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Saturday, 03 March 2007 20:00 John Pilger

ImageJohn Howard's servility to the US is even greater than Tony Blair's and has earned him the nickname Bush's deputy sheriff. The conspiracy between Washington, the media and politicians is eroding the country's freedoms.

In June this year, 26,000 US and Australian troops will take part in bombarding the ancient fragile landscape of Australia. They will storm the Great Barrier Reef, gun down "terrorists" and fire laser-guided missiles at some of the most pristine wilderness on earth. Stealth, B-1 and B-52 bombers (the latter alone each carry 30 tonnes of bombs) will finish the job, along with a naval onslaught.

Underwater depth charges will explode where endangered species of turtle breed. Nuclear submarines will discharge their high-level sonar, which destroy the hearing of seals and other marine mammals.


Thursday, 18 January 2007 20:00 Connie Fogal

The execution of Saddam Hussein is a failure of social justice and of democracy. No developed civilized society imposes the death penalty. World leaders who are just condemn the execution.

On December 30, 2006, Cardinal Renato Martina, representative for the Vatican on questions of justice, said the execution of Saddam Hussein is punishing crime with another crime. Further he said: "La peine de mort n'est pas une mort naturelle. Et personne ne doit donner la mort, pas meme l'Etat."

Romano Prodi, président du Conseil italian Counsel, a dit "Aucune faute ne peut déterminer un homme à se faire le porteur de mort d`un autre homme."

José Luis Rodriguez, Premier ministre espagnol a dit, " Je ne défendre jamais le principe de la peine de mort, meme pour le pire des politiciens " (I never defend the death penalty, even for the worst politicians.")

Saturday, 11 November 2006 20:00 Karim El-Koussa

Well before the 9/11 terrorist attack on the American soil, the US foreign policy has been for many years concentrating all its effort to claim a pre-emptive war on what they called the “Axis of Evil”, composed of North Korea, Iran and Syria. After 9/11, two important heads of evil were re-added, added again to that Axis, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

Immediately, the US President George W. Bush invited his European allies to join him in a “Holy War” - a crusade against Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, led by bin Laden who countered him and the Christian west, back with the same dialectic of the “Holy War”- the Jihad.

Same crazy perception of the Divine! Anyway, several months later, the US President renewed his invitation to the Europeans and launched, without the approval of the United Nations, another divine war on Iraq to oust the Iraqi Regime and destroy its hypothetical nuclear power. Two divine wars that didn’t end until now!


Thursday, 07 September 2006 20:00 Fred Dungan

"I have been gagged all my life, and whether they are appreciated or not, America needs some honest men who dare to say what they think, not what they think people want them to think." - General George S. Patton, Jr.

"The true character of liberty is independence, maintained by force." - Voltaire

To speak out against the way things were done in colonial times was to risk a charge of sedition. The American Revolution changed all that, giving people the right to freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Americans said what they meant and meant what they said. It may not have made us loved - but we certainly gained the world's respect.


Tuesday, 04 April 2006 19:00 Hart Peikoff

I am writing in responses to an article seen in the Winipeg Free Press on December 29th 2005. (A.8) The heading was: Crystal Meth….Ontario eyes measures to stop drug’s scourge, written by Mr. Steve Erwin.

I take issue with many of the points Mr. Erwin makes. Your readers may be interested in where I am coming from. I was seduced in the early 70’s by my own free will and messed around with Crystal Meth, LSD, Cocaine, MDA (the ecstasy of today) magic mushrooms, and valium, various forms of diet pills, pain killers, marijuana and liquor. I escaped the seduction of heroin by the intervention of a power greater than myself just after coming out of a half way house which treated alcohol and drug abusers. At the time it was situated on Nassau Street between River and Scrapbook Avenue. The agency then was called the AFM.

I have spent most of my adult life fighting the fog, confusion and lack of focus resulting from my participation in the consumption of copious amounts of these drugs. These activities dealt harsh blows to my mind, body and soul. It has not been an easy journey home. Meth is by far the most dangerous and seductive of all drugs in my opinion. 


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