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    ?FREE MAY 29-JUNE 4 2008 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 49 Easy reader

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    EDITORIAL Editor Alastair Sutherland Music Editor Rupert Bottenberg News Editor Patrick Lejtenyi Editorial Assistant Sacha Jackson Listings Editor Vidya Lutchman Copy Editor Lorraine Carpenter Contributing Editors Marites Carino (Dance), Sasha (Sex), Mark Slutsky (Film), Juliet Waters (Books) Contributing Writers Chris Barry, Neil Boyce, Scott C, Lorraine Carpenter, Michael Citrome, Johnson Cummins, Gerard Dee, Stacey Dewolfe, Len Dobbin, Samer Elatrash, Erin Flynn, Malcolm Fraser, Michael-Oliver Harding, Matthew Hays, Christopher Hazou, Veronica Islas, Matt Jones, Raf Katigbak, AJ Kinik, Erik Leijon, Peter Lightburn, Tracey Lindeman, Erin MacLeod, Jeffrey Malecki, Anne Marie Marko, Lateef Martin, Jack Oatmon, Genevieve Paiement, Mathilde Rabbat, Christine Redfern, Lorne Roberts, Scott Saxon, Shane Sinnott, Al South, Christopher Sykes, Alex Tigchelaar, Vincent Tinguely, Lucas Wisenthal, Narcel X, Andrea Zanin, Steve Zylbergold ART Art Director Chris Tucker Assistant Art Director Nicolas Ct Photographers and Illustrators Rachel Granofsky, Dave Rosen, Richard Suicide, Rick Trembles Flat checker Jeffrey Malecki SALES Advertising Director Stephen Ct Sales Representatives Nathalie Beaulac, Pierre-Yves Clment, David Greer, Genevive Perras, Lucie Plante, Marie-France Sguin, Christian Veillette Sales Coordinator Genevive Denis Classifieds Sales Manager Amardeep Assi Classifieds Sales Assistant Vronique Fournier Classifieds Sales Representatives Louis Clment, Patrick Wellens Promotions Genevive Perras PRODUCTION Production Manager Martin Ouimet Designers Huguette Bergevin, Pierre-Franois Bigras, Jessica Charbonneau, Celine Poupart, milie Salles, Yannick Sasseville, Jessica Zohil ADMINISTRATION Accounts Payable Mica Foti Collection Agent Joyce Rabagliati Distribution Gama 2000 Receptionists Fariba Bonakdar The Mirror is published every Thursday and is distributed throughout Montreal. 1999 readership measured at 287,000 by SOM Inc. Entire contents are Communications Gratte-Ciel Lte. The Mirror is located at 465 McGill Street, 3rd floor. Published by Communications Gratte-Ciel Lte (head office 300, Avenue Viger Est, Montral, H2X 3W4). Printed by Quebecor World Inc. (head office at 612 St-Jacques). Printed at Imprimerie Mirabel-Division of Quebecor Media, 12,800 Brault Street, St-Janvier de Mirabel, QC, J7J 1P3. National Sales Toronto DPS Media, 1240 Bay Street, #305, Toronto, ON, M5R 2A7, (416) 413-9291 National Sales Montreal Quebecor Ventes Media, 465 McGill Street, 6th floor. Montreal, QC, H2Y 4B4, (514) 597-2231 Subscription rates: first class $100/yr; U.S. subscriptions $125/yr. Canadian Publications Mail Sales Product Agreement #0229865. Change of address can be sent directly to our offices. THE MIRROR 465 McGill St., 3rd floor, Montreal, Quebec H2Y 4B4 Tel: (514) 393-1010, 393-8002 (classifieds) Fax: 393-3173/3756 General e-mail: mirror@mtl-mirror.com Community listings e-mail: listings@mtl-mirror.com Publisher Michel Desbiens www.montrealmirror.com A.A.N. ASSOCIATION OF ALTERNATIVE NEWSWEEKLIES

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    LETTERS WE Reasonably accommodate nature [Re: ?Angel and Insect,? News, May 22] A report on reasonable accommodation that does not also discuss kindness to nature and the environment, in effect, talks about people as though they live in a vacuum. This, I'm sure, was never considered, given the total human selfcentredness of most politics and social analysis. In our era of global warming, species extinction and ecosystem destruction, we cannot seriously talk about improving relations within society without considering ourselves part of the earth. The fact that the commission's criteria did not allow for a consideration of our destructive treatment of the earth (even in Quebec!) distorts the report. It is now 28 years since the first Earth Day, and it's time we realized that human relations don't exist in 4 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 29 - JUNE 4 2008 a vacuum, apart from the earth, and that any ?reasonable accommodation? has to include a new friendship with the earth. ?SHLOIME PEREL Onward Christian roots I commend Quebec Premier Jean Charest for reaffirming Quebec's attachment to its Catholic heritage and for renouncing the Bouchard-Taylor commission's recommendations aimed at secularizing the legislature. The increasing tendency of Western countries to repudiate their Christian roots is not the expression of some morally superior tolerance for other cultures but rather the authorization of an absolute way of thinking and living that is radically opposed to the variety of cultures?cultures which, in the end, are