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    ?FREE MAY 1-MAY 7 2008 VOLUME 23 NUMBER 45 More hookers than Grand Theft Auto IV!

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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, 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, Tracey Lindeman, Erin MacLeod, Jeffrey Malecki, Anne Marie Marko, Lateef Martin, Jack Oatmon, Genevieve Paiement, Mathilde Rabbat, Christine Redfern, Scott Saxon, Shane Sinnott, Al South, Chris 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, Nantha Kumar, Marie-Claude Lavoie, 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 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 1 - MAY 7 2008 3

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    LETTERS WE More reasons to fight Bill C-26 [Re: ?Prohibition, pot and politics,? News, April 24] The poor marijuana activists who are saddened by the ?coincidence? that Parliament is dissolved every time their milquetoast bill nears discussion are hopelessly naive. The government are never going to willingly get rid of any drug law, no matter which party is in power. They are all lawyers and an alarmingly large fraction of legal fees come from drug trials. The only way to combat these harmful and unjust laws is through a legal process known as Jury Nullification. This goes back to the Magna Carta, and has been used to secure rights we take completely for granted today, such as the freedoms of speech and religion. Most recently, it resulted in the repeal of Canada?s abortion laws. Lawyers have been trying to hide its existence since the late 1800s, not wanting to give up any of their power or authority, but it was recently unambiguously upheld by a Canadian Supreme Court deci- 4 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 1 - MAY 7 2008 sion written by Morris Fish. It?s certainly a topic worthy of an article. Had I the time, I would start an organization devoted to educating Canadians as to their right to decide according to their conscience while serving on a jury. Thomas Jefferson called Jury Nullification, ?The only mechanism yet invented by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.? Check out the Wikipedia article for starters. You?ll be amazed. ?MIKE GUETTA What argument do the drug warriors make to impose mandatory minimum sentences for ?marijuana crimes?? Where is the justification for harsh penalties for using a substance that has never caused a single death and has no connection to violence? Where are the assaults, thefts, murders and social chaos from marijuana to justify sending someone to prison? Apparently drug crusading cretins still believe the racist fictions used to outlaw marijuana in the first place. ?...persons using this narcotic smoke the dry leaves of the plant, which has the effect of driving them INSIDE May 1?May 7 This Week THE FRONT p. 5 Immigrants for status?University of the Streets turns five? Farha meets fashion again? Douglas Hospital hits the screens. NEWS p. 9 Writers in Peril at Blue Met? Ornery scholar and Israel critic Norman Finkelstein. MUSIC p. 14 Get a taste of Taste?Ministry?s death rattle?Melanie C?s still spicy?Midnight Juggernauts? dancefloor dystopia?FEED: render unto seizure?The Kills are on target. FILM p. 36 Fatih Akin on his complex The Edge of Heaven?Fugitive Pieces represents the worst of Can- Con?Helen Hunt?s bittersweet Then She Found Me?Made of Honor is a humdrum rom-com? Concordia grads show off their stuff?MPP on Shanks. ARTSWEEK p. 47 clats Nocturnes opens Accs Asie, Guy Maddin at Dazibao, Montreal designers open their doors. COVER p. 14 Sweden?s queen bee of e-pop, Robyn, returns in command of her own career. Cover photo by Samantha Rapp. BOOKS p. 48 Josip Novakovich?s Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust. THEATRE p. 48 Forever Yours, Marie-Lou and The Jungle Book. RESTO p. 52 Ethiopian eats at Mekdella. Columns PEOPLE p. 6 Anglo rights activist/filmmaker Jimmy K. RIFF RAFF p. 12 Faking your way through reading. PRESS START p. 41 Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. WWW.MONTREALMIRROR.COM completely insane. The addict loses all sense of moral responsibility. SASHA p. 63 Bigger packages. Every Week ROSEN p. 4 PUNKUSRAUCOUS REX p. 25 COMPACT DISCS p. 26 THE LOAD-DOWN p. 27 DISCO VOLANTE p. 28 RANT LINE? p. 29 THE INCUBATOR p. 30 VIDIOT?S BOX p. 40 SUDOKU p. 51 FREE WILL ASTROLOGY p. 53 CLASSIFIEDS p. 58 Listings LIVE MUSIC p. 31 FILM p. 42 OPEN CITY p. 51 STAGE p. 49 GALLERY p. 50 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. Addicts