Communist China and Nicaragua's Sandinista government under Daniel Ortega are moving ahead with plans to build a $40-billion canal through Nicaragua, as China's footprint in Latin America grows.


NAFTA was a major step toward an EU-style North American Union; but grassroots pushback has caused elitists to shift strategy to Pacific Rim and European partnerships.

Canadians in Alberta found out the hard way that no right is fundamental to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. When the police evacuated residents’ homes as a result of flooding last month and told residents that they would have to wait for permission to return, homeowners were angry enough. But to make matters worse, many of them found that the police seized a “large quantity of firearms” from the evacuated homes.



A Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman told reporters in Toronto on April 22 that the RCMP had arrested and charged two men with plotting to derail a Toronto-area passenger train. The police said the plot was backed by al-Qaeda elements in Iran.

At approximately 7:50 pm on April 17, a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in the small town of West, Texas, left an estimated five to 15 people dead, injured at least 160 others, and destroyed many buildings in the surrounding vicinity. A 50-unit apartment complex near the plant was reduced to "a skeleton," a state police officer told the media.