dogmatically relativized. Secularists are motivated by a totalitarian concept of the State. According to this mentality, the State is a sort of Supreme Being that is above us and tells us how to live. INSIDE May 29?June 4 This Week THE FRONT p. 5 Challenging crimes against the foetus?Southwest worries over Turcot?Unravelling the SPP? Tapping the beer fest. NEWS p. 8 U.K. scholar Peter Hallward examines foreign intervention in Haiti in his book Damming the Flood. SPORTS p. 11 Motorcycling for women? KebbeK Speedboards?Drifting?Club Montreal Sports & Social?Euro '08?Wii Fit. MUSIC p. 28 Flying Lotus flies into Mutek? Radio Slave is no slave to his many names?Martha Wainwright's weddings and funerals?Genetic Control, back in control?Ask and ye shall get Receivers?DJ Klever spins whatever, wherever. FILM p. 51 Inside the mind of notorious director Uwe Boll?Sex and the City scores?Argentina's XXY is surprising and original?The Strangers is not scary enough? Israeli film fest?Les Plus beaux yeux du monde?Concordia animation at Wild Card?MPP on Desperate Teenage Lovedolls. COVER p. 11 Motorcycle champ Vanessa Gareau rides high. Cover photo courtesy of Jeepy photo ARTSWEEK p. 62 Team Studio at Division Gallery, 4th annual WAWA Show, Off-FTA. ARTS p. 63 Yves Saint Laurent's sartorial creations hit the MMFA. BOOKS p. 64 Gabor Mat talks addiction in In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. THEATRE p. 64 Porte Parole tackles manufacturing woes in Import/Export. RESTO p. 69 Too many ingredients nearly spoil the broth at Le Local. Columns PEOPLE p. 6 SPCA worker Julie Laurin. RIFF RAFF p. 9 Bruises as proof of manhood. WWW.MONTREALMIRROR.COM PRESS START p. 57 Mario Kart Wii. SASHA p. 79 Sex columnist against sex toy creator. Every Week ROSEN p. 4 PUNKUSRAUCOUS REX p. 33 COMPACT DISCS p. 34 THE LOAD-DOWN p. 36 DISCO VOLANTE p. 38 RANT LINE? p. 42 THE INCUBATOR p. 43 VIDIOT'S BOX p. 56 SUDOKU p. 68 FREE WILL ASTROLOGY p. 70 CLASSIFIEDS p. 73 Listings LIVE MUSIC p. 44 FILM p. 58 OPEN CITY p. 67 STAGE p. 65 GALLERY p. 66 WELCOME LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. Send your comments, compliments or criticisms to: Letters to the Editor, Mirror, 465 McGill St., 3rd Floor, Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 4B4. You may also fax us at (514) 393-3173, e-mail your comments to letters@mtl-mirror.com, or visit our Web site at www.montrealmirror.com. Letters should include your name, address and daytime phone number. But this is not reality. It should be the State that conforms to the society it serves?not the other way around. This is the essence of democracy. The opposite is dictatorship and totalitarianism. ?PAUL KOKOSKI, HAMILTON, ONT. Kill 'em all Iron Man [RE: ?Iron Man,? Film, May 22] Your capsule review of Iron Man reminds me of how far the liberal Western media has gone in its wariness of any sort of negative portrayal of Muslims. Now I'm as big a critic of U.S. government transgressions as anyone, but reading certain publications, one would almost think that Iraqi insurgents are merely victims of American imperialism; that the Taliban are just old-fashioned tribal leaders best left to their poppy fields; that suicide bombers are innocent victims of Israeli aggression; that the chaps who flew planes into the World Trade Centre were practically forced by U.S. foreign policy. The truth of the situation is that there are Islamic extremists who are up to nasty business. To portray this is not necessarily ?light, casual racism,? and to suggest that it is, is the sort of politically correct myopia that doesn't help anything. I think a more legitimate criticism of the movie's politics would be that Tony Stark's resolution to destroy his weapons seems limited to those possessed by the ?bad guys? and not his own government. And that the double dealing arms trader is seen as a renegade crackpot instead of being intrinsic to the system, which is more likely the case in the real world. ?JOHN WILLIAMS Recalling South Africa [Re: ?Frankel vs. Finkelstein,? Letters, May 22] If all he can do to refute Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians is cite their increased numbers, no wonder ?Bossman? chooses to conceal his real name. A higher birth rate as determining factor must have escaped Bossman's probing analysis?though I once heard a dim-witted Holocaust-denier also point to the existing Jewish population as ?evidence? the extermination project was half-hearted. It is hardly original for racists to refer to the better living standards of those subjected to colonization. Apartheid-era South Africa regularly boasted that the life expectancy of its black population was greater than in neighbouring countries. As a settler minority ruling over an indigenous majority, Afrikaners also called the resistance movement ?terrorists? while complaining they were surrounded by ?hostile? neighbours wanting their ?annihilation? and saw themselves as a ?beacon of civilization? in a ?backward? continent that ?refused to accept their existence.? These supremacists even offered the indigenous population disconnected homelands and tried to pass that off as genuine autonomy. Sound familiar? ?SHIRLEY GROVES