to this drug, while under its influence, are immune to pain. While in this condition they become raving maniacs and are liable to kill or indulge in any forms of violence to other persons, using the most savage methods of cruelty without, as said before, any sense of moral responsibility.??Mrs. Emily Murphy writing under the pen name of ?Janey Canuck.? There is no evidence that marijuana poses any danger except to the deluded minds of drug warriors like ?Janey Canuck? who have lost all connection with reality. ?RALPH GIVENS, DALY CITY, CALIFORNIA I liked your article, ?Prohibition, pot and politics.? Bill C-26 will be terrible for Canada if it passes and the details of this bill need to be exposed as much as possible. Thanks for including my Web site URL as well! (cannabisfacts.ca) ?FRANK D. When one considers that new science out of Germany shows how cannabis helps the human body?s natural cancer-resistance by stimulating the production of TIMP-1, the Harper government?s new crackdown on pot seems downright criminal, doesn?t it? (www.salemnews.com/articles/january112008/ cancer_treatment_11008.php). These demons (and I can?t think of a better word for them) are going to put people in jail for using the cure for cancer. Think about that! ?RUSSELL BARTH, FEDERAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENCE HOLDER PATIENTS AGAINST IGNORANCE AND DISCRIMINATION ON CANNABIS Fixed gear complaints [Re: ?Break free,? Biking, April 24] Many of us fixed gear riders are ashamed by this new trendy bike shop. It?s a very faded mainstream copy of Revolution Montreal and Belleville Cycle Coop. Both those shops have been doing what he is doing, but years before. The city?s first store of its sort...I?m not so sure! A lot of bike messengers have been riding track bikes in Montreal for a long time and have also been organizing races and events. Brakeless is taking credit for creating something that has existed for years. What a shame! ?CAROLINE Everyone tidy up! Let?s face it, when spring thaw hits, our city is far from pretty. Many areas look more like garbage dumps while we sit back and wait for the city to begin the massive clean-up. Montreal could promote an annual weekend in April to kick-start spring cleaning that encourages people to put on their work gloves, grab a garbage bag and remove all traces of litter in the area immediately surrounding their home/business. The ultimate solution is for all citizens to take pride in our beautiful city by making a diligent effort to keep their relatively small opento-the-world environs clean, weed and garbage-free all year-round. This process would be quick and painless if everyone pitched in. ?LILIANNE WHITE

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    THE FRONT QUOTE Legalize us With May Day 2008 celebrations wrapping up this weekend, it?s time for workers of the world to unite and dust off the old marching boots to take to the streets demanding status for all. This Sunday, May 4, at 12:30 p.m., the good folk at Solidarity Across Borders, in collaboration with Mayworks 2008 organizers, and the Immigrant Workers Centre, will be assembling on the corner of Victoria and Van Horne in Cte-des-Neiges to march through the ?hood demanding justice and dignity for immigrants. Claiming ?there is no such thing as an ?illegal? human being, only illegitimate laws and governments,? Kerre King of Solidarity Across Borders states. ?We?ll be marching to show our solidarity with everyone who is living without status and/or has immigration problems. We?re demanding status for everyone and trying to demonstrate how poverty, racial profiling and the racist immigration policies in this country are all interconnected?which is one reason why we?ve chosen Cte-des-Neiges for this demonstration. We feel it?s the neighbourhood which most reflects the poverty resulting from the current immigration system.? For more information about the march and other Mayworks 2008 events, go to www. solidarityacrossborders.org. ?CHRIS BARRY Street U Hitting the pavement isn?t the only way of getting a street education?in fact, you can get one while sipping coffee in NDG or Mile-End. University of the Streets Caf has been bringing the streets into coffee shops for five years by hosting public conversations, giving academics, armchair philosophers and regular folk the opportunity to make connections with their fellow citizens. ?There?s no diploma, there?s no grade,? says Elizabeth Hunt, coordinator for the University of the Streets