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Lest We Forget
This years Remembrance Day commemorated
the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of
Normandy as well as the 100th anniversary ofthe
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Tragedy struck the SFU campus Wednesday, as Bernd Dittrich, a student and
quarterback on the football team died a
day after losing consciousness while swimming in the Simon Fraser swimming pool.
A previously undeteced heart condition is
thought to be the cause of death.
Originally from Austria, Dittrich was a
third-year Bachelor of Science student. In
2008, Dittrich led SFU to a 24-10 victory
over UBC, ending a three-year losing
streak for the program, and eventually
led the team to the Canada West finals.
"Our hearts go out to Bernd's family,"
said SFU's Senior Director of Athletics,
Dr. David Murphy. "The SFU athletics
community has lost an exceptional young
man. Bernd was not only a great athlete
on the field, but also an inspiring individual in all aspects of life. We will miss
him tremendously."
A 5 5-year-old RCMP officer is being
charged for drunk driving for the second
time in two months after being found on
Saturday morning by the VPD near UBC.
According to Newsl 130, the officer was
spotted by the VPD urinating in a parking
lot on Northwest Marine Drive close to
campus. He then attempted to drive away,
but was pulled over and given a sobriety
test. He arrested and later discovered to be
an off-duty officer. The officer was also arrested on October 3 after being involved in
a collision on the Second Narrows Bridge.
The officer has been in the RCMP for
about 16 years. He faces two internal
Code of Conduct disciplinary hearings;
possible sentences include dismissal and
loss of pay.
RCMP Sergeant Tim Shields told
Newsl 130 that he has "never heard of a
case such as this within the RCMP" and
that it is "extremely disappointing."
McMaster University has joined Project
Hero, a program that offers free tuition
to the children of Canadian soldiers who
have been killed in action, reported The
Canadian Press.
The program was launched earlier this
year, and was co-founded by honourary
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Reed and retired general and former Chief of Defence
staff Rick Hfflier.
"War takes a terrible toll on families—
emotionally and in some cases financially—and we feel a responsibility to
both honour the sacrifice and to do our
small part in helping a soldier's family
by offering access to a McMaster education," McMaster University President
Peter George said in a release.
Newfoundland's Memorial University,
Ontario's University of Windsor, the
University of Calgary and the University
of Ottawa also offer the program.
Teams of UBC Computer Science
students cleaned up at the 2009 ACM
International Collegiate Programming
Contest Pacific Northwest Regionals last
Three UBC teams took 1st, 10th and 15th
place at a five-hour programming contest
on the UBC campus. UBC won the regionals in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007,
but were beaten by Berkeley and Stanford
University lastyear.
UBC's top team, comprised of students
Cedric Lin, Simon Suyadi and Robert
Tseng, will now compete in the World
Finals in Harbin, China next February.
The federal government is financially
supporting UBC's movement to strengthen sustainability research with a $ 1.5
million investment through Canada's
Western Diversification Program.
The funding will allow UBC to secure
and install innovative and sustainable
building systems and technologies for
UBC's new Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability. tl 2/UBYSSEY.CA/EVENTS/2009.11.12
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Psychology of
a psychopath
Human predators who coldly, callously and ruthlessly use charm, deceit, intimidation
and violence to dominate and control others
Lack empathy
No loyalty to any person, group, code, philosophy or organization
Not psychotic or intellectually dull PSYC 331, Donald Dutton, 2009
Ceremony draws over 1000 people
Community honours war veterans from past and present
"He's still over there. He's still over
These were the words of retired
Lieutenant Colonel Donald G.
MacLeod as he addressed over
1000 people gathered at War Memorial Gymnasium for UBC's Remembrance Day Ceremony Wednesday
MacLeod's remarks were in remembrance of Lieutenant James
Douglas Hamilton, a UBC alumnus
who died during the Korean War in
April 1952.
Veterans, politicians, RCMP officers,
scouts, students and faculty members
gathered to commemorate Remembrance Day—one of the largest turnouts
since its first ceremony in 19 51.
MacLeod, who graduated from
UBC in 19 5 3, said that 2 5 years ago
only 50 people attended the UBC Remembrance Day Ceremony.
"I think the [number of] youths
here today is tremendous," said MacLeod. "It's astounding; they realized
what freedom means and hopefully
they will all remember those people
that never came back, like James
Douglas Hamilton."
In a year that has already seen
more than two-dozen Canadian
deaths, the annual ceremony was a
special commemoration of the 65th
anniversary of D-Day and the Battle
of Normandy and the 100th anniversary ofthe Canadian Red Cross.
"This is best turnout I've ever seen
here, and I think it is probably a reflection that people are remembering that
there are troops serving in Afghanistan, and the fact that all the military
are relatively in high profile right
now," said Michael Sanderson, executive director of BC Ambulance Service.
Vancouver Quadra MP Joyce Murray joined Reverend Roberta Fraser,
UBC Provost and VP Academic Dr
David Farrar and other veterans to
observe two minutes of silence. "On
the 11th hour of the 11th day of the
11th month, we remember those that
have made sacrifices for Canada,"
said Murray.
Remembrance Day marks the
anniversary of the Armistice Treaty
between Europe and Germany in
1918, signalling the end of the First
World War.
Murray said that with the decreasing number of veterans each year,
there is a greater importance getting
new generations involved and "keeping the flame alive."
The ceremony also included a
reading of John McCrae's "In Flanders Field," by AMS VP Academic
and University Affairs Johannes
"Remembrance Day is the time
to connect with the past, to connect
with the veterans, and to remember
the sacrifices they made for us so that
we are the society we are [today]," he
Christine Orr, a naval base warrant officer of the Canadian Forces
Base Esquimalt in Victoria, said she
was impressed by the number of
people attending the UBC Remembrance Day ceremony. She said
Remembrance Day is to remember
the soldiers who have fallen in the
past in WWI and WWII—and recently,
Bosnia and Afghanistan.
"I've been attending Remembrance Day ceremonies for almost
30 years," she said, "and it's always
the same message: it's for the youth,
it's for the youth to remember." vl
"Remembrance Day
is the time to connect
with the past, to connect with the veterans,
and to remember the
sacrifices they made
for us so that we are
the society we are
—Johannes Rebane,
AMS VP Academic
Student participation can improve campus health
Student participation is just what the
doctor ordered—the Wellness Centre
at UBC Vancouver is in the midst of
accessing funding for the Campus
Voice project, a program that views
student participation in community
projects as fundamental in fostering
campus health and wellness.
