Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Daily Digest February 19, 2008


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM - ACOA to the rescue
http://www.thetelegram.comhttp://www.thetelegram.com

CHARLOTTETOWN GUARDIAN - The case for an autism strategy
Government should invest in a strategy not only because it's the compassionate thing to do, but because it's good policy.
http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=109521&sc=103

MONTREAL GAZETTE - Canada is right to withhold recognition
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6de3465f-723a-492b-82a9-45aac5ead675

OTTAWA CITIZEN - Separation anxiety
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=863fc4e5-69b0-4990-8adb-d62a5b3f9b6e

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER - Ottawa's Arctic stance needs to be ready for next president
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=908058&auth=Handelman%2c+Stephen

TORONTO STAR - The scary oil sands
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/304135

        How the budget can fight poverty
         http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/304137

NATIONAL POST - Justice has been served
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=317542

K-W RECORD - The two-tier reality of our health care
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/310891

SUDBURY STAR - Liberals stall while Tory scoffs
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=907225

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX - Harper, Dion lack personal appeal
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=c9bbe112-6017-4b37-88cb-5375e5492148

REGINA LEADER-POST - Life in the old fossil yet
Amid pollution concerns and the need for long-term cheap electricity
Saskatchewan is taking a welcome new look at developing clean-coal technology.
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=9692e4bb-5ecb-4cf5-bc07-3cdcbfbfd32b

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE - Why wait so long?
Unfurling of goodies in time for vote a little sketchy
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/index.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL - Showcase week for Alberta leaders
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=4cdab9c5-e1a2-4a37-8bef-91412e961b35

LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Oilsands the source of this election's issues
http://www.lethbridgeherald.com/article_9828.php

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN - Good eats
http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=118863&Itemid=161

VANCOUVER SUN - Civilian oversight would serve both the Mounties and the public
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=dc81a482-c812-4a24-a625-1330f96d7117


ISSUES

CANADIAN FORCES
FIRST, DUD SUBS, NOW LEMON LEOPARDS
Used tanks won't roll for years
Europe to score work Tories said would fall to Canadian companies
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=68aecf27-0418-4c66-a44f-f38aa87359a5

Canada to buy old German tanks as spare parts for Afghan mission.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080219/national/afghan_cda_tanks

Ex-soldiers sue Ottawa over radiation exposure
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=319735


CANUSA/USACAN
Canadian mad cow concerns focus of U.S. lawsuit
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080219/mad_cow_080219/20080219?hub=Canada

We Are Change Confronts NAU Minion Vicente Fox
http://www.truthnews.us/?p=1949


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Tuna risks cod-like collapse: experts
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=319728


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Tribute to Burmese Buddhist Monk Protest 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEcXZxw6oU8

Canada and Kosovo
Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence should not be recognized by Canada.
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=32b1a951-15cf-4193-bff5-af0cb5d3fa90

Nato troops close Kosovo border
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7252874.stm

Canadians blamed for blast that killed dozens at market
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=07128063-df7a-4c64-bef0-990536821752

Afghan tribes plan manifesto of dissent
Government can't contain violence, document says, after Taliban attack on Canadian convoy kills 38 civilians
http://www.e-ariana.com/ariana/eariana.nsf/allDocs/9A6B8233368C03CB872573F400387606?OpenDocument

Shooting down satellite: What's at stake?
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=4310370&page=1

Burma marches to sham elections
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=2d3a9a52-72a1-4703-b2b7-c8cd2abaca02

Cross-border killing; Assassination of Hezbollah operative in Syria changes the rules
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=907227&auth=Dyer%2c+Gwynne

Musharraf, pro-Taliban party routed in Pakistan's election
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/02/musharraf_protaliban.php


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Unwilling to swear
Ottawa champions an oath to the Queen some new Canadians have rejected in a class-action Charter rights lawsuit
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=317485

RCMP would consider changing Taser policies
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080219/RCMP_taser_080219/20080219?hub=Canada