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    THE FRONT QUOTE Aborting C-484 A couple things guaranteed to get a Tory politician drooling are tough crime laws and strict abortion controls. So why not put the two together? That seems to be exactly what Edmonton MP Ken Epp had in mind when he introduced the ?Unborn Victims of Crime Act? into Parliament. Bill C-484 intends to stiffen sentences for anyone who attacks or kills a pregnant mother, charging them twice: once for the mother and once for the foetus. Pro-choice activists are arguing that changing Canada's laws to recognize the independent life of an unborn foetus would set a dangerous precedent towards re-criminalizing abortion. ?Canadian society tends to be very pro-choice,? says Claude- Catherine Lemoine, of the ad-hoc group Fministes opposes au projet de loi C-484. ?That's why they needed to introduce it under the veil of something else, something that seems more noble.? Lemoine's group is organizing a demonstration against the bill this Sunday, June 1 at 2 p.m. The action will take place in Parc Lahaie (at the corner of St-Laurent and St-Joseph), the site of numerous confrontations between pro-choicers and pro-lifers in the 1980s and '90s. For more information, see contrelec-484.blogpot.com. ?MATT JONES Turcot worries With the ageing, soaring highways of the Turcot interchange slated to come down over the next few years, some residents of the surrounding neighbourhoods are wondering just how bad life is going to get. The provincial Transportation Ministry announced last year that the interchange, which connects the 15, 20 and 720 highways, will be rebuilt by the end of 2015, at an estimated cost of between $1.2- and $1.5-billion. But the people in St-Henri and Cte-St- Paul in the Southwest borough are worried that years of construction? and the newer, lower highways?will present some serious health, environment and housing concerns. ?The project as it stands now has too many negative impacts,? says Sophie Sabourin, of Concertation Ville-mard-Cte-St-Paul, a community group. She and others say the project will increase air pollution around the new highways, is a step back in the province's commitment to fighting global warming and will raze important and increasingly scarce low-income housing. An information session on the project was held this week, and Sabourin says they are organizing a petition against the project which they hope to present to the National Assembly in the fall. For more information, see www.mobilisation-turcot.info. ?PATRICK LEJTENYI A N G E L & I N S E C T ANGEL: Canada on Mars! Thanks to topnotch Canadian engineering, we now have a presence on the Red Planet. Our contribution to the Phoenix lander project, besides providing a convenient simulation of Mars-like terrain: a weather station. Developed by the Canadian Space Agency, based in St-Hubert, the $37-million device will tell the world just how cold and windy is the polar cap of the fourth planet from the Sun (answer: most likely very). Early signals indicate all systems are functioning well, although communications are difficult. But gosh, it seems fitting that Canada can contribute to something as titillating as the weather. INSECT: Tory pratfalls Arguably the best thing about ex-Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier's fall from grace, aside from pics of ex-biker babe Julie Couillard in a plunging neckline everywhere, is seeing the Harper government exposed for what it increasingly appears to be: bumbling, obfuscating and preferring optics over substance. Few will argue that Bernier was ever suitable for the job, and his multiple gaffes, including forgetting classified documents after a Montreal booty call, confirm it. But Harper's weeks of sidestepping the issue over the questionable Bernier-Couillard relationship proves that, when it comes to protecting valuable political assets like a Qubcois Conservative foreign minister, he plainly values politics over competence. OF THE WEEK: ?The content in it is not much more salacious than any episode of Sex and the City.? ? Brad Pelman, president of Maple Pictures, the distributors of Young People Fucking. Pelman is inviting a group of 50 politicians to an Ottawa screening of the film on Thursday to dispel their queasiness over its taxpayer funding. PARTY FROM THE PUNJAB! Members of the local dance troupe Gabroo Punjab Dey cut a rug at the Garden of Love Bollywood-themed party at the Just for Laughs Museum last Saturday. The party, featuring