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Stalemate or endgame? It's Canada's move Would you have Canada continue to protect civilians in Libya, or not?

«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤»¥«¤»§«¤» From: Rory J. Koopmans Subject: in memoriam Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin. Edmonton, Alberta   August 15th, 2011   Joseph Hueglin, Niagara Falls, Ontario   Dear Joseph:   In light of what happened to the 19 year old Japanese student at the falls, we need to have young people & their family's ensure they are as safe as possible when attending national parks & other tourist attractions. I just cannot believe how sad this foreign student's land of study were, blown away into the falls without ever getting to see her family to say goodbye.   Peace be with her soul & may her family always remember her.   Regards & My Sympathy's To The Great Citizenry Of Niagara,   Rory This happens all too frequently, thanks Rory =================================== .From: Ron Thornton Hi Joseph: I hope you've enjoyed the sunshine and the grandchildren (which could also be one and the same, eh?). No real axe to grind today, though I noted the Natroses wondered why we send our petrol down south to be refined. Well, we sure don't send it all that way, as those large refineries on the eastern edge of Edmonton would seem to indicate. It appears they produce about 300,000 barrels of refined oil per day (or about 100 million per year). I don't know how much raw oil is send down the line. As for the issue of Senate reform, my view is that a Senate should exist to provide a balance to a House based on representation by population. This is what both the Americans and Australians have done in order to prevent smaller jurisdictions from simply being dictated to by the more populous districts. So, a House having the same number of seats for each, regardless of population, is a good thing, in my mind. The original intent of our Senate was to provide a body of "sober second thought" made up of society's elite against the possible misguided (not so sober) machinations of the rubes representing the general populous.  Considering the road we've been taken by the so-called elite, I believe we have outgrown that concept*. *In regards to additional taxation in the States, with a line drawn in the sand between the Democrats and Republicans, I agree with those who have had it up to their chins with rising taxes. Enough is enough. However, I also believe in progressive taxation, where those who have more than anyone even in the middle class can ever imagine of having, need to pay their share of living the dream. The top 0.01% of wage earners south of the line "earn" 6% of all wages.  In short, in a town of 10000 workers where $200-million is paid to them, 99.99% of them would share in 94% of the wages, or $188 million to be shared by 9999 people...$18,802 on average for each. That would leave to that one guy, that 0.01% of the workers, the rest...or $12-million. I think the super rich can dig deep for a few shekels to the privilege of being privileged.  Even a fiscal conservative like me can figure that out. Cheers, Ron Thornton =================================== From: "Glenn Harewood" Subject: Fw: Australia's gutsy stand   Australia says NO for the second time!              She's done it again..  She sure isn't backing down on  her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her  belief in the rights of her native countrymen. A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. Our leaders should step up in   Canada ,  England & USA ...        Australian Prime Minister does  it again!! This woman  should be appointed Queen of the World.. Truer words have  never been spoken. It took a lot of courage for  this woman to speak, what she had to say was for the world to  hear.  The retribution could be phenomenal, but at least she was willing to take a stand on her and  Australia 's beliefs. The whole  world  needs a leader like  this!   > Prime  Minister Julia Gillard -  Australia  Muslims  who want to live under Islamic Sharia law, were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the  government targeted radicals in a bid to head off  potential terror attacks..    Separately, Gillard angered  some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she  supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques.  Quote:     'IMMIGRANTS,  NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT.. Take It Or Leave It. I  am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are  offending some individual or their culture. Since the  terrorist attacks onBali , we have experienced a surge  in patriotism by the majority of Australians. '    'This culture has been developed over two  centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions  of men and women who have sought freedom'    'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish,  Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any  other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of  our society . Learn the language!'   