Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Night Special





A de-radicalisation expert demands the prosecution of a returned ISIS thug:

De-radicalization expert Mubin Shaikh is urging Canadian authorities to attempt to prosecute former Canadian ISIS fighter Huzaifa, a man he said he has personally counselled since his return to Canada more than two years ago.

"Let's not be risk averse. Maybe you can try it. We can still make an attempt to charge him with something and, you know, see what sticks," Shaikh said in an interview with host Vassy Kapelos on CBC News Network's Power & Politics Thursday.

"He has been pushing back on some of the counselling attempts I am making. He is getting a bit arrogant. He believes that he got off and Canada can't do anything against him," said Shaikh.

Huzaifa returned to Canada in 2016, but a new New York Times podcast has since drawn renewed attention to his story. The former ISIS member gave detailed accounts to Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi of how he carried out two execution-style killings while a member of ISIS in Syria.

(Sidebar: arrogant? Why would he think that? Could it be that he firmly believes he had the right to engage in terrorist acts and that the Liberal government refuses to do anything about him?)


As of this writing, Huzaifa has not been arrested nor has he been charged with colluding with a known terrorist organisation.



Everyone who leaves or attempts to leave Canada, or goes or attempts to go on board a conveyance with the intent to leave Canada, for the purpose of committing an act or omission outside Canada that, if committed in Canada, would be an offence under subsection 83.18(1) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years.



Thick as thieves:

China has virtually lifted a ban on travel to North Korea as ties strengthened with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's two recent visits

Chinese online travel agencies have resumed selling package tours to the North, and direct charter flights connect Chinese provincial towns with Pyongyang. The travel ban was not mandated by the UN, but China took the initiative late last year under pressure from the U.S.  

Qunar, a leading Chinese online travel agency, is promoting packages that take tourists on a tour of Pyongyang, Kaesong, Mt. Myohyang and Mt. Kumgang after arriving in Pyongyang on an Air Koryo flight or by a train. They cost between 3,180 and 9,999 yuan. 

Signs that China would lift the ban were already detected in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, where a dozen travel agencies began selling group tour programs to North Korea around the time of Kim's second visit to China in May. 

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Kim and Xi held a second day of talks at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, whose grounds China's official Xinhua News Agency described in unusually lyrical terms as being full of "verdant greenery and splendid flowers," adding to what the propaganda outlet said was the "close and friendly atmosphere" of the talks.

The pomp and circumstance looked geared toward showing off the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbours , along with China's important role in keeping North Korea on track. But it cast no new light on the main question that hangs over the previously reclusive North Korean leader's surge in diplomatic activity in recent months: What next steps, if any, will Kim take to dismantle his country's nuclear program?

(Kamsahamnida)




Pope Francis has voiced optimism for improved ties between the Vatican and China, rejecting criticism that the Holy See may be selling out Catholics to Beijing's communist government.
The Vatican and China are in advanced talks to resolve a dispute over the appointment of bishops in China, one of the biggest obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties that were cut almost 70 years ago.

"We are at a good point," the pope told Reuters in an interview at his Vatican residence.

China's estimated 12 million Catholics are split between an underground Church that swears loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association.

Pope Francis did not comment in the interview on the details under discussion but said dialogue was the best way forward.

"Dialogue is a risk, but I prefer risk rather than the certain defeat that comes with not holding dialogue," he said.

"As for the timing, some people say it's 'Chinese time'. I say it's God's time. Let's move forward serenely."



Gerald Butts doesn't want the Canadian public to know this but he is the man directing things behind the curtain.

Case in point:

Doug Ford isn’t even Ontario’s premier yet and already Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s courtiers are slagging him about climate change.

Leading the charge has been Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, and Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.

Both have been tweeting their outrage over the incoming Progressive Conservative Ontario premier promising to do post-election what he said he would do during the election.

This Gerald Butts:

While Butts’ name has largely kept out of the filibuster coverage, that wasn’t the case with a scandal he caused last month, this one entirely of his own making. After the world laughed at Trudeau over his “peoplekind” mansplaining, Butts took to social media to immaturely chastise the PM’s critics as Nazis.

“Calling your critics Nazis denigrates the true victims of Nazism,” wrote Jewish human rights activist Sam Eskanasi. “Canadians deserve a higher level of discourse from their political and social leaders.”

And don’t forget there were the stories about how much money he and chief of staff Katie Telford billed to taxpayers for their move from Toronto to Ottawa.

