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November 14, 2002
  As the United States prepares to go to war, thy show us who the real terrorists arePDF files may take a moment to load

There is a difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter, or a guerrilla. A terrorist deliberately targets civilians; a guerrilla attacks the military and government apparatus of its perceived oppressor. Yasser Arafat, regardless of his Nobel Peace Prize, is a terrorist because of his long history of attacking civilians. These attacks have included the assassinations of the entire 1972 Israeli Olympic team and numerous airline hijackings.

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October 31, 2002
  Goodbye baseballPDF files may take a moment to load

At the conclusion of James Joyce's short story "Araby" from Dubliners, the narrator, ostensibly a young Joyce, enters the bazaar on Saturday night after the people have all left and the bazaar workers are counting their money and cleaning up for the day. All of a sudden, he forgets his promise to Mangan's sister, who is unable to go to the bazaar, and picks something up for her, puts his money away and feels the illusions of youth floating away.

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October 24, 2002
  Framing the mid-term electionsPDF files may take a moment to load

During the 1996 United States presidential election, Republican nominee Bob Dole tried to make President Clinton's ethical problems the issue (and this was before the whole Monica Lewinsky story became known). But the American people voted en masse for Clinton. Why? Well, they did not care about Whitewater or Paula Jones. They cared about money. "It's the economy, stupid," was the mantra of Clinton's suburban cadre of "soccer moms."

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October 03, 2002
  Pending military action against IraqPDF files may take a moment to load

According to the media, we will soon be at war with Iraq, again. When I say we, I mean the West, of which Canada is a member. Many of the players are the same, Saddam Hussein, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and a George Bush. While Saddam's recent overtures to the United Nations suggest he will allow weapons inspectors in order to avoid another war, the present American regime is, with all apologies to Judas Priest, hell bent for leather on invading Iraq and ridding the world of Saddam once and for all.

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September 19, 2002
  Does anti-Israeli mean anti-Semite?PDF files may take a moment to load

R ecently, I have noticed an alarming trend whereby the Israeli government and its supporters, especially certain segments of the North American media, label anyone who speaks out against it as an "anti-Semite." It seems the Israeli government and its media allies are under the impression that Israel, and Israel alone, is immune from criticism.

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June 06, 2002
  East is East and West is WestPDF files may take a moment to load

There is a scene in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, sort of a novel within a novel, where the Grand Inquisitor is interrogating Christ upon his return to earth in 16th century Seville. The Inquisitor accuses the Christian messiah of misleading man with the gift of free will. Man is actually rebellious, and naturally would choose damnation. For his own good, man must be denied free will in order to save his soul.

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April 11, 2002
  The “Great Satan” all soft and cuddlyPDF files may take a moment to load

American Secretary of State Colin Powell is travelling to the Middle East this week. On the record, he's there to try and find some solution to the ongoing troubles, namely Israel's reoccupation of the West Bank. Off the record, he's there to help his boss, the usurper-in-chief Dubya, extend his campaign in the war on terrorism.

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April 04, 2002
  Knowing your history helps, kidsPDF files may take a moment to load

This past weekend I happened to read a piece in the Globe and Mail by John R. MacArthur, publisher of Harper's Magazine. In the piece, he points out that right-wing American commentators are using an article written by George Orwell in 1944 to justify civilian casualties in Dubya's current campaign against terrorism. He then goes on to criticize Orwell as a writer, commenting that he admires Albert Camus and Graham Greene much more than Orwell.

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March 28, 2002
  Opening their eyes to pedophiliaPDF files may take a moment to load

Holy Week is upon us, the most important week in the Western Christian calendar. According to Christians, this week commemorates the pinnacle of God's creation with the death of Jesus and his resurrection, which saves us from eternal damnation, or at least some level of Dante's Hell. Holy Week this year looks to be the most memorable one since my older brother broke his nose on Good Friday.

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March 21, 2002
  Oh how the mighty have fallen…PDF files may take a moment to load

A Calgary landmark will not be torn down. The King Edward Hotel, built in 1905, will be transformed from a low-cost hotel featuring rhythm and blues to a low-cost transitional housing unit for the working poor, ranging in cost from $300 to $350 a month. This is good for many reasons.

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