'Most  Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian,  right wing, political push, but a fact, because  Christian men and women, on Christian principles,  founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It  is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of  our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you  consider another part of the world as your new home,  because God is part of our culture.'   'We  will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and  peaceful enjoyment with us.'   'This is OUR  COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow  you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you  are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take  advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE  RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'  'If you  aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country  YOU accepted.' Let's circulate this in  Canada ,  England &  USA and we will find the courage to start speaking and voicing  the same truths.  If you agree please SEND THIS ON and ON...     =================================== From: Robert Ede Subject: Black: Canada's Role - 8 points why he s/be GG To: nationalpost <letters@nationalpost.com> Dear Ed,   In today's A new Canadian role on the world stage, Mr Conrad Black raises 7 points and an epiphany about the late Lester Pearson that establishes his value to Canada -as storehouse of our lost institutional memory , reveals his perspective -comprehensive & integrated and provides ample proof of his suitability to be our first elected Governor General -with an explicit mandate to grant or withhold &/or reserve Royal Assent, with or without the Advice and/or Advice and consent of the Office's Executive Privy Council (this Council position and power was usurped by the Legislative Power in 1940 -see att pdf)   Robert Ede,   "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle" - Philo of Alexandria  If you're feeling 'out-of'sorts' (or worse)  ... get up, and DO something that the Universe's Creator can "enhance".    Do nothing ... and He has nothing to work with. 1940-1121 ORDER in Council pdf.pdf  1940-1121 ORDER in Council pdf.pdf =================================== From: The Natroses A video - Imagine There Is No Harper "A response to Harper's exploitive photo op where he mangled John Lennon's "Imagine" in the company of a talented young Internet sensation & Lady Gaga fan, Maria Aragon. Harper's right wing conservative ideology is so far removed from this song of hope & peace, it made us ill. A huge round of applause for Yoko Ono for having it removed. To any non-profit organization (or person) : please feel free to use "Imagine there's no Harper"! *We believe this parody would fall under "fair use", but the copyright law is not an exact science... We've tried to contact Lenono music to get a temporary permission." http://imaginetheresnoharper.ca/ The Conservative party has their hands full, chasing the guys to correct what they consider perceived incorrect notions of the Conservative party on the Internet. =================================== From: Henry Atkinson Subject: Fwd: Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech - Telegraph Begin forwarded message: From: John Date: August 14, 2011 12:43:26 AM EDT (CA) To: undisclosed-recipients:; Subject: Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech - Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/3643823/Enoch-Powells-Rivers-of-Blood-speech.html =================================== From: Mahmood Elahi To: "William Watson" <william.watson@mcgill.ca>,<fpletters@nationalpost.com> CC: <krogoff@harvard.edu>, Subject: Time to look how Clinton balanced the budget The Editor Financial Post   Copy to: Prof. William Watson, Department of Economics, McGill University.                Prof. Ken Rogoff, Department of Economics, Harvard University.   Time to look how Clinton balanced the budget   Re "The inflation swindle," by William Watson (Aug. 11).   Prof. Watson is right to oppose Harvard Prof. Ken Rogoff's suggestion that a temporay bout of inflation might be necessary to get government balance sheets back in order. He has rightly pointed out : "But finally and probably most importantly, there's the question of fairness. It's not that inflation hurts poor people living on fixed incomes. Many poor people lives off government transfer programs that are either formally or effectively indexed, so they're taken care of." However, inflation hurts most the middle classes whose incomes are also fixed, but not indexed to inflation.   In this debate about how to rein in budget deficit, no one is mentioning how former U.S. President Bill Clinton balanced the budget by raising taxes on the wealthy. When Mr. Clinton entered the White House, his first act was to raise taxes on wealthy Americans (earning more than $250.000 a year) to stem a runaway budget deficit left behind by earlier administrations. Clinton tax-hike on the rich, denounced by Republicans as "a passport to recession," balanced the budget, produced a surplus and triggered the longest economic boom in recent history. His successor President George W. Bush squandered the surplus by his massive $1.67 trillion tax cut, producing an huge deficit of $400 billion.   