Huawei: Nothing is what it seems

The Real Reason for the Arrest of Huawei CFO

A US-led “intelligence sharing alliance” known as “Five Eyes” have been working behind the scenes to contain Huawei in the interest of stunting China’s technological development and breaking their lead in wireless communication technology. Revelations concerning the “Five Eyes” operation against the Chinese telecommunications industry puts the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in a new light. RT America’s Michelle Greenstein joins Rick Sanchez to discuss.

Canadian NGO Awards Cuban Doctors against Ebola

Source:  Prensa Latina
July 4 2016

Canadian non-governmental organization Help to Fight Ebola (HFEC) delivered an award called Friends of Humanity in Africa to the government of Cuba and the Cuban doctors who helped to fight the Ebola virus.

raul bids farewell tomedical brigade heading for sierra leone.jpgThe distinction was received in a special ceremony, by the Cuban General Consul in Toronto, Canada, Javier Domokos Ruiz, on behalf of the Cuban authorities and the doctors and nurses who took part in the struggle against the Ebola virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea Conakry.

javier domokos ruiz cuba.JPGIn his words Domokos reminded the important Cuban contribution in moments in which panic and individualism prevailed, in the middle of one of the most recent and hardest sanitary crises the world has ever faced.

‘The Cuban doctors were already in the affected areas when the epidemic came in, as part of the long page of solidarity of the island with the brothers and sisters from African nations and that it has seen more than 70 thousand public health professionals in African soil’, underlined the diplomat.

fidel y Marti 2.jpgHe noted as well as, that is was thanks to the humanist and universal vision of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, the Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, that the country set at the disposal of many nations, the prestige and the high medical quality of its physicians, through the united work of the international brigade Henry Reeve.

In the ceremony there were present out-standing personalities of the political, scientific and business life of Canada.

The main speech at the event was given by Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the legendary

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Ndaba Mandela

fighter South African anti-apartheid Nelson Mandela.

Answering to calls of help expressed by Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the Organization of United Nations (UNO) and the World Health Organization in October 2014, Cuba sent 256 members of the Henry Revee contingent, to face the virus of the Ébola in Guinea Conakry, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In these three nations of West Africa, the Cuban medical personnel, in addition to being employed at the remedy of the dangerous virus, contributed also to the sanitary prevention, something that there recognized the authorities of the affected nations and of international.

Beauty Queen Uses Celebrity Status for Political Good

Source:  TeleSUR
September 1 2015

The newly crowned Mrs Universe has called for political action against Canadian Prime Minister Stephen and demanded Indigenous issues take precedence. 

” If I have that voice to bring awareness, I’m going to use it”  Ashley Burnham

Ashley Burnham mrs universe 9-2-2015 8-22-46 AMAshley Burnham, the first ever Indigenous or Canadian crowned Mrs Universe, encouraged the country’s First Nations people to vote out Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the upcoming elections in October.

In an interview with the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network Monday, Burnham said that is it “so crucial that we vote a new prime minister in, because we need a new prime minister.”

“Other countries need to know what’s going on in ours. It feels like the government just does not care about us (First Nations),” she said. “This government is very controlling of our people and soon enough our rights might be taken away. And if I have that voice to bring awareness, I’m going to use it.”

RELATED: Canada Committed Genocide Against Indigenous People, Says Report

Burnham is from the Enoch Cree Nation near Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked as both a model and an actress. She was crowned Mrs Universe at this year’s contest in Minsk, Belarus last weekend.

The contest this year was dedicated to the topic of combating domestic violence, a topic that resonated with Burnham who has in the past spoken out against physical and sexual abuse in the home after enduring abuse as a child.

Missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada

Burnham has now extended that argument and is using her new title to talk about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, a major problem  in the country.

According to the most recent report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada’s national police force, there were at least 1,181 cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Canada over a 30 year period from 1980 to 2012. That number has also continued to rise over the past three years, with most of the cases remaining unsolved and not pursued by police.

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Faces of Canada’s disappeared indigenous women

Canada’s Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has been in power since 2006, has repeatedly denied that it is a sociological issue and refused to open a national inquiry, ignoring the demands of many Indigenous communities across the country.

Double standards

“I think that the murdered and missing subject is so crucial. It’s so sad,” Burnham told APTN. “Say, for example, a Caucasian woman is missing in the news, it’s a big deal, but for First Nations women we are just pushed aside because there’s so many of us missing.”

RELATED: Canada’s Disappeared Indigenous Women

Burnham encouraged the Indigenous community to vote Harper out of power in the federal elections Oct. 19, but did not specifically back another candidate.

