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  • U.S. Warns That China's Expulsion of Navy Near Disputed Islands Is a 'Serious Threat' to Sea Travel

    05/30/2020 12:31:32 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 72 replies ^ | 5/28/20 | BY TOM O'CONNOR ON
    he Chinese military has said it chased off a U.S. warship near a disputed set of islands in the South China Sea, but the Navy contended the vessel was acting within international law. Senior Colonel Li Huamin, the spokesman for the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Southern Theater Command, said in a statement Thursday by official military outlets that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin "illegally intruded" into territorial waters near the Paracel Islands, known to China as the Xisha Islands, earlier that day. As a result, Li said Chinese sea and air units were dispatched to "warn off" and...
  • Britain may offer 'path to citizenship' for nearly 3 million in Hong Kong

    05/30/2020 6:28:46 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29, 2020 / 3:04 PM | Reporting by William James, editing by Andy Bruce
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is prepared to offer extended visa rights and a pathway to citizenship for almost 3 million Hong Kong residents in response to China’s push to impose national security legislation in the former British colony. China’s parliament has approved a decision to go forward with national security legislation for Hong Kong that democracy activists, diplomats and some in the business world fear will jeopardise its semi-autonomous status and its role as a global financial hub. Britain, the United States, Australia, Canada and the EU have all sharply criticised the move. Foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Thursday...
  • Thousands of protesters demand 'Justice for Regis' in downtown Toronto

    05/30/2020 4:28:57 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies ^ | Jane Stevenson
    A passionate gathering to protest anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism, dubbed Justice for Regis, made its way through downtown Toronto on Saturday afternoon. Thousands of people, some carrying signs that read, “Stop killing us,” and, “Black Lives Matter,” while chanting, “Shame, shame,” and, “Say her name,” gathered after high-profile police-involved deaths of black people in both Canada and the U.S. — the latter prompting several days and nights of protests in American cities. In Toronto, the Justice for Regis protest was organized by a group called Not Another Black Life after Regis Korchinski-Paquet, 29, fell from the balcony of a 24th-floor...
  • Canadian Court Moves Closer To Extradition Of Chinese Huawei Executive To The United States

    05/28/2020 9:16:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 5/28/2020 | John Sexton
    The relationship between Communist China and the free world, particularly the United States, is disintegrating so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. Yesterday, there was a big development in the ongoing dispute over Chinese technology giant Huawei. Back in 2018, the CFO of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada at the request of the U.S. government. The U.S. is seeking to extradite her so she can face charges here for inducing a group of banks to violate sanctions the U.S. placed on Iran. Wednesday a court in Canada ruled that Wanzhou’s extradition met the standard of “double...
  • China removes phrase ‘peaceful reunification’ from Taiwan document

    05/28/2020 12:55:02 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 46 replies
    Beijing has removed references to “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan from its annual work report, signalling the country will take a stronger stance against the island territory. The past six work reports since President Xi Jinping took power in 2013 have signalled that any attempt to reunify Taiwan and China would be “peaceful”.
  • Joint Statement On Hong Kong by US, UK, Canada, Australia

    05/28/2020 1:52:53 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 76 replies
    U.S. department of State ^ | 5/28/20 | U.S., UK, Canada, Australia
    The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Begin Text: Signatories to this statement reiterate our deep concern regarding Beijing’s decision to impose a national security law in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom. The international community has a significant and long-standing stake in Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. Direct imposition of national security legislation on Hong Kong by the Beijing authorities, rather than through Hong Kong’s own institutions as provided for under Article 23 of the Basic Law, would...
  • Canada court finds against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on double criminality; extradition trial to continue

    05/27/2020 12:13:20 PM PDT · by littleharbour · 7 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | May 27, 2020 | Danny Crichton
    In a closely-watched decision today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia published a key decision in the extradition case of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei Technologies, China’s largest telecommunications company and a frequent target of U.S. policymakers. In its ruling, the court said that the case met the standard for “double criminality,” and thus the extradition hearing will be allowed to continue. That decision represents a major blow to Huawei, which had hoped to end the suit and bring Meng home back to China.
  • Canada: 81 percent of Coronavirus Deaths are in Nursing Homes