Butts simply should never have allowed himself to become the story in any of these, Liberal sources tell me. “No one cares who some staffer is to the PM,” a top Liberal said on background, discussing how most Liberals other than those in Trudeau’s echo chamber are growing increasingly frustrated with Butts.

He's awfully busy for a man who is supposed to be standing in the back.




Why not have a referendum on carbon taxes? What could go wrong?:

Support for carbon taxes appears to be falling as people finally realize what these plans will actually cost them in the wallet.

Everyone wants a clean environment; that’s not the issue. What is at issue is the cost to peoples’ bank accounts and to the economy and if there are more economical and effective ways of protecting the environment (spoiler alert: there are).

Ontario premier-designate Doug Ford openly campaigned during the recent election to scrap Ontario’s current cap-and-trade system. Ford opponents will cite that he only received 40% of the popular vote, meaning that 60% voted against his party and their plans for Ontario.

While true, this 60% is split between three other parties for whom voters likely voted for them for reasons that go beyond just supporting a carbon tax.

So to help clarify exactly which side this 60% falls on, PM Trudeau ought to hold a referendum on the issue.
However, this challenge comes with the condition that Trudeau lays out all the facts about his carbon-tax policy, verified by independent, impartial evaluators. Canadians must be clearly told the total cost of the carbon tax, along with an iron-clad audited guarantee of where the carbon tax money is to be spent. ...
Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna should also stop saying that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. Carbon dioxide is the food of life; it’s an essential component of photosynthesis. Some experts, such as Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore, who unlike Trudeau and Gerry Butts is an ecologist, argue that the Earth is actually carbon deficient; that even prior to the advent of the industrial revolution, we actually had higher levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and lush green forests feeding off the CO2.


Also:

At least since 2014, the news has been dire: The West Antarctic ice sheet is losing ice, and its retreat may be unstoppable. It may be only a matter of time (granted, maybe a very long time) before it adds as much as 10 feet to global sea-level rise. Already, ice loss in the region is accelerating, nearly tripling in the past 10 years alone.

But on Thursday, scientists reported they may have discovered a possible mitigating factor, one that could slow or even prevent the ice sheet’s full collapse into the ocean.

Namely, Earth’s mantle deep beneath several key West Antarctic glaciers appears to be rebounding, rising upward as the weight of ice on top of it lifts — and doing so at a rapid rate of 41 millimeters per year, or just over 1½ inches.



What? A Liberal acted like a self-important bully? NO!:

A three-page complaint filed by the Canadian Red Cross to the federal government, and obtained by The Canadian Press, says Liberal backbencher MaryAnn Mihychuk ignored protocol and the reality of the situation last September 7, when she visited a Winnipeg shelter housing evacuees who had been flown in from the Garden Hill First Nation.

“Mihychuk verbally abused Red Cross volunteers and staff at the shelter and on the phone, using abusive and bullying language,” the complaint alleges.

“For the evacuees, many of whom had just arrived from another shelter, the chaos and confusion caused by Mihychuk and (Manitoba Liberal legislature member Judy) Klassen stirring up the evacuees and misleading them about hotel rooms, only caused to multiply the stress the evacuees are already under.”

In a statement, Klassen said she was trying to get residents what they needed.

Mihychuk said Thursday she never acted out of line.

“I find the accusations surprising, actually, and inaccurate,” she said.

“I will always stand up for people who are in trouble and victimized, and that was the circumstance of the Indigenous evacuees.”

Oh, she only acts like a b!#ch when evacuees are indigenous.

Way to single people out, MaryAnn.




It is said that a sucker emerges into the world every sixty seconds, or so one is told:

A Vancouver man who sold bottles of “Hot Dog Water” for nearly $40 each says he was trying to see how marketing of health claims backed by supposed science amounts to quick sales.

Douglas Bevans said he boiled about 100 organic beef hot dogs and put each one in a bottle of the water he sold at an annual car-free event.

Each bottle of the “keto-compatible,” unfiltered water sold for $37.99, but two bottles cost only $75 because of a special deal last Sunday at his booth, where he wore a hot dog onesie and promoted himself as CEO of Hot Dog Water.

Bevans promised the water would lead to increased brain function, weight loss and a youthful appearance, even erasing crow’s feet when applied to the face in the form of a lip balm, which he also happened to sell.

“We noticed that some people were rubbing lip balm on their crow’s feet and they were swearing their crow’s feet were disappearing before their eyes,” he said.

