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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Press Review

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

Most US papers lead with Yasser Arafat’s funeral, or with the fighting in Fallujah.

UK papers go high with Arafat but many lead with the Bush-Blair meeting and prospects for peace in the Mideast.

In France, the fate of two journalists being held hostage in Iraq is back in the news, along with continuing turmoil in Ivory Coast.

At home, MPs are still on their Remembrance Day Break and it’s another slow news day. First year reviews of Paul Martin's overall performance are mixed to not flattering.

Gilles Duceppe heard the sound of one hand clapping in Toronto yesterday. Meanwhile, from the West Coast, Prime Minister Martin is reported to have been working the phones furiously in a bid to carve out a role in the Mideast peace process.

Martin is off to Haiti tomorrow--also primarily for domestic political reasons methinks. In contrast to the Mideast, however, he may actually be able to do something useful. I’ll have more to say on Canadian foreign policy tomorrow, on Global Sunday.

The Washington Post’s editorial board weighs in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board looks at TV censorship and big numbers.

The New York Times’ editorial board opines on the dollar, intelligence reform and racial medicine.

Nicholas Kristof says gun control killed John Kerry. David Brooks targets George Bush’s enemies at the CIA.

The Toronto Star’s Sandro Contenta reports that Pierre Pettigrew didn’t get to Yasser Arafat’s funeral on time. Jim Travers remembers the Palestinian leader. Tim Harper reports on the Blair-Bush meeting.

The Star fronts Arafat, a CanWest waterfront project and a profile of the hanky-pankier at City Hall who moved on.

Inside, Susan Delacourt says some federal-provincial negotiations are best handled by men in suits behind closed doors. Ian Urquhart reports on Ontario ’s Citizens Assembly about to do it in the open as British Columbians have recently done.

Daniel Girard reports on us waiting for the Big One out here on the West Coast. Have you seen my view though?

Miro Cernetig reports on two-tier medicine in Québec. Robert Benzie reports on Gilles Duceppe’s pitch in Toronto.

The editorial board says the loonie has soared too high. Ombudsman Don Sellar wades in with another strong piece—a poke at verbose newspaper columnists. Say what?

The Globe and Mail seems to have gotten over Arafat—at least on the front page.

Inside, Stephanie Nolen--after incorrectly sighting yesterday the new head of Fatah, Farouk Qaddumi, who's lived in Tunis the past ten years--reports on the scene in Ramallah.

Margaret Wente takes her whack, averring that “it's time to speak ill of the dead.

Mr. Arafat used high-school girls, pregnant women and mentally retarded adolescents as human bombs. He personally ran a vast kleptocracy that funnelled billions into foreign investments and Swiss bank accounts. The deathbed scene featured his hysterical wife, Suha, who, it is reasonable to speculate, refused to pull the plug until she got her share of the loot.

Mr. Arafat conned much of the world into believing he was a partner for peace. By the time we finally realized we'd been duped, he had created an enduring myth of the Palestinians as the most cruelly martyred people on Earth."

The Globe fronts violent seniors in nursing homes, a TV star having trouble immigrating to Canada and Christie B at the funeral of the Lincoln, Ontario farm family.

Inside, Mark MacKinnon reports on a threat to free speech in Russia. Rex Murphy explains to mainlanders what offshore resources mean to Newfoundlanders:

“The offshore is seen, almost by one and all, as our last chance to secure an economic viability — the last great project that might rescue Newfoundland from 500 years of just hanging on.”

Jeff Simpson dialogues with Uncle Fred about the Great Canadian.

The editorial board looks at nursing homes:

“An estimated 287,000 seniors live in nursing homes across Canada today. They deserve to spend their twilight years being well cared for, living their last days in dignity and peace — not in harm's way.”

Another editorialist looks for Yasser Arafat’s loot:

“the correct course of action is to track down all the assets that were under Mr. Arafat's control and freeze them until they can be turned over to a credible trustee who will administer the money in the interest of all Palestinians.”

The National Post fronts the hot stock market and inaugurates a new series from cradle to grave—along with “A 28-year-old Hamilton stripper who said her "career goal" of becoming a "featured exotic dancer" was cut short by a tiger attack at African Lion Safari.”

Inside, Andrew Coyne reports on good news on university enrolment that has not been reported. Robert Fulford says Peter Newman’s latest book is poorly edited and filled with contradictions:

“Without knowing it, Newman seems to carry in his mind at least two Canadas -- one of them conquered long ago, the other vibrant and confident, always ready for a fresh hymn of praise from Newman.

His writing contains another contradiction. While reflexively anti-American (he compares George Bush to mental patients imagining they are Napoleon or Jesus), he looks almost exclusively to literary models from the United States.”

The editorial board praises Bill Cosby's statements on Black youth:

“It would have been easier for Mr. Cosby to avoid this touchy subject altogether. But to his credit, he has used his celebrity to bring forward arguments that most others are either unwilling or unable to make. If it leads other prominent black Americans to do likewise, it will be one form of celebrity activism that should be welcomed.”

Elsewhere in CanWest land, the Montréal Gazette fronts a bad accident and C. difficile.

The Ottawa Citizen fronts a local police and a local prison story, along with a court victory recognizing freedom of the, particularly its, press.

Inside, the Citizen has a major feature on the sub deal. The editorial board looks at peacekeeping and Ivory Coast.

Posted by Norman Spector on November 13, 2004 | Permalink

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