    05/23/2020 8:50:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    21st Century Wire ^ | 05/21/2020
    From the beginning of the Coronavirus mass panic, one the main talking points for western governments was that “No one is immune. The disease can kill anyone at any time.” Various versions of this propaganda set piece were used and recycled across all media platforms, whereby government’s intention was actually to scare the public into accepting ‘lockdown’ or the shutdown of society and the economic, supposedly in order to “save lives.” However, after a number of weeks that fear narrative is rapidly collapsing as real data and evidence comes flowing in – which shows that the overwhelming majority of public...
  • First piece of disputed Keystone XL pipeline finished

    05/21/2020 11:59:53 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 1 replies
    KUTV (CBS, Billings, MT) ^ | May 21st 2020 | MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
    A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that would make it hard to finish the $8 billion project. The 1,200-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska was stalled for much of the past decade before President Donald Trump was elected and began trying to push it through to completion... Work finally started in April at the border crossing in remote northern Montana. That 1.2-mile section has now been...
  • Artist Kent Monkman's painting of partially nude Trudeau with laughing women creates uproar (from left) online

    05/21/2020 6:50:58 AM PDT · by jerod · 35 replies
    CBC news ^ | May 20, 2020 | Austin Grabish
    Renowned Cree artist Kent Monkman has come under fire for his new painting that shows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau partially nude, on all fours, preparing for what Monkman called "a consensual act" while Indigenous women surrounding him laugh. The painting, titled Hanky Panky, has been condemned by many who believe it portrays sexual violence and disrespects First Nations traditions. But it is also being praised by some, including Ojibway Senator Murray Sinclair. Monkman posted the work on Facebook on Saturday and said the piece was meant to highlight problems with "the Canadian (in)justice system" and the victimization of Indigenous women,...
  • Doctor Concerned About Canadian Human Trials of Virus Vaccine Developed in Partnership With Chinese Military

    05/20/2020 7:47:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 05/20/2020 | Lee Harding
    A medical doctor is expressing concern about Canadians receiving an experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed with the help of the Chinese military. Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) announced a collaboration initiative with the Chinese company CanSino Biologics Inc. on the clinical development of the company’s new AD5-nCoV vaccine, Ad5-nCoV. CanSino developed the vaccine in partnership with China’s military. Health Canada has approved the first human clinical trials that will run at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University. The company is already conducting human clinical trials for the vaccine in China. Dr. Kulvinder Gill, a medical doctor based in the...
  • The Chinese Oil Grab (China is working hard to win oil reserves, you need to overweight on oil)

    10/03/2009 8:48:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 926+ views
    Forbes ^ | 10/3/2009 | Robert Lenzner
    The Chinese government is in a massive resource grab in Africa, which has huge ramifications for natural resource prices, not the least of which will be the cost of imported oil to the U.S., and ultimately the stock market and economy. Beijing's latest foray is trying to buy 6 billion barrels of oil that is already spoken for via leases to Exxon, Chevron , Royal Dutch Shell, and Total SA. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. presently leases 16 oil blocks on what remains of the oil industry's dominant Seven Sisters. It's a monster development, and a dramatic signal of how...
  • China's Drilling for Oil in America's Backyard, Republicans Say

    06/11/2008 9:37:46 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 56 replies · 297+ views
    Cybercast News Network ^ | 6/11/08 | Susan Jones
    House Republicans want the American people to know that right now -- around 60 miles off the coast of Key West, Fla. -- China is drilling for oil, thanks to a lease issued by Cuba. But 1,200 miles north of Key West, Democrats in Washington are blocking the United States from conducting its own environmentally-safe oil and gas exploration in similar U.S. coastal areas, said a news release from House Republican leader John Boehner's office. "By prohibiting the United States from taking part in the same type of energy exploration that the Chinese are conducting just miles off our shores,...
  • Energy forecaster turns peak oil theory on its head