One man who rubbed the lip balm on his “dome” sent him photos suggesting it promoted hair growth, Bevans said.

While many people laughed, he said others were impressed by the health benefits they’d experience with his unique products, including body spray and “Hot Dog Water breath freshener.”
Bevans said he sold 60 litres worth of the products.



And now, chill to the sounds of ancient Greek hymns to the gods:

Hymns sung to the Greek gods thousands of years ago resonated from ancient musical instruments in Athens on Thursday, transporting a transfixed audience to antiquity.

The phorminx, the kitharis, the krotala and the aulos - string and wind instruments reconstructed by musical group Lyravlos - echoed among marble statues in Athens's National Archaeological Museum as part of World Music Day celebrations.

A family of musicians, Lyravlos have recreated exact replicas of the ancient instruments from natural materials including animal shells, bones, hides and horns.

Music was an integral part of almost every aspect of ancient Greek society, from religious, to social to athletic events. Today only some 60 written scores of ancient Greek music have survived, said Lyravlos member Michael Stefos.

Stefos said they interpret them as best they can, relying on the accuracy of their recreated instruments.

"Joking aside, ancient CDs have never been found," he said.




Propaganda Fail

(As they say)



My! This must be embarrassing:

This time, it’s for a viral photo of a crying girl ‘separated’ from her family at the border.

It’s an image that spread quickly, and was used by the media as an attack on the Trump Administration’s family separation policy.
Except, as noted by Daily Caller reporter Saagar Enjeti, the girl wasn’t actually separated from her mother:
“Father of the now famous photo of the little girl crying says his wife/child were never separated at any time by authorities, that his wife was seeking a job (not fleeing violence), and that he is upset w/ her for taking his child on the dangerous journey”

As reported by the Daily Mail, “In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife and child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are together and are doing ‘fine.’ ‘You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,’ he said.
Denis said his wife and daughter were never separated by border control agents and remain together.”
Additionally, “He revealed that his wife had previously mentioned her wish to go to the United States for a ‘better future’ but did not tell him nor any of their family members that she was planning to make the trek. ‘I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day.'”

What must that do for the Narrative?


Will this tragic incident get more traction?:

While official Washington’s attention has been focused this week on President Trump and illegal immigrant parents separated from their children, Border Patrol agents in Arizona spotted a completely different type of family separation.

Agents say they were patrolling the border road near Lukeville, Arizona, on Tuesday night when they discovered a 6-year-old Costa Rican boy abandoned on the road in 100-degree heat.

The child told the agents he’d been dropped off on the road by his uncle, who’d told him the Border Patrol would pick him up, agents said. The boy said his mother was an illegal immigrant living in the U.S., and his uncle told the boy the American government would take him to her.

Costa Rica’s foreign ministry said the boy was in good condition, and they had already reached out to the mother.

I suppose not.



Meanwhile:

As noted in a recent Globe & Mail report, “a wave of asylum seekers has descended onto Canada’s largest city.”

“Many of them are families. All are in need of housing, adding pressure to Toronto’s already-strained shelter system in a high-priced city with limited affordable housing. To deal with the pressure, the city asked two colleges to open their student dorms to refugee claimants for the summer and there are plans to erect four tents in the city to serve as extra shelter space later this year.”

When liberal Torontonians tire of tents and the stench of human waste in their city, they will demand that the illegal migrants they once had pity for be removed forthwith.

Count on it.


It's Just Money

The most "transparent" government in the country's history is not yet finished wasting taxpayers' money:

New documents suggest the bills for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s troubled trip to India in February exceed $1.5 million.

The latest figures released by the government include $323,000 for hotel stays, $485,070 to fly and staff the VIP Airbus for 43.7 hours over the nine-day trip, $5,235 for cell phone fees, $5,100 to buy Canadian wines for use at official events and $17,044.21 to fly Vancouver Chef Vikram Vij to India, where he cooked a dinner for a meeting and an official reception at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi.


This chef:

One of those expenditures was for $17,044.21 to bring Vancouver-based celebrity chef Vikram Vij to help prepare a pair of Indian-inspired meals at the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi. Vij, an Indo-Canadian restaurateur and vocal Liberal supporter, had his transportation, accommodation, per diems and incidentals covered by the federal government. That figure does not include the cost of the meals he helped prepare.”

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After news got out about the large amount of taxpayer dollars the Trudeau government was spending on perks for Justin’s family, many started to focus on one expense in particular: A $7,500 swing set.

