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Friday, November 26, 2004

Press Review

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

US papers lead with Ukraine and off-lead Iran or Iraq. (Here’s a handy chart on the situation.)

The New York Times’ editorial board considers Iraq after the international conference in Egypt. The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board looks at China’s economy.

JoAnn Wypijewski is onto hate crimes, Jonathan Chait writes about potential Democratic candidates and Todd Boyd looks at the NBA brawl.

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board reflects on the ACLU and Boy Scouts. The Washington Post’s editorial board looks at drug regulation.

Thomas Ricks re-read Lawrence of Arabia. Charles Krauthammer says the US should not be involved in Iraq ’s civil war. David Ignatius is onto Iran.

In the UK, too, Ukraine is big, along with a host of domestic issues and cricket news from Zimbabwe.

In France, abortion was back on the agenda, and an assisted-suicide debate broke out while Jacques Chirac was en route to la Francophonie.

At home, our PM is also away on his way to la Francophonie, and it increasingly looks as though no one will be running the country when he returns.

With Martin not yet having arrived, Jean Charest had a wide open field in Ouagadougou.

In a TV-5 interview, he put forward his positions on such provincial issues as Côte d'Ivoire, Haïti, George Bush, and the need for multilateralism in the international system—a subject he says he discussed recently with French President Jacques Chirac.

Yesterday, in the Commons, the Opposition—or, at least, the MPs who had not been intimidated--had another go at Judy Sgro, and they ganged up to cut the GG’s budget for good measure.   

On Newsworld for the past couple of days, it's been Don Newman for the Liberals against various Conservatives on whether a stripper jumping the immigration queue is a big deal.

In Ottawa, everyone is anxious about the visitor visiting next week. Meanwhile, at the Gomery Inquiry, Canadians got another peek at the way the town really works.

In Québec, René Lévesque is the Greatest Quebecer; he’s # 67 on the CBC’s list. You probably won’t find that news either in your morning newspaper today, though it moved on the CP wire.

The Globe and Mail fronts just the fax on CIBC and the revolts in Ukraine and the Commons, along with a tobacco crackdown in Ontario and China shopping in Canada.

Inside, Mark MacKinnon profiles Viktor Yushchenko and the scene in Kyiv. From London, Doug Saunders looks at the geo-politics of the revolt.

John Ibbitson isn’t sure whether Canada and the US are converging or diverging and has social scientists to back up both sides of his confusion, but it all seems academic to me.

Rick Salutin takes a side swipe at Margaret Wente’s review of “The Incredibles,” after welcoming George Bush with an essay on missile defence which is not on the President’s agenda.

In contrast to Salutin, Tom Axworthy--who completed his PhD and has some real-world experience to top it off--serves up some practical advice for the visit:

“the key to a successful summit will be if there is a win-win issue that meets both partners' priorities. Canadian assistance in running Iraq 's election might do it, but my suggestion is to make Canada 's commitment to Afghanistan such an issue. The Prime Minister should inform the President that Canada will play a leading role in that far-away land as our major contribution to world security.”

Jeff Simpson is full of testosterone on Ukraine:

“After so much transatlantic stress, with more coming over how to handle Iran , it's crucial for democratic countries to co-ordinate their approach and, if necessary, impose the necessary diplomatic and economic sanctions.

Canada , with its huge Ukrainian diaspora (about one million people), can't remain immune from what's happening. What Canada could do, apart from co-ordinating its efforts with other democracies, is think about and even suggest how to help organize — this time internationally — another election, should this become necessary.

The UN might be the place for a resolution requiring a new election and establishing procedures for its organization. The Russians, of course, might veto such a resolution, but then the whole world would at least know what's really gone on — the Russians have massively interfered in the Ukrainian election, signalling their desire to see in power Mr. Yanukovich, the pro-Russian candidate with support in eastern Ukraine.“

Christie Blatchford has her go at Sgro:

“What a country: A federal Immigration Department, which on the one hand tops up the supply of local naked dancers with foreign imports and on the other cannot rouse itself to deport a genuine thug.

Alina Balaican is one of the former, a stripper — one of 552 Romanians who came to Canada last year as part of our fairly farcical exotic-dancer program — and whose work on Immigration Minister Judy Sgro's election campaign is alleged to have engendered gratitude such that Ms. Sgro gave Ms. Balaican special permission to stay here.

Sergio Arana Martinez is the latter, the common criminal.

Having achieved the distinction of being the first person to be charged under a recent law against Internet luring, the 35-year-old native of Nicaragua was convicted of the offence this week and also of abducting and sexual interfering with the 11-year-old girl he courted in a chat room for teens.”

The editorial board agrees that Martinez should be booted out of the country and that his sentence should be appealed to boot. Another editorialist says the courts are the right place for Ukrainians to work out their electoral impasse.

A third pans Mohammed Abbas for insisting on a Palestinian right of return to Israe :

“The whole basis of a future deal between Israelis and Palestinians is the division of the Holy Land into two countries, one primarily Jewish, one primarily Arab. Israelis believe that by insisting on the right of return, the Palestinians are rejecting the very idea of partition and signalling that their real agenda is to overwhelm Israel and rule all of the Holy Land themselves. Given what Palestinian leaders have said and done over the years, that is not just a conspiracy theory.”

The Toronto Star fronts wire copy from Ukraine, medical tourism and some local stories. Inside, Mitch Potter reports from Ramallah.

Former US ambassador Gordon Giffin serves up advice on Canada-US relations. Martin Knelman profiles the new head of Telefilm.

The editorial board praises Mayor Miller and Prime Minister Martin but dodges on David Dodge.

Carol Goar is onto mental health. Chantal Hébert says the Alberta election result is good news for federal leaders.

The Vancouver Sun fronts a huge provincial budget surplus. The editorial board pans Paul Martin's international pretensions.

Yours truly wades in on the Bush visit. Vancouver's Mayor may split with his party.

The National Post and Ottawa Citizen front Ukraine and cardiac patients dying in ER’s. The Post also features a crackdown on immigrant sponsors and more on Sgro.

The Citizen adds David Anderson threatening to cross the floor and become the first Green MP.

Inside the Post, the editorial board chastises Jean Charest for playing the nationalist card. Another editorialist doesn’t trust Iran.

Don Martin says no one’s noticed about Saskatchewan what the Globe editorial board noticed last week:

“But that's not the point. This reputed sad sack province on the Prairies, which still lists David Letterman's famed 15-minuter Dick Assman as one of the province's most famous citizens, has completed a stunning fiscal turnaround even though nobody's noticed. And amid high hopes British Columbia will return to "have" status next year, it forms a powerful western axis of Canada 's most prudent provinces.”

Inside the Citizen, the editorial board weighs in on arming prison guards, and on Ukraine . Susan Riley says the “frat boys” on the Conservative side are engaged in a “cockfight” to bring down Judy Sgro.

In the Toronto Sun, Christina Blizzard poops on Ontario ’s daycare plan. In Ottawa, Michael Harris defends journalists.

In Edmonton, Neil Waugh is onto softwood lumber. In Calgary, Link Byfield is waiting but raring to fight for his Senate seat.

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"Jeff Simpson is full of testosterone on Ukraine"

Is Jeffrey also full of testosterone about China, which has never had a national election of any kind?

The Liberals and their media friends decided many years ago that "constructive engagement" is the most effective cure for tyranny (i.e. selling them stuff). If they are suddenly outraged about a flawed election in the Ukraine, I can only conclude that this has more to do with angling for Ukrainian votes in the West, than it does with any moral principles.

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2004-11-26 10:02:37 AM



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