The Guardian: Earlier this week, British lawyer and legal correspondent for the New Statesman David Allen Green generated a fair amount of attention by announcing that he would use his objective legal expertise to bust what he called "legal myths about the Assange extradition." These myths, he said, are being irresponsibly spread by Assange defenders and "are like 'zombie facts' which stagger on even when shot down."
Ottawa Citizen: Please allow me to put in print what an awful lot of Latin American politicians would like to say to their Canadian colleagues: You know how the illicit drug trade has plagued the countries of Latin America for decades? You know how it spreads corruption, undermines governance, and distorts economies? You know how it stacks corpses like cordwood? You know the carnage happening in Mexico right now? More than 26,000 people dead? You know all that? Good. Because you are responsible.
The Globe: Prime Minister Stephen Harper took a swipe at the “soft” defence policies of previous Liberal governments as he congratulated Canadian troops for the relief and reconstruction work they are doing in this largely ruined Haitian city. Much of the equipment and supplies that have been airlifted into Haiti by Canada since the earthquake last month was delivered on a Boeing C-17 Globemaster. The Conservative government bought four of the giant aircraft in 2007 for $1.8-billion plus an estimated $1.6-billion for 20 years of service.
My word. This teacher should be burned at the stake. Feeding the children such filthy, perverted pornography. And we should make the fire with all the dictionaries in the school. Burn all the diction-aries! Burn all the diction-aries!
It's funny how it takes a couple hundred thousand casualties to get people's attention. Haiti's problems are much deeper than a faultline between shifting tectonic plates.
The Gazette: Haiti's quake is the worst disaster ever confronted by the United Nations, a spokeswoman said yesterday, with entire areas essentially obliterated and local services non-existent. "This is a historic disaster. We have never been confronted with such a disaster in the UN memory. It is like no other," Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told AFP.
NY Times: The Mexican police have captured a man suspected of being a drug lord, Carlos Beltrán Leyva, just weeks after his even more powerful brother was killed in a shootout with troops — back-to-back victories in President Felipe Calderón’s drug war. Mexican Drug TraffickingThe Public Safety office said in a statement Saturday night that Mr. Beltrán Leyva was arrested in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa State, where he and several of his brothers were born and were said to have started their gang. On Dec.
The war continues in Colombia between the government and the FARC. This will surely harden Uribe's stance, and fuel his fire of hatred and desire to end the FARC forever.
BBC: A sister of Cuba's former long-time leader, Fidel Castro, has admitted spying for the CIA in the 1960s. Juanita Castro, who now lives in Miami, said she had gathered sensitive information for the US for three years. In her memoirs, she said she had fallen out with Fidel and her other brother Raul - Cuba's current president - over the killing of their opponents. Full story