As swing sets go that’s pretty expensive, and it’s certainly not something that taxpayers should be covering.

And yet, the Trudeau government spent that much on a swing set, and the elitist Trudeau didn’t use his own money to pay for it – he used taxpayer dollars.



As long as Justin isn't spending the money on the economy:

A recent report notes that the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters is warning that the investment situation in Canada is very concerning.

Technology and equipment investment is down, and foreign investment in Canada is down. Meanwhile, investment is surging in the US as they have made tax changes that give them an investment advantage over Canada.
The president of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters said “A tax advantage is critical for Canada. We are a smaller and less attractive market than the U.S. and we have many non-tax costs of doing business through regulatory red tape.”
He added, “One of the things we really were struck by is that our exports of manufacturing goods (have) grown at less than the rate of inflation.” 
They have been calling for Canada to cut business taxes and “allowing companies to deduct 100 per cent of their investments in new machinery, technology and other capital assets.”

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Canada’s economy showed unexpected weakness in the second quarter, recording sluggish readings for both inflation and retail sales.

The consumer price index recorded an annual pace of 2.2 per cent in May, unchanged from April and well below economist expectations for a 2.6 per cent gain, Statistics Canada said Friday. In a separate report, the Ottawa-based agency said retailers recorded a 1.2 per cent sales drop in April, also unexpected.

The reports — which come on the heels of other disappointing data — raise questions about the underlying strength of the economy and could cast some doubt about how quickly the Bank of Canada proceeds with future rate hikes.



Xi, livid that Trump is playing hardball, vows to retaliate against $200 billion in tariffs:

Trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies intensified, with China vowing to retaliate “forcefully” against President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on another US$200 billion in Chinese imports.

“If the U.S. loses its senses and publishes such a list, China will have to take comprehensive quantitative and qualitative measures,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce. It labeled the move “extreme pressure and blackmail,” and said it would retaliate with counter measures.

Trump ordered up identification of US$200 billion in Chinese imports for additional tariffs of 10 per cent — with another US$200 billion after that if Beijing retaliates. While the US$50 billion in tariffs already announced on Friday were mainly on industrial goods, the broader move would push up prices for toys, tools, t-shirts and a lot more for U.S. shoppers.

Again - why was China opened to the West? Is it a more fair trading partner, a democracy open to trade on reasonable terms?






It's just Wilfred Laurier University's money:

University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson has launched a $1.5-million defamation suit against Wilfrid Laurier University, two of its professors and a former gender and equity manager for suggesting he was “analogous to Adolf Hitler.”

The statement of claim, prepared by lawyer Howard Levitt and filed Monday, says Peterson was falsely labelled as incompetent, sexist, misogynist, dangerous and racist in a now infamous disciplinary meeting with Wilfrid Laurier University teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd.

Shepherd was disciplined during the meeting for showing students a TV clip of Peterson discussing gender-neutral pronouns, something the university later apologized for, but Peterson told the Toronto Sun Wednesday he believes the university failed to properly respond to the incident.

“So I think this is a warning, let’s say, to other careless administrators and professors who allow their ideological presuppositions to get the best of them to be a bit more careful with what they say and do,” he said.

Peterson’s lawyer said the U of T professor cannot allow a university to viciously slander him, let alone compare his comments to a speech by Hitler, when he has spent his life and career teaching against the evils of the Holocaust and despots.
 
I do hope Professor Peterson wins and the result is a university than cannot afford to be so rigid in its thinking and monstrous in its characterisations.


The Field On Which We Do Battle




In Germany, purity laws govern how a beer is made and what it is made out of.

In Canada, officious, money-wasting dolts will determine what is beer and what is in it:

Federal officials are proposing changes to national beer standards that would widen the number of ingredients permitted in a pint and could force brewers to list every ingredient on a can or bottle.

Even the Canadian definition of "beer" would change.

The changes would mark a major overhaul of beer standards introduced more than 30 years ago, but they must first go through public consultations quietly launched days ago and which run until mid-September.

Beer aficionados who have closely watched the industry for years say the proposals would help regulations catch up with an explosion in styles and types of beers. Between 1990 and 2017, the number of Canadian breweries jumped to over 800 from 62, while the number of beer brands has grown to over 7,000 from about 400.

Stephen Beaumont, co-author of The World Atlas of Beer, said there are any number of beers on the market today that violate the existing standards, either through ingredients or fermentation methods.