Students are encouraged to manage their own health by proactively
contributing time to projects directly
affecting their environment and
"Any community, if given the
opportunity, can identify health
and wellness issues that need
attention and require positive
change," explained Patty Hambler,
UBC Vancouver's Wellness Centre
coordinator.   "Campus   Voice   is
based on the Healthy Communities
Movement, which has a community
development approach to health
Campus Voice stems from the
Healthy Minds at UBC initiative,
a larger program with interests
in promoting greater awareness of personal and community
The program has been long-
running at UBC Okanagan, and has
so far been deemed a success. Since
September 2007, students have
come together to identify key areas
of needed improvement and have
created a series of projects in order
to address them.
Student organizers partner with
the university administration in
order to alleviate problems identified by students through consultation.  For example, water  quality
improvement, which was discussed
in January 2008, led to carbon filter
installation for water fountains on
the UBC-O campus. Additional areas
of improvement have included student space, greenspace, trails and
food options. The Voice project has
also made direct connection with
credit courses.
Diane Gambler, Health and Wellness Researcher and Program Consultant at UBC-O, said the response
has been positive. "Many people feel
they belong to a community that is
open and responsive," she said. "The
administration talked about how
working with student organizational
partners, how it enhanced their
work...and students talked about
what they learned. It was learning
communications by doing, social
marketing by doing and political action by doing."
"Because it's so student-focused,
and because it's from the students,
that's what gives it credibility."
Gambler explained that the program has also been able to legitimize
both administrative efforts and
student participation. "Healthy community only works if it is student led,
but a problem arises when engaged
students graduate and it falls apart.
And if it's administration led, well,
the students don't often buy in. If
you make meaningful partnerships
students can come and go, and the
administration has then bought in to
student interest."
Given the outcomes of UBC-O's
program, Hambler is excited for the
possibilities for Vancouver. "This
project was a solid success at UBC-O.
We have confidence that this project
will bring attention and action to student well-being on our campus." va
The dark
depths of the
criminal mind
The My Lai Massacre of March 16,
1968 resulted in the slaughter of
nearly 500 innocent Vietnamese
men, women and children by US soldiers. For Dr Donald Dutton, nothing
could be more fascinating to study.
"I don't know why I have always
been drawn to violence because I'm not
a violent person...to me it is interesting
because it is so inexplicable that people
could do such things. I have always
been drawn to the inexplicable," explained Dutton.
Dutton is a forensic psychologist
at UBC. For over four decades he has
been investigating the minds of the
malevolent publishing over 100 peer-
reviewed papers on the psychology of
abusive personalities and written nine
books divulging the obscurity of domestic violence. Dutton's most recent work,
The Psychology of Genocide, Massacres
and Extreme Violence, is an attempt to
comprehend the darkest depths of the
human mind.
Dutton does not prescribe to any one
particular model of behavior to understand the human condition. Instead,
he works with "narrow neurological
models" and works his way up to broad
sociological theories. "I go where the
data takes me," he said.
In 1994, after writing several high-
profile academic papers on abusive
personalities, Dutton received a phone
call: he was asked to serve as an expert
witness to the OJ Simpson trial.
"I was on a holiday in Puerto VaUarta
and I got a phone call from the LA District Attorney's Office. They were asking
me about my research and all the while
there were donkeys walking around
me. It was very surrealistic. That whole
trial was very surrealistic," he explained.
"There were a series of things in OJ's
profile that would push him to be the
kind of guy that wouldn't take kindly
to separation..he had an ego that just
couldn't handle those things well," he
said. A guilty verdict, according to Dutton, should have been a "slam dunk."
A lifetime of studying violent behavior has made Dutton somewhat cynical
about the human condition "The book
on genocide and extreme violence I
wound up dedicating to my dog. I just
thought that if every human being on
the planet had the qualities iny dog had,
we'd be a lot better off," he said.
Dutton acknowledged that there do
exist people who are just the opposite:
heroes who will risk their lives to save
"Guys like that I find fascinating,"
he said. "They...do the right thing in the
face of everyone around them doing the
wrong thing."
Dutton says he loves his job. "I just
can't imagine doing anything other
| than what I'm doing right now." va 4/UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 0 0 9.11.12
BA: Not just the new
"high school diploma
For every university student who
has taken on the high costs and time
commitments of an undergraduate
degree, only to be told that it's the
"new high school diploma": a study
authored in part by UBC Economics
professor Craig Riddell may provide
some solace.
The study, entitled "The Causal
Effects of Education on Adaptability
to Employment Shocks," provides
evidence from the Canadian labour
market that there is a causal connection between an individual's level of
education and their ability to find a
new job after being fired.
"We've known for some time
that there's a correlation between
education and re-employment," said
Riddell, "but whether that's in fact a
causal consequence of education or
whether it's just a correlation, that's
what's been in doubt."
The study used compulsory
schooling laws, which require individuals to stay in school until the
age of 16 (18 in Ontario and New
Brunswick) regardless of their innate
ability, as an instrumental variable to
prove that education and re-employment are not simply correlated with
an individual's level of intelligence,
innovativeness or ambition.
In addition to establishing a
causal connection between education and re-employment, Riddell
explained why educated individuals
are more apt to find re-employment
after getting the axe. "People with
more education search more intensively," said Riddell, mentioning
reviewing job ads, contacting employers, and contacting friends and
family as job search methods that
educated individuals would employ.
"We find a causal effect of education
on how many search methods are
Total graduate
degrees awarded
at UBC Vancouver,
Total undergraduate
rees awarded at
C Vancouver, 2008:
But Riddell doesn't want the findings of his study to leave students
worried that they've been devoting
thousands of dollars and years of
their lives to a degree when they
could take a course on job hunting
and be done. Job search savvy is just
one ofthe many benefits of an undergraduate degree.
"You don't go to university because you're going to be a somewhat
better job searcher," said Riddell.
"You could learn to be a better job
searcher without having to do a four-
year degree."
Riddell stated that on average, individuals with a university education
live wealthier, healthier and happier
lives. "There's certainly pretty strong
evidence that doing a university
program, on average, has benefits,"
assured Riddell. "This is just one
However, even though Riddell's
study concluded that each additional year of schooling increased
data from PAIR UBC
individuals' probability of re-employment by two to three percent, most of
the people in the study sample were
in secondary school, making it unclear whether or not the trend holds
true for additional years of schooling
at the university level.
In light of this, Denise Baker, assistant dean of the Hari B. Varshney
Business Career Centre at the UBC
Sauder School of Business, advises
students to talk to people in their
fields of interest and find out what is
required to succeed.
"Further education may be an asset or a requirement, and of course
can be valuable for its own sake, but
I would not advocate continuing on
in school without a clear sense of
purpose," she said.