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
Promises, promises, but no excitement
A cluttered, unfocused election campaign hasn't captured voters' attention yet
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=4a0c1cae-86cd-41d3-8082-266a803ddf6a


POLITICS
Canada should recognize Kosovo: Duceppe
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=319700

Kosovo not a model for Quebec independence: Dion
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=39362f5f-a54a-4d75-a58e-a8f6deab0815

Ottawa remains silent on official recognition
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080219.wkosovocanada19/BNStory/International/home

Parties engage in war of words ahead of budget
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080219/dion_budget_080219/20080219?hub=TopStories

Federal parties prepare for road trips as election speculation sizzles
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/02/19/4859562-cp.html

Bloc prepares voters for budget vote with ad campaign
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080218.welectionbloc18/BNStory/National/home

Dion challenges government over economy
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=319631

Liberal Leader Stephane Dion says he hasn't changed his mind on budget vote
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080219/national/dion_2

Tories hoping prudence pays off with modest budget
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=319745

Tories appoint former candidate to CRTC
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/305015

Liberals question anti-Kyoto ads
Demand investigation into alleged Tory links with global-warming-skeptic campaigning in 2006
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=a0c50621-844c-4b30-a08d-43244d138e4f

Harper's 12
In the PM's inner circle, there's no room for sentiment or tolerance for failure.
Maclean's looks at who's in, who's out, and who has real power in Ottawa.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Rogers/Macleans/2008/02/15/4849201-mac.html

Harper's 13th man and beyond | Seven more who almost made the cut
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20080124_162450_7264

Dion signals retreat
http://www.torontosun.com/News/Columnists/Weston_Greg/2008/02/19/4858402-sun.php

Tories campaign on ethnic outreach
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=317531

Liberals get it wrong
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/columnists/story.html?id=3a8e25ba-0708-4bd5-821b-078c935088b5

Harper tax cuts and transfers put Dion in a deficit position
Talk about going from loose budgets to a tight corner.
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=97f4a8c7-5c8d-4c41-bbcc-15a0d65b2678

Not yet another Liberal infrastructure promise
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1038906.html

Political trip wires
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/columnists/top3/story/4128221p-4721733c.html

Parties let loose the buzzwords
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=477c6431-cde2-4c57-8e70-8c5bbd7c8244

Ethics committee threatens to subpoena Mulroney
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080219.wmulroney19/BNStory/National/home


PROGRAMMES
Lower brackets, smaller credits
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/columnists/story.html?id=920ef29e-131f-4b8b-83cd-0a52c80c61eb&k=67153


PRESSURE POINTS
Check the record and it's hard to take Suzuki seriously
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=d6a3ed2a-3cea-45e6-a8c7-e373b2c123f8


OPINION AND INFORMATION
Censoring 'offensive' speech a slippery slope
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1038902.html

Trying to rush injustice through the Senate
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=a47aabff-bc1c-4c7f-9547-bdb6fde9797d

Lifestyles of the middle class the new global challenge
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=8be65044-7de8-4fbf-ac83-71fc31371537


INFOS

Entretien téléphonique entre Harper et Hamid Karzaï
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080219/CPACTUALITES/80219188/1019/CPACTUALITES

Dion livre un discours à saveur électorale
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080219/CPACTUALITES/80219159/1025/CPACTUALITES

Budget: le Bloc demande des gains significatifs
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080219/CPACTUALITES/80219166/1025/CPACTUALITES

Un ex-candidat du PC nommé au CRTC
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080219/CPMONDE/80219214/1025/CPACTUALITES

Dion pourrait appuyer le budget
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080219/CPACTUALITES/802190636/1025/CPACTUALITES

Dion fait baisser la tension électorale
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/19/176808.html

Le Québec n'atteindra pas les objectifs de Kyoto, admet Beauchamp
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/19/176801.html

L'avenir de l'OTAN dépend de celui de l'Afghanistan, dit Coderre
http://www.ledevoir.com/2008/02/19/176799.html

Attentat contre un convoi canadien
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/International/2008/02/18/002-afghan-attentat-lundi.shtml

Dion freine l'enthousiasme des indépendantistes
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/02/18/001-kosovo-reax-canada.shtml

Budget: le Bloc québécois demande des gains significatifs pour le Québec
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080219/N021901AU.html


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1648-2008

The Treaty of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years War in 1648.  It's principles have a history of 360 years behind them. Principles that are purposely being broken.  Principles that once broken can be broken again to the disadvantage of Canada.

