And another thing...
lately i have been sending you a
lot of complaints and disagreements, and I have more to send today.
I want to reassure you that I do appreciate your magazine. You have many fine attributes. I loved John Harkness's review of The Lord Of The Rings (NOW December 13-19). However, my attention returns to the war and your obsessively anti-American reportage.
NOW has, in previous issues, propounded several theories about the U.S.'s hidden motives. Now Alice Klein tells us that the real purpose of the war is to stimulate the U.S. economy through military spending.
Pretty clever of them to trick the Taliban regime into sponsoring a vicious terrorist attack just to provide a convenient pretext for this profitable war, eh?
Cashing in on war
the very insightful article by
Alice Klein, Saved By Al Qaeda (NOW December 13-19), could have been more critical of our economic system.
To do well, the economy requires money to be spent regardless of the reason. It's the mindless society at work.
But I refuse to believe things are all right when others are being smashed up and we as Canadians take the credit for our part in the destruction.
Irresponsible choice of pic
it was good to see now cover
last week's protest against Bill 86 (NOW, December 13-19), a bill that tramples on the civil rights of youth by giving police the power to snatch and hold without a warrant anyone under 18 whom they suspect is involved or "at risk" of becoming involved in sex work.
With the enthusiasm for targeted policing in this city, it's almost a given that this power will be applied in a discriminatory fashion.
That said, I would like to draw attention to the creative captioning of the image you ran of the demo, prominently featuring me, my name and a reference to "teenage sex workers" protesting.
For the record, I'm neither a teenager nor a sex worker. If I were, it would have been incredibly irresponsible for Now to run my image, given the danger it would bring me -- not only of police harassment under the proposed bill, but of harassment from neighbours, potential loss of housing, violence on the street, etc.
Liberals' food logic
thanks for your page-long ex-
posé on food labels (NOW, December 13-19). It's good to know that a bag of popcorn contains as much fat as six Big Macs.
The Liberals continue to oppose making the food industry tell us if we're eating Monsanto's latest brew.
The obvious question is, if the Liberals and Loblaws are OK selling products that clog our arteries, why do they oppose telling us whether our food contains "safe" genetically engineered ingredients?
Genetic engineering campaigner, Greenpeace
Ad encouraging unsafe sex
i am intrigued by the fact that
your publication runs large ads for gay bath-houses offering private rooms and "half-price with student IDs."
Given that most of those with AIDS in Canada are homosexual men, and that there has been a resurgence of new cases within the gay community, what gives?
Bin Laden, super-genius
since i don't for a moment trust
the patriotic propaganda spouted by U.S. TV networks, especially CNN, I viewed the famous bin Laden video in its entirety on BBC.
I disagree with president Bush and American leaders that the video constitutes incontestable proof of bin Laden's culpability.
Video or not, I have no doubts whatsoever that bin Laden was the brains behind the September 11 attacks.
It was a masterstroke of sheer political genius.
It put fear in the arrogant Americans. It was long overdue.
This charismatic and diabolic strategist almost single-handedly brought mankind's mightiest empire to its knees.
Incendiary stuff in this age of collective mediocrity.
Oke G. Pamp
Enemies surround Israel
there is nothing israel can do
short of destroying itself that would satisfy terrorists.
To those who have anything negative to say about the actions of Israel's government, I suggest they go and live there.
See what it's like to be surrounded by brutal enemies who have always vowed to drive the Jewish state into the sea. It won't take long to see what Israel has understood for the past 50 years -- that terrorism aims to terrify nations into appeasement.
D.A. Cohen Toronto
Arafat authors own demise
it seems that every time ellie
Kirzner visits a Jewish institution we readers are treated to a diatribe against Israel (NOW, December 6-12). This time we are asked, "How stupid does Ariel Sharon believe we are?"
Back in 1996, Arafat did confront for a few months the infrastructure of terror within the Palestinian Authority. Subsequently, he retreated into his usual pattern of playing footsie with Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
In so far as it might be more difficult today for Arafat to seriously confront these terrorist organizations, this is primarily due to his giving ground to them in the past.
Simply put, Arafat is the architect of his own destruction. But all of this seems of little consequence to Kirzner. I shudder to think what will follow from her next visit to a Jewish venue.
Simon Rosenblum Director, Canadian Jewish Congress
Tax fairness for tenants
we write as tenant leaders to
voice our objection to the recent and unwarranted renewal of attacks against the Greater Toronto Tenants Association and organizer Paul York.
In Tenant Clashes (NOW, November 29-December 5), York is characterized as being "miffed" at not receiving city of Toronto funding.
In fact, last year York and the GTTA turned down $35,000 from the city's Tenant Defence Fund, preferring instead to remain independent from political influence.
We also concur with York on the issue of tax fairness for tenants. Although this is one of the few areas where the city still has jurisdiction, council seems to prefer inaction and obfuscation.
In addition, we take exception to Paul Samuelson's letter (NOW, December 6-12). The GTTA, through political action and legal challenges, is working to find real remedies to problems facing Ontario tenants.
The GTTA is a valuable part of the Toronto tenant movement.
Pauline Hutchings and seven others
Just for the record
re rob ferraz's letter regarding
my hypocrisy (NOW, December 13-19). Who is Rob Ferraz and why has he got it in for me?
My reference to NOW as a miserable pinko rag was an ironic in-joke for the two or three people who might recognize my name in Toronto. Then it turns out one of those two or three people is somewhat literal-minded, to say the least.
For the record, I have always picked up Now and have been its admirer since my days in Montreal, where it was generally considered to set the standard for Canadian alternative journalism.
As for my Toronto-bashing -- I also bashed people who have no sense of humour, but that doesn't prevent me from living among them.
National Post, Toronto
Lessons in hiphop
i was at the el da sensei rap con-
cert (NOW, December 13-19). Although I agree it was a fairly boring concert, you guys made two mistakes in the review.
First of all, the main picture clearly depicts El Da Sensei rapping, but your caption says Mr. Complex.
You also refer to Subconscious as a "local MC" when in fact he's from Brooklyn.
Such an established publication as yours should do a little more research.
Or perhaps hire people more knowledgeable in matters concerning artists and their music. You should contact me.
I can proudly say that my knowledge of hiphop exceeds Ambika Thompson's.
Thanks for hearing me out.