"It is important that students try
to become clear about what they are
passionate about and what they are
good at before they make a decision to
pursue higher education for the sake
of getting a job at the end of it." tl
Joyce Murray visits UBC
Joyce Murray, Vancouver Quadra MP,
met with students on Tuesday for a
question and answer session that
focused largely on climate change.
Only a small group of people
turned out to the event, most of
them from the UBC Young Liberals of
Canada. Ignacio Rodriguez, president
ofthe club, had invited Murray to address climate change issues in light of
the UN Copenhagen conference on
climate change fast approaching in
Joyce Murray is not a newcomer
in the climate change debate. She
wrote her MBA thesis on climate
change policy around forestry practices in 1992. Before being elected
on the federal level, she served as the
BC Minister of Land, Water and Air
—Alexandre Vigneault
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Interested in getting involved with organizations on campus, but not sure which one is for you?
You can find a full list of AMS clubs, complete with links to web sites and e-mail addresses,
where applicable, at ams.ubc.ca/in<tex.php/camrxjsJrfe/category/cfubs.
Horsepower: UBC Equestrian Team
The mounting challenges of operating
at club status
The majority of UBC students don't
know that UBC has an equestrian
club. Imagine sipping brandy after
a jolly fox hunt, well-heeled ladies in
attendance. Indubitably, this sounds
like a capital way to spend time outside of the library.
The UBC Equestrian Team isn't
quite this vision in hunting canary,
but it comes pretty close to you fulfilling your childhood fantasies—with a
little more elbow grease and mud in
the mix.
The club enables students, some
of whom have never swung their leg
over the back of a horse and others
with blue-ribbon experience, to join
a community of horse enthusiasts at
UBC without having to own a steed.
By becoming a member of the club
one can expect to attend club meetings, meet other horse lovers, take
riding lessons and possibly enter the
show ring.
The horse network can be difficult
to infiltrate, especially when taking a
full course load, working part time,
and commuting via public transit.
But the club creates a network within
the UBC community that connects
horse lovers and riders to coaches
in the area in as little as ten minutes
from campus. Members are grouped
according to riding ability, from
walk-trot to flying over fences.
If you feel comfortable in your
horse-wrangling ways, the club
competes on the Intercollegiate
Horse Show Association (IHSA)
circuit. IHSA classes range from
walk-trot classes up to three-foot
fences in the open jumping rounds.
Even if you aren't ready to enter
the show ring, the club encourages
beginners to come along, cheer
on other members and learn by
One of the huge benefits of the
IHSA program is that it is student-
budget-friendly by eliminating the
expense of the horse. Horses are
provided at competitions by the host
school—don't worry about asking
for a pony for Christmas. Shows are
usually in Washington and Oregon,
so there is an opportunity to travel
for those who are into hotel room
parties. This past weekend, the first-
ever IHSA competition in Canada
took place at Southlands Riding Club
along Marine Drive.
The UBC Equestrian Team has
been around for five years and hopes
to eventually gain Varsity status.
Within IHSA, 80 per cent of the
teams are Varsity, and therefore receive generous funding. Some of the
teams even have stables directly on
school grounds. UBC is at a distinct
disadvantage by operating at club
status, but they are doing very well
within the circuit. Lastyear, the club
sent riders to Regional and Zone
Championships in the IHSA—the
post-season of the intercollegiate
horse world. With minimal funding,
the club is already representing our
school on a varsity level.
All you need to join is a passion
for ponies and $ 10 if you don't plan
on competing in shows or $50 for
those who want to compete. Expect
to pay somewhere over $30 for
each individual lesson. Beginners
are welcomed with open arms—the
focus is not just on competing, but
on connecting students who grew up
riding with those who are interested
in learning. Giddy up. va
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The UBC Debate Society gets in the zone
You're sitting with some prepared
talking points to argue your position.
Before you can present your case,
your opposition brings up some brilliant reasoning that you hadn't even
thought about, practically destroying
your prepared points. You start to
sweat as you frantically try to think
of a rebuttal to ideas you weren't
even aware of until ten seconds ago.
The speaker beckons you up to the
podium, and you walk as confidently
as you can. Welcome to the world of
This was David Snyder's experience at a debate tournament in Calgary last month. A novice to debate,
Snyder says it was a "high-adrenaline moment." Once he started,
however, he got "in the zone" and
his team scored highly,
The UBC Debate Society (UBCDS)
is a well-established club dedicated
to the art of debate. Debate is about
using logic and rationality to argue
for your position while contradicting an opposing position. UBCDS is
quite successful and regularly places high in competitions. Though
members are encouraged to
compete in tournaments, the club
is just as welcoming to those who
merely wish to debate as a casual
Contrary to popular belief, debate
isn't simply about arguing for its own
sake. Club President Maria Jogova
feels that debate is a valuable and
often underrated skill; it promotes
critical analysis, thinking on your
feet and questioning arguments
rather than accepting them on faith.
"Lots of people just hear something and assume it is true....Debate
helps people think." According to
Jogova, the skills that one learns
from debate can be applied almost
universally—such as negotiating with
your colleagues at work or discussion in the classroom.
If you're looking for an active organization, the UBCDS certainly fits
the bill. As a community, the UBCDS
has about 40 active members and
meetings usually have between 25
and 30 attendees. The UBCDS meets
twice a week, where members typically go through announcements, sit
through a debate tutorial, then engage in practice debates.
Each year, the UBCDS sends veteran debaters to intercollegiate
tournaments, both at home and
abroad. UBC has done particularly
well recently, placing highly in the
first two tournaments of this term.
The UBCDS even gets funding
from the Athletics Department;
UBCDS is not only a student club,
but an official Varsity team to boot.
But the UBCDS also takes a proactive approach by supporting the
debate community at large; part of
the club's mandate is the promotion
of debate within UBC and Vancouver. For instance, it has an outreach
program where it sends debaters to
coach high school students in the art
of debate, free of charge. The club offers a Debate 101 workshop for UBC
students (though only professors can
request a workshop for their class).
Some members even voluntarily
allow out-of-towners who come to
Vancouver for a tournament crash in
their homes.
"Lots of people just
hear something and
assume it is true....
Debate helps people
—Maria Jogova,
UBCDS President
It also welcomes newcomers on a
practical level—novices who want lessons can be coached by experienced
members. The club even has an executive in charge of training. Joshua
Seeley their training director, says "I
have had a passion for debate education ever since I began teaching
debate in high school."
Jogova says that the perceived image of debate teams consisting of
nerds with thick glasses and pocket
protectors couldn't be further from
the truth. UBCDS is quite diverse;
there is no one dominant profile
or stereotype persisting within the
debate society. There are even some
debaters who aren't native English
speakers—practicing debate helps
them learn the language.
