1. Civil Liberties
- The Parti Quebecois are set to unveil (so to speak) new legislation which would ban religious symbols in all public institutions, including hospitals, government buildings, & courts.
- CSEC (Communications Security Establishment Canada), the Canadian equivalent of the US’s NSA, is accused by watchdog Robert Decary of illegally spying on Canadian citizens.
- The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) accuses the NSA of illegally collecting tens of thousands of emails.
- A Canadian lawyer is set to meet with detained Canadian citizens John Greyson & Tarek Loubani.
- Interesting piece in the New Yorker concerning chemcial weapons viz. the Assad regime.
- Hundreds feared dead in recent chemical weapon attack; see here.
4. Bradley Manning
- Whistleblower Bradley Manning to seek presidential pardon for his 35-year prison sentence.
(update – 10:32 PM)
- There are, in today’s news, three stories about the shameful & grossly under-reported activites of Canada’s powerful mining industry. In the first, here, three aboriginal tribes (the Lutsel K’e Dene, the Yellow Knife Dene, & the Tlicho) have come out to publicly oppose a newly proposed diamond mine 300 kilometres east of Yellowknife, citing environmental conerns. The second, here, summarizes commens of UBC Professor John Stockner at the public hearings for the New Prosperity open-pit mine in British Columbia. Finally, Mexican journalists the account the role the Canadian embassy played in the deaths & abuses against miners & local activists committed by Canadian mining giant Blackfire.
“Fairly soon, the impact will roughly destroy 40 to 50 per cent of the wetlands that drain into the system, and its productivity is completely based upon on what happens in its drainage.” – UBC Professor John Stockner