By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?
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ISLAMABAD: Their Uighur wives vanished in 2017, swept up in a Chinese dragnet tackling Islamic extremism, now they've been released - but the Pakistani husbands left behind say freedom has come at a price: The women must prove their "adaptability to Chinese society", and publicly sacrifice their religious ideals.The group of around 40 women - all from the western Chinese province of Xinjiang and married to traders from neighbouring Pakistan - were among some one million people believed to be held in a network of internment camps that authorities downplay as "vocational education centres".But the men their partners were forced into acts that are haram, or forbidden, to followers of Islam - both in the camps and now they've been freed."She said they had to eat pork and drink alcohol, something she still has to do," one merchant, who recently visited his wife at her parents' house in Xinjiang told AFP, on condition of anonymity."She was told that she had to satisfy the … [Read more...] about China frees ‘lost’ Uighur wives but at a price, families say
BEIRUT — Five years ago, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi mounted the pulpit of a mosque in Iraq to declare himself the head of a rapidly expanding terrorist organization. Since then, his group, the Islamic State, has transfixed the world with its apocalyptic violence while he has remained a mystery. Spottings were rare. Rumors swirled that he was wounded or dead. The United States put $25 million on his head and still failed to find him. On Monday, he reappeared, leaning on a cushion with an assault rifle at his side, in a video seeking to rally his followers after the loss of the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria and its execution of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in years, on Easter in Sri Lanka. “Our battle today is a battle of attrition, and we will prolong it for the enemy, and they must know that the jihad will continue until Judgment Day,” he said in the video. The message he intended to send was clear, analysts said: The Islamic State still exists, he is … [Read more...] about News Islamic State leader surfaces in video, vows fight until ‘Judgment Day’
Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has made a decision to relocate the Indonesian capital outside Java Island and told his ministers to come up with detailed plans for candidate cities over the next few months. Plans to move the capital have been afoot since the era of President Suharto, due to Jakarta's growing problem of traffic congestion and periodic flooding. These plans have been gathering pace during Jokowi's presidency. At a cabinet meeting on Monday, the president said of the three alternatives – the capital remaining in Jakarta, moving to an area within a 50-70 kilometer radios outside the city, or away from Java – the latter held the most benefit for the country. Jokowi has yet to decide which city would become the new capital and tasked his ministers to come up with alternatives. Government officials previously proposed cities such as Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and Makassar in South Sulawesi for the new capital but this … [Read more...] about Jokowi Decides Jakarta’s Time Is Up; Indonesia’s New Capital Will Be Outside Java
Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made a decision on Monday to move the Indonesian capital out of the densely populated island of Java, telling his ministers to find a city in eastern Indonesia to replace Jakarta. Plans to move the capital from Jakarta have been bandied about since Soekarno was still president. The low-lying "big durian" is often criticized for its periodic flooding and one of the worst traffic gridlocks in the world. But under Jokowi's presidency, the plan to move the capital from Jakarta has gathered pace. At a cabinet meeting on Monday, the president was presented with three options for Indonesia's next capital – keep it in Jakarta, move it 50 to 70 kilometers outside Jakarta or pick a new city outside Java. Jokowi, who was born and raised in Solo, Central Java, chose the third option, arguing it will offer the … [Read more...] about Jakarta Is Doomed, Move the Capital Out of Java