Calling Bush's tax cut a "Tax Fraud," the Washington Post editorialized on May 26, 2001: "A tax cut that large strips the government of the resources it will need to meet its obligations -- shore up Social Security and Medicare, beef up defense, pay for the rest of the services, from highways to Head Start, that the Public has rightly come to expect. The benefit of the cut will go mainly to the better-off."   It is time that the United States rollback Bush's tax cut for the wealthy. The United States should realize that debt-reduction and tax-reduction are arithmetically at odds. They imply alternate uses of any given budget. And it will be preposterous to cut military, health care and other spending for giving tax cut to the wealthy.   Finally,a bankrupt  America can learn from its biggest creditor, China which has raised corporate taxes recently. As of Dec.1, 2010, China began to charge foreign firms higher taxes to help finance local city maintenance, construction and schools. Earlier, the government put into place an array of policies, including hefty tax breaks, to attract foreign investment and foreign firms were charged 15 per cent, while domestic businesses paid 33 per cent. Now both will pay at the higher rate. Despite tax hikes, foreign firms say they would invest more in China.   "At any rate, we cannot resist the temptation of China, because it is such a strong economy with relatively cheaper labour costs and huge markets, while few other countries have such advantages," said Takeshi Uragami, general manager of Japan's Panasonic Corporation in China. Mr. Uragami said in 2011, Panasonic plans to conduct part of its product designs in China.   Booming China shows that the United States, facing financial bankruptcy, should raise taxes on the rich to rein in deficit without undermining its crumbling public services. Mr. Clinton had  already shown the way.   MAHMOOD ELAHI =================================== From: "Efstratios (Stratos) Psarianos" Subject: Syria - Situation and acidly humourous commentary Unfriended

Arab leaders are at last starting to desert the Syrian regime

http://www.economist.com/node/21525917/comments?page=1#comment-1007203   (Comment by 'Orcus' aka Yours Truly)   Now playing in the East Mediterranean Theatre ... Ramadan the 13th!   Featuring the comeback of Bash'em al Assad, who starred in Blood Red and the Killer Dwarfs (he played ... uuuummm ... Doper?!?), as 'Doc' the Ruthless Ophtalmologist.   It's funny cuz it's true! And that despite my Algerian wife's finding my Canadian humour unfunny.   (Follow-up comment)   Don't forget to see the sequels when they'll come out ...      - Bing Bang at Butcher Bashar's; and    - Big Bash and the Bombed-Out Brawlers; and    - Bash Daddy Bows Out.   In the last, he runs off, gets asylum, and sets up the RexPublic of Bashistan. In the North Caucasus, I think; or maybe South Ossetia, whatever. Russia's looking for a strongman to set up around there. =================================== From: The Natroses Hi Joe, The powers to be are certainly using the fear factor when it comes to the regular joes in the world. Check this one from Russia and the evils of Facebook. " A senior Federal Security Service (FSB ) official speaking off the record to reporters this morning in the Kremlin labeled the US social media website Facebook as the world's most dangerous "Information Warfare Weapon" and stated that unless its powers were curbed the freedoms of everyone on Earth would be stripped away entirely. Important to note is that this top FSB official had previously (April, 2011) urged Russia to ban Skype, Gmail and Hotmail as " major threats to national security," a request quickly rejected by the Kremlin due to how such a move would be characterized in the West."                                                                                                     http://www.eutimes.net/2011/08/russian-intelligence-calls-facebook-information-warfare-weapon/ Ah the power of the word, spreading faster than the speed of light, and just think who would have known that facebook is a warfare weapon. Instead of a stop sign for Harper, a Russian diplomat could be portrayed as a yield sign - Caution - paranoid nation. I shall assume that Russian spies and their government, is peeved that they have a hard time in keeping things secret in other countries, and especially in Syria.   But they got nothing on Harper, who goes boldly where no politician would. Suing an elderly lady is really speaks of the contempt that the Conservative party has for their citizens. "The federal Conservative party has sent a threatening email to the widow of an asbestos victim in the latest chapter of Canada's debate over the hazardous mineral. A top Tory official is warning the woman to stop using the party logo in an online ad campaign against the controversial industry ­ a campaign she started after her husband died of an asbestos-related cancer. Michaela Keyserlingk, whose husband Robert died in 2009 of mesothelioma, has been running an online banner since the spring that reads, "Canada is the only western country that still exports deadly asbestos!" Conservative party executive director Dan Hilton warned Keyserlingk to stop using the Tory symbol immediately. "Failure to do so