Caf. Instead, people come together looking for a community or a forum, and come away with a different point of view, a deeper understanding or a newfound respect. The Cafs are held a couple of times a week in various Montreal coffee shops, bringing together people who come through different doors in life. Topics of discussion range from environmentalism to media to anarchism in sports and everything in between, but for Hunt, the key to these conversations is not the content, but the exchange. ?We talk too much, and not enough, all at the same time,? she says. The next conversation, about ?Conversation Space: How do we build a conversant community,? takes place on Monday, May 5, at the Arts Caf (201 Fairmount W.) at 7 p.m. For the complete schedule, visit www.univcafe.org. ?TRACEY LINDEMAN A N G E L & I N S E C T ANGEL: Defending Vermont Public Radio Anyone who?s listened to mainstream radio in this province (not to mention this city) knows how dreadful it can be. So it?s no surprise that listeners in the Eastern Townships want to stand up for decent listening. They worry that Corus-owned CHLT-FM, based in Sherbrooke and broadcasting at 102.1 FM, will be granted its request to change (and boost) its frequency to 107.7 FM, right next door to VPR?s 107.9 FM, and effectively drown it out. It happened earlier this year, when Hawkesbury?s the Jewel began broadcasting its classic rock over VPR?s frequency. The CRTC is studying the request now. INSECT: Paranoia at DND Some military secrets obviously need to be kept just that, secret, but we have to wonder at how sensitive some of those secrets actually are. The Globe and Mail revealed this week the Department of National Defence has a guideline on how to justify censoring and restricting records requested by journalists and the public, which was distributed across the Forces and the department in January. Usual excuses are operational security and avoiding insulting other nations or its citizens, but the blanket can be extended to even innocuous information that could be used to piece together a bigger image. Without nosy reporters, ugly but important information like the Abu Ghraib scandal would remain hidden forever?to only a few people?s benefit. OF THE WEEK: ?The person maybe wasn?t as competent as we thought.? ?Provincial International Relations Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, on Quebec?s former representative to New York Bruno Fortier, who was fired, allegedly for insubordination and stubbornness, in March. Psychological harassment claims have also been filed against Fortier by two former employees. A FUNERAL FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION: Horse Palace owner Leo Leonard leads almost 200 Griffintown residents and friends to city hall for a demonstration/mock funeral for the public consultation and the neighbourhood. Demonstrators say the city?s plans to allow real estate developer Devimco to remake the neighbourhood is undemocratic and economically wobbly, but the city council approved the plan on Monday night. PHOTO BY RACHEL GRANOFSKY Bargain charity The annual Au Coeur de la Mode fashion charity has certainly grown up to be beautiful in its 21 years. This Sunday, May 4, more than 65 boutiques and local and international designers will be selling their high-end, and normally high priced, wares at half price or less at the Palais des Congrs to raise much needed money for the Farha Foundation, a charity group with links to over 40 AIDS-related organizations. ?It?s going to be quite fabulous!? enthuses Nancy Farha, whose brother Ron created the foundation shortly before he died of AIDSrelated complications in 1993. ?La Senza is giving us 7,000 slippers and we?ll be giving our first customers VIP treatment, so they?ll be able to enter 15 minutes [after paying an additional dollar on the $5 entry fee] before we open wearing these wonderful slippers.? The foundation will receive 25 per cent of the sale?s profits (?although some boutiques and manufacturers give us a bit more,? says Farha), as well as 100 per cent of the door, all to be distributed among organizations that help people with AIDS or in education and prevention. The sale takes place Sunday, May 5 at the Palais des Congrs, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, see www.aucoeur.ca or www.farha.qc.ca. ?PATRICK LEJTENYI Mental health movies Frames of Mind, the screening series of films on mental health, raises the curtains for its fifth year this Monday, May 5, at the NFB?s CinRobothque, with Lyne Charlebois?s film