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IN THE NEWS

Dec 11

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian face of Myanmar’s military-controlled government, has defended her country against allegations of genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority. Appearing 10 December before the UN International Court of Justice, she said the case against Myanmar is “incomplete and incorrect” and describe the government’s actions as an “internal armed conflict” in response to Rohingya attacks on government security posts. She also said that if any soldiers had committed war crimes “they will be prosecuted."

Dec 11

Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai says the U.S. helped to foster corruption in his country by spending billions of dollars there over nearly two decades without accountability. However, U.S. government files obtained by The Washington Post also say Karzai's government had “self-organized into a kleptocracy.” Karzai became president after a 2001 U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban government. 

Dec 11

Results of a new national poll by the Angus Reid Institute indicate that the proportion of Canadians who have unfavourable views of China has risen sharply in the last year and that a majority believe that human rights should take precedence over trade. Moreover, half of the respondents said Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou should not have been detained at the request of the U.S. They also want the government to stop the extradition process as a step toward rebuilding the relationship with China, which has said it will put two Canadians arrested a year ago on trial for espionage.

Dec 10

Lawyers representing Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive detained in Vancouver last December by Canada Border Services Agency officers Canada at the request of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation during a trip to Argentina from Hong Kong, are being given access to documents they believe will show that there was a conspiracy to have her extradicted to the U.S. In ruling on the request, the B.C. Supreme Court’s associate chief justice, Heather Holmes agreed that Meng's lawyers had raised enough questions to give an “air of reality” to their allegations. She also said the documentation already provided by the Crown at the extradition hearing in Vancouver was “impoverished in its substance.”

Dec 10

Canada has signed an agreement updating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and the United States, clearing the way for ratification. In Mexico for the signing ceremony with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexico's Undersecretary for North America, Jesús Seade, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would benefit all three countries. “This has been a long arduous and, at times, fraught negotiation,” she said Dec. 10. “We made it to the finish line because we learned how to work together.”

Dec 10

Two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump have been unveiled by a House of Representatives committee. One alleges that he “abused the power of the presidency . . . in pursuit of personal political benefit” by pressing Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden. The other is that he obstructed the committee’s hearings by directing “the unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas” issued to key figures in his current and past administration. Trump has dismissed the ongoing process as a “witch hunt.” and “sheer political madness.”

Dec 10

Draft legislation being considered by the U.S. Congress would require police to have a warrant to use facial-recognition technology to track individuals for more than three days. Its bipartisan sponsors said their proposed Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act would prevent the kinds of government abuses seen in other countries.

Dec 10

Two former prime ministers of Algeria, Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, have been sentenced to 15 and 12 years, respectively, after an investigation into widespread corruption. Allies of long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned amid mass protests last April, they were among 19 defendants tried on charges of abuse of office, among other things. Defence lawyers boycotted the trial, alleging the proceedings were “politicised” and aimed at “settling scores.”

Dec 10

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland was in Mexico City Dec. 10 to discuss refinements to a new North American free trade pact. She and Mexican foreign ministry officials were to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and President Donald Trumps’ advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Dec 10

China is hinting at upcoming trials for two Canadian citizens held for a year on vague national security charges. A foreign ministry spokesperson told reporters Dec. 10 that the cases of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law.” They were arrested last December only days after Canada detained a senior Huawei executive at the request of the U.S.

Dec 10

An Organization of American States audit of Bolivia's disputed Oct. 20 election results left little doubt that that there was a concerted effort to subvert the vote and deliver victory to Evo Morales's ruling Movement to Socialism Party. Canada contributed $500,000 to the investigation and two Canada Border Services Agency forensic auditors were part of the OAS team which involved representatives of 18 countries.

Dec 10

Shirin Ebadi, who won the 2003 Nobel Prize for Peace for her efforts to promote democracy and human rights in her homeland, says the latest wave of unrest there is a prelude to the collapse of its hard-line regime. She says the scale of protests and the government backlash suggests that the rift between the people and the government is too deep to be bridged.

Dec 10

Public Service Minister Bill Blair has been asked for an update on whether the government will decide soon on whether Huawei will be permitted to join Canada's 5G wireless network. The request comes in the form of a letter from two Conservative MPs, Pierre Paul-Hus and Glen Motz. Blair’s predecessor, Ralph Goodale, who lost his Saskatchewan seat in the Oct. 21 general election, had said during the campaign that a decision would be made after the election.

Dec 09

A motion to raise the personal income tax exemption in steps to $15,000 by 2023 and to reduce the deduction for earning more than $150,473 in net income in 2020, was introduced in the House of Commons Dec. 9 by Finance Minister Bill Morneau. “We’re doing it in a way that’s means-tested so it doesn’t actually impact the top one per cent,” he said. The changes are expected to cost the federal treasury a net $3 billion in the 2020-21 fiscal year, rising to some $6.2 billion in 2024-25.

Dec 09

Following up on an election campaign promise, the Liberals have confirmed that they will proceed with a new tax on digital service companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon. The announcement by Finance Minister Bill Morneau comes a week after the U.S. threatened France with tariffs on wine and cheese after deciding that a similar tax there “discriminates against U.S. companies.” The Liberals’ campaign commitment was to a three per cent tax on companies with more than $1 billion in annual international revenues.

Dec 09

In a classic case of tit-for-tat, the Chinese government is reported to have directed all government and public institutions to get rid of U.S.-made computer hardware and software, giving them until 2022 to replace them with Chinese alternatives.

Dec 09

Effective in early January, the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority will discontinue its Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service, which has operated since the early 1980s, as part of an effort to update and streamline its services. “Pilots are migrating to other means of obtaining inflight weather advisories,” officials say. “Multiple sources are available that provide access to weather and aeronautical information to pilots in the cockpit, often presented in a graphical format, making it easier to visualize what is going on along the route of flight.”

Dec 09

The appellate body of the World Trade Organization, the final arbiter of international disputes, is in on the brink of being unable to function. WTO rules require a tribunal to hear cases but the terms of two members end Dec. 10 with no successors being recruited. While many member countries have repeatedly call for a selection process, the U.S. has refused, the only member to do so.

Dec 09

A proposal by U.S. President Donald Trump to legally designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups is on hold at the behest of his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “We thank President Trump for respecting our decisions and for choosing to maintain a policy of good neighbourliness, a policy of cooperation with us,” the Mexican leader says. Trump says he would step up “joint efforts to deal decisively” with the cartels.

Dec 09

The annual defence spending authorization bill could be submitted to President Donald Trup as early as next week. Described as the largest ever drafted in 58 years, it includes a host of pay and bonus re-authorizations, military housing improvement programs, and personnel issues. The measure had been stalled by issues related to Trump’s push to transfer military construction funding to other priorities.

FRONTLINE COMMENTARY

(Oct 22)
FERRY DE KERCKHOVE's picture

One thing is certain from a defence and security perspective – there will be no shortage of paradoxes.

(Sep 25)
JENNIFER STODDART's picture

Voting by secret ballot was an innovation to protect voters, but today's huge databases of information have been making privacy protection a major challenge.

(Aug 25)
JOE VARNER's picture

With the looming threat of conventional wars between great and regional powers appearing increasingly likely, the U.S. should quickly shore up its strategic military alliances.

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