a number of performances of South Asian origin, closed out the annual Accs Asie Festival. PHOTO BY JASON FELKER Whose SPP? For many Canadians, the first they'd heard of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America was amid the din and smoke of last year's Montebello summit and protests. Described by foes as a secretive ?NAFTA on crack,? the SPP is said by its supporters to be a series of meetings between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to discuss mundane issues like trade standards and the like. But the NDP has been criss-crossing the country this year holding public forums to inform Canadians, they say, about some of the SPP's more worrying aspects. On Thursday, May 29, they'll be hosting the first such meeting on the island of Montreal. ?There's nothing wrong with the Prime Minister of Canada meeting behind closed doors with the presidents of the United States and Mexico,? says Dan Quinn, the NDP's candidate in the Lac St-Louis riding. ?But the top CEOs in the countries also have access to those meetings. We as the public don't know what decisions are being made.? Apart from the secrecy, Quinn says, if the SPP is implemented, ?the social, economic and environmental standards will be reduced to the lowest common denominator.? The meeting takes place at the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Legion (28 Ste-Anne), at 7 p.m. ?PATRICK LEJTENYI Beer taps open And another summer of festivals here in the magical land of the summer festival begins. Kicking things off this year will be the 15th annual Mondial de la Bire, which got underway Wednesday, May 28 and runs until Sunday, June 1 at the Windsor Station and Courtyard (1160 de la Gauchetire W.). Because it's never too early in the morning to start drinking, doors open every day at 11 a.m. and will stay open until 10 p.m., except on Sunday, when the entire festival will be wrapping up at 8 p.m. As always, admission is free and beer tasting coupons cost one buck each, with three- to four-ounce glasses of beer costing anywhere from one to five coupons. ?Special to this year,? reports festival spokesperson Marie- Jose Lefebvre, ?we've asked 15 breweries to brew one beer each that will be unique to this occasion, our 15th anniversary. Among them will be Brutopia with their Nigerian Nectar African ale, and La Barbarie with their Sangri-Bire, and, of course, visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite of the 15 brews.? For more information on everything the beer festival has to offer, go to www. festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca. ?CHRIS BARRY REAR-VIEW MIRROR 17 YEARS AGO - MAY. 30?JUNE 6, 1991 On the cover: Cops hitting someone, as the Mirror asks if a new ethics committee will ?keep the police under control.? City councillor Marvin Rotrand says, ?Quebec now has one of the most open review processes in North America.? But others wonder why so few Montrealers know about the review process in the first place. ? ?Me Mom & Morgentaler launched their tape Clown Heaven & Hell with mummery: devil horns, clown noses, space suits, Capt. Kirk, Infamous Basturds'Chico, god, satan, and rocket, to the tune of Star Wars,? writes Jenny Ross. However, ?The tape, though fun, can't compare to their full-of-beans live show.? ? ?I see [performance art] as art one person does,? says local artist Dominique Stolow. ?It's a special dialogue and the performer must feel privileged to have this dialogue.? ? ?I don't' consider myself an Elvis impersonator,? says Dread Zeppelin singer Tortelvis. ?I consider myself an Elvis impersonator impersonator.? ? ?Carnivores be prepared to celebrate; vegetarians, be forewarned,? reads the review of German resto Berlin. ? MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 29 - JUNE 4 2008 5

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    6 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 29 - JUNE 4 2008 PEOPLE BY CHRIS BARRY Animal passion Keeping critters alive, fed and clean a labour of love for SPCA Laval worker Name: Julie Laurin Age: 23 Occupation: SPCA adoption/foster Bio: This sassy Laval babe started her career with the Laval SPCA just over three years ago, volunteering for the endlessly glamorous task of cleaning up shit and washing animal cages. A committed woman with a strong sense of purpose, within three months, Julie had secured herself a paying gig with the organization, overseeing the shelter's pet fostering program while also arranging the odd animal adoption, working especially closely with ?animals that aren't easily placed, like pregnant cats and dogs and older animals.? While she officially only works 40 hours a week, she says she ends up working much more than that because ?I'm always thinking about my duties there, and I do a lot of stuff from home over the Internet as well.? That said, she may well