As James Bissett writes in his article:

The basic principles of territorial integrity and state sovereignty have governed the relations between states since the treaty of Westphalia in 1648. While they have been violated many times in the intervening years, usually by acts of aggression by dictators, they remain the essential components of international law.

The Bloc favours  recognition of Kosovo's UDI, Unilateral Declaration of Independence.   For whatever reasons of state the United States of America is of the same view as the Bloc.   Russia is opposed.  The UN agreement with Serbia is being ignored.  There is not nor will there be unity among the nations on this precedent setting action.

My surmise is the greater numbers receiving the Digest are unknowing of the importance of Kosovo to the Serbs, importance such that they will not acquiesce to the Albanians simply declaring Kosovo is now theirs. 

For those who may have an interest in the past and the present unfolding into the future a link for each is provided.

         Joe

The Battle of Kosovo
is regarded to this day as a milestone in the Serbian national identity. It remained a symbol of Serbian patriotism and desire for independence for centuries under Ottoman rule. The Battle of Kosovo has had recent impact in the Kosovo War; cultural relations remain tense as the majority Muslim Albanians claim that their majority should grant them the right to independence while the minority Serbs claim that, partly due to the famous battle, Kosovo is still an important and integral part of Serbia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kosovo

This article Serbia
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbia is related to a current event: 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence. Information may change rapidly as the event progresses.


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From: "Rebecca Gingrich"
Subject: CPC prostituting Canada for votes?

http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=317531

Yes, they are.

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From: "Ian Berg" <ianberg@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest February 18, 2008

I send my condolences to all the left-wingers today on the resignation
of Fidel Castro despite winning the recent vote by around 96%.  His
brother Raoul Castro is positioned to replace him as President.  It
looks like President George W. Bush will outlast the Cuban dictator
rather than be impeached and removed from the White House before
completing his second term.  I know this is a bitter pill for you to
swallow.  However, cheer up, you still have Hugo Chavez.

Ian Berg
Calgary, Alberta

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From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: plain text you should reprint despicable because it is pretty strong!

Despicable"? Yes!

I am of two minds about the rigorous attacks of our leader,  government and caucus on the inviting targets which Stephane Dion  offers up on numerous occasions. Frankly, I am all for them  continuing, unrelentingly.

At the same time I am persuaded that we are overdoing it in some  important particulars. "Not a leader. Not worth the risk." is way  over the top and should be stopped cold and fast.

That single slogan amounts to an ad hominem attack that smart  marketers avoid like the plague.  Any salesman, like any gentleman,  or lady, quickly learns that one's customers and friends listen very  carefully when one answers a question about one's competitors. Very  quickly, critical such comments come across as reflective on the  salesman, the individual, much more than on the competition! I don't  think that S and headquarters understand that yet, and they need to!!

I get a lot of criticism within the bright people I respect in  Toronto about this campaign and what is particularly disappointing is  to see four photos on the recent front page of our party's web site  of Stephane to four of our S! I shudder to think what the prime  minister's web site is saying but frankly am personally totally put  off by this extravagant attention to the hapless Grit.

In truth I am not so sure he is so hapless because the lousy standing  of our party in Ontario compared to the Grits can be chalked up to  this totally dumb preoccupation - as well as the dumbing down of our  deserved seats under bill C-22.

What crystallized my thinking on this was a short letter in the Globe  recently in which the lady writer sounded  ready to vote Tory except  for these personal attacks on Dion. She called them "despicable", a  very strong word, but the one that fits!!!

