Cyber Attacks, War & Terrorism
A TRIDENT missile dramatically misfired and crashed into the ocean yards from the British nuclear submarine that launched it, The Sun can reveal.
The second failed launch in a row – after a misfire in 2016 – happened while Defence Secretary Grant Shapps was on board HMS Vanguard to
Canada lambasted the Kremlin’s ambassador in Ottawa on Feb. 21 over the reported death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Russian custody.
The Canadian government says Ambassador Oleg Stepanov was summoned at the request of Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly.
Russia’s prison agency said on Feb. 16 that Mr. Navalny, who was serving a 19-year sentence in an Arctic penal colony, lost consciousness after a walk, and could not be revived.
President Vladimir Putin was quickly blamed for the death of his political opponent and leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to hold Russia to account.
A South African member of Parliament, Ahmed Munzoor Shaik Emam of the National Freedom Party, delivered a speech on February 14 in which he warned Jews there would be a “bloodbath” if the “Zionists” tried to make Cape Town a “Jewish state.”
The speech, uploaded to the South African Parliament’s Youtube channel, was reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), and has since gone viral internationally.
Geopolitical strife is dominating the environment of international relations and injecting uncertainty into global markets.
In this unstable climate, businesses and governments are now laser-focused on security. There are two big risks to economic security that democratic countries like Canada and S. Korea are confronting. One is an over-reliance on suppliers of critical goods, including energy, from countries governed by authoritarian regimes; energy weaponization is a critical threat. The second big risk is the potential of losing public support for the energy transition because of affordability issues and the consequent loss in industrial competitiveness.
As the Cold War was heating up in the late 1940s, U.S. Sen. Arthur Vandenberg said, “Politics stops at the water’s edge.” This sentiment is not shared by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, it seems.
In their quest to find, or, sometimes, create out of thin air, wedges to stem their nosedive in the polls, the Liberals increasingly turn to foreign policy issues for electoral salvation. However, such instrumentalization of foreign policy undermines relationships with allies and, by extension, the Canadian national interest.
MPs meeting behind closed doors have voted to cross-examine Liberal MP Anthony Rota (Nipissing-Timiskaming, Ont.) over his “Canadian hero” tribute to a Nazi collaborator. Rota last September 26 became the first Commons Speaker in 66 years to resign under threat of censure.
“I don’t think I have ever been through a tougher time in this House since I got here in 2004,” Rota earlier told the Commons. “It may not be good enough for some of you and for that I apologize.”
The all-party House affairs committee meeting in secret session voted unanimously that Rota must appear for questioning. Answers were required to explain “the international embarrassment” he had caused, said MPs.
The Canada Border Services Agency last year assigned just 207 staff to criminal investigations nationwide including 48 in Greater Toronto, auto theft capital of Canada, records show. The disclosure follows a cabinet-sponsored conference on auto theft one MP dismissed as a “good photo op.”
“The number of investigators is limited,” said the internal Agency report. Agents were assigned to track fugitives, gun smugglers, money launderers, auto thieves and “others who commit criminal offences,” it said.
“Given the high number of leads received relative to the number of investigators available to conduct investigations, the program is only able to open a limited number of cases at a given time,” said the Evaluation Of The Criminal Investigations Program. The program had a $35.7 million annual budget. The report did not disclose now many criminals were intercepted.
Can we call them hate marches now? On Saturday in London there was yet another gathering of frothing Israelophobes. Another noisy assembly of bourgeois leftists and radical Islamists. Another long trudge through the city by that unholiest gang of Waitrose shoppers and jihad fanboys, of plummy liberals and the people who’ll be giving them a hundred lashes if the Islamic Revolution ever sweeps Britain. And this time the mask was well and truly off. This was no ‘pro-Palestine’ march – it was a viscerally anti-Israel march that frequently crossed the line into something even darker. Into the darkest hatred of them all.
- Nasser Hospital focus of Israeli raid
- Five die in intensive care as power, oxygen cut, health ministry says
- Palestinians fear Rafah offensive
CAIRO, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Gaza’s largest functioning hospital was under siege on Friday in Israel’s war with Islamist group Hamas, leaving patients and doctors helpless in the chaos as warplanes struck Rafah, the last refuge for Palestinians in the enclave, officials said.
Israeli forces remained in Nasser Hospital in the town of Khan Younis after raiding it early Thursday. The Gaza Health Ministry said five intensive care patients died on Friday due to power outages and lack of oxygen supply caused by the attack.
Cabinet yesterday budgeted more than $11 million for its judicial inquiry into election meddling by Chinese agents. Fifty-three lawyers are attending the Commission on Foreign Interference.
“Our government is dedicated to maintaining fiscal responsibility and being prudent with taxpayer dollars,” Treasury Board President Anita Anand said in a statement. “Canadians can see how the government is doing that.”
Anand tabled a budget document Supplementary Estimates (C) that included initial costing of the inquiry at $11,124,187. Additional funding is expected.