Borderline. Sponsored by the Douglas Hospital, the film?s co-writer, Marie-Sissi Labrche, and Douglas expert Dr. Mimi Isral will field questions after the screening. This marks the first time screenings have been held downtown, and, if spokesperson Marie-France Coutu is to be believed, hopefully will not be the last. ?We?re trying to bring people together where they can talk about mental health issues in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment, and what better place to do that than a movie theatre?? she says. Coutu says the point of holding the inaugural screening downtown is to rub elbows with the city?s filmmakers, and try to get the series to grow into a festival. ?We would really like to meet people in the cultural/movie milieu and to be in contact with them when their films are in pre-production or pre-distribution.? The screening takes place at the Robothque (1564 St-Denis) at 6 p.m., with cocktails at 5 p.m. $7.50/ $5.50 students and seniors. For more info, see www.douglas.qc.ca. ?PATRICK LEJTENYI REAR-VIEW MIRROR 19 YEARS AGO - MAY 5-18, 1989 On the cover: Montreal dancer Margie Gillis. Preparing for Bloom, her dance to Molly Bloom?s soliloquy at the end of Ulysses, she is sitting in a dark closet, alone and silent. ?I?m listening to the sound vibrating inside me,? she says. ? The city plans on opening a ring of beaches on the St. Lawrence, but the high levels of human and industrial waste in the water still worry many. ?It is disgusting, and it smells,? says one windsurfer, referring to L?Anse l?Orme. ?There is brown foam on the shore and dead fish floating on the water.? ? Despite writing songs like ?Judy Come Home,? about a woman who stabs her abusive lover, and ?Fuck the System,? the Sons of Freedom?s Jim Newton says, ?I don?t really like being called a political band. I don?t feel I have the right to judge or criticize people in a song.? ? Pet Sematary ?proves that Stephen King?s vision of horror is too grandiose and complex to be? translated to the screen.? ? MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 1 - MAY 7 2008 5

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    6 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 1 - MAY 7 2008 PEOPLE BY CHRIS BARRY Calling all angryphones Documentarian and activist reflects on the glory days of Quebec?s linguistic battles Name: Jimmy K Age: 39 Occupation: Documentary filmmaker/former anglo activist Bio: This feisty Montreal East resident says he can?t recall exactly what motivated him to become an anglo rights activist back in the 1990s ?but I?ve lived through two referendums, I?ve always paid attention to the news, and it was making me mad. There was no defining moment really, I just think it came about from a lifetime of living in Montreal.? After finding himself considerably dismayed at how close the 1995 referendum results turned out to be, Jimmy hooked up with the Equality Party, twice running as a candidate for the party in the Robert Baldwin riding and later becoming party president. For a while, he was a bona fide talk radio host on CIQC, discussing all the important political issues of the day before a new programming formula at the station cut his career in media short. Now paying the bills via his work in the IT field, Jimmy has put together a film documenting the anglo rights movement of the ?80s and ?90s called Angryphone. He drives a sensible 2002 Mazda Protg. The deal with his Angryphone film: ?Well, this documentary isn?t about starting a revolution, it?s about documenting what happened in the late ?80s and ?90s, it?s about a period of time?the rallies, the court cases, the boycotts. Like, who was an angryphone? A lot of people hold the misconception that it was some sort of radical person, but actually, it was the most sane of people who got categorized as such. Just people asking for the same rights everyone else in North America enjoys, which was to be treated equally. The film is really about what it was like to be involved with English rights here in the ?80s and ?90s, the struggle for Canada and Quebec.? What?s happened to bring about the relative linguistic peace we?ve been experiencing lately: ?What?s happened is that we?ve given up. We?ve no leadership in the anglophone community, and what, maybe 500,000 English-speaking people have left the province. And who were those people? They were the fighters. It?s the people who decided not to fight who stayed.? Should Quebec anglophones still be pissed off? ?Well, if it doesn?t bother you that your bills and other documents the