Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 29: ..a story that wasn't important enough to make the Times and Transcript....

The kids I went to school with were a mixed lot, all from the crowded, jammed together housing of north end Montreal. There were us English-speaking kids of mixed French and British. descent. There were the Italians who lived in a Little Italy just east of the school, where the Italian-Catholic church had (and still has) a huge mural of God and his saints with a glowering Benito Mussolini, sitting among the saints on his white horse.

I had one, lonely, Jewish friend. (Montreal was a heavily racist and segregated city in those days.Nor has it changed nearly as much as some people like to think.

Then there were the Syrians.

Dark-eyed and dark complexioned, they were the children of a Syrian migration that came to Canada in the 1920s. Mr. Ghiz of PEI is probably from that same migration. (They are now called Lebanese because more recent borderlines have placed their native villages inside Lebanon.)

They worked hard in Canada, and did well. Beginning as door to door sellers of thread and other small items, many opened shops in the area. The father of one of my friends was founder of the first chain of dollar stores in Canada.

They were all Christians, members of the Syrian Orthodox Church. I occasionally was invited to the home of the Metropolitan (leader of the whole church in Canada) who lived in the Metropolitan's Palace, the second storey of a large shop on aa busy street where us kids used to go shoplifting.

Recently, a Christian monastery in Syria was looted and burned by "rebels", the side that we support. The bishop was taken to a public square where he was beheaded. The "rebels" then announced they intend to kill all Christians in Syria. Counting Catholics, there are some nine million Christians in  Syria.

All of this was available for world news in plenty of time to make today's TandT. But it didn't.

These are the rebels that the US, Saudi Arabia, Quatar, Turkey, Britain, France have been supporting and supplying since the beginning of the war. (In fact, it is those countries that set up the war in the first place. The US is now stepping up the shipment of weapons to the "rebels" - pretending it  has never done so before, and assuring us all that weapons will not be sent to "bad" "rebels". The bad rebels also have close ties with Al Quaeda, the organization that Mr. Obama has declared evil, and the greatest threat to the western world.

The assurances that the weapons will go only to "good rebels" are ridisulous. Once those weapons hit Syria, they're up for grabs.

As well, the "rebels" almost certainly have acess to chemical weapons, and even nuclear ones. (This is a topic I'll cover in a later post.)

Mr. Harper has gallantly said he supports Mr. Obama's sending of weapons, but will not send any himself. That's called sitting on the fence. It's also a blow to Canada's military-industrial complex which was looking forward to oarms sales.. (Yes, we do have such a complex; and it's closely linked to the US one.. What do you think our new navy and our new air force are all about?)

All of this has to be set in in the context of an Africa and a middle east that are in chaos, largely as a result of more than a century of plundering and brutality by western busiiness with the backing of western governments and armies.

We are on the edge of the greatest crisis the world has ever seen. But no need for New Brunswickers to even think about it.

The big story about Syria in today's TandT is that  "rebels" captured an army post somewhere. Wow! That certainly gives us all we need to know.

Are the editors of the Irving Press hiding news from us? I don't think so. I think they're just lazy, sloppy,and generally ignorant of what's happening in the world. Their real job is to make sure New Brunswickers know nothing of what's going on anywhere. They do that well; and they give each other awards for it.
I don't know whether the editorial writer is lying or just stupid. What's wrong with shale gas  protesters, he says, is that they don't trust the government or the shale gas companies. That's so true. He might have added they don't trust the lying, biased, and crashingly ignorant Irving press.

He writes that he does not draw any connection between the protesters and criminal acts. Then he draws a connection.

He says the protesters are opposed to all industrical development.   ????? Mr. editorial writer, even you cannot be that stupid and ignorant.

He adds that university professors and other experts have given the opinion that shale gas is good. No, you lying twit. A small number of university professors and "other experts" have said shale gas is good. But these university "experts" have not been experts on that subject. Prof Savoie, for example,  is not and expert on medical issues or invironmental ones.

Environment Minister Craig Leonard has yet to demonstrate any knowledge (or honesty) about anything.

Bill Beliveau's column is similarly contemptible. Apparently, he has never  heard that pipelines leak, and have already caused serious damage in parts of the US. He seems to think that all atmospheric pollution stops inside the Alberta borders, and therefore is quite safe. He is unaware that oil shipped here gets refined here. And the refining, he assumes, has no effect whatever on the atmosphere.

He completely ignores the fact that our climate is changing due to the use of fossil fuels. Over 90% of the world's scientists agree with that - and some of them know even more  about health and the environment than either Prof. Savoie or the other what's-his-name.

We have very little time to work out solutions. And we have a prime minister who not only leads the world in dragging his feet, but has destroyed most environmental protection and research in Canada. (How come the hotshots at the TandT didn't notice that, either.?)

But, duh....a pipeline will give us price leverage over oil...duh... while we're duhing, let's remember "we" won't get leverage on anything because "we" won't own or have any control over that pipline - not any more than "we" have control over any major corporation in this province.

Norbert writes about what he knows best. Nothing - and much of it he has written before - and recently.

Brent Mazerrole contributes a dreamy-eyed story that has no obvious connection with news or opinion.
The only item in this whole paper worth reading is Gwynne Dyer's on population by 2100. Africa, which now has 1.1 billion people, will have 4.1 billion - this on a continent which suffers starvation now - and starvation already  has some connection  with climate change. And climate change has something to do fossil fuels.

(but, duh, a pipeline would give New Brunswick oil price leverage...duh...)

Niger, which can now, perhaps, with a lot of work and investment, barely support 10 million is going to have to feed 204 million.

The latest estimate of population growth for  the world by 2100 is from the present 7 billion to 11 billion. And that is based on an assumption that present birth rates will decline sharply. If they don't, it could be 25 billion.

But don't worry. It won't. Most of humanity would be dead before we could reach that mark.

And what's the big news in the Moncton Times and Tribune for today?

"Zoo campaign approaches goal"

As usual, the current events group will meet in the Moncton library on Tuesday, July 2, and 7 p.m.
A major topic might be the implications of what is happening in Syria, or it might be the biggest story of foreign policy bungling that's ever been kept a secret - but I'm open to suggestions.


1 comment:

  1. Mr. Decarie, you could write about the weekly happenings at an ant-hill in North Dakota and I would await your posts with bated's your talent, Sir. And humour : )