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Friday, October 29, 2004

Press Review

From today's edition of NORMAN'S SPECTATOR (where the articles are hotlinked).

Most US papers lead with the presidential campaign.

The Los Angeles Times leads with Yasser Arafat, who’s also making headlines in the UK and in France, where he’s headed for medical care.

The New York Times’ editorial board weighs in on same-sex marriage, excessive defence spending, hobbit humans and poorly designed ballots. Paul Krugman details George Bush’s security failures.

The Washington Post’s editorial board reflects on Mideast developments and voting irregularities.

Charles Krauthammer goes after John Kerry. David Ignatius considers what comes after Arafat.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board reflects on messed-up voting in the US, and the opportunities opened by Arafat’s illness.

Jane Kinninmont writes about her dinner with Yasser. Here’s my take on lunch with Arafat, in today’s Vancouver Sun.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board tries to imagine a Kerry presidency. Another editorialist writes of IAEA head Mohammed ElBaradei, whom the Bush Administration is not supporting for a third term:

“The United Nations appears to have cast its vote in the U.S. Presidential election this week, and it wasn't exactly a secret ballot. It used 377 tons of high-grade Iraqi explosives to announce its opposition to re-electing George W. Bush.”

At home, the Arafat story is playing big and there’s a glimmer of hope for Stephen Truscott. Ralph Klein is backing off beating up on the disabled.

Paul Martin is cooling the conflict with Danny Williams. And he's gotten some advice from the Fonz. (Here's my take on the best case he and Jean Chrétien can make.)

The Toronto Star fronts Arafat, the Boss and the man who hopes to be and Truscott.

Inside, Mitch Potter reviews Arafat’s career and his quiet exit; the editorial board sees a crisis in the situation.

Chantal Hébert mauls Paul Martin. The editorial board considers the implications of the US election for his government. Oakland Ross serves up a Canadian who’s lived on both sides of the border and has some wise words of advice.

The Globe and Mail fronts the Boss, the Stephen Truscott decision and the family’s reaction. Inside, Michael Valpy recalls the conviction.

Mark MacKinnon reports on goose-stepping in Kiev. Rod Mickleburgh is simultaneously in BC, where he reports on a by-election, and in Beijing, where he reports on a cyber-dissident.

Jeff Simpson says the US election is a dead heat and Hawaii ’s electoral votes could decide it. Rick Salutin also weighs in on the US election; he doesn’t see much difference between the candidates, but concludes:

“Many on the left are nursing a certain whimsy about John Kerry in office. “My guess is,” wrote my friend Linda McQuaig, “he would behave less aggressively in the world than Bush.” I respectfully scoff. My guess is, in the Kennedy or Clinton mode, he'd be as or more aggressive, as he has promised. But I also think the politically blinkered Bush team is more likely to lead us all into nuclear catastrophe than the “reality-based” John Kerry. For me, global incineration is the tipping point. I'm hoping for a Kerry win.”

The editorial board supports the Truscott decision, and looks at the post-Arafat period:

“Under the Palestinian Authority's own basic law, the parliamentary speaker is designated to stand in for 60 days if Mr. Arafat dies or is too ill to resume his duties. The next step is supposed to be a national election to select a new president. The Palestinians will eventually have to face the task of governing themselves effectively. Until they do, they will have no chance of realizing their dream of living in peace and freedom in a new independent state.”

The National Post fronts Arafat, Truscott, Ottawa’s disappearing Grey Cup Parade and some good news for TV viewers.

Inside, Peter Goodspeed speculates on the consequences of Arafat's demise. The editorial board comments on the missing explosives.

Sheila Copps attempts to salvage her reputation (Greg Weston was particularly savage yesterday; Michael Harris is more tempered today)--after suggesting that David Dodge was a reliable witness, today she smears him too:

“And yet, Bank of Canada Governor David Dodge, whose livelihood currently depends on the good graces of Paul Martin, was taken at his word. As were all of Martin's various minions, who lined up to dismiss the book as a work of fiction. They also suggested the author was washed up, a liar and an actor to boot. All these accusations have been made by people who have not even read the book. This is how Operation Discredit works. Kill your enemy and save yourself. What is frustrating is the tendency of the Ottawa media pack to follow suit.”

Elsewhere in CanWest land, the Calgary Herald fronts a premier who is feeling the heat; the editorial board pans Ralph.

The Vancouver Sun fronts a big NDP by-election win. The Ottawa Citizen fronts the sub story, Stephen Truscott and preparations for a terrorist attack.

Aileen McCabe says the Israelis should allow Arafat to be buried in Jerusalem; reports of his imminent death are highly exaggerated, I’d guess. The editorial board comments on day care.

In the Calgary Sun, Rick Bell poops on Ralph, Link Byfield on equalization. In Edmonton, Paul Stanway says Alberta should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Newfoundland. Neil Waugh unloads on Kyoto and Stéphane Dion.

Posted by Norman Spector on October 29, 2004 | Permalink


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