And despite the club's name, its
members aren't argumentative or
obnoxious: when the debate is over,
people who were bitter opponents
become friends again, though perhaps after a few parting shots. It's
common for to debaters go out afterwards for drinks or dinner. If you've
ever wanted to improve your public
speaking, analytical reasoning, or
just love hearing the sound of your
own voice, drop in to a Debate Society meeting.
The UBCDS meets on Tuesdays in Buchanan D301 at 5pm, and Fridays in
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Killing them softly
A guide to ditching your summer fling
An attention-starved drama queen reacts to a breakup with over-the-top histrionics in Ike. gerald deo photo illustration/the ubyssey
As Christmas break fast approaches with its attending parties and
hook-up opportunities, many of
you are stuck with a not-so-special
someone thatyou haven't quite gotten around to dumping. The thrill
of your summer fling has long ago
withered, died and fallen listlessly
to the ground, trampled into mulch.
The only sexy thoughts you've been
entertaining are reserved for that
hottie in cat ears on Halloween you
had to forsake. Fast approaching is
the inevitable but dreaded conflict
that your insignificant other is
likely to instigate when you decide
that all you want for Christmas is
the boy next door.
But never fear, The Ubyssey
is here and willing, as always,
to provide you with a foolproof
guide to Vancouver's prime spots
to drop the bomb once your summer lovin' has lost its gleam. If
you missed the back-to-school
boat and you absolutely must be
single for December mistletoe,
the UBC campus and surrounding
Vancouver do offer some near-
ideal breakup locations for different kinds of lovers.
Pick your place based on your unlucky lover's profile.
Even if the sonnet-writing was cute
in June and the long summer nights
had you traipsing home lightfooted
and starry-eyed at dawn, by October
your squeeze probably started picking up dead leaves and muttering
about how "nothing gold can stay,"
as you tried valiantly to make it out to
every beer garden on campus.
For these sensitive souls, the fading petals in the Rose Garden make
the perfect backdrop to a failed romance, and you're not likely to bump
into them afterwards. Even if they do
come back again and again to rehash
the tragedy, chances are they'll be
staring out at the ocean through their
tears, and you'll easily be able to
sneak past them to get to Koerner's.
We all love a passionate advocate.
Perhaps they stole your heart during
last May's election campaign and kept
it aflame with bonfires and boycotts
throughout the summer. If you're
afraid that their invective might turn
your way as you give them the heave-
ho, just do the deed on the Grassy
Knoll. They can console themselves
with the thought that (at least this
one time) the little guy got his way in
something. And if they're extra-angry,
they can always build a protest fire.
For the really clingy types, try the Pit on
a Wednesday night. Even your rejected
paramour insists on clambering past
the hordes of the horny to get back to
you, it's usually crowded enough that
you can throw a few drunken bodies in
their path while you make your escape.
And it's an accepted rule that no one
stays single for long. Can you say "instant rebound?"
Ike Library is not so much a place
of mind as a perpetual soap opera.
People are so used to seeing spandex-
clad sprinters and unconcealed porn
on peoples' laptops that your drama
will only be a momentary diversion
before something weirder catches
their attention. And although the
staff at Barber is as nice as can be, no
one can strike the fear of God into a
noisy, whining narcissist better than
a librarian with a venomous "shush."
Obviously if you're dealing with
someone likely to boil your bunny,
The return of a bad idea
Alley cat race fails to raise pulses
Some bearded white men rode
bikes and sped around a park last
Sunday in what was touted as
Vancouver's premier fixed gear
cycling event. Despite the fact that
brakes were not allowed and alcohol consumption was encouraged,
the race itself was fairly tame by
alley cat standards. Held at Andy
Livingston Park near BC Place
Stadium, the race included a few
hairpin turns, minimal contact with
traffic and a mainly flat course. The
Stranger reported that past Seattle
alley cats have included hills, dirt
jumps and broken collarbones. The
Ubyssey was disappointed by the
lack of bruised and broken hipsters,
but can still appreciate an ironic
moustache as much as the next
—Jonny Wakefield
proceed with caution. We were working through the logistics of placing
your soon-to-be-ex in the TRIUMF
particle accelerator, but apparently
that's generally considered "vengeful" and "extraordinarily dangerous." So our next best suggestion is
Wesbrook Mall, conveniently located
next to scads of the nubile as well as
the RCMP station.
whether you let them down easy
or dump them like a calculus class
is entirely up to you. But seriously,
folks...as bad as they might be, and
as doomed to sinking as the relationship might seem, rejection hurts,
and playing nicely is only going to
play to your favour in the end.
Principles of any good breakup
apply: respectful communication of
the breakup that doesn't shift blame
onto the other person, a clear message that doesn't leave any outs, a
chance for them to respond and a
public, neutral location that provides
them a modicum of privacy (or at
least anonymity) for them to digest
the news. And remember, wherever
you do it, leave when you're done.
Relationships need closure, and if
you hang around to nurse their feelings or vent your anger at them, the
only thing your conversation will accomplish is makingsomeone LOL on
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Living in character
Wilfred Aw-Yeong Peng Mun and the secretive
arts of Cantonese Opera
A not-yet-middle-aged man in an orange shirt, blue crew neck sweater
and blue jeans could easily describe
many instructors on campus. But
no professor even comes close to
stepping in Wilfred Aw-Yeong Peng
Mun's shoes when he demonstrates
his skills as a nandan—the secretive
art of female impersonation in Cantonese opera. UBC Theatre students
came out in droves to take part in
the interactive question and answer
session this past Tuesday, November 10.
Cross-dressing is not enough.
As a male actor, physiological
differences from females must
be compensated for. To give the
appearance of hips, you need
"tight   abs,"   Aw-Yeong   explains.
Never face the audience. By doing
so, you create the illusion of the feminine curve. Female actors who also
lack curvaceous booties were quick
to adopt this practice from their
male counterparts. His hands move
with a viscosity that defies physics.
They appear improbably fluid.
He breaks out into an impromptu
falsetto, surprising the crowd into
a spellbound silence. The female
tonality in both singing and operatic speaking is accomplished by not
singing the "male voice." Laughter
erupts as Aw-Yeong points out the
ridiculousness of this approach by
briefly conversing with his audience
in the higher-pitched female operatic
voice. From the sheer spontaneity of
his performance, you would never
suspect that Aw-Yeong no longer
acts on a full-time basis and only performs for charity.
His ability to pick and choose
roles as he pleases is tempered by
the demands ofthe opera. Producing
the illusion of foot-binding is no easy
feat (please refer to your local foot fetishist for more details). This performance trick used to be a secret, too.