may result in further action," Hilton wrote in a July 29 email which carried the subject title, "Unauthorized use of trademark." The email, which The Canadian Press obtained from Keyserlingk, went on to advise her: "Please govern yourself accordingly." http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1039295#article No doubt the Conservative party wish they had more clout, where the person simply disappears like countries like Russia or some of the South America countries that Harper has been seen in, making cozy to their leaders, while being a demanding and pesky guest. Seriously, locking himself in the bathroom until Harper has his way is a bit too much, but going after an elderly lady, when there is so much that the Conservative party can go after where the Conservative logo is being used. One just has to take a look at YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXV_OTdGXp0 Now after viewing the amusing, although on a serious issue - All one can assume, more tax dollars being used to control the thinking, the ideas, and expression of speech that is not in sync with the current Conservative government. Threating an elderly lady, shows the contempt but more importantly their anti-democratic stance towards the citizens of this country. Someone should the Conservative party, the asbestos death in the third world, especially in India, and as well as the cheap cheap labour using the poor as a form of indenture labour, Hell, lots of videos on the Internet, by search 2010 Common Wealth Games. "Keyserlingk didn't show much concern when asked about the prospect of legal action against her. "That would not be very bright of them to sue me," she said. "What will they get out of me? It's not as if there are millions sitting here."  http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1039295#article    And yes she has a point, and perhaps it will be the start of using the Conservative logo in ways that would keep the Conservative party hopping for a long time. Just wait for the teenagers, who will just that on the millions of facebook accounts, and just maybe they might reconsider the asbestos issue. Pure fantasy on my part, but there is always hope. Here is another issue, that the government has repeated the same message over and over again. "Across the country, environmental groups have been opposing hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - because it involves pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into the ground to help release natural gas, a process they say threatens groundwater. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia allow fracking, but none is taking place in this province, although two companies are looking for natural gas. Petroworth has the largest exploration permit with the rights to 440,000 acres of land." http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/Opinion/Editorials/2011-08-08/article-2694362/Lets-heed-these-protesters-concerns/1 So what?  A big deal, since there is growing scientific evidence of the connection between sink holes and man-made earthquakes, on top of the environmental damage. Quebec banned fracking for maybe the reason of the sinkholes, but one will never know, since all governments, no matter what country are insisting it is safe. From Wikipedia, the background science on fracking.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing      And from a Canadian scientists, one of the few that is speaking against fracking. " In May 2009, Calgary geologist Jack Century, president of J.R. Century Petroleum Consultants Ltd., gave a speech to communities in the Grande Prairie, Alberta area addressing the issue (among others) of "human-induced seismicity." He was hosted by the Peace River Environmental Society. Century, who has been in the industry for decades, said that "many induced earthquakes" have resulted from oil and gas industry activity. "Mostly, it's the injecting of water, but also it's just production of oil and gas in big fields that happen to be overlying faults [fault-lines] in the earth." He said the "unloading of massive amounts of fluids changes the pressure where these faults are and causes them to move." He added, "Once local seismicity starts, it can't be turned off." http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/does-gas-fracking-cause-earthquakes And one more: "60 Minutes On The Dangers Of Fracking"  http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/wordpress/fracking/60-minutes-on-the-dangers-of-fracking/ Not very bright of them, but than again does the government of Canada care about the end results when it keeps ex-politicians working in the boardrooms of Corporate Canada?  "The addition of former politicians to telecom boards is nothing new. As Carleton professor Dwayne Winseck recently chronicled, the path between politics and telecom boardrooms is well trodden, with the likes of Brian Mulroney (Quebecor), former Liberal cabinet minister Ed Lumley (Bell), former B.C. finance minister Carole Taylor (Bell), and former Ontario premier David Peterson (Rogers) all making the jump. Moreover, former New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord heads the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. "  http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1039228--geist-telecoms-lure-ex-ministers-into-boardrooms Perhaps sinkholes would swallow them up, but here I go again wishful thinking on my part. "The destablization of the St. Lawrence Valley Rift " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb-bSfGN4KY I leave with the scathing words of an Ontario judge, chewing out the police, as well as the governments of the day. I wonder if the judge will have his position next year. One has to wonder, with the Conservative government...... "An Ontario Court judge has concluded that "zealous" police officers criminalized a peaceful political protest that led to dozens of arrests during last year's G20 summit. In his 29-page judgment released Thursday, Justice Melvyn Green criticized police for their "kettling" tactics used to corral protesters at Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue on June 26, 2010. "The only organized or collective physical aggression at that location that evening was perpetrated by police each time they advanced on demonstrators," he wrote. Such police tactics risk the "criminalization of dissent," he said. "The zealous exercise of police arrest powers in the context of political demonstrations risks distorting the necessary if delicate balance between law-enforcement concerns for public safety and order, on the one hand, and individual rights and freedoms, on the other." The scathing ruling was in response to charges laid against protester Michael Puddy, a 32-year-old bricklayer from London." http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/08/12/judge-clears-protester-assails-zealous-police-for-g20-tactics/ =================================== From: Rebecca Gingrich _______ Subject:  9/11   DD Joe--I haven't had time to read all the articles posted re 9/11 but here is an article I read earlier today and wanted to post it before I forget.  There is an interesting comment in it that I will cut and paste it below--I hadn't heard of this meeting before reading this comment. http://beforeitsnews.com/story/931/331/WNL/Exclusive:_Last_Man_Out_Makes_Shocking_9_11_Disclosure.html ..Add.International Hearings on 9/11 to begin in Toronto in SeptemberPosted by James adap2k on August 9, 2011 at 3:27am in DEMAND 9/11 TRUTH NOW ! Back to DEMAND 9/11 TRUTH NOW ! Discussions By International Center for 9/11 Studies Published: Monday, Aug. 8, 2011 - 7:07 am TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A decade after the events of September 11, 2001, which resulted in the immediate deaths of nearly 3,000 people on American soil, countless victims from toxic dust, and hundreds of thousands of deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, international hearings on this pivotal event will begin in Toronto in September. The events of September 11 provided a pretext for a War on Terror that has led to military invasions and occupations, and attacks upon civil and human rights throughout the world. The credibility of the official investigation into the events of September 11, 2001, carried out by the U.S. Government between 2003 and 2005, has been questioned by millions of citizens in the United States and abroad, including victim family members, expert witnesses and international legal experts. To date, open and transparent judicial hearings to question the official evidence provided by the U.S. Government have never taken place in the United States or abroad. Similarly, no perpetrators of the events of September 11 have ever been brought to justice on American soil. A group of international citizens has therefore undertaken to privately fund and cause these independent hearings to take place. Because of the global ramifications of the events of 9/11, the initiators of this inquest have opted to select an international location outside of the United States for these hearings to proceed. The city of Toronto, Canada was chosen as an ideal "international" location because of its proximity to New York, Washington and Shanksville (the crime scenes). Sponsored by the International Center for 9/11 Studies, the first four days of these hearings will take place at Toronto's Ryerson University between September 8 and 11, 2011. During these proceedings, which will be broadcasted live via the Internet, various expert witnesses will present evidence into the case. Private funding to carry out these initial hearings is being provided by citizens from around the world. Limited seating to attend the hearings is also available. The Toronto Hearings will be moderated by Dr. Michael Keefer (Canada) and Dr. Matthew Witt (United States), and the final report will be edited by American attorney James Gourley. I plan to attend, all four days. _______ Subject: Cartoon: Looting in America vs. Eurpoe              http://judicial-corruption.net/2011/08/cartoon-looting-in-america-vs-eurpoe/ Subject: don't worry--our money problems will be over once we get these wars going!!!  And they have the nerve to talk about the protesters in England NATO plans to arm Syria criminal gangs http://www.presstv.com/detail/193902.html _______ Subject: GW causes war??? Fred Wier is a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.
