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  • Government bill will allow Canadians to pass citizenship rights to kids born abroad

    05/23/2024 2:34:27 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 4 replies
    Sudbury Star ^ | 05 23 2024 | Ryan Tumilty
    Canadians born abroad who have children overseas will be able to pass along their citizenship under legislation introduced in the House of Commons on Thursday. Immigration Minister Marc Miller tabled the legislation, which aims to close loopholes that have created so called “lost Canadians” — people with ties to the country who are unable to pass along their citizenship to their children. Under changes brought in by Stephen Harper’s Conservative government in 2009, Canadians born abroad could only pass along citizenship to children they had in Canada. The change had followed Ottawa evacuating people from Lebanon during its 2006 war...
  • U.S. Needs Sea-Based Nuclear Capability to Ensure Second-Strike Capability

    05/23/2024 3:08:53 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 2 replies
    US Department of Defense ^ | May 23, 2024 | C. Todd Lopez
    The U.S. needs all three legs of its nuclear triad, including the land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and air-launched cruise missiles maintained by the Air Force, as well as the sea-based weapons that are the domain of the Navy. In a nuclear conflict where adversaries launch a first strike, it's possible they might render U.S. ground-based and air-launched systems unusable. But the U.S. still maintains deterrence though sea-based systems, which guarantee a second-strike capability— the ability to strike back. "If you think about it from the adversary's perspective, anything that they may think they could do as an initial strike, that...
  • Amal Clooney, the ICC’s shame and the real threat to Israel

    05/23/2024 1:39:46 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/23/24 | Howard Kurtz
    When the International Criminal Court needed a top adviser to justify an appalling arrest warrant for Bibi Netanyahu, its members turned to Amal Clooney. The ultra-liberal British human rights lawyer – and the wife of George Clooney – was happy to comply. In a statement referring to "Palestine," she said both Netanyahu and Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar are guilty of war crimes. Think about that for a moment. Hamas murders civilians deliberately, as we saw with the Oct. 7 massacre that started this war, the largest one-day death toll since the Holocaust. Israel at least tries to minimize civilian casualties...
  • Harvard graduates walk out of commencement after weeks of protests

    05/23/2024 12:43:09 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/23/2024 | MIRANDA NAZZARO
    Hundreds of graduates at Harvard University walked out of their commencement Thursday after the school announced 13 students who participated in the recent pro-Palestinian protests on campus would not be allowed to receive their diplomas with fellow students. Groups of graduates walked out chanting “Free, Free Palestine” and “Let them walk, let them walk” in reference to the students barred from walking at the ceremony, The Associated Press reported. A total of more than 1,000 students participated in the walkout, according to the school’s protest groups.
  • Russian patriotic bloggers express anger at arrest of former commander Gen. Ivan Popov

    05/23/2024 12:28:13 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 May 2024
    Russian patriotic bloggers expressed anger on Wednesday over the arrest of the former commander of Russia's 58th army, who was detained for fraud, and cast him as a talented general who had the courage to speak the truth to incompetent superiors. Russia's state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday that Major General Ivan Popov had been arrested on suspicion of "large-scale fraud". It was not possible to contact Popov directly, who Russian media said stood accused of stealing 100 million roubles ($1.1 million) of metal. Following a June 2023 mutiny by Wagner mercenaries against Russia's defence establishment, Popov said he...
  • Deputy Russian military chief of staff jailed for bribery in latest arrest of high defense official

    05/23/2024 12:23:01 PM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Agence presse ^ | 23 May 2024 | Agence press
    A deputy chief of the Russian military general staff has been arrested on charges of large-scale bribery, Russian news reports said Thursday, the latest in a series of bribery arrests of high-ranking military officials. The arrest of Lt. Gen. Vadim Shamarin followed the arrest earlier in the week of Maj. Gen. Ivan Popov, a former top commander in Russia’s offensive in Ukraine, also on bribery charges. In April, Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov was arrested for bribery. Ivanov was a close associate of Sergei Shoigu, whom President Vladimir Putin dismissed as defense minister soon after Putin’s inauguration to a new...
  • Rare Tornado Hits Haiti, Injuring Dozens and Leaving Hundreds More Homeless