Actors would seclude themselves in
a wooden booth so others would not
see their methods. Aw-Yeong has no
such hesitation in his first Canadian
The shoes the performer wears
are no longer a mystery. Think of putting on a three-inch high heel. Then
break off the heel, and bind what's
left of the shoe to your foot with an
athletic bandage.
"Now do a somersault," Aw-Yeong
says, with perfect seriousness. Training for these movements requires
over 100 hours standing on upright
Jason Mewes sass
mouths the Norm
Jason Mewes is known mostly as
"Jay" from Kevin Smith's infamous
Jay and Silent Bob duo; a glazed-
eyed, long-haired Jersey boy
stoner with a mouth dirtier than
the corner of Main and Hastings.
But you'd be a fool if that's what
you were looking for while he was
doing his Q&A in the Norm on
November 9, because there is way
more to Mewes than the (admittedly one-sided) scripts would have
you believe.
Even if you don't admire the
humour in his vast array of television, film and comic book appearances, the man is funny and was in
form during his appearance.
His mouth is as filthy as ever; he
seems to have an obsession with
"tea-bagging," "jerkin' off" and
"mother fuckers." On that note, it
seems like he has a sexual appetite
equivalent to Wilt Chamberlain,
and boasted of his "exceptionally
tasty" oral skills—undoubtedly put
to good use during his appearance
in Zack and Miri Make a Porno. He
would never make a real porno,
though—not because he is afraid
of his nieces and nephews watching, but rather, due to performance
and size anxieties.
—Alec Ross
"Try it, anyone?"
Only one brave theatre student
volunteers. With some guidance, she
stands and even attempts a shuffling
"opera-run" like one that Aw-Yeong
had demonstrated earlier on in the
lecture. He says to her with a smile,
"You need to jump [for the acrobatics
in Cantonese opera]."
One of the hardest parts of the
performance is "go[ing] into the
character too deep." He speaks from
experience, being unable to take
off his makeup after performing in
Thrashing the Sea God.
Despite all of Aw-Yeong's operatic revelations, there are few
male actors interested in taking up
the mantle from him, making him
one of Cantonese opera's last nan-
dan. Aw-Yeong will be mentoring
new performers in Cumberland,
a joint project between Pangaea
Arts and the internationally elite
Guangdong Cantonese Opera Academy First Troupe. The opera will
focus on one of the largest Chinese
communities set in Cumberland,
BC. Watch for the opening of this
Cantonese opera in the upcoming
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November 13-16
The women's soccer team is in the centre of the universe
(commonly known as Toronto) as they attempt to win their
first CIS Championship since 2006. Their quarterfinal game
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In rugby, community counts
Bleeding from a deep gash in her
forehead, UBC T-Bird Rebecca Haber
still managed to eke out a smile and
cheer on her fellow teammates, who
went on to defeat Western University
and take fifth place in the 12th Annual CIS Rugby championships last
However, it wasn't the idea of
becoming National Champions that
kept the T-Birds motivated for three
days while slogging through mud,
rain and hail. Ranked ninth going
into the tournament, they were never
considered a title contender. They
were driven by a love for the game
Although rugby was played mostly
by men for many decades, rugby
is no longer just a "old boys" sport.
Since the first documented match
between English schoolgirls played
in secret in 1913, rugby has been
increasing in popularity and is now
the largest growing sport for women
in North America.
Thanks to the support of national
organizations such as Rugby Canada,
with over 125 club teams, 20 university teams and approximately
250 high school teams nationwide,
Canada now boasts the second largest female playing population in the
world, second only to Scotland. With
national support at various age levels
including Under 19, Under 21 and
Under 23, rugby in this country is
starting to develop the support network that produces a wide variety of
skilled players.
"Rugby attracts a really diverse
group of athletes. There is something
for everyone," said former player
turned coach of the UBC Thunderbirds, Lesley McKenzie.
Take UBC Thunderbird full back
Maggie Ritchie. At 21, she has already been playing Rugby for seven
years. Having had played sports all
her life, she took a break from hockey
and track in high school to pursue
rugby, and has never looked back.
"It's a great game to get into,"
Richie said. "It involves all different
sizes of women. You need strong
girls, you need fast girls, you need
big, small, all around players. It's really an interesting sport and it's fun
to learn."
With the recent selection of rugby
sevens as an Olympic sport in 2016,
The Thunderbirds celebrate their fifth-place finish, ashler whillans photo/the ubyssey
McKenize believes the sport's popularity is bound to increase.
But the age-old bias still holds for
some: Isn't rugby too physical for
women? As if. The players agree that
while women's rugby is definitely
physical, the game is less about brute
force as it is about technical skill.
"The misconception is that it is
an old boys' sport," said Patzer, a
fifth year player for the Lethbridge
Pronghorns and CIS 2008 player of
the year. "It's not a brute sport game
like football; you don't drive yourself
into other people. There is serious
technique involved; it is not bash 'em
up rugby it is technical."
As for the differences between
men and women's rugby? There
aren't any. The women play with the
same rules, the same contact and
evidently the same enthusiasm.
"We play just as hard and love
it just as much as men do," Patzer
Despite the growth in popularity,
rugby still doesn't receive the same
level of financial support as other
Varsity sports at UBC.
"We get a fraction of the funds that
other teams get allotted to them. We
are still low priority in that department," McKenzie explained. Players
have to pay approximately $300
towards insurance, and are responsible for paying for cleats and other
equipment. Yet dozens and dozens
of new students at UBC join the program every year.
While funding is important, family and community are a top priority
for the players.
"Rugby is not an administrative
or logistical sport. It is a community and it is social and we have a
lot of fun—everyone sticks together,"
Richie said.
"It is my family," echoed Patzer.
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Goveia gone as
football coach
Will his removal
change anything?
We like sports because for most of
us, it's a game, a diversion, a way to
pass a couple of hours. Yet, like everything else, it's a business. Do all
right, and things are good. Do poorly,
and well...
It should come as no real surprise
that Ted Goveia was removed as the
UBC Thunderbirds Football head
coach after another losing season.
They had only one real win this
year—those retroactive "victories"
don't count—two wins last year, and
three the year before that. When your
trend line looks like the stock market
in2008itjustdoesn'tcutit, and when
Athletic Director Bob Philip said two
weeks ago that "a full evaluation of the
program would be conducted," and
refused to comment on whether Goveia would be brought back, the writing
was on the wall. It still doesn't make
losing your job easy.
"I came in for the meeting, and
Bob [Philip] said I was being let go. It
was pretty quick....He's certainly entitled to do what he sees best for his
department. But it was surprising,
and a little disappointing," Goveia
said hours after the announcement.
"It would have been nice to see it
turned around. I was entrusted to do
that, and wasn't able to get it done."
Was Goveia responsible for the
team bringing back memories of the
Vancouver Grizzlies for ineptitude?
