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Top court grants land title to First Nation
Trudeau calls TFW program 'anti-Alberta'
Elizabeth Dowdeswell new Ontario Lt-Gov
Ottawa introduces new aquaculture regulations
PMO not living up to Charter duties: lawyers
Bumper crop boosts Saskatchewan's bottom line

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RCMP disciplining more members for offences
Gen. Tom Lawson warns military cuts will hurt readiness
Kellie Leitch says women make up third of Ottawa's senior appointments


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Den Tandt: Libertarians have it in them to provide fresh air from the fringe
         Helena Guergis continues uphill legal battle against top Tories
Nasal spray should be first choice against flu for kids ages 2 to 8: panel
         Canadian study finds new ways to treat victims of unexplained strokes
The burning question: Are e-cigs safe?
         T cells prevent infection after bone marrow transplants
Soil bug compound foils antibiotic resistance
         New guidelines to help parents, MDs better manage kids' recovery from concussion

Aging with HIV/AIDS: New study highlights unique challenges survivors face
         Second baby born with HIV may be cured: MDs
More information: HIV/AIDS
         More information: Sexually Transmitted Infection
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Thousands of Albertans still waiting for 2013 flood disaster claims: report 3 hours ago
         Low levels in Great Lakes could have huge price tag by 2050: report 5 hours ago
Freemen-on-the-Land follower walks out of his own trial, claims it isn't him being accused10 hours ago
         'Strong suspects' but no charges in B.C. Highway of Tears investigation: RCMP 5 hours ago
Anti-shale gas protesters found guilty of weapons charges 10 hours ago
         CBC to cut back supper-hour news, in-house productions 11 hours ago
Mystery Calgary man high-fives everyone on the C-train 11 hours ago
         CRTC will work with allies abroad to catch rogue telemarketers, chairman says 7 hours
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Christine Elliott's bid for PC leadership could lead to Ontario having three female party  …

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The Tyee<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
BC Teacher to Ministry: How Can I Possibly Formulate Grades?
         Due to the strike, there's no way to assess my students' learning. By Nick Smith
Face Down on Canada Day
White Lung punks our playlist full of homegrown artists. By Gregory Adams
         Updated: Without a Deal, Teachers Will Picket Summer Schools
Union intends to extend strike if deal isn't reached by June 30. By Katie Hyslop and Emi Sasagawa
Eight Leading Academics Call for Halt to Oilsands
         Presenting energy projects as a binary choice has allowed carbon emissions to balloon, they argue. By Chris Wood
With Strike, Summer School's Fate Unknown
         Students may have to retake courses, putting some in a tough spot come September. By Katie Hyslop
Foodies and Readers: You Must Know Laurie Colwin
         June is the perfect time to savour this likable kitchen companion. By Shannon Rupp

'Conservatives Are For the People': New BCCP Leader
         Dan Brooks says his party won't tax BC 'to death,' nor neglect non-LNG industry -- unlike the Libs. By Andrew MacLeod
VIEW: BC Lib gov't is stacking the deck against urban regions

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Rocco Galati launches lawsuit challenging Harper's Citizenship Act changes
         The World Cup You Won't See on TV: Protests, Tear Gas, Displaced Favela Residents
Harper Government Rejects Supreme Court Privacy Decision

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Kinder Morgan's oil spill cost estimates, rejected by U.S. EPA
        
B.C. researcher says a key piece of oil spill science submitted by Kinder Morgan to the National Energy Board was completely rejected by the U.S regulators.
Citizenship bill reveals flaws in Canada's democratic process: critic
         "If this is indicative of how they make decisions, that makes Northern Gateway and everything else suspect."
Five You Can Drive: Rediscover Whistler at Nita Lake Lodge
         Why Whistler, British Columbia, is the hot spot for summer's funnest fun. (The stunning drive is only half the magic.)
Healing Walk to recognize First Nations' treaty rights
         This weekend, hundreds of First Nations people and non-native

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Why Harper doesn't give a damn about Mohamed Fahmy
         Stephen Harper's blasé reaction to Mohamed Fahmy verdict reflects double standard
Peter MacKay's excuses about female judges ring hollow
         An open letter to Peter MacKay's wife
Why Peter MacKay's in the sexist soup
         BC fails to improve primary health care after more than a billion dollar investment
Fight youth unemployment by cutting red tape
         Governments are laughing at the media

