By Alex Boutilier Ottawa Bureau Mon., Oct. 8, 2018 In a three-part series, the Star looks at the rise of white nationalist and right-wing extremist groups in Canada, and what authorities are doing to identify and suppress these threats. This is part 3. To read the first part, click here and to read the second part, click here. OTTAWA—One month after the deadly shooting rampage at the Grande mosquée de Québec, Canada’s spy agency quietly put together a “preliminary assessment” of the threat far-right extremists pose in Canada. The report, heavily censored and stamped “SECRET,” noted right-wing extremism and violence is nothing new in Canada — in fact, it was present in the earliest days of colonization. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) traces far-right violence back to race riots in Nova Scotia in the 1780s, racial segregation in Ontario schools in the 1840s and violence against Chinese and … [Read more...] about CSIS sees ‘significant’ jump in far-right activity online
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Myanmar has recently adopted the 4th Amendment to the 2013 Anti-Corruption Law. The amendment enlarges the duties of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and includes a new power (Article 16p) to issue a Notification giving guidance to companies on establishing their own systems to prevent corruption. Owing to this amendment, the Commission can now even take investigative action on its own initiative, instead of only acting on complaints. Troels Vester, country manager of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Myanmar, called the Amendment “a step in the right direction”. "Active corruption", i.e. the offering or giving of bribes, has been redefined to include the attempt and a better definition of embezzlement has been also put forward in the law. “UNODC is working with ACC to ensure implementation of the law, there is good progress but there is still room for improvement in the investigation and prosecution of corruption cases. The law does … [Read more...] about Anti-corruption drive dodges political donations and criminal liability
WASHINGTON - A provision in U.S. law requiring the deportation of immigrants convicted of crimes of violence is unconstitutionally vague, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a decision that could hinder the Trump administration's ability to step up the removal of immigrants with criminal records.The court, in a 5-4 ruling in which President Donald Trump's conservative appointee Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices, invalidated the provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act and sided with convicted California burglar James Garcia Dimaya, a legal immigrant from the Philippines.The ruling, written by liberal Justice Elena Kagan, was decried by the administration, which had defended the provision.Federal authorities had ordered Dimaya deported after he was convicted in two California home burglaries, in 2007 and 2009, though neither crime involved violence.Kagan said the disputed provision's ambiguity created confusion in lower courts. "Does car burglary qualify as a … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court restricts deportations of immigrant felons
PHUKET MEDIA WATCH – World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Reporters Without Borders condemns violence by Israeli forces against journalists PHUKET (News Wires): Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday condemned the alleged violence used by Israeli forces against Palestinian, Israeli and foreign photojournalists covering demonstrations against Israel’s West Bank separation barrier. In a statement, the Paris-based press freedom organization said it “deplores the total impunity enjoyed by the soldiers responsible for these abuses.” It said that two Palestinian journalists were injured by tear gas grenades and rubber bullets fired by Israeli soldiers when they were covering a weekly protest in the village of Nabi Saleh on February 10. According to the organization, Ahmed Maslah, who works as a cameraman for the Turkish television station TRT and a photographer for the New York Times, was among those injured. Witnesses … [Read more...] about Violence condemned; drone strike; mass escape; Florida execution
By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.