Not really. The team was decimated
by injuries to its defence and receiver
Curtis Moss and Blaine Kruger leaving in the summer for the CFL and
Olympics respectively. Regardless, a
bad season is a bad season, and you
can't fire all the players.
But the problems with the football
program go beyond whoever the
head coach is. The team hasn't made
the playoffs in three years, and hasn't
won a playoff game since 1999. They
play in a province with less of a high
school football culture than their
rival provinces. They practice on a
field that has gopher holes, and play
in a stadium that gets chewed up by
summer concerts.
"In comparison to other programs,  right now UBC is under
resourced," said CKNW Sports Director and longtime CIS football broadcaster Jim Mullin. "Look across the
Canada West Conference...they all
have better facilities."
It's a complaint that isn't new.
Check university football forums online—yes, they exist—and it's brought
up time and time again. Players
contacted for this article declined
to comment, but in the past football
players have complained more
about muddy fields than anything
else. Truth be told, when the tape
recorder was turned off in my talks
with Goveia, his opinion on how
football was treated by UBC Athletics
was less than charitable. Hockey gets
an Olympic stadium, baseball gets a
park, soccer gets two turf fields and
football waits. And waits. And waits.
"We are not doing as well in football as we'd like to do, and we're
not doing as well as we are in other
sports," admits Philip. "I'm not all
that sure whether there's a quick fix,"
he adds. "We're disappointed in the
overall performance in the past few
years. We've had three head coaches
in the last 12 years, and none of
them have done all that well," he continues. "We're committed to having a
good football program, it just hasn't
been seen on the field yet." Give him
credit for bluntness, at the very least.
Will real changes be made? Philip
promises that this year artificial turf
will be installed at Thunderbird Stadium. Detractors note it's the same
promise he's made for a number of
years. Whoever comes in as the new
head coach will have to deal with
a roster that just doesn't have the
depth that other programs have.
"We have 29 sports at UBC, if you
went up and down the line to ask
if they were getting support from
the university, most of them would
say they are," said Philip. He's got a
point: No matter how good of an athletic program you have—and UBC's
is good—some teams will struggle. It
just happens that the Thunderbirds
team that struggles most also has the
highest profile.
The coach maybe gone, but it may
just be window dressing. Whether
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Dear Too Sexy,
Recently I had a prospective partner bail on me at the last second
because she found out that I was...
well...quite a bit younger than her.
I'm gonna cut right to the chase
here: How young is too young?
What age difference guidelines do
you use? I don't mind the "half your
age plus seven" rule. What do you
think? Or is it a matter of maturity
and not age?
—Wondering About Age
You're absolutely right. The difference between "creepy as shit"
and "legit" in the dynamics of a
relationship is very much about
maturity, rather than numerical
age. To be clear, by maturity we
don't just mean any of the following things:
We DON'T mean: If there's grass
on the field, play ball.
We DON'T mean: If they're
old enough to ask for it by name,
they're old enough to get it.
We DON'T mean: It's okay if
they're totally into it and you're in
the middle of a dry spell.
We DON'T mean: They think
they're an adult and they're old
enough to trick the clerk at Mac's
into selling them cigarettes.
And we REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DON'T mean: They're ready
to settle down and have kids.
As such, when all's said and
done, maturity can be a very tricky
fish, indeed. The evaluation of maturity in relationships is partially
about life stages and making sure
they're somewhat congruent. What
we mean is that, fundamentally,
relationships are unbalanced when
(for example) one of you drives a
car, has a job and is finishing up
law school, and the other one is an
unemployed twelfth-grader.
This assumes that people at different life stages have different life
goals, including different romantic
goals, so dating people at similar
life stages can more easily prevent
sticky situations in which partners
have disjunctive impressions ofthe
relationship and its purpose. Also,
even if our hypothetical twelfth-
grader and their court-bound beau
are looking for nothing more than
some Boom Boom Pow, there can
be problematic power differentials
in the relationship—the kind of
thing that might upset the parents
of the high school student.
Now, of course, WAAD, the first
justification for taking intergen-
erational love off the menu is presumptive in that it expects that older people—all older people—start
relationships in an attempt to find
a marriage partner. It also posits
that younger people are universally
uninterested in settling down. Neither of these things are true. It also
assumes a degree of squeamish-
ness about open dialogue around
sex and relationships, which is also
not a safe supposition.
It's not necessary to jump the
gun and have the "discuss the relationship" conversation before you
approach someone at a bar or even
take them home. But it is a good
idea to clear the air as to your mutual expectations at some point relatively early in a relationship. This
is equally important for partners
who are similar in age. That way,
no one ends up feeling betrayed
because they were expecting a
spouse and only got a one-night
The other important characteristic of maturity in relationships is
fuzzier. It's a vague sense that the
older person has a duty to avoid
harming the younger person, more
so than in age-equivalent relationships. It's also an issue of one person possibly having unfair power
in the relationship and using that
as a coercive element. If the younger person has their shit together
just as well as the older person, we
say play ball.
At the end of the day, WAAD, the
age line is incredibly subjective, and
everyone has a different definition
of "too young." As long as that line
doesn't contravene Canadian laws
around age of consent and sex with
minors, we say that's a-okay. Unfortunately for you, your age was a deal
breaker for your lady friend. That
is arbitrary and a bit paternalistic,
but it's also her prerogative. No one
wants to be the pedobear, WAAD.
So how do we personally navigate this salty problem? N/2+7,
broseph. Take your age, divide by
two and add seven. That's as low
as we go. Beyond that, just try not
to have sex with anyone whose life
situation is so far removed from
your own that it's unbalancing.
Well, that's it for this week, carnal compatriots. Be well, party hard
and don't do anything we wouldn't
do. It's a short list, so you'll have to
try hard to break that last rule. Remember that your scandals, boasts,
laments, inquiries and erotica can
all be sent to toosexy@ubyssey.ca.
It's completely anonymous and
more fun than your term paper, va
Would you say people are apathetic about Remembrance Day?
Sara Hladun
Commerce 2
"I actually work
for CCP [Commerce Community Program]
and we were
selling poppies
today and barely
anybody came
by and actually
bought anything
or donated....! think
that too often kids
just throw it to
the back of their
Charlie Lundy
"I think so in
general, but more
so the younger
generation....! kind
of forgot that it's
Day.People just
forget about [veterans] and don't
really care any
more. We weren't
personally involved
in these wars so
it's not as big of
a deal to us as
somebody like my
Chris Gladstone
Science 3
"Overall, no. It's
more of a holiday.
I just bought my
poppy because
the guy was
standing outside.
I think that cumulatively people
don't give it the
same respect that
it used to have or
that it deserves....