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Nigel Wright pressured Conservative MP Mark Adler to settle lawsuit with convicted money launderer
         Missing Michael Ignatieff? A Tory tweet might reveal more than intended
Del Mastro wanted cheques dated outside election period, court hears
         Toronto byelection a preview of NDP-Liberal battles to come

Ontario attorney general critical of Peter MacKay's comments about women
         Ontario, Quebec justice ministers take swipe at federal counterpart MacKay
Rocco Galati launches Citizenship Act legal challenge
         An open letter to Peter MacKay's wife
Stakes are high in Ontario, Alberta byelections
         MPs must get going on travel costs
Harper's assault on judicial system is appalling
         Did Stephen Harper just lose B.C.?
Harper Conservative attack ads have nothing on Maurice Duplessis' mastery of political propaganda
         How Canada lets employers avoid temporary foreign worker reforms
What would an agenda for parliamentary reform look like?
         Northern Gateway exposes Canada's fractures

Feds put brakes on Alberta's rolling economy
         Employment Minster Jason Kenney says he is standing up for Canadians and free enterprise
Kathleen Wynne's new cabinet: Meet Dr. No
         Is Pan Am spending really worth cheering on?
U.S. firm lobbied Canadian senator before report on missile shield
         Packing heat on the Hill: Senate security guards to get guns
Justice Mainville donated nearly $5000 to Conservative Party
         What 24,903 polls taught us about Ontario's shifting political landscape
Executive at centre of patronage storm joins public service
         Northern Gateway is good for the North: N.W.T. premier
New defence acquisition guide short on details
         Canada's live-in caregiver program 'ran out of control' and will be reformed: Jason Kenney

Feds denied parkway worker's widow entry into Canada to attend his funeral
         Supreme Court of Canada ruling will be 'milestone' in aboriginal rights jurisprudence
Government stifles business in Ontario and Quebec, report says
         Border agency bows to privacy concerns on banking cross-border data
Medical marijuana growers denied tax break reserved for agriculture
         Protesters interrupt Jason Kenney news conference on temporary foreign workers
CBC five-year plan has some fearing dismantling of public broadcaster
         Horwath: I'm not going anywhere
Scrapping TFW program for low-wage jobs will be on the table in 2016, Kenney says
Conservative Party warns supporters in fundraising pitch of expected attack ads against Harper ahead of 2015 election

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Stop PM/Premier Power Abuses letter writing campaign
         The perils of NGOization for Canadian social movements | rabble.ca

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NYT Revamps Its False Ukraine Narrative
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Higher Food Prices Can Help to End Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Waste
         How EU-Ready Is Tbilisi?
In Latest Republican Split, Tea Party Takes on Export-Import Bank
         Zimbabwe's Unfolding Humanitarian Disaster - We Visit the 18,000 People Forcibly Relocated to Ruling Party Farm
Liberia's Poor and the Rising Sea
         Atheists, the "Ultimate Other" in Turkey

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Al-Maliki's Fate Hinges On Iraqi Shi'ite Political Forces
         A Commercially Successful Human Rights Violation" in Detroit
Saving American Cities
         New Challenges Ahead for South African Labor after Platinum Miners End Five Month Long Strike
U.S. Renews Aid to Sisi-led Egypt Despite Ongoing Political Repression
         SCOTUS Ruling Limits EPA Regulatory Power
Testimony of Mothers
         Palestinians Open Fire on PA for Collaborating with Israel
Why the Tea Party & European Right Are Winning Elections
         Patriotism and Lynching - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (2/8)

The Respectable Face of Terror - Robert Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
         Founding SNCC and Taking on Mississippi - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
The Road to Freedom Summer - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
         Fannie Lou Hamer and the Racist Dixiecrats - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
An Earned Insurgency - Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)
         Construction of Baltimore Incinerator Halted and Activists Rally for Justice for Bhopal

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American Grand Strategy for Iraq, Syria, and the Region
         ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38925.htm
Who Will Save Iraq?
         ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38926.htm
Reverting to the Ummah: Who is the 'Angry Muslim' and Why
         ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38924.htm
War Criminal Wants More Blood and Death Dick Cheney Warns Fox that Nuclear Weapons are 'Spreading' to Terrorists
         ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38920.htm
Fox News Is 'More Dangerous Than ISIS'
         ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38921.htm

