Tuesday, February 14, 2017

International Love Day Post



Merry Saint Valentine's Day!

Well, not if one is in India or Indonesia...

The only person convicted in the bombing of Air India 182 has been released:

The only man convicted in the 1985 Air India bombing no longer has to stay in a halfway house and can now live at his family home, the Parole Board of Canada has ruled.

Inderjit Singh Reyat was released from prison a year ago, after completing two-thirds of his perjury sentence for lying at the trial of two co-accused who were later acquitted in the deadly terrorist attack.

At the time, the Parole Board of Canada imposed special conditions on Reyat, including that he must live in the halfway house in an unnamed B.C. community.

But on Jan. 27, board member Laura Hall removed that special condition after getting a recommendation from Correctional Service Canada.

She said Reyat has been abiding by all of his special conditions over the last year.

“There has been no evidence of communication with any negative associates who may hold extremist views or be involved in political activity,” Hall said in her decision. “There is no evidence that you continue to associate with your co-accused and you have indicated that you have no desire to establish contact. You now express strong views against violence. You spend time at your family home.”

Reyat’s risk to reoffend is now low, she said.

“However if there were a threat to your Sikh cause, your risk for future based group violence is high. There is no information that indicates your political cause is under threat,” Hall said.

Before Reyat’s perjury conviction, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his role in the June 23, 1985 bombing of Air India flight 182, which killed all 329 aboard. He was sentenced to five years.

The deaths of three hundred and twenty-nine people has still gone on unavenged and just one of the culprits has been given a pass because most of his conspirators are dead.

In case people aren't worried:

“That’s the first reassurance Trump has ever provided on Canada trade, first time he’s made clear he sees us as different from Mexico. Big deal,” tweeted Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent of the Toronto Star. From Emma Loop, a Canadian who covers Capitol Hill for BuzzFeed: “That sound you just heard was everyone in Canada letting out a sigh of relief.” And Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets: “The NAFTA comments, and favourable comparison of the trade relationship with Canada relative to Mexico, should give at least some comfort to Canadian economy watchers.”

How very strange are things here in the Upside Down. At other moments in history—like three months ago, for example—the “big deal” in Trump’s remarks might have been confirmation that he intends to overhaul (sorry, “tweak”) the trade rules that are the foundation of Canada’s economic well-being. And rather than comfort, Canadians in the pre-Trump period might have heard menace in those words.

Kim Jong-Un's half-brother has been killed in what would be unusual circumstances were it not for Kim Jong-Un:

The older half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia by two female agents with “poison needles,” South Korean media outlets reported Tuesday.

The reports – which could not be immediately be verified – said Kim’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport Monday night by two women who fled the scene, according to accounts by South Korea’s TV Chosun, a cable channel.
South Korea is currently holding an emergency security meeting about this matter.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Nat King Cole.

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