In general, people
just look at it as a
day off of school
instead of a day
to remember."
Nader Khattab
Pharmacy 1
"I think they
definitely are...
There is a trend of
regarding it more
as just a holiday
as opposed to
looking into the
significance of this
day. Just because
of the way life is
here people are
more inclined to
think of this day
as just a holiday
were they can
fulfill what they
want to do."
Daniel Babiak
"I think more on
the West Coast
than the East
Coast. I think
because there is
more of a direct
connection to it,
inherently speaking, on the East
Coast, whereas
in Vancouver it's
more of a port of
immigration, not
as much direct
connection or
about it."
-Coordinated by Chibwe Mweene and Krittana Khurana with photos by Brendan Albano and Gerald Deo
Remembrance Day relevant
Charles Duncan, a resident of Sandwick, Vancouver Island, graduate with
the class of Arts '16...went to France early in 1917. He was wounded twice,
once at Vimy Ridge and again in October, 1917. A few weeks ago, having been
granted his commission, he returned to France, but was killed in the Cambrai
battle shortly afterwards. A popular member of many student societies, he was
especially active in the Players' Club.
-TheUbysseyM Tissue 1:October 17,1918
It is called Remembrance Day because otherwise it is forgotten. Poppies
were scarcely seen by our editors while on campus, but poppies were scarcely worn by our editors as well. Celebrations happen at the 60th anniversary of
when the beaches were stormed at Normandy, or the 90th year since the end
of the First World War, or another symbolic dates that most only recognize as
important because the internet reminds us of them.
Our ancestors time and time again fought and died not to build an
empire, but because they were asked to keep the world safe for others. In
Germany and France, Korea and Hong Kong, Bosnia and Afghanistan, the
best of Canada has stood for what we believe in. You don't have to believe
that war is effective or Stephen Harper is a good leader to recognize that.
In an age where there are few universal messages, that of respecting those
who have fought and died, as heroes or as victims, is one that deserves to be
among them.
We remembered yesterday, we remember today, and we proudly put our
university's ceremony on the front page not for a lack of news on campus,
but because its message is still relevant. As a newspaper we do our best to be
timely; for this reason, Remembrance Day will always be newsworthy, for its
message is a consistently urgent one. tl
Canada Line's nice, now get going
TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast has recently announced his resignation for
a cushy new job managing New York City's transit authority, and we can't
blame him. We're sure Prendergast was excited about the prospect of coming to Vancouver when he was hired in July 2008 with a dynamic, progressive city that will be hosting the Olympics, but instead he was put in charge
of a company now looking at a $9 7 million deficit. Prendergast's resignation
is just another mark in a large failure of accountability from the government
to expand our transit programs into something that produces more than
grumbling from Lower Mainland residents.
UBC projects, such as the underground bus loop project or the proposed
Skytrain extension to campus, are either cancelled or on hiatus. As of now,
UBC does not have any major projects in the works that are aimed at improving transit to campus. As a commuter campus, that's concerning.
Ask any student or Vancouver resident and they will tell you that they
have been victims of pass-ups and overcrowded buses. We need more options for transportation, but the government has failed to deliver. The city's
Mayors Council only reluctantly approved bailout funding of $ 130 million
for TransLink.
When does it stop? When does our government get over the new-car smell
of the Canada Line and realize that our transit system has gone sour? Our
city trumpets their focus on sustainability, yet when it comes down to it, we
don't put our money where our mouth is in creating an environmentally
friendly mode of transportation.
Premier Gordon Campbell recently said that the long-awaited Evergreen
Line will go ahead despite lack of funding. However, how that will be achieved
remains to be seen—much like most of Translink's plans for the future.
Vancouver can be a city and a region with a world-class transit system,
but until people actually demand better in a concerted way, there will be the
same old issues around funding and regional squabbles. When transportation becomes an actual ballot box issue, then there might be someprogress.
Until then, you can wait another six minutes for the next B-Line. va 2009.11.12/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/ll
The Green Movement too often misunderstood
After a few conversations with a number of friends, I came to realize that
the current political unrest in Iran
is not fully comprehended by many
Westerners. The Green Movement is
particularly misunderstood, in spite of
its Western media coverage.
The Green Movement began when
Iranians decided to vote for change,
hoping to better their situation through
a national election, which was held
earlier this year in June. Two reformist candidates, Mir-Hossein Mousavi
and Mehdi Karroubi, challenged the
reactionary incumbent Mahmoud
Shortly after the polls were closed
on June 12, Mousavi appeared in a
press conference and announced the
success of his bid for the presidency.
However, in a matter of a few hours,
more than 20 million votes were supposedly counted and Ahmadinejad
was declared the winner by a landslide.
Millions of Iranians marched
peacefully into the streets of various
cities around the country the next day
to show their support for the reformist
candidates. Iranian reformists said
the election was rigged, a coup d'etat
orchestrated by Iran's Revolutionary
Guard (a body created by Ayatollah
Khomeini after the 1979 revolution
to safeguard the "Islamic values" of
the revolution) to stop the Reform
The protesters' first slogan was
"Where is my vote?" The government
exercised savage acts of violence to
drive them out ofthe streets.
Green had been the colour chosen
by Mousavi; it is a symbol of being a descendant of Mohammad, the Muslim
Prophet. However, after the farce election and the brutal crackdown on any
forms of dissent, the colour green has
taken on a new meaning for the Movement. The Green Movement backers,
once only committed to deposing
Ahmadinejad from power, now have
a different agenda and set of requests.
Professor Nader Hashemi, a political scientist at the University of
Denver, rightly argues that the Green
Movement is not ideological. The
Movement rejects the politics, factionalism and bogus political debates of
the past. This movement is comprised
of three principles:
1. Commitment to democracy. The
idea that the majority will rule, but will
also respect the rights of minorities.
2. Basic respect for the human
rights embodied in the UN Declaration
on Human Rights.
3. Appreciating the principle and
centrality of non-violent political
The Green Movement was created by young Iranians in Iran, and
others have followed. The Green
Movement does not have a leader
and does not belong to Mousavi or
Karroubi. It belongs to all Iranians
seeking democracy and basic human
rights. In fact, Mousavi and Karroubi
have repeatedly stated in different
interviews that they do not have
leadership positions in the Green
Movement anymore, and are following the people's lead.
The Green Movement is inclusive
and open to everyone. Many who did
not vote in the presidential election or
even boycotted it now identify themselves with the movement
There are some people who have
criticized the gatherings and labelled
the Green organizers as being in favour of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
They argue that both Mousavi and
Karroubi—whom they mistakenly
consider the leaders of the Green
Movement—are children of the
so-called Islamic Revolution, and
actively participated in the regime's
crimes in the past, and are therefore
I would like to remind everyone
that Green activists, including myself, are aware ofthe problematic history of some of the individuals who
are active in the Green Movement.