Israel Stoking Conflict in Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Occupied Territories
         ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38927.htm
Let's Stop Pretending Israel's Crackdown Has Anything To Do With the Missing Teens
         ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38922.htm
For a Global Brotherhood Among The Peoples
         ttp://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38923.htm
Kurdish region rebuffs US appeals for unity with Iraqi government:
         ttp://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/06/25/kurd-j25.html
China hails Putin's decision on Ukraine:
         ttp://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/0626/c90883-8746701.html

UK Home Secretary: UK Isn't A Surveillance State...
         ttp://tinyurl.com/ms2zh2p
30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other time in history.:
         ttp://tinyurl.com/nah4nod
Fisa court grants extension of licence for bulk collection of US phone records:
         ttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/21/fisa-court-nsa-collection-metadata


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The Breakdown Of Cartel Culture – Analysis
         Reverting To The Ummah: Who Is The 'Angry Muslim' And Why – OpEd
Lagarde: Dare to Dream, Structural Reforms In Mexico – Speech
         Mauritania President Wins Second Term
Morocco Counter-Terror Battle Goes Global
         Saudi Arabia King And Kerry To Discuss Iraq, Syria
Giant Macedonia Cross 'Not Anti-Muslim Symbol'
         Ralph Nader: The Other Buffett Takes On Hunger – OpEd
Repsol Makes Russia's Largest Hydrocarbons Discovery In Two Years
         Is Paid Family Leave Really Bad For Business?


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         Another Concern Arises Over Groundwater Contamination From Fracking
3 New Studies Confirm Dangers of BPA and Substitutes
         Ovarian Cancer: What We Think We Know May Harm Us

US Government's Shocking Move to Criminalize Nonviolent Protest
         The Economy Just Shrank At Fastest Rate Since The Recession
Federal judge rules U.S. no-fly list violates Constitution
         Canada decides to treat Bitcoin as 'money'
Feds Threatening 'Third Wounded Knee' with Eminent Domain Land Grab onSioux Indian Reservation
         Monsanto Security Tries to Block Reporters at Headquarters
French scientists revive assault on pesticide, GM corn after tumor study was censored
         Pesticides threaten birds and bees alike, study says
UK reporter threatened with arrest under anti-terrorism laws for filming protest

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Canada's tragic legacy in Afghanistan


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From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@nationalpost.com
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Fight youth unemployment by cutting red tape, Marni Soupcoff | June 26, 2014

Re:  Fight youth unemployment by cutting red tape, Marni Soupcoff | June 26, 2014
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/06/26/marni-soupcoff-fight-youth-unemployment-by-cutting-red-tape/

At a time when Canadian businesses are sitting on billions in "dead money" and will not invest because not enough demand exists to buy their products, it is fatuous to suggest that hundreds of thousands of students can find employment through setting up their own mac and cheese food trucks.

Lack of demand also existed during the Great Depression, but that problem ended with massive government war spending that hired one of three adult males to serve in the armed forces, brought the unemployment rate down to 1%, achieved military victory, and bequeathed a post-war economy that was more productive with a well-disciplined and motivated workforce.

Today the federal government must step in and put young people to work in areas such as teaching the young, ministering to the aged, offering arts performances to the public, and cleaning up the environment. This can be done in a decentralized way by funding non-profits, community groups and lower levels of government. Canada loses when its young people fail to get work experience or learn skills, lack income and suffer psychologically, and are denied an opportunity to contribute to society.

Youth employment is not the main responsibility of business which exists to make a profit. The primary responsibility, and the actor which   history has demonstrated has the resources to solve the problem expeditiously, is the federal government. 

Footnotes:

1. The Job Guarantee: A Government Plan for Full Employment
http://www.thenation.com/article/161249/job-guarantee-government-plan-full-employment

The benefits of full employment include production of goods, services and income; on-the-job training and skill development; poverty alleviation; community building and social networking; social, political and economic stability; and social multipliers (positive feedbacks and reinforcing dynamics that create a virtuous cycle of socioeconomic benefits). An "employer of last resort" program would restore the government's lost commitment to full employment in recognition of the fact that the total impact would exceed the sum of the benefits.