"This is all stuff that is going on and the regulations just haven't been there to catch up to all of it," Beaumont said.

No longer would beer be required to "possess the aroma, taste and character commonly attributed to beer" or be categorized into different styles or types like ale, stout, porter and malt liquor. Instead, officials are proposing to set limits on sugar content and simplify language around the use of additives that would set define what is a beer.

Added to that would be a wider list of herbs and spices among other ingredients that can be used in the brewing process.

Who in the halls of the House of Commons thought this up? Who?

Find this person. Find this person and kick his @$$.

I may trust brewers to be so introspective and particular. I do not trust jackanapes who waste money.


Also:

Two breweries in Ottawa and Gatineau are collaborating on a new beer and circumventing laws limiting alcohol movement across provincial borders. 

"Normally brewers would get together in one place, drink some beer, brew some beer, split the product and go on their merry way," Dave Longbottom, owner of Ottawa's Flora Hall Brewing told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning. "But we can't do that here."

Instead, Flora Hall sent a brewer to Gatineau's Brasserie du Bas-Canada, and vice versa, to brew the same beer at the same time in two different places. Once the beer is canned, it will then be able to be sold in both provinces. 

"That's something we're forced to do as a result of these crazy laws we have," Longbottom said. 

These are the rebels we have been looking for.




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mid-Week Post

And the rest of it ...




The US shouldn't just withdraw from the UN human rights council; it should withdraw from the entire thing:

The United States withdrew from a "hypocritical and self-serving" United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult.

Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared U.S. values and encouraged Washington to remain, but "were unwilling to seriously challenge the status quo."

The UN has served as tool for despots and bigots since its inception and has not stopped or prevented a war. It's time to relegate it to the dustbin of history.




The worst terrorist attack in Canada is still unresolved:

Until al-Qaida’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, the Air India bombing was the most savage act of terrorism in aviation history. It was far and away the worst terrorist atrocity in Canadian history. Flight 182 was blown up by Canadians. Of the 329 people murdered that day, 280 were Canadians.

The bomb was hidden in a suitcase that was checked in as luggage at Vancouver International Airport and sent on to Flight 182, bound for New Delhi from Toronto, via London. It was also in Vancouver that a second suitcase bomb, intended to detonate simultaneously, was placed on Air India Flight 301, bound for Bangkok via Narita, Japan. That bomb ended up detonating at Narita Airport, killing two baggage handlers.

The atrocity was conceived, planned and carried out by the terrorist organization Babbar Khalsa, specifically by its leader, Talwinder Singh Parmar, who ended up fleeing Canada and sneaking back into India, where he was killed by Indian police in 1992. In the years leading up to the Air India bombings, from the safety of his mansion in Burnaby, Parmar had been directing a campaign of assassinations in India’s Punjab state. Parmar was wanted in India on murder charges. Ottawa had declined to extradite him.

The outrageous inattention to Sikh separatist extremism in Canada — a gross negligence that implicated timid federal politicians, understaffed RCMP offices and the fledgling Canadian Security Intelligence Service — was the most damning finding of a judicial inquiry headed up by retired Supreme Court Justice John Major, whose 2010 conclusions shook Ottawa.

Only one person was ever convicted for the Air India bombings. The bomb-maker Inderjit Singh Reyat pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter and was later sentenced to perjury for lying about the identity of his accomplices. Two Babbar Khalsa zealots were acquitted. One potential witness, Indo-Canadian Times editor Tara Singh Hayer, was murdered in 1998 before he could give evidence. Others were afraid to testify.

While three hundred and twenty-nine people remain unavenged, their families' wounds are further salted with lies and conspiracy theories.

This is beyond shameful.




By claiming that Islamist terrorists are mentally ill, one not only removes moral agency for their appalling acts but paints the entire religion of Islam as a form of mental instability.

You know what you are doing, water-carriers in the popular press:

Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy, a 20-year-old Canadian, faces a possible life sentence when he appears in a New York courtroom as early as next month for plotting a 2016 bombing at Times Square for the so-called Islamic State.

But his mother insists the case is not what it seems.

“Actually, it’s not a terrorist case, it’s a mental illness problem,” Metwally said in an interview at her home in an Oakville, Ont. suburb.