government sends you are in French only, or that your English-speaking children can?t get jobs in the civil service because less than two per cent of union representation is held by anglos, or that there really are no significant career jobs for anglos here, then hey, you shouldn?t be having any worries. But if it does bother you, then yeah, you should be upset.? Why he hates French people so much: ?But I absolutely do not. The Equality Party didn?t stand for anything like that, it was about treating everybody fairly and equally, the French, the English, new immigrants. It?s amazing how everybody seems to think the Equality Party was an English rights party, because it wasn?t. It was more of a bilingual rights party, for French people who wanted bilingual education, and for English people who wanted the same thing.? Where you can watch Angryphone: It?s only available online at www.angryphone.net. Last book read: Champion Kharma, by Howard Galganov. Musical preferences: Iron Maiden, Rush, Marillion. Words of wisdom: ?Time can only move forward, unless you have a flex capacitor.? ? COMMENTS? DIMWIT@HDOT.NET RACHEL GRANOFSKY

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    NEWS Dangers of the writing life FREE SPEECH Writers in Peril a new focus of workshops and talks at Blue Metropolis EXPRESSION THREATENED WORLDWIDE: RSF?s Franois Bugingo by PATRICK LEJTENYI urly, surly bodyguards aren?t Bthe norm at Blue Metropolis, Montreal?s annual literary festival. But when you invite Roberto Saviano, that?s what you have to put up with. Saviano, an Italian journalist and author of Gomorra, an expos of the Neapolitan Camorra crime family, is living and travelling with a constant police escort following very public threats against his life. Saviano is the kind of ?national hero??in the words of Italian novelist and intellectual Umberto Eco? who, before the age of 30, exemplifies the best and worst of courageous writing. The best, in that his book sparked a renewal of interest in the terrible cost organized crime wreaks on southern Italy and the world, and the worst, in that his courage may cost him his life. But he isn?t the only one whose printed words have put him at risk. This year, for the first time, Blue Met ARE YOU HIV POSITIVE? Anapharm is looking for : Males and Females who are HIV positive Between the ages of 18 to 65 Smoker or non-smoker RACHEL GRANOFSKY is hosting a Writers in Peril series of talks and workshops, in conjunction with Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international press freedom organization. Besides Saviano, invitees include Fidel Castro?s daughter and critic Alina Fernandez, Algerian cartoonist Ali Dilem, Senegalese women?s rights advocate Maritou Mbaye Biloma (who writes under the name Ken Bugul), former East German dissident Anke Feuchtenberger and others. ?Reporters Without Borders usually is not involved with writers, but often writers play the role of journalist as well,? says RSF?s local representative Franois Bugingo and Blue Met workshop host. He says writers of conscience, be they ?officially? journalists or not, are facing more threats than ever today, and from more sources. ?For some time, there has been this certitude that free speech is being threatened only by radical Islamists, that they?re the only ones responsible,? he says. ?But there are also all kinds of others, from Italian mafioso to traditionalists in West Africa who are opposed to women?s rights.? Globalization being the doubleedged sword that it is, Bugingo says weaker borders and increased telecommunications have been both a boon and a curse to writers and their work. ?Things have become worse for writers for two reasons,? he says. ?First, they internationalize literature, and that brings a lot more prestige to writers. Some have become like rock stars. They can be extremely important in terms of political influence. If you look at someone like Salman Rushdie, it becomes a problem for all the enemies of free speech because he became a threat. ?Second, and more dramatically, is the Internet?. The entire planet knows their thoughts, and those who don?t like them can accelerate their repression. The situation has become more precarious.? Just as literature crosses boundaries, so do threats, he says. ?This is not only the reality in the South or in the former Soviet bloc. Western societies are now threatened as they become more multi-ethnic. Denmark is the best known example of course, but there?s also Spain with the Basques, and the Netherlands. The saddest part is, it?s