    05/23/2024 11:55:57 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/23/2024 | JOHN HAYWARD
    A rare tornado struck the northern Haitian community of Bassin-Bleu on Tuesday, injuring more than 50 people and leaving about 300 homeless, according to the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs. Emergency response operations for the tornado continued through Thursday morning, and local officials warned of major disruptions to transportation and power in the area. Local officials said they might impose curfews, especially if more severe weather occurs. U.N. officials and local media said ten of the reported injuries were serious enough to require hospitalization. Heavy rains sweeping through much of Haiti hindered rescue efforts and could lead to floods...
  • Yellen urges ‘more ambitious’ G7 plans for Russian assets

    05/23/2024 11:43:33 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/23/2024 | AFP
    US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Thursday urged G7 ministers meeting in Italy to consider “more ambitious options” to use frozen Russian assets to help Ukraine. The ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven world powers are meeting in Stresa, on the shores of northern Italy’s Lake Maggiore, to prepare for a summit of G7 heads of state next month in Puglia. Yellen said the group would also discuss what Washington considers to be “overcapacity” of key green technologies from China such as electric vehicles, batteries and solar panels. Top of the agenda is a plan to finance...
  • Baltic Sea countries remain vigilant after Moscow mulls altering its sea border

    05/23/2024 11:24:02 AM PDT · by MeganC · 21 replies
    Euronews ^ | Published on 23/05/2024 - 07:17 | By Euronews with AP
    <p>Baltic leaders reacted warily on Wednesday to reports that Russia could revise the borders of its territorial waters in the region.</p><p>In a draft proposal reported by some Russian media, Russia's Defence Ministry suggests updating the coordinates used to measure the strip of territorial waters off of its mainland coast and that of its islands in the Baltic Sea.</p>
  • Pentagon Tacitly Admits Biden’s Gaza Pier Stunt Is A Total Failure

    05/23/2024 10:44:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 22, 2024 | SHAWN FLEETWOOD
    It didn’t take long for the Pentagon to all but confirm that the temporary Gaza port constructed at the behest of President Biden is turning out to be a total disaster. The admission came during a Tuesday press conference, in which Gen. Patrick S. Ryder, the Pentagon’s spokesman, told reporters that none of the 569 metric tons of food and supplies delivered into Hamas-controlled Gaza via the port have been distributed to Gaza residents by nongovernmental organizations. Constructed by the U.S. military, the $320 million floating port was announced earlier this year during Biden’s State of the Union address, a...
  • YEP - The Sheriff was right - The UN is spending well over a billion dollars in the way of cash - gift cards, etc to facilitate the invasion at our southern border - He has the proof.

    05/23/2024 10:34:07 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Twitter/X ^ | 7:55 AM · May 22, 2024 | BelannF @BelannF
    YEP - The Sheriff was right - The UN is spending well over a billion dollars in the way of cash - gift cards, etc to facilitate the invasion at our southern border - He has the proof. Do you think we need to kick the UN out of the USA and stop financing them? They are using our money to invade our country with illegals.
  • Zelenskyy: Russia Takes Advantage of Lack of Air Defenses

    05/23/2024 10:33:33 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Rooters
    Moscow is taking advantage of the lack of both air defenses in Ukraine and reliable capability to destroy Russian launchers, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Thursday following a deadly missile strike on the northeastern city of Kharkiv. Russian troops conducted at least 15 strikes on the city Thursday morning, he added on Telegram. Russian air defense systems in the southern region of Belgorod destroyed three Olkha and 32 Vampire rockets and three drones launched by Ukraine overnight, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
  • Alarm as German climate activists charged with ‘forming a criminal organisation’

    05/23/2024 7:55:29 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23rd May 2024 | Damien Gayle
    Five members of Letzte Generation, Germany’s equivalent to Just Stop Oil, have been charged with “forming a criminal organisation”, a move civil rights campaigners say could in effect criminalise future support for the climate campaign. Mirjam Herrmann, 27, Henning Jeschke, 22, Edmund Schulz, 60, Lukas Popp, 25, and Jakob Beyer, 30, were charged under section 129 of the German criminal code. It is believed to be the first time the law has been applied to a non-violent protest group. According to prosecutors in the state of Brandenburg, the charges relate to more than a dozen “attacks” against oil refineries, the...
  • Khanna: Never a Wrong Time to Recognize Palestinian State, Should Have South Africa-Style Commission for Israel

