November 19, 2006

Nov. 19, 2006: 1

Update: brief list of topics

Prime Minister , Harper , Human Rights , CCD , Huseyin Celil

Memory Lane , trade deficit

Canada Veterans, Asia and Remembrance Day , Burma vets -- mostly RCAF

China , New Brunswick , Minister of Education , Lamrock

Memory Lane , Auditor General , Foundations , UN Millennium Goals , Kyoto , Sustainable Development Technologuy [sic -- Technology] , Diplomat , China , Kazakhstan , Li Ka-Shing and More


Rosett: The Courtier to Annan

This is a principled Prime Minister ...

One with whom we may be well pleased.

China's president to meet Harper -- "I think Canadians want us to promote our trade relations worldwide, and we do that, but I don't think Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values - our belief in democracy, freedom, human rights," Harper said.

[....] Harper and his officials say they were not told explicitly why the Chinese suddenly declined to meet. But the prime minister hinted broadly that Beijing had tried to dictate what sorts of subjects would be raised during their tete-a-tete.

... Huseyin Celil, a Chinese-Canadian being imprisoned by China for alleged terrorism links. ... Canadian ... aggressively lobbying for his release. [....]

Harper right to defend human rights and democracy against Chinese bullying

Canadian Coalition for Democracies, Wednesday, 15 November 2006, CCD press release

Ottawa, Canada - For the first time in many years, a Canadian Prime Minister has declared that Canadian foreign policy will be set in Ottawa, not in Beijing. En route to the APEC conference in Hanoi, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters that Canada will not sell out human rights in response to threats of trade consequences by China.

"For both a practical and principled perspective, the Prime Minister has again done the right thing," said Alastair Gordon, President of the Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD). "With the balance of trade overwhelmingly from China to Canada, any trade restrictions imposed by Beijing would hurt China much more than Canada. On the import side, China needs our raw materials. On the export side, China would not risk losing the preferential tariffs that she enjoys on her manufactured goods."

"Furthermore, Canada's warming relationship with India, a manufacturing and technology giant with the entrepreneurship of free people in a democracy, further diminishes China's ability to threaten Canada," added Gordon.

"Our former government followed a foreign policy dictated by the overtly imperialistic One China Policy," said Naresh Raghubeer, Executive Director of CCD. "The future of Taiwan should be determined democratically by its 23 million people, not by an axis of foreign leaders."

"Prime Minster Harper has shown he is a tough negotiator. He does not cave to empty threats and has shown it is possible to be guided by Canadian values and still enjoy the prosperity of international trade," added Raghubeer.

For more information, please contact:

Naresh Raghubeer

Mobile: 416-452-6957
Office: 613-216-2095

Memory Lane - China related

Frost Hits the Rhubarb July 16-22, 2006

Scroll down to:

July 20, 2006: CNOOC, CNCP, Song Yiwu ...
Update & related:


July 18, 2006: China: organs, expertise & oil sands -- "China looks in vain for oil sands deal -- wants Canada's crude" by Dave Ebner


July 20, 2006: Big oil ...

targets Greenland
-- fields of 500M barrels: EnCana among 13 firms eyeing bid for offshore rights -- invited to Ilulissat, Jon Harding, Financial Post, July 19, 2006

[.... Think of the dispute--though Canada sees no dispute--over exactly where the boundary is in our north. ]


July 18, 2006: China: organs, expertise & oil sands
Chinese organ harvesters? July 6, 06, [....]

China worried as US protectionist tiger stirs, Rowan Callick, China correspondent, Nov. 13, 06 The Australian

[....] But in China, where the election campaign attracted little interest, it is now starting to arouse widespread concern about the future relationship between the two great powers.

Iraq, Iran, Palestine and global warming are issues of secondary importance to China. But trade, Taiwan and preventing what Beijing views as unwelcome interference in its domestic affairs are the highest priorities.

... Democrats are leading what Beijing perceives as an anti-China charge. With about 20 bills critical of China, most relating to trade,

... promises to protect US jobs from being lost to China ... AFL-CIO,... a core backer of the Democratic Party.

The US trade deficit with China, ... $263 billion, ...

On the Republican side of politics, critics of China on human rights and religious freedom ... business lobby, which has invested massively in China and relies heavily on cheap Chinese imports .... Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, ... viewed by Beijing as a lao pengyou - an old friend and supporter [....]

Canada Veterans, Asia and Remembrance Day

Scroll down to Why? -- Veterans -- Burma Star
Worthington: Burma campaign ignored
, May 1, 06

[....] Burma vets -- mostly RCAF -- have always been forgotten, not only by the public, but by the media, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), and now by the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. [....]

Adams says a "real shocker" was VAC's packet of brochures sent to all high schools, declaring "May 8, 1945, to be the end of the Second World War." [I expect this will change during the mandate of this government. ]

Says Adams: "No atomic bomb, no war with Japan and, of course, no mention of the Burma vets." [....]

Why? Would it be cynical to suggest ... business interests ... in Asia ... yes, of course, too cynical.

