Turkey vs. Canada; Cdn Diplomats Released; Rice, W., and B. Clinton in Canada; Iraq War resister; and PM must press for Khadr’s return from Guantanamo

April 25, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Canada Turkey calls back ambassador to Canada:

“[A] government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules, said the ambassador was being withdrawn temporarily to protest an event earlier this week in Canada commemorating the deaths of Armenians at the end of World War I as genocide”.

Canada Rumours of Al Qaida Ransom Swirl Around Diplomats Release:

“Two kidnapped Canadian diplomats were whisked to freedom across an African desert as questions swirled about whether money was paid to al-Qaida to secure their release”.

Alberta School of Public Policy brings Condoleeza Rice to Calgary:

“On May 13, The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary will be formally launched with a gala at the Hyatt Regency Calgary, and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will offer a keynote speech at the event”.

Ontario Clinton, Bush booked for joint Toronto appearance:GW Bush and Bill Clinton share an umbrella

The two will be appearing at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 29 for a moderated “conversation” that is expected to last about two hours.

It is odd to think of the two presidents seated side by side, chatting amicably about the events of the past 16 years, as they are expected to do, and about the global and domestic challenges facing the United States and Canada.

Canada Federal Court grants War Resistor a judicial review:

Kimberly Rivera is the first female Iraq War resister to seek refuge in Canada. Kimberly, along with her partner Mario, son Christian (7 years old) and daughter Rebecca (4 years old), fled to Canada in January 2007 when Kimberly refused redeployment. In late November 2008 Kimberly gave birth to her Canadian daughter Katie (5 months old). She served in Iraq in 2006 and experienced, firsthand, the reality of this illegal war.

“I want to stay in Canada, with my family, because the Iraq War is immoral, illegal and I couldn’t in good conscience go back,”

Canada PM must press U.S. for Khadr’s return from Guantanamo, court rules:Omar Khadr

There was much celebrating in many quarters yesterday when a Federal Court judgement stated that the Canadian government had a “duty to protect” Omar Khadr under the Charter and ordered them to begin proceedings to re-repatriate him as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the celebration was short-lived as Stephen Harper stood up in the House of Commons and said that the government will be “considering an appeal”.

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