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In a multinational race to seize the potential riches of the formerly icebound Arctic, being laid bare by global warming, Russia is the early favorite.  Within the next year, the Kremlin is expected to make its claim to the United Nations in a bold move to annex about 380,000 square miles of the internationally owned Arctic to Russian control. At stake is an estimated one-quarter of all the world's untapped hydrocarbon reserves, abundant fisheries, and a freshly opened route that will cut nearly a third off the shipping time from Asia to Europe. The global Arctic scramble kicked off in 2007 when Russian explorer Artur Chilingarov planted his country's flag beneath the North Pole. "The Arctic is Russian," he said. "Now we must prove the North Pole is an extension of the Russian landmass." In July, the Russian ship Akademik Fyodorov set off, accompanied by the giant nuclear-powered icebreaker, to complete undersea mapping to show that the Siberian continental shelf connects to underwater Arctic ridges, making Russia eligible to stake a claim. Around the same time, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov announced the creation of an Arctic military force tasked with backing up Moscow's bid. "We are open for a dialogue with our foreign partners and with all our neighbors in the Arctic region, but of course we will defend our own geopolitical interests firmly and consistently," Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in July. Among other things, Moscow plans to build at least six more icebreakers and spend $33 billion to construct a year-round port on the Arctic shores. Russia, Canada, the United States, Denmark, and Norway own Arctic coasts that could, theoretically, be extended as far as the North Pole. But in the absence of a regional deal, tensions are mounting. This month, Canada holds Operation Nanook, an Arctic military exercise designed to send a stern message to Moscow. Canada also has plans for its own territorial claim. The US, which has not signed the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, under which any territorial divisions would be made, is also beefing up its regional military might. "Interest is growing in the region, as it becomes obvious that new economic possibilities will open up as more of the icecap melts with each successive summer," says Alexander Konovalov, president of the independent Institute of Strategic Assessments in Moscow. "But time is running out to make an orderly division of the territories." Russia and Norway recently ended a 44-year dispute over division of the Barents Sea, which borders the Arctic Ocean, in a bargain that could set a prece­dent for an Arctic deal. Under that treaty, the two countries will split a 67,500 square mile area, thought to contain 7 billion tons of oil and gas, and open it up for joint exploration. "The UN commission will soon receive the claims of Russia and Canada, but it's unlikely to come to any decision without agreement among the countries involved," says Vassily Sokolov, an expert with the official Institute of USA-Canada Studies in Moscow. "The truth is that Canada and Russia have a lot of common interests here, and we should be able to come to an equitable arrangement, but we belong to different clubs. Canada's in NATO, and we're not, and that makes it difficult to cut a deal between Moscow and Ottawa based on our common interests." The real threat perceived by the big Arctic states may not be each other but the chance that other countries will press for claims, say experts. "There are 20 other countries that have already expressed an interest," says Mr. Sokolov, who notes that at a May Arctic Council meeting, members blocked several nonnorthern states – including China, Japan, South Korea, and the European Union – from becoming "permanent observers" in the group. Canada even rebuffed NATO's offer to help it defend its Arctic interests against Russia. According to a US diplomatic cable published in June by WikiLeaks , Canada is not only concerned that having NATO in the Arctic would exacerbate simmering tensions with Russia but Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper fretted it might give non-Arctic states influence in a part of the world where "they don't belong." This post originally appeared on the Christian Science Monitor. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/russias-about-to-annex-380000-square-miles-of-the-arctic-2011-8#ixzz1V79wJhfl
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