Politics

Dutch letter spurs calls for Canadian transparency ahead of military deployment

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The federal government is being urged to follow the example of the Dutch government, which laid out its rationale for a military deployment to Mali in detailed 14-page letter to Parliament. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH, Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA—As the Dutch government prepared to deploy its military to… Dutch letter spurs… Read More »

Trump presidency: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson for top diplomat?

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Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has met President-elect Donald Trump amid growing speculation that he is being considered for US secretary of state. BBC NBC News quotes sources close to Mr Trump as saying that Mr Tillerson is likely to… Trump presidency: Exxon’s… Read More »

N. Korea military drill targets South’s presidential office

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South Korea warned Dec. 11 of “fatal” consequences for Pyongyang’s leadership if provoked into conflict, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw a military drill simulating an attack on Seoul’s presidential Blue House. Hurriyet Kim watched with binoculars as North Korea’s special operation forces conducted an… N. Korea military… Read More »

It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory leadership hopeful Pierre Lemieux says

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The former Ontario Conservative MP’s announcement has raised concerns that a debate could reopen old party divisions. The Star Andy Blatchford OTTAWA—A candidate for the Conservative leadership says it’s time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — an announcement that has raised concerns that it could reopen old party divisions. Pierre Lemieux, a former Ontario Tory MP, said in… It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory… Read More »

Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is continuing torment

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Malcolm Turnbull should be actively defending independent statutory officers, not standing by and allowing them to be torn down for doing their job The Guardian Mark Dreyfus The inability to handle criticism is always a sign of utmost weakness. That is as true for government as it is for people. It’s why the hatred this government shows for… Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is… Read More »

Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of hate speech ‘to protect rights, freedoms of others’

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A Dutch court has convicted populist anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders of hate speech in a trial he branded a politically motivated “charade” that endangered freedom of speech. ABC Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected politician. Prosecutors had asked judges to… Geert Wilders: Dutch court convicts anti-Islam MP of… Read More »

Tajikistan: The success story that failed

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Once celebrated for its successful post-conflict reconciliation, Tajikistan has reverted back to the dictatorial path. Al Jazeera by Massoumeh Torfeh@massoumehtorfeh Tajikistan may be a small country in Central Asia, but it was once hailed by the United Nations as one of the… Tajikistan: The success… Read More »

Ruth Davidson defends Boris Johnson’s Saudi remarks

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Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has defended Boris Johnson over his public criticism of British ally Saudi Arabia, saying he was “absolutely right”. The Scotsman By SARAH BRADLEY The Foreign Secretary suffered a humiliating slap down from No 10 after accusing the… Ruth Davidson defends… Read More »

Ku Klux Klan members say they aren’t white supremacists

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The Klan’s official rule book, the Kloran — published in 1915 and still followed by many groups — says the organization “shall ever be true in the faithful maintenance of White Supremacy.” The Star By JAY REEVES, The Associated Press PELHAM, N.C. — In today’s racially charged environment, there’s a… Ku Klux Klan members… Read More »

Out of obscurity

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The Asian giant has been helping its neighbour’s economic development for more than two decades Asia Times By SANDRA LOWE Laos’ emergence on the regional and international stage has seen it formulate the ambitious goal of shedding its… Out of obscurity… Read More »

Why Trump makes this small country so nervous

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Russia is always a threat but now they’re worried the U.S. won’t back them up. Politico By BENJAMIN ORESKES TALLINN, Estonia — The scene outside Alexander Nevsky Cathedral one evening earlier this month had all the… Why Trump makes… Read More »

Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

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Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat. BBC Speaking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a… Gambia leader Yahya… Read More »

Canada has ‘achievable’ strategy to tackle climate change, Trudeau says

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Trudeau — joined by premiers, territorial leaders and indigenous leaders — to announce details of a strategy involving 11 of the 13 provinces and territories to set out how Canada will meet or beat its 2030 target pledged in Paris for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH Ottawa Bureau, TONDA MACCHARLES Ottawa Bureau reporter, ALEX BOUTILIER Ottawa Bureau Reporter OTTAWA—Canada has an “ambitious and achievable” strategy to… Canada has ‘achievable… Read More »

Romanians vote in the shadow of corruption

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Elections in Romania this weekend will test whether the country intends to clean up its political system. Politico By CARMEN PAUN Romania’s parliamentary elections on Sunday will test the country’s determination to clean up its political system a… Romanians vote in… Read More »

Global Leadership Doesn’t Mean Another Vietnam or Iraq

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U.S. engagement to deter and repel aggression has been extraordinarily successful. The National Interest James F. Jeffrey In a recent National Interest essay, “Don’t Let the DC Blob Guide Trump’s Foreign Policy,” Gordon Adams and… Global Leadership Doesn’t… Read More »

Is Israel’s education minister abandoning secular schools?

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“For anyone who still doesn’t understand why I’m ‘obsessive’ about revolutionizing math, English and science education, these are the results of the international PISA [Program for International Student Assessment] test conducted two years ago, before I took office,” wrote Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett on his Facebook page Dec. 7. Al Monitor Akiva Eldar This so-called obsession is apparently a direct boost to the campaign he launched upon taking office to encourage expanded math studies in high school. “We will not ... Read More »