim Groups

The clash of civilizations is in full swing between Islam and the Democratic west and one of the things that many on the anti-jihadi side of the argument are wont to say, those who use the term Islamofascism commonly, is that there aren’t any “moderate” Muslim groups out there. In truth, for the most part they are correct in the assertion that there are not many Muslims who oppose the Jihadists, Islamofascists and Wahhabist extremists in Islam (called Takfiris in the Mid East).

By Warner Todd Huston - Saturday, November 17, 2007 - Full Story

Al Taqiyya: The Islamist Terrorist’s Weapon of Deception

Western civilization’s delinquent knowledge of the Islamic faith leaves us naive to many of its tenets. Many among us would be hard pressed to explain the differences between the Sunni and the Shi’ite, let alone the reasons why they have remained in conflict for almost the entire existence of the Islamic faith. This delinquency in understanding Islamic culture and doctrine makes those they consider non-believers—or kafirs—vulnerable both individually and collectively. This is especially true when we examine the Islamic concept of taqiyya.

By Frank Salvato - Saturday, November 17, 2007 - Full Story