soon find herself with a lot more time on her hands, as the Laval SPCA is scheduled to close its doors this summer with no plans on reopening anytime in the near future. What will happen to the animals currently hangin' at the Laval SPCA: ?They'll be going to the Montreal SPCA and/or adopted. We haven't been accepting any animals for a while, so we only have 10 dogs looking for homes right now. We do, however, still have lots and lots of kittens here.? If one were to morph into a four-legged creature who found themselves sheltered at the SPCA, what kind of beast would one want to be so far as finding a happy home is concerned? ?A puppy from a breed of small dogs. What you wouldn't want to be is a cat.? The number of beasts she's personally adopted since working at the SPCA: ?Not that many really, I just moved into my own place two months ago and before that I was living with my parents, so I was kind of limited. I've adopted one cat who I'd fostered but just couldn't bring back after awhile, another big old male cat that I've since had tattooed on my arm?he lived on the street for three years before finding me and he's the best cat ever?and one dog who I adopted just before moving into my new place. Oh, and I have another cat who I adopted two weeks ago but may not be able to keep because he can't get along with the dog and he attacked me the other day, lunging right at my face, so I'm very, very sad about it but I'll probably have to find him a new home. And, uh, I also have two ferrets living with me.? Is it better not to be too emotional about animals to do her gig? ?No, you have to care about them, but it can be pretty hard sometimes. Not as many animals are put to sleep here as you might hear in the media?but it's really trying when you have to put animals down because their owners just don't care. That's the hardest for me, being polite to these people who consider their pets as furniture and come here to simply discard them.? Best part of the gig: ?Saving lives.? Worst part of the gig: ?Not being able to save lives.? Literary preferences: Tattoo magazines. Musical preferences: Johnny Cash, Ignite, Rise Against. Words of wisdom: ?As Bob Barker would say, spay and neuter your pets.? n COMMENTS? DIMWIT@HDOT.NET RACHEL GRANOFSKY

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    NEWS Powers of the Caribbean British scholar Peter Hallward examines foreign meddling in Haiti and its role in destabilizing an already troubled country by SAMER ELATRASH he coup that ousted Haitian T president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004, endorsed by the U.S., France and Canada, continues to bitterly divide its opponents and supporters. Aristide, Haiti's first freely elected president in 1990, attracted the enmity of Haiti's opposition shortly after winning, leading to a first coup and a military government that lasted until 1994, leaving thousands of Haitians dead in its wake. Brought back to power with the help of the U.S. in 1994, Aristide served the remainder of his term and then won an election again in 2000. His second term was marked by protests by Haitian opposition groups and increasing denunciation by the U.S., Canada and France, who said Aristide was involved in human rights abuses. Aristide's supporters and opponents of the 2004 coup say it was reminiscent of a tradition of foreign intervention in Haiti and attempts by a minority wealthy Haitian elite to control the impoverished country. Smooth & Silky Skin for Summer New in Montreal UNLIMITED LASER HAIR REMOVAL PACKAGES $299 .99* Until June 30th, 2008 8 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 29 - JUNE 4 2008 per month > We also offer < Botox | Restylane | Artecoll | Bevelry Hills Peel Foto Facial IPL | Microdermabrasion Permalaser Medical aesthetics - Esthtique mdicale 5845 Cte des Neiges, Suite 460 (514) 731-1545 Visit our informative website at www.permalaser.com INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Peter Hallward, a professor of philosophy at Middlesex University in England, is the author of a recently published book, Damming the Flood, a formidably researched account of the coup that is critical of foreign intervention in Haiti. He spoke to the Mirror ahead of a scheduled talk in Montreal. Mirror: We often come back to Aristide's person, for good or bad. You conclude the book with an interview with Aristide, whom opponents say was involved in human rights abuses. Aren't opponents of the coup a bit too defensive of Aristide? Peter Hallward: He has strengths and weaknesses, like any other leader. In my opinion, he has many remarkable strengths but that's neither here nor there; obviously it's up to the Haitian people to pick their own leader, and in 1990 and 2000 they picked Aristide by overwhelming margins. Whether Aristide was a good or bad Regain your youthful appearance! All