Meanwhile, the Philippines cares not for the mental health of Islamist terrorists and has elected to vapourise them:

Philippine military airstrikes and ground assaults targeted a group of Islamic State group-linked militants in an offensive that reportedly killed five extremists and forced more than 5,000 villagers to flee to safety in the south, officials said Monday.

Army Col. Romeo Brawner said the offensive Sunday sparked gunbattles between troops and the extremists in Tubaran town in a mountainous region of Lanao del Sur province and the military was verifying reports that at least of five militants had been killed.

Troops captured a jungle camp where they found empty ammunition boxes, and were pursuing the militants, Brawner said.

The offensive targeted about 40 militants led by Owayda Benito Marohombsar, who uses the nom de guerre Abu Dar. He was among those who led a five-month siege of Marawi city, not far from Tubaran, but managed to escape before troops quelled the uprising last October.

More than 5,000 villagers from Tuburan and two other nearby towns fled when they heard the brief airstrikes, regional assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong said. He said more than 700 moved into evacuation centres while others stayed with relatives.

Abu Dar's presence in the hinterlands of Tubaran, where he has many relatives, was confirmed last month when his men killed a village leader who resisted their plan to venture into town. The village leader's relatives notified the military about Abu Dar's presence and helped troops hunt down the militants, Adiong said.

Abu Dar is the only locally prominent leader of the bloody Marawi siege who is confirmed to have escaped from the Islamic city after being wounded in the massive military offensive.



But ... but ... Trump!:

I’ll call her “Nada,” not her real name.

Nada is a Yazidi woman from Sinjar, Iraq, now age 31. On Aug. 3, 2014, ISIL came for her people. The Kurdish Peshmerga, tasked with protecting them, fled, leaving them helpless. Nada and her two children — a boy, eight months and a girl, two — were separated from her husband and father-in-law, whom she never saw again.

The girls and women were taken to Mosul. As a married woman, Nada should not have been grouped with the girls, but she was. Their photographs were taken, overseen by an ISIL sex-slavery organizer (I’ll call him X; as you’ll learn, he remains newsworthy). They were taken to Raqqa in Syria, where Nada and her children were bought by an ISIL emir. For 10 days Nada was enjoyed by his soldiers.

Then she was resold. In all she was passed around to 13 men, including X for some months. Her first owner eventually bought her back. She fell pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl, who was given to her owner’s family. Nada was eventually made “wife” to an Iraqi fighter. He would put a gun to her head or mock “hang” her children to keep her submissive. He would constantly tell her, “You are an infidel,” and “You are dirty.” But all her captors said those things constantly, including their kinswomen.

At one gruesome point, Nada told me through an interpreter during our hour-long interview at an educational meeting on the Yazidi situation this past Sunday, Nada and her children were forced to watch four men being beheaded. Eventually, because Nada speaks fluent Arabic and could pass as Muslim, she was able to escape with her children and contact family members in Kurdistan, who paid for smugglers to take them there.

Canada accepted Nada and her children, but not her father or sister. She has been living in London, Ont., for eight months. Recently, on a bus, she recognized X — the slave-market boss who had owned her and used her for months. They got off at the same stop. X saw her, covered his face and ran off.

Nada went to the refugee centre and told them the man’s real name and his ISIL name. The official there responded that she was too traumatized to be sure of what she saw. And then that person reportedly told her, “Don’t tell anyone.”

But Nada, who doesn’t need to be submissive any more, told me. I will be happy to share this man’s identity with any immigration official who asks for it. Maybe he’s the only ISIL member who slipped through Canada’s vetting net, or maybe he’s one of a hundred. Nada doesn’t care, nor (at the moment) do I. She does not want to spend her life in Canada terrified she will cross his path again, nor should she have to.

Justin Trudeau, Ralph Goodale, Ahmed Hussen and the federal Liberal cabinet are rapist-supporting pieces of sh--.




How the Canadian legal system sees people who protect their property or lives:

Peter Khill says he wasn’t just defending his old pickup truck when he shot and killed Jon Styres on a cold February morning two years ago, rather he was facing an unknown but imminent threat outside his house that he “needed to neutralize.”

But to that, prosecutor Steve O’Brien snapped at the former army reservist Tuesday in the climax of a tough and pointed cross-examination, “There was a guy stealing your truck and you killed him. He was not ‘a threat you needed to neutralize,’ but a human being.”

Just seconds before, O’Brien told Khill, “It could have been some goofy teenage kid from your neighbourhood” trying to steal his truck that morning.

“It was not some armed Taliban insurgent,” O’Brien sneered.

