August 2016 - Special #2

Editor's Notes

The American presidential campaign

A tragedy for more reasons than one

Out of the tangle of truths and lies emerges Hillary Clinton as a dangerous

war monger and Donald Trump as 'a rational man of peace'. (Here)

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Postal workers rally at Trudeau's constituency office

to remind the PM of election promises on pay equity

By Maria-Hélèna Pacelli
CUPW Communications
343-998-5131 or by email

05 August 2016 Montreal Postal workers and friends will rally at the Prime Minister’s constituency office in Montreal on Saturday, August 6 to call for decent pensions, pay equity and a sustainable public postal service.

While the Liberal government is committed to gender equity, better pensions, and high quality postal service, one of its biggest Crown corporations is working against this agenda at the bargaining table.

“The government has created the first gender-equal cabinet, taken steps to improve retirement security, and initiated a review to ensure Canadians receive quality postal services at a reasonable price,” said CUPW National President, Mike Palecek. “But Canada Post management is moving in the opposite direction at negotiations. It wants to ignore pay equity laws, increase precarious work, provide worse pensions to new hires and make changes allowing the closure of 493 public post offices.

“There is a real discrepancy between Liberal promises and the actions of post office management.” said Palecek. “Canada Post is sticking to a Harper-era plan that needs to go.”

CUPW wants the government to update Canada Post’s agenda and tell management to get serious at the bargaining table. “The government is responsible for providing broad policy direction to Crown corporations like Canada Post. It should be using this power to ensure that government institutions are in step with priorities, ” said Palecek.

Postal workers and friends will gather at Parc Saint-Alphonse at 1:00 pm, Saturday August 6, and march to Justin Trudeau’s office. Buses will depart Quebec City at 9:00 am and Ottawa at 10:00 am to bring postal workers and friends to the rally.

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Oh for the days of Us and Them: The American voter

is challenged to decide between two illegals as president

To the point of boredom we've all heard about 'Crooked Hillary'

Now we provide you with how Daddy finances 'Crooked Donald' (More)

Jane Sanders: Why Bernie voters shouldn't get over it

The leaked emails prove that the Clinton gang rigged

the primaries and stole the Bernie Sanders nomination

In Birmingham, Alabama, after meeting in private with African Americans about police persecution, Jane O'Meara Sanders had to find an isolated room where she could sit down and cry.

By Tessa Stuart
Rolling Stone

29 July 2016 (More)

Clinton, proven shill for the military machine,

would launch a full-scale ground war on Syria

Will lie about Assad like Bush lied about Saddam

By Daniel McAdams
30 July 2016 — According to Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisor, Jeremy Bash, if Clinton is elected she will order a “re-set” of US policy toward Syria to emphasize the “murderous” nature of the Assad regime. As the Telegraph reports, Hillary Clinton will breathe new life into the “Assad must go” camp. She will likely launch a full-scale US invasion of Syria. (More)

Ralph Nader: Hillary’s convention con

By Ralph Nader

30 July 2016 The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s speech and raising all kinds of progressive, rebellious signs and banners against the Hillary crowd. Although Hillary addressed them directly in her acceptance speech, “Your cause is my cause,” those dissatisfied delegates in the hall saw her rhetoric for what it was: insincere and opportunistic. (More)

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Milosevic exonerated, as U.S. war machine moves on

By Neil Clark
Global Research, August 03, 2016
RT News 2 August 2016

Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative. He is a regular pundit on RT and has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, Sky News, Press TV and the Voice of Russia. He is the co-founder of the Campaign For Public Ownership @PublicOwnership. His award winning blog can be found at He tweets on politics and world affairs @NeilClark66

(International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia or ICTY, is a body of the United Nations.)

The ICTY’s exoneration of the late Slobodan Milosevic, the former President of Yugoslavia, for alleged war crimes committed in the Bosnia war, proves again we should take NATO claims regarding its ’official enemies’ not with a pinch of salt, but a huge lorry load.

For the past twenty odd years, neocon commentators and ‘liberal interventionist’ pundits have been telling us at every possible opportunity, that Milosevic (a democratically elected leader in a country where over 20 political parties freely operated)  was an evil genocidal dictator who was to blame for ALL the deaths in the Balkans in the 1990s. Repeat after me in a robotic voice (while making robotic arm movements): ‘Milosevic’s genocidal aggression’ ‘Milosevic’s genocidal aggression’.

But the official narrative, just like the one that told us that in 2003, Iraq had WMDs which could be launched within 45 minutes, was a deceitful one, designed to justify a regime change-op which the Western elites had long desired.

