#Afghanistan, #Taliban, #TalibanCrisis, #AfghanWomen, #AfghanistanWomenRights
Kabul/IBNS: Several female MPs, who escaped Afghanistan when Taliban seized power of the nation on Aug 15, have launched a new women’s parliament to champion human rights while in exile in Greece, media reports said.
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Almost half of female Afghan MPs and senators are now living in Greece where they will continue to campaign for women’s rights in Afghanistan, as well as supporting the resettlement of refugees, reports Independent.
Afghanistan has been witnessing a massive political crisis since former President Ashraf Ghani escaped the country as Taliban insurgents entered Kabul in mid-August.
The Taliban took control of the country on Aug 15 as they entered the Presidential palace.
The insurgents had begun capturing regions in the country at a lightning speed as soon as the US-led foreign forces started leaving Afghanistan.
#Canada; #MelanieJoly; #Latvia; #NATO; #IllegalImmigration; #Belarus #CanadaLatviaRelations
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Mélanie Joly, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs met yesterday with Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš, Prime Minister of Latvia, and Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia, on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
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Demonstrated through Canada’s leadership of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia, Joly reiterated Canada’s long-standing commitment to the security and stability of NATO’s eastern flank and of its Baltic Allies.
While expressing support for deepening Canada-Latvia relations during these meetings Joly discussed the security challenges in the Baltic region through expanded trade and investment.
In her meeting with Kariņš, Joly thanked Latvia for hosting the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and exchanged views on the Belarus border crisis. Joly also made clear that Canada, alongside its NATO Allies, condemns irregular migration by Belarus.
Joly discussed regional and global issues in her meeting with Rinkēvičs, Russia’s current military buildup in and around Ukraine, the evolving situation in Afghanistan, and regional responses to the migration crisis by Belarus.
Underscored 30 years of re-established bilateral relations between Canada and Latvia, Joly emphasized the values such as respect for human rights, democracy and the rules-based international system that unite the two countries.
#China, #US, #USChinaRelations, #USChinaTrade, #USBansChineseFirms,
Washington, DC/IBNS: Amid growing tensions between Beijing and Washington over the status of Taiwan and trade issues, the United States has put a dozen Chinese companies on its trade blacklist for national security and foreign policy concerns, according to reports.
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The US government made the announcement on Wednesday, citing in some cases their help developing the Chinese military's quantum computing efforts.
The US Commerce Department also said several entities and individuals from China and its all-weather ally Pakistan were added to the department's Entity List for contributing to Pakistan's nuclear activities or ballistic missile program.
In total, 27 new entities were reportedly added to the list from China, Japan, Pakistan and Singapore.
Commenting on the latest development, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement the new listings will help prevent the technology of the United States from supporting the development of Chinese and Russian "military advancement and activities of non-proliferation concern like Pakistan's unsafeguarded nuclear activities or ballistic missile programme."
The US Commerce Department said Hangzhou Zhongke Microelectronics Co Ltd, Hunan Goke Microelectronics, New H3C Semiconductor Technologies Co Ltd, Xi'an Aerospace Huaxun Technology and Yunchip Microelectronics were placed on its entity list for their "support of the military modernization of the People's Liberation Army (PLA)," according to a statement.
he department also added Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, QuantumCTek and Shanghai QuantumCTeck Co Ltd to the list for "acquiring and attempting to acquire U.S.-origin items in support of military applications," the statement read.
The eight Chinese firms were reportedly listed by the Commerce Department to prevent US technology being used to help China develop quantum computing applications for its military.
China has strongly criticized the US government for putting the Chinese firms on trade blacklist, charging the United States of using the "catch-all concept of national security" and abusing "state power to suppress and restrict Chinese enterprises in all possible means."
The spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, said, "China is firmly opposed to that."
The embassy spokesperson said the US should "follow the spirit" of a virtual meeting between United States President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last week and "meet China halfway instead of going further down the wrong path."
Meanwhile, Zhao Lijian, spokesman at the Chinese foreign ministry, said at a briefing on Thursday that China will take all the necessary steps to defend its companies.
#Boeing; #SuperHornet; #US; #LockheedMartin; #SwedishfirmSaab
New York/Canadian-Media: United States (U.S.)-based Boeing has been told that its bid to replace Canada's aging CF-18s with a new fleet of the American company's Super Hornet fighter jets was declined as it did not meet the federal government's requirements.
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According to three anonymous sources from industry and government the message was delivered Wednesday as the other two companies competing, U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin and Swedish firm Saab, for the $19 billion contract were told they met the government's requirements.
Department of National Defense and Public Services and Procurement Canada, which is managing the competition on behalf of the federal government did not respond Thursday to requests for comment.
A Boeing spokesperson said the company would reserve comment pending official notification from the government, CBC News reported.
#Canada; #NewZealand; #ClimateChange; #SustainableFuture; #IndoPacificRegion; #APEC
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly met Nov 24 with Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and emphasized the importance of working together to tackle climate change, create opportunities for growth and ensure prosperity and a sustainable future for the two countries and the Indo-Pacific region.
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The long-standing friendship of the two countries and their people was highlighted by the ministers in their first meeting noting that the countries are key partners and have strong cultural and people-to-people ties.
