Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Letlibtidge Herald Third Section Lcthbridgc, Alberta, Saturday, February 19, 3972 Pages 27-34 INTRODUCTION TIME AT OAKLAND ZOO Two lion cubs ore the Park. The onlookers include a lamb, a baby llama and some sheep, centre of allenlion at the Oakland Baby Zoo in Oakland's Knowland State New McLuhanism now in circulation By DACE McINTOSH OTTAWA (CP) A new McLuhanism is being circu- lated by some officials in Prime Minister Trudeau's offire: "The public is the pi-ess." Marshal McLuhan, Canadian theorist on c o m m u n ications and sometime adviser to Mr. Trudeau, offered the world this _ dictum some years asp: "The j only the English-language the fashion of the moment] medium is the message." I version of the speech was pro-'can only come about through The meaning is that societies vidcd to reporters. Tile French- I mechanisms of i n f o r m a tion are shaped more by the nature of the media by which people communicate than by the con- :ent of th2 communication. only political reality for us is the press reaction to govern- ment policies and actions. "To us, the public is the press." John Carson, chairman of the Public Service Commission, re- cently made a major speech defending government policy in promoting bilingualism in the public service. lias made the public more sen- sitive to certain grave deficien- cies in our social crmditaon; but tliis sensitivity is ephemeral ;uid, owing to its theatrical character, will soon be rele- gated to the background by a more complex roality, wliich stubiwrr.ly refuses to give in to Utopia. "True sensitization, to sptafc language version arrived three participation, which hours later.'after repeated re- I chanisms. moreover, are not A resident thinker in Mr. j ur. Trmi quests for it. Four y o a r s ago this week, lau announced his for tlie leadershin 1 the exclusive property of Uiurity." candidacy of the Literal party. He won it j Trudeau's office in JiKi'J de- vised this McLuhan-like asser- tion: "The process is tht prod- j April C and prime min-! uct." That was to describe fed- jster that month eral-p r o vincial constitutional Qf talks. The phrase meant that j fo, )he wjn. ters is dead; Paul Kcllyer and Eric Kicrans both quit the cab- inet in policy disputes; J. ,3. as long as the talking con- tinued, the country remained more or less together. NEW SLOGAN NOW Greene has resigned from the Now Mr. Trudeau's office j cabinet for health reasons; I come up with the slogan j Martin is in the Senate; :hst "the public is the press. A version of the phrase tp- parently was coined by Pierre Salinger when he was press st.cretary to President John F. Kennedy. j Anyway, its meaning in Ot- tawa is that there is no way of knowing what the public thinks, but it is always known what the press thinks. One Trudeau aide puts it this way: "The press often frames public opinion. Therefore the Political personalities involved Russian murder case is Brou By DEV MURARKA London Observer Survice MOSCOW An unusual talc of murder, followed by an olfi- cial cover-up in a Soviet pro- vincial capital, has come to light recently. Murders are not unusual In (he Soviet Union, though few are ever reported. But this case, in Tashkent, got mixed up with political personalities and finally became the subject of a tough campaign by ISVES- TIA, the government newspa- per. A few years ago one, Bakh- tiar Abdulaev, stabbed a man to death. Abdulaev, who was slightly drunk, was with a friend who had a knife. Thev were pestering a young girl Abdulaev, switched the respon- sibility for the crime upon Aga- bek. who was persuaded to confess. near a construction site when a Meanwhile, Abdulaev's moth- er had been active. She had money, being a director cf a truck driver tried to protect the girl. Abdulaev took the knife driver. Abdulaev admitted his guilt from his friend arid stabbed the textile firm, and friends in in- and trial flucntial positions. S'he bribcc the widow of the niurderec was sentenced at the man. She bribed the parents of to 15 years' imprison- ment. His friend, Valeri Aga- 3ut then bek, got eight years, strange things began to hap- pen. Agabek's parents demand- ed a retrial. The judge at this I haviour. At the retrial "in Aug- retrial, who was also called lust 1969 the sentences were re- Agabck. Petitions were organ- ized to show that Abdulaev wa: of good character, and a Dep- uty of the Supreme Soviet tes- tified to his previous good he- versed, Agabek getting 15 years and Abdulaev seven years. HAD INFLUENCE I But this was not all. Thanks to his mother's influence, Ab- dnlacv had an easy life in pris- on. He was often released on parole to walk about freely in UK town. He even got married while still serving liis sentence. Everything seemed to be going well. However, there were people who not only smelled a rat in the whole episode, but were offended by the behaviour cf the Abdulaev family as well. As a result of the agitation, a com- mission was appointed to inves- tigate the affair. When its work was finished a long article in IZVESTIA in August last year unfolded the whole sordid tale, and demanded why all this was allowed to happen right under ,he noses of the party leaders in Uzbekistan. The article hi IZVECTIA. was the signal