November 30, 2005
Is this guy for real? http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/
M. Dion est l'architecte de la Loi sur la clarté adoptée par le gouvernement de Jean-Chrétien.
Excellentes archives de Radio-Canada sur la C-20: http://archives.radio-canada.ca/
Turp sur le projet de loi C-20 sur la clarté: http://daniel.turp.qc.ca/vision/avis.htm
Pour en savoir plus. Directement du gouv. fédéral: http://www.pco-bcp.gc
Extrait: "Le Québec ne pourrait, malgré un résultat référendaire clair, invoquer un droit à l'autodétermination pour dicter aux autres parties à la fédération les conditions d'un projet de sécession. Le vote démocratique, quelle que soit l'ampleur de la majorité, n'aurait en soi aucun effet juridique et ne pourrait écarter les principes du fédéralisme et de la primauté du droit, les droits de la personne et des minorités, non plus que le fonctionnement de la démocratie dans les autres provinces ou dans l'ensemble du Canada. "
J'aime bien les propos de Boisclair sur ce sujet: http://radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2005/11/22/
November 30, 2005
Matignon veut redorer son blason
Pour lire l'entrevue avec de Villepin sur CNN au complet:
De très bonnes questions de la part de CNN. À Lire!
"Interviewer: You know, many people, after hurricane Katrina struck the United States said, that it exposed the poverty and racism that exist in the United States. Many people in France said that … around the world said it. Many people also said that the riots in the ghettos if you like… in the suburbs …
De Villepin: I am not sure you can call them riots. It's very different from the situation you have known in 1992 in L.A. for example. You had at that time 54 people that died, and you had 2,000 people wounded. In France during the 2 weeks period of unrest, nobody died in France. So, I think you can't compare this social unrest with any kind of riots.
Interviewer: What do you call it then?
De Villepin: Social unrest, you have to understand also, there were no guns in the streets. No adults; mostly young people between 12 and 20 … so it is very special movement.
Interviewer: Is that like positive discrimination? Is that affirmative action?
De Villepin: No, there is a difference between… what we stand for in our republic, which is: equal chances and affirmative action. Affirmative action is mainly aimed in taking into account the race and the religion. In our republic: everybody is equal and we don't want to take into account the color of the skin or the religion. But we want to take into account the difficulty that one may have. So we want to help the individuals on the basis of their own difficulties. That's why we are going to have an important program in order to help more this neighborhood that has been facing difficulties in terms of education for example. That means we are going to help all the different schools in these neighborhoods, in order to help all the young people that maybe cannot master as well the French language or do have problems in schools. It means very intense program in order to give them equal chances.
Interviewer: How can you help these people if you do not take into account that they are discriminated against because of their color.
November 29, 2005
Great video with Walken. Great song by Fatboy Slim.
I love this actor.
"I was already 35 years old, and I'd been in show business for 30-plus years, and suddenly there was this big movie and I was getting an Oscar, and this enormous thing happened," he says. "In Annie Hall, I played the strange brother who wanted to drive into oncoming cars. Immediately after that was The Deer Hunter, where I played this nice guy who shoots himself in the head. Something happened there. The fact that they came so close together, and they were both important movies, two big public things where I was simultaneously . . . 'disturbed.' That got the ball rolling for me in terms of being an actor."
November 29, 2005
Great interactive map.
Interesting part of the world.
I think we'll be hearing more and more about it as it becomes exploited for it's massive oil resources.
"Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have substantial gas reserves, but lack of pipeline capacity limits exports."
"Kazakhstan has the second largest oil and gas reserves in the region, behind Russia. Its oil production has more than doubled since 1999 and the government hopes to triple this by 2015."
Some of those countries may suddenly become part of the « rogue countries group ».
November 28, 2005
Montreal climate summit to begin
L'effet de serre en débat à Montréal sous l'égide de l'ONU
Montréal à la poursuite de Kyoto
NY Times :
U.N. Climate Conference to Open in Canada
And they all mention Quebec’s favorite; Stephane Dion.
November 27, 2005
Photos prises à Poses, sur le bord de la Seine, en Normandie (près de Rouen).
"Une guinguette est un cabaret populaire de banlieue parisienne officiant aussi comme restaurant. L'origine du terme vient du guinguet désignant un petit vin."
"Débit de boisson, situé généralement dans la banlieue d'une grande ville, où l'on peut danser en plein air."