Congratulating Minister Mahuta on New Zealand’s successful hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum 2021, Joly reiterated Canada’s commitment to strengthening co-operation with APEC members to achieve a more prosperous, resilient and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
They also noted that such a recovery should be aligned with the rules-based international order and climate-action objectives and exchanged views on global and regional security issues such as Afghanistan, Myanmar, Ukraine and Ethiopia.
Commitment to ongoing collaboration in multilateral forums, such as the UN, the APEC, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, the Commonwealth and the Five Eyes was also reaffirmed by the ministers.
The meeting between both ministers concluded by expressing the desire to strengthen collaboration between the two countries.
#UK; #HouseOfCommons; #ReviewParliamentaryRules; #StellaCreasy
London (U.K.)/ Canadian-Media: A U.K. Member of Parliament (MP) Labor Party legislator Stella Creasy has been told she can't bring her three-month-old baby into the House of Commons, prompting others to review parliamentary rules.
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Creasy had received a letter from Commons authorities after she took her son Pip to a debate informing her that the rules had changed in September.
She said she had previously taken both Pip and her older daughter to Parliament without problems, but had been told the rules had changed in September advising MPS that they "should not take your seat in the chamber when accompanied by your child," CBC News reports said.
Creasy said the rule made the politics less family-friendly and added,
"There are barriers to getting mums involved in politics, and I think that damages our political debate," she told the BBC.
Although Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, a Conservative, said that he sympathized with Creasy, but added that it is is for the House authorities to make the decision.
Green Party legislator Caroline Lucas said babies were far less disruptive than many backbenchers and called the baby ban absurd.
House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said rules have to be seen in context and they change with the times and added,
"It is extremely important that parents of babies and young children are able to participate fully in the work of this House."
#MalalaYousafzai, #Marriage, #AsserMalik
New Delhi (India)/IBNS: Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, who tied her nuptial knot on Tuesday, is eating her own words from a four-month old interview where she had spoken against the institution of marriage.
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In an interview with Vogue magazine in June, Yousafzai had said, "I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?"
Cut to Nov 9, Yousafzai announced on social media about her knot with General Manager for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s High Performance, Asser Malik. The Nobel Peace Prize winner said she and Malik celebrated a nikkah ceremony in the United Kingdom.
She tweeted, "Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead."
Born in Pakistan's Swat District in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, she was shot by Pakistani Taliban terrorists in 2012 for speaking in favor of the girls' right to learning. She was only 11-years-old then.
Yousafzai was taken to a hospital in Birmingham, where she recovered from the critical head injury and later continued her activism for education for the girl child.
She set up Malala Fund, a charity dedicated to giving every girl an opportunity to achieve her full potential through learning and education.
#China, #ChinaPrivateTutorBan, #ChinaTutorBan
Beijing/IBNS: The Chinese government has initiated a crackdown on private tutoring and even ordered a complete ban on all online and offline advertising of off-campus education programs that target kids in kindergarten, primary and middle schools, media reports said.
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A group of eight regulators, including the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the Central Propaganda Department of the Communist Party, issued a notice earlier this month to make sure a July ban is strictly implemented - namely that “news outlets, social media, public places and residences shall not publish ads for after-school training”, reports South China Morning Post.
The ban is part of wider government efforts to implement a July policy that prohibits anyone from making a profit from providing tutoring for school curriculum classes from grades one to nine, the newspaper reported.
According to the notice published on Tuesday, which is also joined by the Ministry of Education and the Cyberspace Administration of China, the advertising ban – which also covers extra curriculum training such as dancing and painting – must be carried out without any leniency. Sponsored content, or “soft articles”, paid for by such training programs will also be subject to the ban, the newspaper reported.
#TLP, #TLPPakistan, #Pakistan
Islamabad/IBNS: Pakistan's Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has resumed its political activity as its leadership and a large number of slogan-chanting activists visited the mausoleum of Allama Iqbal to mark his birth anniversary on Tuesday.
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Led by Vice President and Member TLP Central Shoora Sarwar Hussain Shah Saifi and other leaders, the workers were raising slogans of Labbaik Ya Rasoolallah and demanding release of TLP Chief Saad Hussain Rizvi, reports The News International.
Talking to the media, the leaders recalled the memories of the late TLP founder Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi who was a great admirer of Allama Iqbal because the late poet was an ardent lover of the holy prophet (SAW).
The TLP leaders were quoted as saying by The News International that Khadim Rizvi used to visit the shrine of Allama Iqbal regularly on his birth anniversary and paid glowing tributes to him.
#Washington; #ThreeAmigos; #NorthAmerica; #CUSMA; #COP26
Washington/Canadian-Media: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be attending an in-person trilateral meeting with the United States (U.S.) President Joe Biden, and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador be convened by Biden in Washington, D.C., next Thursday, the White House said today, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau | Joe Biden | Andres Manuel
Trudeau, Obrador, and Biden, leaders of North America's largest nations, often referred to as the Three Amigos, have not held a formal summit such as this since their last meeting in Ottawa in 2016.
The three nations will also meet for the first summit after their agreement to a revised North American trade deal, known in Canada as CUSMA.
The meeting of the North American leaders will provide an opportunity for the three allies to "reaffirm their strong ties and integration while also charting a new path for collaboration on ending the COVID-19 pandemic and advancing health security." the White House said in a statement.
The main issues to be discussed in this summit are the ongoing health crisis, consumer prices hike with decades-high inflation rates, and the fight against climate change to make a deal at COP26 in Glasgow to limit the increase in the global temperature to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels.