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May 6, 2003

My travel schedule will keep these (mercifully, you might say) short and few for a while. 



Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
- Bertrand Russell

Calls to Action   

Keep Canada out of "Son of Star Wars!"  
Lots of options to get your two cents' worth across:
- Phone or e-mail all the usual suspects: your MP, Bill Graham, Chretien.
*** PM Jean Chretien Phone: (613) 992-4211
Fax: (613) 941-6900
Email: pm@pm.gc.ca
*** Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham
Phone: (613) 992-5234
Fax: (613) 996-9607
Email: Graham.B@parl.gc.ca
*** Email your member of Parliament using his/her name:
< name.firstinitial@parl.gc.ca >
eg < Reynolds.J@parl.gc.ca >
*** To find your MP: click her
- fax John Manley here  

There is also a petition against Canada's participation in missile defence available to download.

- send a statement to the DFAIT dialogue which has been extended to May 7th.

- vote in the CPAC poll

News /information

CBC's birthday "tribute" to Tony Blair suggested his personal stock is still high, despite the war, but Labour did worse than expected in local elections.

The US says Canada cares too much for civil liberties!


Negroponte's Kitchen

In May, 2003, the news services announced that the country's unemployment rate had risen to 6% and that the United Nations approved and will pay for a $600,000 renovation to the Waldorf Astoria kitchen of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Demitri Negroponte.

I wonder if Negroponte's chef
serves Honduran coffee,
Nicaraguan nicatamales
or corn pupusas rich
with potato, chopped onion and a little pork
in the style of El Salvador.
How might the scents and tastes
of Central American foods be received
by the ambassador's Waldorf Astoria guests
with their bully palates
and disdain for the cultures
we attack?

Of course not. Of course
Negroponte's chef doesn't offer his guests
nicatamales or pupusas.
His kitchen's
six-hundred-thousand-dollar renovation
will play it safe with coq o vin or filet mignón
although France is also
on our current enemy list.
If we cannot name their fries
mustn't we also take
their meat and fowl to task?
Whoever authorized this renovation
probably forgot that the ambassador's boss
declared the UN irrelevant,
that the US owes years of dues
and the doctrine is
preempt where we will,
invade where we can, conquer
where we're able to make the case
for defense of our national security,
lie about weapons of mass destruction
and choose war
even as inspectors continue the civilized work
of retarding the death we impose.
Questions are useless
with so much memory
under siege.

--Margaret Randall, Albuquerque , Spring 2003

Nicolas D. Kristof on the missing weapons of mass destruction. 

Harvey Wasserman argues that "...the US has never been more weakened, isolated or insecure. In the long run, only one superpower---the one for peace---holds any hope for any of us."  

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