for another retrial and for expos- ure of those who were protect- ing Uie guilty man. For a few months nothing seemed to be happening. But the retrial toak place and re- versed the court sentences vet ;ain, with Abdulaev getting 15 years and his friend Agabek eight years. The local establishment was also shaken up. This month [ZVESTIA published not only he court verdict in the caso Jut also listed nine people exceptionally large number who were thrown out of the Communist Party and removed rom their jobs. They include udges and prosecutors, the chairman of the city Soviet and he first secretary of a district ''arty committee. Abdulaev's Qualify yourself for a better future COMPLETE YOUR EDUCATION BY CORRESPONDENCE Catch up on the subjects you need to complete High School by taking courses through the CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL BRANCH of the Alberta Department of Education. Junior High and Elementary courses are also available. 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V DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION mother has also lost her Job as director of the textile firm, post which had made her in- fluential and wealthy by So- viet standards. IZVESTIA said that people connected with the case who were guilty of Illegal activities had also been suitably punished, though it did not list their names. It went on to assure its readers that the Central Com mitlee of the Uzbek Communist Party has taken steps to see that such episodes will not oc- cur again and Socialist legality will not be violated. It is all very commendable and very appropriate, but ob- servers can be forgiven a de- gree of scepticisms about such assurances. The whole sorry episode demonstrates that, in spite of all the social progress claimed, in certain areas of the Soviet Union the social outlook can still be extremely feudal, particularly in the Caucasian and Central Asian Republics'. Abdulaev was protected by his clan, who were undoubtedly aware of tire true facts of the I case but nevertheless were will- ing to bear false witness. The second lesson for the Russians is that unless the courts are made absolutely in- dependent and given powers to Revenge slaying BELGRADE. Yugoslavia (Renter) Tiie stepmother of an 18-year-old youth killed in a truck crash paid a man di- nars (about te kill the son of the truck driver in revenge, the Belgrade newspaper Politka reported. The assassin was ar- rested after stabbing the 11- year-old bov to death. You are Invited to meet The Lord Of Life in a Crusade m R m With the Camsbell-Rsese Team Rev, Kenneth Campbell Rev. James Reese Tonight, Sat. and Sun. Feb. 18, 19, 20 p.m. Vauxhall High School Auditorium EVERYONE WELCOME decide matters without direct Parly interference in day-today matters, they really cannot bs expected to judge impartially. In this case successive trials showed the court excessively influenced by letters cr words of praise for Abdulaev by peo- ple ciaming Party positions. The third important conclu- sion to be drawn is that Uie great powers of the Party first secretaries and other officials inevitably leads to abuse. The danger of this is greater in a smaller place than in a bigger one, but Tashkent is not a small town, it is a big city. Due to public concern, the whole rack- et was exposed there but can one be sure that in smaller cities, where secretaries rule like gods, such matters cannot be suppressed more suc- cessfully. John Turner has become fi- nance minister; and Alan Mac- Eaehcn is government House Leader and president of the Privy Council. Inflationary Mr. Tnideau and Richard S t a n b u r y, Liberal party president, announced last parks planned for north areas OTTAWA (CP) Three new national parks will be estab- lished in fie Canadian North through legislation proposed at the new session of Parliament. Each of the parks mil be "as I large and as spectacular as any j In the world." says the throne Senator speed) read today by Gov.-Gen. week establishment cf a Red Roland Michencr. Although their locations are _ _ -----I no' pinpointed, it is believed Carnation Fund to raise money I that two will be located in the for party activities and said in- Northwest Territories and dividual donations of would IK accepted. In 1966, the special Commons committee on election ex- penses recommended that in- dividual contributions to politi- cal parties be limited to Following are three consecu- tive sentences from the recent English translation by Joyce Marshall of State Secretary Gerard Pelletier's book, the Oc- tober Crisis; concerning the Quebec events of 1970: "When one tries to provoke change by violence, the social mechanism reacts by compen- sating as if it were a cybernetic complex. "Xo doubt FLQ propaganda and one j Northw in the Yukon. Buffalo Na- tional park, Canada's biggest, Is the only northern park now, ex- tending into Uie Northwest Ter- ritories from Alberta. A sure bet is an 870-square mile area of the South NahanI River watershed. The govern- ment already has a report from the parks branch recommend- ing a 2. COO-square-mile park m what is regarded as one of the most beautiful sections of the NAV.T. The area is about 650 miles northwest of Edmonton. 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