“That (the possibility of the intruder being an innocent teen) wasn’t worth a moment’s pause to call 911?’

Styres wasn’t a teenager, but the 29-year-old from the nearby Six Nations reserve was unarmed when he received two lethal shotgun blasts, one to the chest and another to the back of his arm, which also ended up in his chest. It was about 3 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2016.

Canada also rewards Taliban insurgents (SEE: Khadr, Omar).




People who hide information from parents are creepy, dreadful people:

Alberta's law banning schools from telling parents when their children join a gay-straight alliance faces its first legal challenge.

A Court of Queen's Bench judge in Medicine Hat, Alta., is to hear arguments Wednesday filed on behalf of 25 faith-based schools and others to put the law on hold pending a constitutional challenge.

Education Minister David Eggen says he wants the issue cleared up as soon as possible, because legal wrangling leads to confusion and concern on the part of students.

"Uncertainty created by a court case like this ... seeks to counter a lot of the progress that we've made to create safe and caring environments for kids and I find that pretty disturbing," Eggen said in an interview.

The lawsuit was filed in April in response to a law passed by Premier Rachel Notley's government late last year.

Gay-straight alliances are peer support networks organized by students to help gay kids feel welcome and to prevent bullying or abuse.

Leading the legal challenge is the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms. The group argues in court documents that keeping parents out of the loop violates multiple charter freedoms, including freedom of religion and expression.

It also says gay-straight alliances are "ideological sex clubs" where graphic information on gay sex is available.

The group also says the law has "stripped parents of the ability to know fully where their children are, who they are involved with, and what they may be encouraged to think or do."

Isn't this a school?




Given that Canada has an aging and potentially sicker population, taxpayer-funded birth control/canned hunts like abortion needn't be on the top of the list of things to train doctors for:

Approximately one in three Canadian women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Only doctors are licensed to provide abortions and family physicians perform the majority of procedures (76 per cent of the 86,824 reported abortions in 2014-15). But the pool of willing providers appears to be shrinking, and new doctors need to be trained to replace them, according to a new study that surveyed family medicine residents in Canada.

Eighty per cent of respondents in Canada received less than one hour of formal education on abortion. Similarly, 79 per cent had never observed or assisted in one.

“The majority of family medicine residents do not feel competent to provide abortion services,” the authors report in the journal BMC Medical Education.

For Phillips, a professor in family medicine and public health sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, the findings are “a bit depressing.”

Well, no, it isn't.

Abortion doesn't cure a condition nor does it relieve any social problem.

Why not train doctors to cure cancer? Surely that would be more worthwhile an effort instead of a politically motivated elective procedure people are forced to pay for?



On the Korean Peninsula

As thick as thieves:

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un congratulated Chinese President Xi Jinping on his 65th birthday in a message Friday amid signs that the relationship between the allies is mending fast. 

North Korean state TV said that Kim sent a birthday message and flowers to Xi. "The continuous and meaningful meetings with comrade Xi Jinping strengthened the special camaraderie and trust and played an important role in advancing bilateral ties according to the latest trends," Kim was quoted as writing. 

"Let us advance the bilateral friendship forged in blood so that it will be unshakable by political change and any other challenge." 

For without China, there would be no North Korea.


More:

Instead, the agreement merely reaffirmed the terms of a joint declaration by Kim and President Moon Jae-in after their summit in April, and only holds Kim to working "towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," which could mean anything. In short, it represents no progress and achieves nothing. Already, when faced with criticism over the vagueness of the inter-Korean declaration, Cheong Wa Dae officials said specific agreements would be made between the U.S. and North Korea. That is what the public believed, and that is why they have been let down. Over the last few months, Trump has made increasingly bombastic vows to scrap North Korea's nuclear weapons as soon as possible, but now there is no deadline to be found anywhere, and instead Trump is talking about real estate development on North Korea's coast

Worse, the denuclearization pledge was listed third on a list of four bullet points, behind promises to improve U.S.-North Korea relations and establish a peace framework on the Korean peninsula.

One should expect to see this all unravel soon.




In the mean time, South Korea and the US have given part of what North Korea wanted:

South Korea and the U.S. have agreed to suspend the large-scale military drills while the U.S.-North Korea talks go on, an unnamed source said Sunday.

The two sides will cancel the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills, which used to be held in August, but could immediately resume them if North Korea cancels talks or reneges on its denuclearization commitment, the source added.

