George W. Bush Visits Canada Panel Discussion

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Accountability for Torture: George W. Bush Visits B.C. Panel Discussion

 

In his memoir, former U.S. president George W. Bush admits that when he was asked if men in U.S. custody should be waterboarded, he replied “Damn, right.” 

Despite admitting that he authorized torture, Bush has not been investigated or held accountable for his actions in the United States — or by any judicial body elsewhere.  Bush has enjoyed global impunity for his role in the torture of detainees held in Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and secret “black sites.”

Bush is scheduled to speak in Surrey, B.C. on October 20th. Is there a case against Bush for torture? Should Canada investigate him? Will Canada prosecute Bush for torture?

Please join us for an expert panel to discuss Bush’s responsibility for torture in the “war on terror” and the options for accountability in Canada. 

Date:             Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time:                        6:30 – 8:30 pm
Place:            UBC Robson Square, Room C180   (enter by the ice rink)
800 Robson St., Vancouver

For directions, visit: http://robsonsquare.ubc.ca/find-us/ 

Panelists:





  • Matt Eisenbrandt, Legal Director, Canadian Centre for International Justice 
  • Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights 
  • Gail Davidson, Lawyers Against the War

Co-hosted by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (www.ccrjustice.org) and the Canadian Centre for International Justice (www.ccij.ca).

For more information, please contact [email protected] or 604-569-1778

NEW POKEMON GAME LINKS DS, WII.(ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT)

The Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) July 22, 2007 Byline: AARON R. CONKLIN For the State Journal Got a Nintendo DS and a copy of Pokemon Diamond or Pearl? Great – you’re gonna love Pokemon Battle Revolutions, the pocket monsters’ first infestation on the Wii.

If you don’t, however, you’re going to be left feeling emptier than a Pokemon on the receiving end of a giga drain.

Pokemon Battle Revolution has two big draws: The first is that it’s the first game to link the DS with the Wii – in DS Battle mode, you can actually use the DS to wirelessly control the on-screen action. Better still is the chance to download your beloved Pokemon (hello, Haunter) from your DS onto the Wii to see them bust their battle moves in glorious 3D. Each Pokemon gets individualized animations for moves and faint sequences, and it’s initially thrilling to witness the graphic devastation a Hyper Beam or Earthquake can wreak on the competition.

It quickly becomes apparent, however, that there’s trouble in Pokeopolis, the game’s carnival-like, coliseum-packed setting. The core concept of Pokemon has always been about battling – stacking your critters up against an opponent in an increasingly complex rock-paper-scissors dance that offers a lot more strategy than you’d think. In the videogames, this functions best when there’s a goal or reward beyond simple victory and defeat: Saving a region from Team Rocket, watching your Pokemon evolve into something more fearsome or scoring a new, devastating move that makes the one you’ve been leaning on seem like a silly love tap. web site pokemon diamond pokedex this web site pokemon diamond pokedex

Battle Revolutions offers exactly none of these things. No matter how many of the 11 coliseums (each has its own rules and battle styles) you clear, your downloaded Pokemon don’t gain XP or evolve, and they never get new moves. Your trainer can earn points to score gear and goodies by clearing challenges, but this isn’t enough incentive to slog through countless, repetitive battles – especially when they’re narrated by an announcer whose catch phrases are comically melodramatic.

Like a college student stuck sitting on a rent-to-own sofa, non-Pokemon Diamond and Pearl owners must rely on the game’s rental battle passes to gain access to some of the newer Sinnoh Pokemon (Chimchar, Prinplup, etc.). They’re a pale substitute, and take too long to unlock and accumulate.

As an experiment in wireless control functionality, Battle Revolutions opens up an entire world of opponents to battle. As an overall gaming experience, it’s a shallow cash-in that gets old faster than you can say “Pika.” Pokemon Battle Revolutions Nintendo Wii Rated: Everyone +10 CAPTION(S):

Nintendo Enter the world of Pokeopolis in Pokemon Battle Revolutions.

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