this with No Downtime or Recovery. ON SITE BOARD CERTIFIED FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON 59529.12 president is Haiti's problem, not ours. M: What is our problem? Why should we support someone in Haiti with those practices? PH: What do you mean? What practices? M: The use of armed gangs, for example. PH: You mean the so-called chimres?pro-government partisans, living in poor neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince like Cit Soleil. Even a middle-of-the-road reporter like the Reuters correspondent Guyler Delva confirms that there's no evidence to back up anti-Aristide claims that his government set out to arm groups of its poorest supporters, or encouraged them violently to suppress the ?democratic opposition? more politically engaged analysts and journalists treat such claims with derision. Of course, once opposition protests started [in late 2003] to call for the overthrow of Aristide's government, their demonstrations met with vigorous counter-demonstrations. What would you expect? The opposition protests were led by former soldiers and leaders of the right-wing business community, and these people aren't very popular in the poorer communities of Port-au-Prince, with good reason. The Haitian army killed thousands of [Aristide's party] Lavalas supporters back in the early 1990s, during the first coup, and Aristide's decision to disband the army after he came back to power in 1994 was extremely popular. In 2001?2004, the opposition to Aristide worked hand in hand with prominent ex-army leaders, in both a political and a paramilitary capacity. Anti-Aristide analysts in the mainstream French and North American press regularly compared these chimres with the former dictator Franois Duvalier's Tontons Macoutes. This is completely absurd. The Macoutes and their military associates killed upwards of 50,000 people. As far as I know, a total of two or three people died in clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Port-au- Prince in the last months of Aristide's second government, in the face of extraordinary forms of provocation. In the whole of Aristide's second government, the best evidence I'm aware of suggests that between 10 and 30 individuals might be described, often very loosely, as the victims of Lavalas political violence. This is much less than the number of people who died during these same years at the hands of anti-government forces, let alone the thousands of people killed during both the 1991?'94 and 2004?'06 coups. PRIVATIZE OR ELSE M: Why then has Aristide attracted so much opposition in Haiti and countries such as France, Canada and the U.S.? PH: The main reason is a consequence of class struggle, if you don't mind such unfashionable language. Aristide was a spokesman and symbol for popular empowerment. Haiti is a very polarized country: you have a very small, very concentrated elite, whose power derives largely from its ability to exploit and dominate the rest of the population. The vast majority of Haitian people live on next to nothing, something like a dollar a day. Aristide represented the political empowerment of these people. The elite dealt with this threat in predictable ways. They used political and economic pressure to force Aristide to accept some unpopular compromises, and when necessary, they resorted to more direct forms of coercion. In order to get him to accept a neo-liberal structural adjustment plan in the early 1990s, the army and the ?international community? colluded in the massacre of thousands of his supporters. This plan called for the removal of protective tariffs, the privatization of Haiti's remaining stateowned enterprises, a reduction in the civil service etc. But Aristide only agreed to go along with these things if certain conditions were met, for instance if profits from privatization were invested in social services. These conditions weren't met. Aristide's ?intransigent? refusal to pursue untrammelled privatization is one of the reasons why the international community HERE FOR WHO? UN peacekeeper in Haiti turned against him, and encouraged them to overthrow his second government with a second coup. M: What were the consequences of the coup in 2004? PH: First of all, the coup dealt another devastating blow to Lavalas activists. Nobody knows how many were killed in the first week or two of the coup, but it's clear that hundreds of people died. Hundreds more were killed later in 2004, once it became clear that opposition to the coup remained very strong; violent assaults on pro- Aristide neighbourhoods continued from September 2004 for a full year. Several thousand people died, altogether, and in less spectacular form, the repression continues to this day. FOOD AND POLITICS M: But there does seem to be some accountability. [Current president Ren Prval, who served as prime minister