    10/09/2009 2:02:07 PM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies · 660+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | October 8, 2009 | Shaun Polczer
    James Burkhard, IHS CERA's global oil director, is a self-described "peakist." But it's not what you might think. Whereas most adherents to peak oil theory believe petroleum production has plateaued and will fall back down, driving up oil prices, Burkhard sees the situation somewhat in reverse, with global oil demand peaking and falling off as developed countries become more efficient with how they use oil and require relatively less of it. Not even the seemingly insatiable appetites of countries such as China and India can reverse the trend, he said in an interview Thursday. "The long-term rate of oil demand...
  • Cash, long a refuge in uncertain times, now under suspicion

    05/20/2020 2:57:32 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 69 replies
    AP ^ | today (hey it says that) - 5/20/2020 | By ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT (AP) — In troubled times, people have been known to hoard currency at home — a financial security blanket against deep uncertainty. But in this crisis, things are different. This time cash itself, passed from hand to hand across neighborhoods, cities and societies just like the coronavirus, is a source of suspicion rather than reassurance. No longer a thing to be shoved mindlessly into a pocket, tucked into a worn wallet or thrown casually on a kitchen counter, money’s status has changed during the virus era — perhaps irrevocably. The pandemic has also reawakened debate about the continued viability...
  • Why Canada should ban the sale, ownership of handguns

    05/17/2020 3:51:28 PM PDT · by rktman · 83 replies ^ | 5/15/2020 | Tony Keene
    There is no conceivable reason why an ordinary person needs a handgun, writes Tony Keene. The government has finally moved to ban military-style assault rifles. Great. So now let's go to the next step, a complete and comprehensive ban on the sale and ownership of all handguns. There is no conceivable reason why an ordinary person needs to own a handgun. No reason whatsoever. Those of us trained in the use of handguns (and I mean properly trained, by the police or the military, not just a weekend course at the local gun club) know that the armed amateur is...
  • Canadian Forces Snowbird plane crashes in B.C.

    05/17/2020 2:40:25 PM PDT · by Kriggerel · 21 replies
    CP24 News ^ | May 17, 2020 | Canadian Press
    KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A Canadian Forces Snowbirds plane crashed in a residential area of Kamloops, B.C., on Sunday, sending neighbours pouring onto the street where they said debris was scattered and a house was on fire. The Kamloops Airport said emergency crews were responding to the crash as defence officials were scrambling for details about the incident, the second crash involving the military's famed aerobatic team in less than a year. British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said one person was in hospital after paramedics and air ambulances responded to the crash.
  • The Spirit of Free Republic Returns to Canada (Free Dominion)

    05/15/2020 11:01:33 AM PDT · by conniew · 93 replies
    Free Dominion ^ | May 15, 2020 | Connie Fournier
    Nineteen years ago, a small group of Canadian FReepers set out on a journey to provide Canada with the same sort of political outlet that our American friends have with Free Republic. We started a Canada Chapter on this site, which we quickly outgrew. Then, we moved to our own site, and called it Free Dominion. Out of gratitude to Jim Robinson, and our friends on FR, we provided a backup forum for FReepers for when FR experienced technical problems. And, many Free Republic members registered, and regularly logged in to say hi! Several FR stalwarts, like coteblanche, backhoe and...
  • Bryan Adams goes on expletive-laced tirade about China and the coronavirus

    05/11/2020 10:34:58 PM PDT · by The Accused · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2020 | David aaro
    Bryan Adams, the Canadian rocker, created a stir online Monday after he posted an expletive-filled rant against the “greedy bastards” behind Chinese wet markets that he says produced the coronavirus and put his tour on hold.
  • Canadian Cops Take Down Star Wars Storm Trooper for Toy Gun – Video

    05/11/2020 7:25:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 8 May, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    On 4 May, a small restaurant in Alberta, Canada was using a person with a Star Wars stormtrooper costume as a promotion.  The Coco Vanilla Galactic Cantina is located at 531 13th St. North, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The promotion was on the unofficial Star Wars Day, “May the 4th be With You”. The police in Lethbridge decided to do their own interpretation of stormtroopers. The 19-year-old woman who was employed by the Cantina as a draw was assaulted by the police at gunpoint for having the temerity to wear her Storm Trooper costume with a plastic blaster.  Most of...