However, as a democratic movement
we cannot eliminate people because
of their past. Moreover, they do not
have a leading position, so even if
they want to they cannot hijack the
movement. Furthermore, we have
to be forgiving. If individuals made
mistakes in the past, but are now on
the people's side and want to be part
of the Green Movement, we should
welcome them, not disown them.
Iranians inside Iran have been
confronted with brutal suppression.
However, they have continued their
sporadic and self-sustained Green
marches and protests. The protestors are beaten with batons, chains,
and cut with knives. Demonstrators have been attacked, arrested,
tortured, raped, forced to confess in
kangaroo courts and at times brutally murdered.
These crimes are perpetrated by
armed forces under the direct supervision of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the
socalled Supreme Leader of Iran who
is constitutionally the most powerful
religious and political figure in the
country. But the Green Movement has
shaken his patriarchal and autocratic
rule, and I believe that the inhumane
dictatorial practices by the current regime rot it from within.
In the meanwhile, the Green Movement has to focus on civil liberties and
human rights. We have to make sure
the future government or regime respects the people's will. tl
SPHR: Only free people can negotiate
During a recent news conference,
Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb
Erekat declared that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has to "tell his
people the truth, that with the continuation of settlement activities, the two-
state solution is no longer an option."
But Erekat Abbas and his associates in the Palestinian Authority did
not consult with the Palestinian people
when they first opted to negotiate a
"two-state solution." In fact the views
of the majority of Palestinians in the
Diaspora were dismissed and their
concerns were ignored.
The Palestinian refugees (who, at
around six million, form the largest
segment of the Palestinian population) do not wish to continue living in
refugee camps as second- or third-class
human beings, nor are they interested
in resettlement or living in the isolated
and segregated ghettos of the Israel-
created West Bank.
Nobody can logically assert that an
occupied and oppressed people must
converse  and negotiate with their
occupier/oppressor. As the acclaimed
South African anti-Apartheid leader
Nelson Mandela declared, "Only free
men can negotiate," and the Palestinian people are most certainly not free.
For over six decades, they have been
subjected to brutal policies of ethnic
cleansing, occupation, dehumaniza-
tion, segregation, land confiscation,
collective punishment, mass arrest, systematic torture and house
Nonetheless, the Palestinian 'leadership" ignored Mandela's principle
and decided to negotiate "peace" with
their victimizer. In a famous speech
given in front of the UN, Yasser Arafat,
late chairman of the Palestine liberation Organization (PLO), said, "Today
I have come bearing an olive branch
and a freedom-fighter's gun. Do not let
the olive branch fall from my hand. I
repeat Do not let the olive branch fall
from my hand."
Arafat was willing to follow the path
of non-violence and negotiate peace
with the Israel on behalf of his people.
It was his first option.
Exploiting the military weakness
ofthe Palestinians and the PLO, Israel
conned Arafat and his associates, dragging them from one peace conference
to the other in order to demonstrate
their "interest in peace."
In 1991, with the blessing ofthe US,
Arafat went to the Madrid Conference
in good faith, only to encounter Israel's
demands thathe unconditionally grant
unprecedented concessions. In 1993,
he succumbed to international pressure and signed the infamous Oslo Accords, which led to the creation of the
Palestinian Authority and formalized
his 1988 recognition of Israel's right
to exist In 2000, he was offered considerably less than 50 per cent of the
West Bank for a Palestinian state, with
Abu Dis (a little town in the suburbs of
Jerusalem) as its capital. No mention
of UN resolutions, no reference to the
Geneva Convention, no consideration
of the Palestinian refugees, and absolutely no sovereignty over Muslim
and Christian holy sites in historic East
As salt to the wound, Israel Prime
Minister Ehud Barak also demanded
that Arafat sign an "end of conflict"
clause that would bypass all international legal rulings, UN resolutions and
other "inconveniences" in exchange
for minor concessions on Israel's
side—Palestinians could have sovereignty over, but not independence in,
certain areas of the West Bank and
Peace will not be realized because
it is being orchestrated outside the
realm of international law and contrary to the consensus of the international community. Only by granting
the Palestinians their inalienable right
to national self-determination and
pressuring Israel to adhere to International Humanitarian Law can there be
solution. Israel's conception of peace is
based on amoral considerations and,
as it has become clear in the past few
decades, is doomed to fail, tl
Omar Chaaban is the president of
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
(SPHR) and Dina El-Kassaby is SPHR's
VP of public relations.
IAC: Let's bridge the gap
The anti-Israel legend has it that Israel
is a war-mongering country built on
stolen land. According to the myth, Israel is a Jewish theocracy that oppresses the indigenous inhabitants with
classes of citizenship and imported
apartheid from South Africa.
Israel is accused of inhumanity, atrocities and even genocide.
Yet Colonel Richard Kemp, who led
the British forces in Afghanistan
and certainly understands better
than most the meaning of humani-
tarianism in war, said that the Israel
Defense Forces' (IDF) actions during
last winter's Gaza war "did more to
safeguard the rights of civilians in a
combat zone than any other army in
the history of warfare."
The protection of innocent life and
moral action even in the most inhuman conditions is a priority taught and
preached to new recruits in IDF.
There have been many distorted
facts regarding the Palestinian refugees. Let's clarify something: AU Palestinians living within the borders of
the state of Israel are Israeli citizens.
On the other hand, those who left or
were forced out by the Arab-initiated
war have been left stateless as a result
of the Arab world, which refused to
give them citizenship and has kept
them in refugee camps for more than
three generations now.
While 700,000 Arabs were displaced by the 1948-49 war, there were
800,000Jews forced from their homes
across the Arab world in the same era.
Even though Israel was struggling to
build a country on a land without the
oil wealth of its Arab neighbours, Israel
welcomed every one of its refugees,
never asking for compensation.
Not only is the Arab world unified
(save Egypt and Jordan) in seeking
Israel's demise as the homeland for
the Jewish people, Muslim countries
around the world consider Israel as a
unifying foreign policy concern.
The Palestinians are a historically
abused people whose tragic fate was
sealed not by Israel, but by their own
Arab brothers and sisters. If those
who claim to speak for Palestinians
truly cared about the Palestinian
people, they would turn their attention to the real source of the tragedy
and despair.
Israelis and Palestinians both
need peace. But peace will never
come if we refuse to recognize the
genuine barriers standing in its way
and do not communicate in a constructive manner. tl
Noam Gilead is the president ofthe Israel Awareness Club (IAC). Yoni Dayan
helped Gilead edit this article prior to
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