under Aristide's first administration] sacked his cabinet after [Haitians rioted over the soaring cost of food] last month. Hasn't there been some success at least after the coup in restoring Haiti's political process? PH: Yes and no. Prval's election in February 2006 was a remarkable achievement. In 2006, [Prval] was still widely perceived as Aristide's ?twin brother.? By electing Prval rather than one of the supporters of the 2004 coup, the people sent a very clear signal. But Prval's hands were tied, in all kinds of ways, and his approach has been mainly placatory. He's tried to avoid offending the Haitian business community and their international backers. He's pursued the old privatization agenda. And despite some tentative efforts, he hasn't done very much for the bulk of the people who elected him: the poor. ? PETER HALLWARD WILL DELIVER TWO TALKS IN MONTREAL, BOTH ON SATURDAY, MAY 31. THE FIRST WILL BE AT THE CENTRE CULTUREL SIMON BOLIVAR (394 DE MAISONNEUVE W., 3 P.M., FREE), THE SECOND AT CAF CULTUREL VOLVER (5604 PARC, 7:30 P.M., $3, OR FREE WITH PURCHASE OF A BOOK) DARREN ELL

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    RIFF-RAFF Bruising from a cruising Show of hands: who wants this sun-forsaken city to warm up? I have both my hands in the air right now. Actually, that's kind of a lie, since I'm using both hands to type this. Hold on. There. I just put both my hands up for like 30 seconds (pinky swear). Anyway, this is all to say this schizo weatherwarm-cold-sun-rain thing is starting to get to me, and I cannot wait for real shorts weather to begin. Yes, I know, there is a certain surprisingly large percentage of people in this city that, for some unfathomable reason, like to don their cut-off shorts, flip flops, muscle tees and rollerblades as soon as the snow melts, even if it's still witch'steat freezing out. These guys are easily spotted by their tribal armband tattoos, single hoop earrings and Euro haircuts that are totally Laurie-Anderson-circa-?O Superman.? Sure it's frightening to even imagine getting mowed down by a middle-aged Euro-trash fruitbooter speeding down the street, but c'mon, can you really blame anyone for flying their pasty skin-coloured flag around town, even a little prematurely? We've all just spent months wrapped up like little spring rolls trying to survive one of the longest winters in a long time. Damn right some people need to show some skin, no matter how sickeningly translucent it might be. But I want shorts weather to come not for the warmer temperatures or because, as you might also think, I want to impress the world at large with the genetic inheritance known as the Katigbak Thunder Thighs. Nor do I want to don short pants because I feel the need to show how oddly hairless I am on only one half of my legs. No, I want to start wearing shorts simply because I'm just plain tired of taking my pants off in public all the time. Before you go thinking I've lost the plot and am so desperate for attention that I need to start exposing myself in public like some kind of fire-crotched pseudo-starlet (I'm about as scandalous as an Amish strip club), lemme 'splain. About a week ago, I crashed a motorcycle. Don't worry, it wasn't mine. Luckily, after seeing my entire life flash before my eyes (including the moment when I cried at the animatronic bears at a Chuck-E-Cheese in New Jersey when I was eight, and the time I took a crap on the Peterson's Family lawn er? last week), I realized nothing was broken, then felt a dull ache on my upper left thigh and thought, ?Um, that's probably gonna bruise.? Sure enough, the next day there appeared a huge deep-purple continent on my leg that curiously took the shape of Africa exactly where I hit the ground and subsequently slid for a few metres on the pavement. Now I am the proud owner of a bruise the size of a small paperback novel. I say ?proud owner? because I am compulsively showing it off like some people show off newly acquired puppies or newborn babies. Or perhaps since it's taken the exact shape of Africa, it's more like I'm showing it off like a lemon that has the face of the Virgin Mary or a potato that looks like Ernest Borgnine. Actually, I guess all potatoes look like Ernest Borgnine. Did I tell you how much I love my bruise? I've decided to call it Ongeluk, after the Afrikaans word for ?accident?. Cute eh? I can't get enough of showing it off to people. ?See! It's just like Africa! Look! There's even a little scabby atoll where Madagascar would be!? I don't know why I'm bonkers for bruises. Maybe it's because I led a pretty sheltered life. It's not that my parents were overprotective, like they would keep me on one of those weird springy neon harnesses that suburban parents seem to love to yank their kids around in these days (what is up with those things anyway?). Nor were they worrywarts