A role model in many dimensions

Burnham has received many messages of support on social media, claiming she is “a role model in many dimensions,” and encouraging her to take charge and “do the damn thing!”

However, the messages of support include comments of astonishment such as “Beauty AND Brains,” which highlight the nature of beauty competitions that glorify beauty and bodily perfection over women’s ability to think.

On her Facebook account Monday night, Burnham posted a message in response to apparent criticisms that the new beauty queen was being too political.

I have a title, a platform and a voice

“Really? People think I’m too political for my first day as Mrs Universe. Did you really think I was going to just sit there and look pretty? Definitely not. I have a title, a platform and a voice to make change and bring awareness to First Nations issues here in Canada. I’m getting all this media attention and I’m going to use it to the best of my ability. I’m not your typical beauty queen. Look out … I have a voice for change and I’m going to use it!”

Her comments highlight what women’s rights activists have deemed a major societal issue – that people only listen to you when you are beautiful. Despite Burnham’s apparent critique of the industry, she has long competed in beauty pageants both nationally and internationally.

One Twitter user commented that, “It’s clear Ashley Callingbull is the most interesting person in Canada right now,” despite the fact that many activists – who have not won beauty pageants – have tried for years to raise awareness of these issues, but have gained little media attention inside or outside the country, such as Harsha Walia and Pam Palmeter to name only a couple.

Source:  Beauty Queen Uses Power for Political Good  TeleSUR

5 Things That Went Under-reported at the Summit of the Americas

Source:  TeleSUR
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With most watching the historic meeting between Raul Castro and Barack Obama, here are five events from the summit that were not widely noticed.

1.  Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Meets with Cuban President Raul Castro – Canadian Media Not Advised

raul y stephen harper in panama 2015Cuban President Raul Castro and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper held a bilateral meeting, however Canadian media reported that they were only informed of the meeting after the fact and only because the Canadian head of government made a passing reference to a meeting between the two leaders. A photo of the meeting was not released by the prime minister’s office, nor were any statements released, suggesting that the prime minister was seeking to deliberately downplay the meeting.

Canada and Cuba have a long-standing political and economic relationship, although Canada supported past efforts by the United States to exclude Cuba from summits.

2.  U.S. Refuses to Repeal Sanctions against Venezuela, Despite Pleas from Regional Leaders

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson confirmed to CNN that her country will not repeal the executive order signed by President Barack Obama that declared Venezuela to be a national security threat.

Latin American leaders have been unanimous in their condemnation of Obama’s executive order, with many touching the topic during their interventions at the Summit of the Americas.

Obama and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who brought the signatures of over 11 million Venezuelans opposed to the decree, held a formal meeting which was described as “cordial” by Maduro. However, no announcement regarding the executive order was made after their meeting.

3.  Summit Fails to Issue Final Declaration Due to U.S. Opposition

evo morales in panama 2015 2The Summit of the Americas once again failed to issue a final declaration, as is customary during summits that gather heads of state and government. Bolivian President Evo Morales blamed the United States government for the lack of a final declaration, as did Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman.

Both the U.S. and Canada opposed clauses in the draft document that made references to the strengthening of collective rights, as well as those that called on states to have greater obligations. This is the third summit in a row that failed to issue a final declaration.

4.  To Avoid embarrassment, Obama Skips Critical Speeches by Presidents

Anticipating a barrage of criticism, U.S. President Barack Obama walked out of the room where the region’s leaders were giving remarks. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez criticized the U.S. leader for issuing unilateral sanctions against Venezuela, calling them “ridiculous.”

It was later reported that Obama left the plenary in order to hold a bilateral meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, despite the fact that protocol establishes that bilateral meetings be held once the heads of state and government have all spoken.

5.  Seemingly Irritated Obama Remarks about ‘History Lessons’ at Summits

With many regional leaders using their time to remark on the history of U.S. interference in the internal affairs in nearly all of the countries of the hemisphere, the U.S. president made a tongue-in-cheek comment about the “history lessons” he always receives in these summits.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa criticized Obama’s position, saying that U.S. interference was not a thing of the past. “Unfortunately, the executive order against Venezuela, or the request for funds from the Senate to interfere in Ecuador and other countries, are not things from the past, they are things from the present,” said Correa.

Source:  5 Things That Went Under-Reported at the Summit of the Americas  TeleSUR

100,000 in Montreal, Canada Protest Against Austerity Measures (photo story)

In defiance of provincial laws that criminalize protests, tens of thousands flooded the streets of Montreal, Quebec to protest austerity measures proposed by the Liberal government. Quebec was also the site of a months-long student strike in 2012 against proposed tuition increases for colleges and universities. With the new government proposing increases, students are once again at the forefront of the mobilizations.