spreading?. Europe is no longer so peaceful and free of danger.? (Press freedoms are being challenged in Canada as well. The Canadian Association of Journalists issued an outraged denunciation last week following Montreal police?s seizure of press footage and photos of the Canadiens victory riots on Monday, April 21.) Friday, May 2 is World Press Freedom Day, and RSF will launch its annual list of the world?s worst press predators, as well as a report on the rising threats to press freedom in Europe. For more info, see www.rsf.org. For a schedule and list of speakers at Blue Metropolis, see bluemetropolis.org. ? If you meet the criteria mentioned above call our team of expert for additional information. Compensatory Indemnity up to $2,500 Anapharm offers high quality services in clinical research. The safety, comfort and respect of the volunteers are its main concern. Over 10 years of experience Westmount Agent Immobilier Affili UNITING UNIQUE PEOPLE WITH UNIQUE PROPERTIES VILLE EMARD Why pay rent? Great 2 bedroom condo, open concept, well maintained, great area. Close to metro: $169,000. VERDUN A rare find! Condo with exclusive garden access and parking, built '02, open concept: $179 000 Stunning! 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    NEWS MIDDLE EAST Of Palestine and prostitutes Author Norman Finkelstein on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, the vacuity of Barack Obama and Canadian political whores by MATTHEW HAYS n the universe of Middle East Ipunditry, it would be difficult to imagine a figure more contentious than author Norman Finkelstein. The Princeton University graduate has offered a consistently scathing critique of Israeli policies, in particular of their treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. But he drew the sharpest fire for his 2000 book, The Holocaust Industry, in which he argued that the WWII genocide of Jews was being exploited by many for cynical economic and ideological reasons. Some argued Finkelstein was simply appealing to anti-Semites, but one of his defenders was historian Raul Hilberg, widely regarded as one of the founding historians of Holocaust scholarship. Finkelstein granted the Mirror a phone interview in advance of his speaking engagement this week at the Universit de Montral. Smooth & Silky Skin for Summer New in Montreal UNLIMITED LASER HAIR REMOVAL PACKAGES $299 .99* Until May 31st, 2008 10 MONTREAL MIRROR MAY 1 - MAY 7 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 Mirror: Jimmy Carter?s book, in which he uses the word ?apartheid? in the title, has created a great deal of controversy. Do you think all the attention the ideas in his book are getting is a breakthrough? Norman Finkelstein: I think that Carter is a case of cause and effect. There has been a significant amount of alienation of American Jews from Israel. The Carter phenomenon is part of the effect of the distancing of Americans in general, and American Jews specifically, from Israel. It?s also a cause, so much that any individual can have an impact. I would take issue with the idea that he?s controversial. Last week in Haaretz, there was an editorial thanking Carter, and saying that the situation in Israel begs for a comparison to apartheid. The list is quite long of people who identify this as apartheid?many have made the comparison. It just seems surprising in the Never-Neverland of U.S. and Canadian media. Regain your youthful appearance! All this with No Downtime or Recovery. ON SITE BOARD CERTIFIED FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON 59529.8 DIM DEMS M: The Democrats appear poised to take back the White House in November. Do you have any hope that? NF: No. Barack Obama has no idea of what the word principle means. He?s a shameless opportunist. His politics are pretty much vacuous. It?s hard to detect a concrete position in anything he says. When he does take a concrete position, it?s mainstream. Clinton, of course, is a lost cause. Look at her husband. I assume they?ll be running the White House together, if they don?t rent it out for money. M: What?s the biggest obstacle to peace right now? NF: The United States. It?s very simple. Look at the voting record of the [UN] General Assembly. Every December, there?s a resolution called Peaceful Settlement of the Palestine Question, the whole world on one side, the U.S. on the other. I don?t think the U.S. is opposed, it?s the effect of the Israel lobby. AT ROCK BOTTOM M: Addiction therapists will say that some addicts can only recover once they?ve