Update: Nov. 19, 06:

Was I too cynical, given what has happened since? I notice the newly minted New Brunswick Liberal Minister of Education, Kelly Lamrock, has flown off to China to liase / meet with Chinese officials concerning co-operative efforts in education. Under the former federal Liberal government, I believe several business "initiatives" were begun; then, with a change of government federally, what happened? The best laid plans ... Anyway, watch for developments to add to the example of which I wrote in the first week of February 2006 (UNB-St. John -- Fujian, China). I believe agriculture in NB may be getting a boost ... ecologically sound / politically correct ... sustainable development of something ... schools teaching sustainable development or agricultural skills or something like that ... maybe more mushroom plots ... Exchange students will be coming from abroad ... to teach or learn the skills so sorely lacking in potato growing country. Note the areas in the screen capture ... Woodstock and Grand Falls. Maybe they're hoping to grow what would be a newly-legalized weed or flowers or fruit for fruit wine ... if only the Liberals can get back in power federally ... and bring all that business. Watch for developments.

Memory Lane

Re: Auditor General , Foundations , UN Millennium Goals , Kyoto , Sustainable Development Technologuy [sic -- Technology] , Diplomat , China , Kazakhstan , Li Ka-Shing and More

Frost Hits the Rhubarb June 18-24, 2006

Search: June 22, 2006: AG: Foundations Hiding Tax $$$ From Public Scrutiny

That is within:

June 24, 2006: Update to Addax & Oryx Gp, BNP Paribas, & Canada

Frost Hits the Rhubarb June 22, 06 (scroll down) -- the specific post, FHTR June 22, 2006: Kazakhastan, The Silk Road Group, Banks, Shipping, & More [Relevant Maps, Completing the French Connection ... forged Niger Documents, Addax & Oryx Group] ....

That covered:

June 22, 2006: Kazakhastan, The Silk Road Group, Banks, Shipping, & More ....

Canuck Connections

Herbert Smith advises BNP Paribas on major innovative financing deal for Addax Petroleum Board of Directors ...

Addax & Oryx Group -- Switzerland-Canada-Africa-Eurasia Connections

Mr Gandur has been the honorary consul for the Republic of Congo in Geneva (Switzerland) since 1990 and has been awarded the position of diplomat by Senegal.

June 22, 2006: Kazakhastan, Silk Road Group, Banks, Shipping, & More
June 22, 2006: Kazakhastan, The Silk Road Group, Banks, Shipping, & More [Relevant Maps, Completing the French Connection ... forged Niger Documents, Addax & Oryx Group]
June 22, 2006: Blogger, MS Explorer, Firefox & A Space ...
June 22, 2006: Military, Ethics Bill, UN Millennium Goals, Mortazavi, Divorce...
June 22, 2006: AG: Foundations Hiding Tax $$$ From Public Scrutiny [ *** See note about this below or above.]
June 22, 2006: Found -&-Terror Incidents & the Media
June 22, 2006: Advocacy-Commission a Poll, Home Boy, Art -&- Daycare Links [....]

*** Note: spelling error which renders searches useless

June 22, 2006: AG: Foundations Hiding Tax $$$ From Public Scrutiny
The following deals with the possible abuse of taxpayers' money, since the public is not informed. There is a reason for posting this today, though the reasons will become clear only later, perhaps.

Auditor General: Billions of tax dollars held by foundations out of public scrutiny Annual Report 2003-2004 .pdf

Sustainable Development Technologuy [sic -- Technology]

NOTE: I do not spell as badly as it might appear. Generally, I re-read. However, I have found later that an extra letter will have crept into a word rendering a search for that word useless. e.g. Frechette / Frechetter. I know that a spellchecker may be used to change a spelling throughout a document and then to cry "incompetence" -- another inconvenient employee ... released ... fired ... contract ended ... the usual.

Apparently, misspelling affects the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, as well.

Note: There is a misspelling within the list for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation: Alexandre Trudau [sic -- Trudeau]

the cross-pollination of directors for these foundations

There is also mention of these items if you search further:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chaves
a consortium called Sincor I and Sincor II.
Li Ka-Shing

[More background to these posts:

"Nov. 11, 2006

Update 2 Canada, China, business networks and business councils, et cetera. I had forgotten how much information was posted ... that may be in some way related to this post Nov. 6, 2006: Charity begins ... in Hong Kong - China

There is another audit mentioned here: June 28, 2005 Hansard, TPC, Audit, Secrecy & the Missing Link, Other links to TPC & ZENON, Bombardier & More

Search: audit , Technology Partnerships Program

Book Review by Claudia Rosett: The Courtier to Annan, November 15, 2006

Ms. Rosett is a journalist-in-residence at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Not so long ago, Kofi Annan was up to his ears in the Oil for Food scandal, and his legacy as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations was on its way down the drain. He was ducking questions from his critics. But he did decide to cooperate to an extraordinary extent with one reporter, James Traub, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine. Mr. Traub wished to write a book about the U.N., and about Mr. Annan — whom he considered the incarnation of the institution. [....]

Voilà: Mr. Traub has crafted for Mr. Annan, just in time for his retirement next month [....]

Access has its charms. [....]


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