"Terrorism doesn't just blow up buildings; it blasts every other issue off the political map. The spectre of terrorism - real and exaggerated - has become a shield of impunity, protecting governments around the world from scrutiny for their human rights abuses."

—Naomi Klein

"If you listen to the politicians, you might think we are all terrorists."

—Loesje (international—originally Dutch—free speech organization)

"Our position is clear and frank...We consider the military occupation of our land a terrorist act."

—Yasser Arafat

Basbeall season is still a month away in Vancouver, but the Vancouver Canadians have released the names coming to town this summer as part of the team's Superstar Series.

Former major leaguers Bill Buckner, Cecil Fielder, Dave Henderson, and Bill "Spaceman" Lee will all be making appearances at Nat Bailey Stadium in the months ahead.

Former Detroit Tiger slugger Cecil Fielder will be on hand at the Nat on July 27.

Former Seattle Mariner outfielder Dave Henderson will be in town on August 4.

Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner will appear on August 12.

Former Montreal Expos pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee will have his night on August 31.

Earlier this week, thousands of people could do nothing but watch as an eaglet died in a nest monitored by a Web cam on Hornby Island. Another story involving wildlife in distress unfolded this morning at the entrance to Granville Island. This time, onlookers were able to take action and a crew from JJM Construction became heroes to a mother duck, her eleven ducklings, and several admiring bystanders.

Stories that have come out of North Korea are sometimes so shocking, they're hard to believe.


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News reports detail gruesome stories of torture, public executions, infanticide, malnutrition, and other horrors. In addition, there's mass starvation, which is forcing people into acts of desperation such as cannibalism. I also once read how human feces are being used to compensate for the lack of fertilizer (a health hazard).

After watching a documentary about North Koreans trying to escape into China at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival a few years ago, I was haunted by footage smuggled out of the totalitarian state.

You have to admit, it's rather amusing to see the Architectural Institute of B.C. taking great pains to praise Arthur Erickson in death.

Just last summer, blogger and freelance writer Frances Bula exposed how Erickson, a world-renowned architect, was in a bitter tussle with the AIBC, which licenses architects.

The institute  didn't want Erickson calling himself an "architect" because he refused to take the required continuing-education courses. Erickson quit the institute in 2005, but was given honourary membership.

As Straight contributor Mel Tobias pointed out in an article last year about the rebirth of Tagalog-language films, Filipino cinema is gaining worldwide recognition as its reinvigorated  film industry undergoes a period of growth.

A recent example of this development was when maverick, minimalist  director Brilliante Mendoza became the first Filipino director to show his films two years in a row at the Cannes Film Festival.

It was a story the media couldn’t resist: UBC study discovers that employers discriminate against applicants with non-English names.

It generated a ton of coverage, as it should have. The researchers sent 6,000 mock resumes in response to 2,000 on-line job postings in the Greater Toronto area. Those with English-sounding names like John Martin or Jill Wilson were called back 40 percent more often than those with Asian names, such as Sana Khan or Le Li.

This should put an end to any suggestion that we live in a postracial society in Canada.

The newly formed B.C. chapter of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance’s Women in Technology Forum will officially mark its launch with a lunchtime event on June 2.

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Women in Tech: Accessing Knowledge, Career Opportunities and Capital will feature presentations by female leaders in the province’s technology sector, followed by networking sessions.

The Canadian Association of Internet Providers has filed an application with the CRTC that calls on the Commission to rescind its November 2008 Bell throttling decision. The application alleges multiple errors of fact and law in the decision and points specifically to the CRTC's lack of a full understanding of the issues raised in the proceeding. CAIP argues that the CRTC specifically launched the larger net neutrality proceeding this summer in order to gain that fuller understanding, but argues that:

I only interviewed Arthur Erickson once, but he just might have been the most confident person I've ever encountered. That's saying a lot when you consider some of the others I've come across over the years.

He was a delightful, opinionated, and utterly certain that what he was saying was correct. He thought in big terms, dreaming of Vancouver as a major international metropolis with millions more people living here.

Erickson, a world-renowned Vancouver architect, died yesterday (May 20) at the age of 84.  In Vancouver, he  designed Simon Fraser University, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, the MacMillan Bloedel Building (that's the one that looks like a giant waffle iron on West Georgia), and the Vancouver Law Courts, among other projects.

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