The ICTY’s conclusion, that one of the most demonized figures of the modern era was innocent of the most heinous crimes he was accused of, really should have made headlines across the world. But it hasn‘t. Even the ICTY buried it, deep in its 2,590 page verdict in the trial of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic who was convicted in March of genocide (at Srebrenica), war crimes and crimes against humanity.

There was no official announcement or press conference regarding Milosevic‘s exoneration. We’ve got journalist and researcher Andy Wilcoxson to thank for flagging it up for us. (More)

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Special Edition 02 - 2016

Editor's Notes

The American presidential campaign

A tragedy for more reasons than one

Out of the tangle of truths and lies emerges Hillary Clinton as a dangerous

war monger and Donald Trump as 'a rational man of peace'.

Image: True North Perspective Editor and Publisher Carl Dow. Photo by the Phantom Phographer.

1 August 2016 How sad it was to see women with tears of joy cheering the nomination of Hillary Clinton as Democratic candidate for president of the United States. As secretary of state Hillary Clinton betrayed a United Nations mandate to allow a no-fly zone over Libya. And proceeded to engineer a carpet bombing that destroyed a stable regime, killing thousands children, women and men, and sending a viable modern country back into the middle ages. Where women were once able to advance as far as their abilities could carry them, they are now afraid to go outdoors for fear of being raped and killed. As the Go Girl for the military/industrial machine, she fed arms to so-called rebels in Syria who caused such death and disruption that millions became refugees pounding on the doors of Western Europe. (More)

Op Ed

What voters for Brexit and Trump

have in common (and it’s not bigotry)

David McLaren is an award winning writer who lives on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. He ran (and lost) for the New Democratic Party in the 2015 federal election.

By David McLaren

01 August 2016 — “The times, they are a changin’,” sang bob Dylan way back at the start of the ‘60s revolution. Well they are changin’ once again. The Brexit vote shocked not only the markets and the debt rating agencies (both of which promptly punished Britain for voting ‘leave’), but it led to the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron. There was a lot of “what have we done” second guessing the morning after.
It would be easy, as some in the mainstream media have opined, to think that the yobs who hate immigrants, especially if they’re not white, carried Britain out of the EU. (More)

The Binkley Report

Alex Binkley is a foremost political and economic analyst, whose website is Readers will be aware that his columns in True North Perspective have foreseen political and economic developments in Canada. In this edition from the Desk of Alex Binkley . . .

'Keep your damned trains on the track'

Three years ago, in the early hours of July 13, a runaway oil train exploded in the then-idyllic lakeside town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people.

The investigation and ensuing cascade of regulatory measures severely disrupted the nascent crude-by-rail industry, caused federal authorities in Canada and the U.S. to condemn most of the continental tank car fleet, and turned the chattering classes against the railroads, amid a ruthless tarring by the petroleum lobby, for not “keeping the damn trains on the track.”

After all that, crude oil trains continue to derail and the oil continues to ignite and blow up; and the official investigation results still primarily target the railroads. The Federal Railroad Administration’s preliminary report on the June 3 explosion of four cars in Mosier, Ore., on the Union Pacific, cites sheared lag bolts and loose tieplates as the cause of the derailment. (More)

From the Desk of Dennis Carr, LEED® AP, Sustainable Development Editor

How Chicago turned industrial waste site

into a nature lovers' and cyclists' paradise

The Big Marsh was once home to nine steel mills. Now it’s where

bikes and rare birds roam (More)


A critical look at the National Football League

where the owners insist on being called 'Mister'

By Nigel Aplin
Sports Editor

01 August 2016 — Could the National Football League (NFL) be both the most popular and the most hated North American professional sports league? While it currently occupies a pre-eminent place in American sports culture, there has always been plenty to dislike about the NFL, its management, team owners, the way it conducts its business, the way it treats its current and former players, its fans, and the cities where its teams are located. (More)

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A Bar in the Middle

Photo by Geoffrey Dow,  
It was a morning walk to the lake,
Everything was alive,
The sun shining, the lake clear and calm,
Calm, that is how I felt,
Friends in their morning jog, Hi!, Hi!
Dogs, dogs, dogs, running, playing, happy
What a wonderful, cheerful, morning,
Then, as I continued walking the boardwalk,
My eyes glanced at the benches,
Each one with a separation in the middle,
Not to rest your arm, I knew,
To prevent the homeless from sleeping,
My mood changed,
I was reminded how cruel our society can be,
I continued walking,
Bench after bench, a bar in the middle!

Mexico roundup by Isabella Tandutella, Contributing Editor, Mexico City

2 years after clean-up, garbage just as bad

Mexico City reservoirs popular for dumping waste

Cleaned just two years ago, Las Flores is once more filled with garbage and the source of foul odors and the danger of infection. (More) 


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