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Thousands march during a student-led protest against the provincial government's austerity measures in Montreal

Thousands march during a student-led protest against the provincial government's austerity measures in Montreal

Police watch protesters gather as thousands join a student-led protest against the provincial government's austerity measures in Montreal

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Sources:
100,000 in Montreal, Canada Protest Against Austerity Measures  TeleSUR
Thousands gather in Montreal for anti-austerity protest CTV News

Evidence Reveals Canada, UK Involvement in Venezuela Coup Plot

Evidence presented on Venezuelan TV showed a video of the coup plotters, as well as the 10-year U.S. visa granted to one of the accused.

diosdado cabello 2The president of Venezuela’s national assembly, Diosdado Cabello, presented further evidence of the right-wing plot to overthrow the Bolivarian government Friday evening.

Cabello presented evidence of the foiled plans, including a video showing members of the military prior to recording a message announcing that the military no longer recognized the government.

The video, which was set to be aired after planned attacks had been carried out, was to have been televised by a station in Venezuela or Miami.

Cabello also showed a 10-year U.S. visa given to one of the detained, days before the plan was to be implemented.

Cabello also said that a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a member of the U.K. diplomatic corps in Venezuela, had been involved in plans, including seeking information on airport capacity in case of emergencies.

According to Venezuelan intelligence, the computers seized to military detractors revealed maps from the places where the opposition was plotting to carry out attacks, including the Miraflores presidential palace, and the headquarters of teleSUR in Caracas.

Coup thwarted

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday that the government had thwarted a coup attempt which was being coordinated by Venezuela’s right-wing opposition with the support of the U.S. government.

During the televised presentation, Cabello pointed to a recent interview given by U.S. president Barack Obama, in which he stated that “American leadership at times entails twisting the arms of states which don’t do what we need them to do.”

The plans were to take place exactly one year after opposition-led acts of violence rocked the country, claiming 43 lives and billions in damage.

On Wednesday, opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Maria Corina Machado and Antonio Ledezma released a “transition plan” which involved privatization of the country’s oil, deregulation of the economy and accords with “international financial institutions” including the International Monetary Fund.

Source:  Evidence Reveals Canada, UK Involvement in Venezuela Coup Plot  TeleSUR

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30,000 Ecuadorians Seek Justice from Canadian Supreme Court

The Chevron corporation caused massive contamination in the Amazon, but refuses to pay compensation even after an Ecuadorean Supreme Court order.

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The Chevron corporation caused massive contamination in the Amazon, but refuses to pay compensation even after an Ecuadorian Supreme Court order.

The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing legal arguments on behalf of 30,000 Ecuadorian people who are seeking compensation from the Chevron corporation for its contamination of the Ecuadorian rainforest. The hearing began Thursday.

oil contamination caused by texacoThe plaintiffs are indigenous Ecuadorian people from the Lago Agrio region. Contamination caused by the oil company in that part of the Amazon is estimated to involve over 80 times the amount of oil spilled in the infamous 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

In 2011 an Ecuadorian court found Chevron responsible and ordered the company to pay billion in compensation.

Chevron refuses to pay

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Canada: 90% of government scientists feel they can’t speak freely: union survey

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Scientists rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Sept, 16, 2013 as Canadian scientists and their supporters hold demonstrations across the country, calling on the federal government to stop cutting scientific research and muzzling its scientists. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A large survey of science professionals in the federal public service has found that almost 25 per cent of respondents say they have been directly asked to exclude or alter information for “non-scientific reasons.”

Some 71 per cent of those surveyed said political interference is compromising policy development based on scientific evidence, and almost half of those who took part said they were aware of cases in which their department or agency suppressed information.

The study, entitled “The Big Chill,” was commissioned by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, and paints a disturbing picture of Government scientists  who feel they are being muzzled.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/90-of-government-scientists-feel-they-can-t-speak-freely-union-survey-1.1506580#ixzz2lWsrCEry

15th Terry Fox Run in Cuba

 

THOUSANDS of Cubans walked, jogged or ran in the 15th Terry Fox Run on Saturday, March 30, with events in every municipality, as well as in rural and mountainous areas.

15th Terry Fox Run in CubaEstablished as a prize for effort in the battle against cancer, participants recalled the extraordinary accomplishment of Canadian Terry Fox, a symbol of the international battle against cancer, according to the sports magazine, Jit.

Fox, who lost his right leg to cancer aged 18, began his run on April 12, 1980 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, with the goal of raising Continue reading