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Canada and Kosovo
James Bissett, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence should not be recognized by Canada. It has not been authorized by the United Nations and is therefore in violation of international law, the United Nations Charter and the Helsinki Final Accords. In addition, UN resolution 1244, which ended the bombing of Serbia, reaffirms Serbia's sovereignty over Kosovo.

The basic principles of territorial integrity and state sovereignty have governed the relations between states since the treaty of Westphalia in 1648. While they have been violated many times in the intervening years, usually by acts of aggression by dictators, they remain the essential components of international law.

After the cataclysmic events of two world wars and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the framers of the United Nations incorporated the principles of territorial integrity and state sovereignty into the United Nations Charter. The Charter was seen as the primary safeguard of peace and security in a nuclear age. The Helsinki Final Act of 1975 reinforced these principles by adding to them the principle of the inviolability of borders.

These are fundamental principles and they have universal application. They cannot be set aside because of special cases or because they present an obstacle to the policy objectives of a powerful nation. Their message is simple and clear --borders cannot be changed without the consent of the state involved.

In the spring of 1999 the U.S.-led NATO countries intervened militarily in Kosovo and, in violation of the UN Charter, bombed Serbia. The bombing was justified on allegations that genocide and ethnic cleansing were taking place in Kosovo. We now know these allegations were completely unfounded.

In the three years of armed conflict in Kosovo leading up to the bombing by NATO the UN estimates there were a total of 4,600 people killed during the fighting and this figure includes both Serbs and Albanians. In fact, so far there have been only a little over 2,000 bodies discovered. This in itself is a tragic figure, but it is not genocide.

As for ethnic cleansing it is now generally acknowledged that the mass expulsion of the Albanians took place after the bombing started. While there were thousands of Albanians displaced within Kosovo as a result of two years of armed conflict there was not a deliberate policy of ethnic cleansing taking place.

Although the western media continue to justify the independence of Kosovo on the grounds of ethnic cleansing and atrocities committed by Slobodan Milosevic's security forces the facts do not support these allegations. They do stand, however, as testimony to the success of NATO's propaganda machine.

The intervention in Kosovo had nothing to do with humanitarian reasons but was deliberately designed to justify the continued existence of NATO and to fundamentally change its role from a purely defensive organization acting in accordance with the UN Charter into one that could intervene wherever or whenever it decided to do so, and with or without UN approval.

There have been numerous reports that western security agencies trained, equipped and armed members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and sent them back into Kosovo to assassinate Serbian mayors, police officials and Albanians who did not support their cause. It was a highly successful operation and it fuelled the armed rebellion by the KLA.

In August 1998 - seven months before the NATO bombing - the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee reported that, "planning for a U.S.-led NATO intervention in Kosovo is largely in place. ... The only missing element seems to be an event with suitably vivid media coverage that could make the intervention politically saleable. ... That the administration is waiting for a 'trigger' is increasingly obvious." That trigger was soon to be pulled. It was the highly suspicious "Racak" massacre that, as Madeleine Albright said, was the galvanizing incident that led to the bombing.

The bombing of Serbia by NATO without UN approval was a historical turning point. The precedent had been set. The UN Charter could be subverted if the military intervention could be cloaked and justified in terms of humanitarianism.

The intervention in Iraq was to follow but this time not all of the NATO countries went along with the American initiative. Many of those who supported the bombing of Serbia condemned the invasion of Iraq. There seemed some hope that a lesson had been learned- that violation of the UN Charter leads to a slippery slope and a return to the days when the resolution of international disputes would only be by the use of force.

The recognition of Kosovo outside of the UN framework will set a dangerous precedent. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that Canada should make foreign policy decisions that are not only independent but are noticed by other powers around the world. Here is an opportunity for Canada to illustrate both of these objectives and stand firm for the UN Charter - by saying no to the recognition of Kosovo.

James Bissett served as Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia.


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