Thursday, July 31, 2008

Chinese Christians Face More Persecution

The Beijing Olympics are now eight days away, but as China prepares for the games, Christians are facing more persecution. Religious freedom activists say the Chinese government is cracking down on house churches in the name of Olympic security. Activists say the Chinese government has jailed bookstore owner She Wee-Hahn, fearing he may stir up trouble during the games. And Wee-Hahn is not alone.

North American Union Dead, Says Its 'Father'

The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America is dead, says Robert A. Pastor, the American University professor who for more than a decade has been a major proponent of building a North American Community. "The new president will probably discard the SPP," Pastor wrote in an article titled "The Future of North America," published in the current July/August issue of the Council on Foreign Relations magazine Foreign Affairs.

Did Legal Abortion Really Lower Crime Rates?

Let's examine what the crime rate actually is compared to years ago, as opposed to what we've been told it is. Here are some figures you probably didn't see widely quoted in the media earlier this month when Statistics Canada released its 2007 data on falling Canadian crime rates. First, violent crime is up 320% since 1962, when modern records first started being kept. Second, property crime, which many victims don't even bother to report anymore, is nonetheless up 75%. Third, the overall crime rate is up 152%.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More Media Industry Consolidation

Newfoundland Capital Corp. says it has struck a deal to buy 12 FM radio stations in central and northern Ontario for just under $19 million ... The acquired properties include radio stations in Muskoka, North Bay and Timmins in central and northern Ontario ... Newfoundland Capital is one of Canada's biggest radio broadcasters with 76 licences across Canada.

High Oil Prices, High Oil Company Profits

BP PLC reported a 28 percent rise in second quarter net profit Tuesday on surging energy prices and vowed to fight for its troubled Russian joint venture, TNK-BP. BP, Europe's second biggest oil producer behind, posted net profit of $9.47 billion for the three months ending June 30, up from $7.38 billion in the same period a year ago. Revenues jumped 49 percent to $110.98 billion as the price for a barrel of oil rose by around 35 percent over the quarter.

China Using Olympics as 'Pretext' for Crackdown

China is using the Beijing Olympics as a pretext to pursue -- and in some cases tighten -- a crackdown on human rights, notably ridding the capital of "undesirables," Amnesty International charged Monday. Reporting 11 days ahead of the August 8 opening ceremony, the rights group said that despite some minor reforms, authorities had stepped up repression of activists and lawyers to present a picture of stability and harmony. Amnesty urged the International Olympic Committee and political leaders to do far more to challenge China, warning of even more repressive measures once the spotlight on the Games has faded away.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Who Funds the 'Progressive' Media?

There is now a blossoming literature showing the funding strategies of these highly influential philanthropists are antidemocratic and manipulative. The antidemocratic nature of liberal foundations is epitomized by the long history of collaboration (that formerly existed) between the largest major liberal foundations (like the Ford Foundation) and the US Central Intelligence Agency. Moreover, recent research has demonstrated the key leadership role that liberal foundations played in developing the means by which powerful elites could manufacture public (and elite) consent.

Opposition to Lisbon Treaty Intensifies

A second Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty would be defeated by 62% to 38% according to a Red C poll carried out in the wake of French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s flying visit to Ireland last Monday. The findings show that opposition to the Lisbon Treaty has strengthened since the referendum on June 12 when the No vote was carried by 53.4% to 46.6%. When the 16% of “don’t knows” are included, the poll shows the No side holding a 52% to 32% lead over the yes side.

The Truth Behind Stalin's Ukrainian Famine

The demented Roman Emperor Caligula once mused that if all the people of Rome had one neck he would cut it just to be rid of his troublesome people. The trouble was there were simply too many Romans to kill them all. Many centuries later, the brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin reflected that he would have liked to deport the entire Ukrainian nation, but 20 million were too many to move even for him. So he found another solution: starvation.

Gay Sex Is a Sin, Say 4 Out of 5 U.K. Protestants

Most Christians believe gay sex is a sin and that practising gays should not be ordained. A survey by ComRes of 517 Protestant Christians in Britain found that only 3 per cent of nonCatholic Christians believe homosexuality is not a sin, while 81 per cent say it is and 15 per cent say “it is more complicated than this”. Taking into account all Protestant denominations, 81 per cent believe that gay sex is sinful.

Canadians: They're Angry

Taxes, gas prices, lousy airline service and ticket surcharges, text messaging fees -- even Tibet -- you name it, Canadians are angry about it. We are a nation united by our simmering, pent-up piques and frustrations. And in this summer of our discontent, a rash of consumer resentments -- led by gas prices -- is fouling our mood as surely as a swarm of blackflies on a sunny afternoon. According to a poll on national temperament by Ipsos Reid 71 per cent of Canadians are "really angry or upset" about gas prices. But consumer complaints aren't the only thing making us hot under the collar.

Chinese Catholic Priests Missing Since Arrest

Two Catholic priests have gone missing after being arrested in areas neighbouring Beijing, a religious group said Monday, amid government efforts to curb protests before the Olympics. Zhang Jianlin and Jia Zhiguo, both priests from Zhangjiakou prefecture near the capital, have not been seen since they were apprehended in late May, the US-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said in a statement.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Material Girl As She Really Is