2. 1939--1945: World War II Transformed the Canadian Economy
http://web.archive.org/web/20050507140447/http://canadianeconomy.gc.ca/english/economy/1939ww2.html

The government budget deficit also increased rapidly: in 1939, the budget deficit was less than 12% of GNP; in 1945, that rate rose above 42%. Nevertheless, by 1944, the Great Depression had faded into memory, and the unemployment rate was less than 1%.
By the end of the war, the economy had a more highly skilled labour force, as well as institutions that were more conducive to sustained economic growth.
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Modern Monetary Theory in Canada - website

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From: MAHMOOD ELAHI
To: "Writers_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Time to tell both the Iranians and the Saudis some home truths

The Editor
The Times, London, England

Time to tell both the Iranians and the Saudis some home truths

Re Opinion: "Time to tell the Saudis some home truths," by Roger Boyes (June 25).

Roger Boyes is only half right when he says: "Consider the facts: Saudi money topping up the coffers of insurgents in Syria and Iraq; Saudi jihadists easily outnumbering fighters from other foreign countries; Saudi Salafi preachers encouraging young men (in Britain and throughout Europe) to take up arms against Shia Muslims and unbelievers. We worry about British jihadis but it is Saudis, some of them veterans of Afghanistan, Chechnya and Bosnia, who dominate the foreign fighter community. There are at least 1,200 Saudi jihadists in the field, and perhaps as many as 2,000. Obituary notices suggest 300 Saudis have been killed in action in the past year. That's a travelling army, and although they are enlisted with different forces ­ Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and the more moderate Islamic Front ­ there is no comparison with the amateurs who typify the British contribution to this nasty war." He seems not to realise that Saudi support for the Sunni jihadists is in response to Iranian support for the brutal Alawite regime in Syria where the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards and its Shia Lebanese sidekick Shia Hezbollah are helping the regime to slaughter the Sunni majority.

The support of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards and the Hezbollah has been crucial in the defeat of the Free Syrian Army and the Jihadists in the hands of the brutal Syrian regime. Facing defeat in Syria, the Saudi-backed jihadists have turned their guns on the Shia-led government of Nuri Al Maliki. In fact, both Iran and Saudia Arabia are fighting a proxy war through their surrogates and Iran has an upperhand. Iran's population of 80 million overshadow Saudi Arabia's 30 million. Iran has also a much larger army. Its Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah were instrumental in trouncing the Saudi-backed jihadists in Syria.

 Unless both Iran and Saudi Arabia agree to end their support for their respective surrogates, the war in Syria and Iraq will continue. It is also time to tell the Iranians some home truth. But will Iran listen?

MAHMOOD ELAHI
Ottawa, Canada

Time to tell the Saudis some home truths | The Times
www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4129257.ece
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From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <oped.dt@gmail.com>
Subject: US role

The Editor
Daily Times, Lahore, Pakistan
 
Copy to: Mr. Jonathan Power, Columnist for Daily Times.
 
With Sunnis and Shias slaughtering each other in Syria and Iraq and US suffering combat fatigue, we will need a new global cop
 
This refers to Op-Ed: "Worse world or better world," by Jonathan Power (June 26).
 
Jonathan Power is only partly right when he says: "Some of al Qaeda may have morphed into ISIS in Syria and Iraq but the original al Qaeda denounces the Arab upon Arab, Muslim on Muslim killing. In the decade since 9/11, the US and Europe have not suffered any large-scale terrorist assaults and there is little reason to think they will. Undoubtedly, there are some terrorists who would like to but the intelligence and law enforcement agencies are now well up to the task of monitoring them." He seems not to realise that conflicts might have subsided in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, but they have intensified in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East. And the United States is not only cutting its military spending, it is also withdrawing from these conflicts.
 
Exhausted by two long bloody wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, most Americans are suffering from what can be called the "terminal combat fatigue syndrome": the reluctance to shed any more American blood and treasure in distant lands, unless the US security is directly threatened. This explains why the United States has refused to intervened militarily in the Syria's Shia-Sunni bloodletting in which more than 100,000 have been killed and the war shows no sign of abating. Although most Americans think that Bashar Assad is an odious dictator who has used chemical weapons against his own people, they also think he is a tinpot dictator and poses no threat to America. Now Al Qaeda affiliated extremists the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are slaughtering the Shias in Iraq. The United States has shown no sign to stop the carnage.
 
