Sunday, February 25, 2024

A geopolitical earthquake just hit the Middle East

The agreement brokered by the Trump administration for the United Arab Emirates to establish full normalization of relations with Israel, in return for the Jewish state forgoing, for now, any annexation of the West Bank, was exactly what Trump said it was in his tweet: a “HUGE breakthrough.” (New York Times)

Liberal prosecutors in Chicago and Portland face backlash over riots and looting

Mass arrests following nights of tumultuous unrest in Chicago and Portland, Ore., have pitted liberal prosecutors against police and even Democratic allies over concerns that lenient charges will lead to further property damage and violence. (Washington Post)

Amid mounting pressure the government announces public inquiry in N.S. mass shootings

After days of criticism about the decision to launch a review panel into the Nova Scotia mass shooting, the federal government has announced that the tragedy will instead be the subject of a public inquiry. (CBC)

NYPD top cop blasts city leaders as “cowards”

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea’s blue blood boiled when he called City Hall leaders “cowards” who “who won’t stand up for what’s right” and “don’t have a goddamn clue what they’re talking about” at a meeting of Police Department brass last week. (NY Daily News)

Arrests made as Toronto statues defaced during BLM protests

Several arrests were made after at least three Toronto statues were vandalized Saturday morning as Black Lives Matter Toronto protesters took to the streets demanding the government defund police. (Toronto Sun)

Canada only Five Eyes member not to ban Huawei

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered all of Huawei’s 5G gear stripped from the UK’s telecommunications networks by 2027. Johnson also banned the purchase of any new 5G equipment made by the Chinese company. (True North)

B.C. judge rules against Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou, extradition process will continue

VANCOUVER - A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled that a critical test in the extradition case of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has been met, and the extradition process will continue. (CTV)
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  • Vancouver storefronts impassable due to garbage, human waste and open drug use

    Business owners trying to reopen in the downtown core are coming into conflict with homeless people who have taken shelter in parks, plazas and storefronts during the public health emergency. “Things have gone from good, to bad, to downright ugly,” said Stephen Regan, executive director of the West End Business Improvement Association. “It’s a perfect storm with businesses that are closed that have awnings and alcoves — those tend to be good places to hunker down for the evening or even a full day or a week.” (Vancouver Sun)

    CSIS warns foreign investment by ‘state-owned enterprises’ is a threat to national security

    The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has warned that foreign investment within the country runs the risk of endangering national security. In the 2019 annual public report which was tabled on Wednesday, CSIS pointed to “a number of state-owned enterprises and private firms” with close ties to foreign governments as culprits. (True North)

    Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon amid protests

    Hong Kong police fired tear gas and a water cannon as thousands took to the streets Sunday — as controversial new security laws from China aimed at crushing the protests sparked the most intense clashes in months. (New York Post)
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