like Steven Weiss's parents, who made him wear an oversized helmet when he was playing in the yard. But I was a pretty sickly kid, and never really went for that outdoor boyhood adventure sports stuff. So this bruise is basically the coolest thing I've ever seen, and if shorts weather ever gets here, it'll be the coolest thing you'll ever see too. The best thing about it is that if I ever get tired of telling the motorcycle crash story, I can just make up some other excuses. I could just look at it and chuckle absentmindedly, ?Oh that was nothing, y'know just a little hate crime.? Or, ?Oh that?? I'd say nonchalantly, ?let's just say never try to ride a cow while you're tripping on mushrooms and crystal meth.? ? RIFF-RAFF@SYMPATICO.CA BY RAF KATIGBAK BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Increase Profit for your Business Services Include: Organizing Sales Force Expansion Projects Loans & Grants Coaching Incorporations & Tax #'s Import / Export Assistance ? 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    Special until June 30th, 2008* Upper lip or chin or underarms First treatment FREE for new clients METRO 10 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 29 - JUNE 4 2008 DAMN RIGHT m UNWELCOME GUEST Apartheid, land grabs and collective punishment are a good start, but for Israel, the best way to make sure the irony of being called the only democracy in the Middle East stands out is by silencing its critics. Lucky, then, that Norman Finkelstein decided to show up at a Ben Gurion airport on his way to visit friends in Israel and Palestine. With as much reason as Israeli security ever gives, Finkelstein?interviewed in the Mirror on May 1? was hauled into a Shin Bet interrogation room upon landing, detained for about 24 hours, then deported with a 10-year ban from the nation. Arriving in Israel from Amsterdam en route to Hebron, Finkelstein was promptly apprehended and taken to a Shin Bet lock-up. He was interrogated about his contact with Hezbollah, accused of having ties to al-Qaeda, and had what he describes as ?several unpleasant moments with the guards.? Finkelstein says he answered all questions candidly and in as much detail as possible. ?I have nothing to hide,? he said. ?Alas, no suicide missions or secret rendez-vous with terrorist organizations.? Regardless, he was sent packing. The deportation and ban was condemned by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, calling the decision to do so ?typical of a totalitarian regime.? ?SCOTT SAXON NETWORTHY Q IMMUNE TO ALL VIRUSES Mentos, K-Fed, Chocolate Rain: Weezer's new video for ?Pork and Beans? is meta. Here are actual celebrities impersonating pseudocelebrities who got their fame in viral videos in a video designed to be viral. It's sort of an M.C. Escher drawing rendered as a black velvet painting, but more desirable in your living room. The good news is that if you're not a YouTube idiot savant, Valleywag breaks it down by linking to all the referenced videos, hard bodies, gay G.I. Joe, Peanut Butter Jelly Time and all. It's so much fun it won't even bother you that our culture has run out of ideas at valleywag.com/392972/weezerundestands-how-to-work-youtube. Mean Girls: Julia Wertz's ?roughly thrice a week? comic Fart Party is an autobiographical Web comic (also available as a book) that manages to be funny, mean, touching, self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating at the same time. It's also pretty dirty, at least in that Wertz uses foul language in creative ways like ?my life is the abortion Juno should have had? at www.fartparty.org. ?MICHAEL CITROME COMMENTS? MIKECITROME@YAHOO.COM MAN BITES DOG d HIGH SECURITY While a hot towel might be the perfect mid-flight pick-me-up for most air travellers, one person passing through Japan's Narita International airport is going to find that flying the friendly skies seems to be a lot more friendly once they get to unpacking their bags. And while police would like nothing more than to talk to that person, it's not anything that passenger has knowingly done that has perked the law's interest. Instead, it was the poor judgment of a customs officer who put 142 grams of pot in a random passenger's bag in an attempt to test the efficiency of the airport's drugsniffing canine. Unfortunately, the dog failed? and then so did the customs officer's memory, leaving an unknown passenger the proud owner of the pot. Though using actual passenger luggage in canine training tests is prohibited, the customs official says he was ?overconfident that it would work.? ?The dogs have always been able to find it before,? he lamented. When the dog failed to turn up the offending scent, the officer realized he had no recollection of which bag he'd stashed the stash in. ?SCOTT SAXON 59528.12

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