The announcement is expected this week. 

"Holding back the 'war games' during the negotiations was my request because they are VERY EXPENSIVE and set a bad light during a good faith negotiation," U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday. "Also, quite provocative. Can start up immediately if talks break down, which I hope will not happen!"

But smaller routine training will continue, according to the source.



But one aspect of this alleged denuclearisation was not covered during the talks, one that, no doubt, weighs heavily on the minds of South Koreans, as does the cost of reunification:

The direct costs alone of the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and facilities are estimated in the billions of dollars North Korea will also demand compensation and economic rewards after prolonged international sanctions, and think tanks estimate it will cost hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 10 to 20 years to rebuild the dilapidated country. Fortune magazine puts the amount at US$2 trillion over the next decade.

Supposing North Korea completely scraps all of its nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, South Korea may not only have to provide compensation but also offer humanitarian aid and money to rebuild the North's moribund economy. If the North enters a path of reforms and market-opening, there would be no reason for South Korea to withhold such aid, but Trump seemed to be suggesting that South Korea and China pick up the entire tab.

But it is the U.S. and North Korea that are engaged in denuclearization talks. South Korea is merely eavesdropping on the sidelines. "And, look, we're very far away," Trump said. "We are very far away. 

Those places are very close. It's their neighborhood. We're thousands -- we're 6,000 miles away." Yet the U.S. is a stakeholder in the nuclear threat and never tires of pointing out that it is an "existential" one to America. Then why does physical proximity suddenly matter when it comes to paying up? Not many South Korean will be happy if the U.S. does all the negotiating and the South ends up covering the astronomical cost.
 
Such are the wages of losing a war and letting it carry on.



The Slow Burn

And burn it does:

As premier-designate Doug Ford forges ahead with his plans even before formally taking power, his victorious Progressive Conservative candidates arrive at Queen's Park Tuesday for their first caucus meeting since the election. 

The 76-strong PC caucus is the largest of any Ontario party since the Mike Harris PCs won their landslide back in 1995. They will gather Tuesday morning for a speech from Ford in front of the cameras, then hold their closed-door meeting in the largest committee room at the Legislature. 

The incoming premier has already slapped a hiring freeze on the provincial public service and given notice that he will withdraw Ontario from its cap and trade program for reducing carbon emissions. 

The NDP, now the Official Opposition, is already gearing up to fight Ford on the hiring matter.






The Conservatives have stolen a Quebec riding away from Justin Trudeau's ruling Liberals, in the first test of Andrew Scheer's effort to recreate the nationalist-conservative coalition that helped federal Tories dominate the province in the 1980s.

Conservative candidate Richard Martel captured 52.7 per cent of the vote in a federal byelection held in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord — more than 5,000 votes ahead of Liberal Lina Boivin, who took 29.5 per cent.

The NDP and Bloc Quebecois candidates were not in contention, capturing just 8.7 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively, while the Green candidate brought up the rear with just 3.1 per cent of the vote.

(Sidebar: stolen? More like the Liberals were crushed.) 



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called a byelection for the Quebec riding of Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, only days after pledging $60 million in federal funding for an aluminum-smelting project in the area.

Damn! Not even a bribe helped! 



NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he’s reviewing his tour schedule and his party’s policies in the wake of a federal byelection Monday in Quebec, in which the New Democrats’ vote collapsed.

The NDP finished a distant third Monday in a byelection held in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord, taking just 8.7 per cent of the vote in a riding where the NDP won in 2011 and finished a close second in 2015.

The collapse of the NDP, along with an equally disastrous showing for the Bloc Quebecois, worked to the benefit of the Conservatives, who wound up snagging the seat from the ruling Liberals. ...

“It’s clear we’re very disappointed with the results and the results show that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Singh said Tuesday.

“It’s a priority for me.”

Yeah, I'll bet it is, Jag.




Again with the burn:






Geoff knows who he works for:

The official Opposition’s is calling for an emergency debate in the House of Commons over the future of the Canada-U.S. trade — but Speaker Geoff Regan is having none of it.

Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole says Canadians need to see their elected representatives addressing what is the biggest economic crisis in their lifetime.

On July 1, Canada is set to impose retaliatory tariffs of $16.6 billion on U.S. products after President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on aluminum and steel, and has threatened more to come on automobiles.

Regan, however, has rejected O’Toole’s plea.

It's just a little thing like the economy. I'm sure it will works itself out, right?