Thursday, February 29, 2024

Without territory or new recruits, Islamic State is in its death throes

The last fighters are holding out, just. The leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still alive but hiding somewhere in the desert. We have already had one “final defeat” of Islamic State. This came 18 months ago when the organisation’s capital, Raqqa, fell. Once, it held territory the size of the UK; now, it holds a square kilometre of the remote town of Baghouz in eastern Syria. Soon, it will no longer hold even that. (The Guardian)

Former Mountie takes aim at toothless crime watchdog, hoping Ottawa has a fix

VICTORIA - Canada’s official watchdog on the proceeds of crime is little more than a collector of information — and not a very effective one at that, according to money-laundering expert Peter German. (Vancouver Sun)
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    A lawyer says an inquiry into money laundering in British Columbia would not exist without the "courage" of an ex-police officer who spoke out about alleged "interference" with his mandate to investigate organized crime in casinos. (CBC)

    Money laundering probe is NDP’s lethal political weapon

    Coverup? What coverup? That was the theme from the B.C. Liberals on Monday as this province’s long-awaited public inquiry into criminal money laundering kicked off in Vancouver. The inquiry, headed by Justice Austin Cullen, is supposed to be independent from government. And that’s a good thing, because this issue has become a witch’s brew of partisan political poison. (The Province)

    O’Toole wins Conservative leadership, reaches out to broaden blue tent

    Erin O'Toole has won the leadership for the Conservative Party, promising to present a vision to make Canada more prosperous and reaching out to broaden the party's base of supporters.(CBC)

    Mueller recommends no jail time for Mike Flynn

    WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is recommending no jail time for former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn because he provided so much substantial information to the Russia investigation. (CBC News)
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  • Philpott resigns from cabinet in wake of SNC-Lavelin scandal

    Jane Philpott, President of the Treasury Board, has resigned — citing the ongoing SNC-Lavalin scandal. “I have been considering the events that have shaken the federal government in recent weeks and after serious reflection, I have concluded that I must resign as a member of Cabinet,” she said in her resignation. (True North)
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  • Donald Trump joins Queen for 75th D-Day anniversary

    World leaders, including US President Donald Trump, have joined the Queen in Portsmouth to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Theresa May is hosting 15 world leaders to honour the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history. (BBC)

    Andrew Scheer resigning as Conservative leader

    OTTAWA - Andrew Scheer is resigning as the Conservative leader, but will stay on until a replacement is named. (CTV)
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    Are you ‘overwhelmingly’ satisfied with the Trudeau Government?

    A recent Macleans poll revealed 7 out of 10 Canadians are “overwhelmingly satisfied” with the Trudeau government’s response to the coronavirus.(True North)

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