bottomed out. Couldn?t it be argued that the U.S. has bottomed out with the Bush presidency? Can something be gained now, in recovery? NF: No. The Bush presidency has been a disaster. They?ve squandered trillions of dollars on the war in Iraq. Damage has been done to America?s position in the world. In that respect, it?s bottomed out. In terms of the actual damage done, it?s meaningless to talk about crimes against humanity, because the magnitude is so great. But his predecessor, Clinton, wasn?t that much better. The estimates are that between a half million and a million Iraqis perished during the Clinton years due to sanctions. The high estimate is 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed due to the invasion. So they?re roughly in the same ballpark. I don?t think there?s much distinction: I mean, if you?re going to die of starvation or from shrapnel, I don?t know what you?d prefer or how you make that kind of moral judgment. The sanctions didn?t IRAQ NOW LIKE HUMPTY DUMPTY, THANKS TO U.S.: Finkelstein quite shatter Iraqi society the way the invasion has though. It could be irreparable. Hard to know if the country can be put back together again. It?s like Humpty Dumpty. M: There?s been a lot of talk about Tibet lately. Why is it that Palestinians can?t be seen in the same light? NF: Because the Palestinians aren?t a potential adversary, so it?s easier to starve them and throttle them. China is a potential adversary. On a legal level, to the extent that law has any meaning in the world, Israel?s occupation doesn?t compare to what China is doing. According to international law, Tibet is part of China. It?s hard to compare the occupation, and I don?t know how much value it has. But we can speak of influence. We have influence in Israel. Americans could end the occupation tomorrow ?Harper or Ignatieff, I don?t know who fills me with more loathing. The most disgusting wretches on Earth.? ?Norman Finkelstein if we had the will. What influence do we have in China? Very little. In terms of moral responsibility, of course our responsibility is Palestine. You determine moral responsibility by the degree to which you?re responsible for and/or have the capacity to end a particular injustice. You wouldn?t call a Chinese intellectual very courageous for denouncing American involvement in Vietnam, because they had no control over it. You?d be expecting a Chinese intellectual to be denouncing oppression in Tibet. SHUT UP, CANADA! M: Is there anything specific that Canada can do to aid the peace process? NF: I think they should shut up. Everything they say is so awful. Harper or Ignatieff, I don?t know who fills me with more loathing. The most disgusting wretches on Earth. Ignatieff is the pious prostitute. I wonder how these people can wake up and look in the mirror in the morning. Such shameless whores. No disparagement meant to whores, most of them do it because they have no choice. Ignatieff has a choice. M: You?ve made the claim that there are more Holocaust museums than Burger Kings in North America. NF: I think people don?t understand the use of hyperbole to make a point. I didn?t know that Canadians, beyond being humourless, are tone deaf. M: But when you make a statement like that, doesn?t it just allow your detractors to dismiss everything that you?re saying? NF: If you want to find an excuse to dismiss what someone?s saying, you?ll find one. M: You may get a laugh with that line, but it detracts from your larger arguments. NF: It?s not meant to get a laugh. It?s meant to make the point that this is just a franchise of an industry. There?s no moral content to any of this, any more than there?s any moral content to the world of politics. Every enemy of Israel is Hitler. Every enemy of Israel is threatening the Holocaust. In the ?50s, Nasser was Hitler, in 1991, Saddam was Hitler, in 2003 Saddam was Hitler again, then Hezbollah was Hitler?. This has nothing to do with any moral or political or historical content. It?s an industry, just like Burger King or McDonald?s. They have as much moral content as Burger King or McDonald?s has nutritional content. You give it the title it deserves. It?s a franchise of an industry. ? CANADIANS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST (CJPME) PRESENTS A TALK BY NORMAN FINKELSTEIN SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1:30 P.M., UNIVERSIT DE MONTRAL?S PAVILLON CLAIRE MCNICOLL (2900 LA TOUR, RM. Z-110), $15/$10 FOR STUDENTS. FOR MORE INFO, SEE WWW.CJPME.CA.

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