The opposition to any foreign military intervention is coming from both right and left of the political spectrum. Traditionally, the anti-war movement has been confined to left-leaning activists, but now the ultra-right Tea Party faction of Republican party has emerged a vocal opponent of any military intervention abroad. At the height of the imminent US missile strike on Syria in response to Assad's use of chemical weapons in September last year, Florida Tea Party supporters organized to pressure Congress not to support the airstrike. This opposition to military intervention brings the right into a political alignment with the progressive anti-war groups.
 
"There has to be money spent when you buy Tomahawk missiles to lob over Damascus," told David A. Dickerson, a leader of the Barren County Tea Party Patriots in Kentucky the New York Times. "My feeling is we don't need to involve ourselves in a civil war halfway around the world when we have the needs we have at home, like bringing spending under control." This sentiment was echoed by Representative Alan Grayson, a progressive Florida Democrat when he said: "Our own needs in America are great, and they come first."
 
Facing the dual pressures of combat fatigue and opposition from the right and the left of the political spectrum, the United is clearly withdrawing at a time the Shias and Sunnis are slaughtering each other as never before in Syria and Iraq. Syria's ruling Alawite minorty are using barrel bombs against the Sunnis, killing thousands and triggering a massive refugee crisis in the bordering countries of Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. In Iraq, the Sunni extremists belonging to ISIS have overrun most towns in the centre, slaughtering the Shias as they march toward Baghdad. All the United States has done is to send some advisers to prod Iraq's Shia Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki to form a government of unity with the Sunni minority. Mr. Maliki has refused to share any power with the Sunnis. The stage has set for further bloodshed in Iraq.
 
As such, conflicts in the Middle East are spreading, threatening the entire region. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards and their Lebanese sidekick the Hezbollah are alreay involved in Syria, fighting the Sunni rebels. Iran has also deployed its Revolutionary Guards in Iraq to help the Shia regime of Nuri Al Maliki. With the United States unwilling to intervene and ISIS forces  continuing their march towards Baghdad, there is a danger that Iran will step in to save the regime.
 
Considering the US reluctance to intervene, it is pointless for Jonathan Power to rail against US rightwingers as war mongers. He also fails to realise that while the United States is cutting its military spending, both Russia and China are expanding their defence budgets. A sharp decline in funding for US military modernization coupled with China's rapid buildup of forces may render Obama's initiatives in the Pacific obsolet. The kind of build-up America needs for deterrence cannot be carried out because of drastic cuts in defence spending. You cannot have peace while others are preparing for war.
 
Clearly, the wars in the Middle East are becoming increasingly bloody while the United States shows no sign to stop the bloodletting. Josef Joffle, editor of the German Weekly Die Zeit, touched the heart of the problem when he recently wrote in bi-monthly The American Interest: "The [American] entanglements in the Greater Middle East were very expensive, and with little to show. No wonder the nation wants to go home. Since 1919, though, History whispers that the 'concert of nations' will degenerate into a cacophony of trumpets and kettledrums unless America weilds the baton. ... Barak Obama, alas, is a reluctant and distracted maestro. Deep in his heart, one fears, he would like to be like Greta Garbo: 'I want to be alone'." As a German, he knows better.
 
But the question remains: If America will not stop the Shias and Sunnis in Syria and Iraq from slaughtering each other, who will?
 
MAHMOOD ELAHI
Ottawa, Canada.

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From: "S Booiman"
Subject: Fw: on radical Islam (and peace loving Muslims)

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Hard to argue with this:

A  German's View on Islam - worth reading. This is one of the best explanations of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist. A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. 
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His email follows

  'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many  more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come.
 
  My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.' 
 
 We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.
 
The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is  the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.
 
The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and  extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China 's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.
 
The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery? Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?
 
History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will  have begun.
 
Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.
 
Now Islamic prayers have been introduced in Toronto and other public  schools in Ontario, and, yes, in  Ottawa , too, while the Lord's Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?). The  Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the  fanatics move in.
 
In Australia , and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them. Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket. Food on aircraft have the halal emblem just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation's shores.
 
In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of "no-go" zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not  intrude upon. Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.
 
As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts - the fanatics who threaten our way of life.
 
Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without  sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand.

Extend yourself a bit and send  this on. Let us hope that thousands world-wide read this, think about it,  and send it on before it's too late, and we are silenced because we were silent !!
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