    05/23/2024 7:25:16 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/23/2024 | IAN HANCHETT
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of “CNN News Central,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) argued that there’s never a wrong time to recognize a Palestinian state but Hamas shouldn’t be involved in it and while the ICC shouldn’t arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, we should have something like the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Co-host John Berman asked, “Do you think this shows that terrorism pays?” Khanna answered, “No, it doesn’t. We should recognize a Palestinian state. That has been the United States’ policy, a two-state solution, 143 countries at the United Nations voted for it. Nelson Mandela called for...
  • Germany says it will arrest Netanyahu as Israeli envoy appeals to Berlin to defy ICC

    05/23/2024 6:48:18 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 50 replies
    JPost ^ | 05.23.2024 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    Israel’s Ambassador to Berlin, Ron Prosor, was rebuffed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government on Wednesday after the envoy made a dramatic appeal on X, formerly Twitter, to the Federal government to reject the ICC’s legitimacy fully.Scholz’s spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, was asked on Wednesday if the German government would execute an ICC arrest order against Prime Minister Netanyahu for alleged war crimes during Swords of Iron.Hebestreit said, "Of course. Yes, we abide by the law." German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit was just asked in Berlin whether ICC arrest warrants would be implemented. His answer: "Of course. Yes, we abide by...
  • Congressional warmonger trots out ‘map of Russia’ to 'untie Ukraine's hands' for deep strikes

    05/23/2024 5:11:15 AM PDT · by hardspunned · 56 replies
    X ^ | 5/23/24 | Sputnik
    A map of Russian territory has been trotted out by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul as a prop in Congress, as seen from footage published by C-SPAN. McCaul was fervently advocating dropping US restrictions for Ukraine to hit targets inside Russia. McCaul rattled off a list of weapons funneled to the Kiev regime, including long-range Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) and HIMARS, claiming that restrictions on their use meant that Ukrainians had “they hands tied behind their backs.”
  • Germany says it will ARREST Benjamin Netanyahu if he sets foot in the country following ICC call to charge him with war crimes - as Israel becomes increasingly isolated over Gaza

    05/23/2024 4:16:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 111 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 23, 2024 | Henry Moore and Elena Salvoni
    Germany will arrest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he enters the country amid allegations of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, a spokesperson has confirmed. Steffen Hebestreit, a spokesperson for German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, confirmed on Wednesday the country would 'abide by the law' and arrest the under-fire Israeli leader should he visit the EU nation. This comes after British prosecutor Karim Khan announced on Monday that he is seeking warrants for Netanyahu, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as three Hamas terror chiefs including Yahya Sinwar, the ruler in Gaza who masterminded October 7.
  • Germany Says It Will Execute ICC Warrant on Netanyahu

    05/23/2024 4:15:47 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 22 May 2024 | Michael Katz
    Germany said Wednesday it will abide by an International Criminal Court arrest warrant and detain Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should he step foot on German soil. The ICC on Monday issued arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Israel Defense Minister Yoav Gallant on charges of war crimes in its military response to Iranian-backed Hamas' Oct. 7 terrorist attack. The ICC also issued arrest warrants Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, its military leader Muhammad Deif, and its Qatar-based political leader Ismail Haniyeh on charges of war crimes. A dramatic appeal written in German and English and posted Tuesday on X by Ron...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Loose Talk About the End of Everything

    05/23/2024 4:09:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    American Greatness ^ | 23 May, 2024 | Victor Davis Hanson
    If the past is any guide to the present, we should take heed that what almost never happens in war can certainly still occur. After a recent summit between new partners China and Russia, General Secretary Xi Jinping and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin issued an odd one-sentence communique: “There can be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be fought.” No one would disagree, even though several officials of both hypocritical governments have previously threatened their neighbors with nuclear attacks. But still, why did the two feel the need to issue such a terse statement—and why...
  • Six weeks, 969 million voters, 2,600 parties: India’s mammoth election explained

    05/23/2024 12:42:03 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 18th April 2024 | Hannah Ellis-Petersen
    What is happening? India, home to more than 1.4 billion people, will begin its mammoth election on 19 April. The country prides itself on the scale of its parliamentary elections, ensuring that even those in the remotest corners and highest peaks of the vast country are able to cast their vote. Voting machines in such less accessible parts are carried on the backs of horses and elephants and for some, polling booths can be reached only by boat. India also boasts the world’s highest polling booth, 15,256ft (4,650 metres) up in the Himalayan mountains. Due to its colossal geography, voting...