With the siege of Kunduz in full swing last Saturday, the Toronto Star led with Rosie DiManno in a burka. (Now that's a story idea.) It was the wandering war correspondent's final piece from, well, we actually don't know, since there was no dateline.
The lonely Star columnist's been wandering the rugged hillsides and valleys for weeks like some character out of The English Patient -- miles away from the action.
i am afghan
Sure, Afghanistan has been ravaged by brutal warlords, famine and meddling superpowers. But according to Afghanistan Online, it's also "the friendliest country in the world, possibly the universe." (Talk about a PR challenge). At www.afghan-web.com you can learn more about the abysmal conditions of women under the Taliban -- or browse for stamps, order a cookbook or shop for Afghanistan baseball caps, T-shirts, mugs and mousepads. We're sure it's just a matter of time before we see Afghan flags flying from pickup trucks.
No crime is too trivial for Toronto cops these days. In their heightened state of alert, the cops recently went public over the theft of soap. Apparently, last month two cardboard drums were reported stolen from International Foods on Mulock. The cops say one of the drums contained caustic soda soap that is highly corrosive and if mixed with other soap could collapse lungs. The other drum contains everyday soap that does not pose any threat -- beyond dry, chapped skin, that is. No word if Toronto's finest are staking out public soap dispensers.
corus discovers its feminine side
So let's get this straight. First Corus Entertainment picks up the Women's Television Network, and then drops Howard Stern from Q-107? Those testosterone-charged guys down the dial at Corus-owned Mojo Radio, they of the talking testicles, must be running scared. It could soon be bye-bye, bikinis and hello, Martha Stewart.
Pass the popcorn -- the National Post is spanking Naomi Klein again. (Must be a sign-up sheet in editor Ken Whyte's office.) Ray Heard, who organized the Rosedale fundraiser for Nelson Mandela's children's charity, blasted Klein in the Post after she showed up uninvited and later wrote a Globe and Mail column suggesting the Bay Street crowd at the shindig had invested in apartheid-era South Africa -- "Prove it, dearie," an outraged Heard countered. Heard's wife, Gillian Cosgrove, also couldn't resist smacking the guru of anti-globalization in the Post for her lack of "courtesy and civility." Indeed, a fete by the horsey set for a global icon of freedom and democracy is no excuse for a journalist to practise those ideals.