#Re-ElectionOfBorisJohnson; #BritishPrimeMinister; #Brexit; #EuropeanUnion
London (United Kingdom), Dec 13 (Canadian-Media): Boris Johnson's re-election as British Prime Minister on Friday considered to be a historic mandate for Brexit, which represents the country's biggest political and economic party since the Second World War, will allow him to take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31, media reports said.
"We will get Brexit done on time by the 31st of January, no ifs, no buts, no maybes," a triumphant Johnson told supporters at a rally in London.
"Leaving the European Union as one United Kingdom, taking back control of our laws, borders, money, our trade, immigration system, delivering on the democratic mandate of the people," he said.
'Celebrate Boris!'U.S. President Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Johnson.
"Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U.," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Celebrate Boris!"
The Conservatives had won 364, their biggest election win since Margaret Thatcher's 1987 triumph.with results in from 649 of the 650 parliamentary seats.
Britain will enter a transition period, after Jan. 31, during which it will negotiate a new relationship with the EU.
But no details were given by Johnson during his victory speech how he intended to handle Brexit after Jan. 31.
Mexico, Dec 10 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday about months long-overdue new agreement on the North American trade agreement (NAFTA) renegotiated deal, media reports said.
Pelosi said that the main areas of concerns of the democrats such as workers' rights, the environment and prescription drugs, had been taken care of in the renegotiation and added that the amended agreement is definitely better than the one proposed by Trump administration.
"This is a day we've all been working to, and working for on the path to yes," said Pelosi.
"There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA, but in terms of our work here, it is infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration."
Canada's Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who flew to Mexico City, to meet with her counterparts to finalize the updated agreement, known as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, or CUSMA in Canada, is expected to hold a media conference at the Canadian Embassy later Wednesday afternoon.
Freeland's team said there will a signing ceremony at 1 p.m. ET. U.S. for the modified NAFTA agreement.
Robert Lighthizer, U.S. President Donald Trump's trade representative, and Jared Kushner Trump's son-in-law and adviser, were expected to be there.
One of the main stumbling block for this long delay was fears of enforcing the new deal's higher labour and environmental standards in Mexico.
Mexican senators approved the proposed changes which were presented by Lighthizer to his Mexican counterpart Jesus Seade on Saturday.
#U.S.; #Trump'sImpeachementReports; #AbusingPowersOfOffice; #Benefit2020Re-election
New York, Dec 5 (Canadian-Media): Opposition Democrats allegedly impeached U.S. President Donald Trump had endangered US national security by having abused powers of his office by trying to "solicit foreign interference" from Ukraine to help his 2020 re-election bid, media reports said.
The Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report', written by the staff of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs Committees, was released by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and says that Trump had placed personal political interests above the national interests of the United States.
"The evidence is clear that President Trump used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into announcing investigations into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and a debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election," said chairs of the three House Committees after the release the report on Tuesday.
Unfortunately the allegations of the joint statement of Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B Maloney and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, that Trump conditioned official acts on the public announcement of these investigations, was immediately dismissed by the White House slamming the House Democrats for their bid to remove Trump from office.
But the three top lawmakers alleged with clear evidence about Trump's engaging in categorical obstruction in order to cover-up his misconduct, after his scheme to secure foreign help in his re-election was uncovered.
"These matters...make it plain that President Trump abused the power of his office for personal and political gain, at the expense of our national security," they alleged.
The joint statement said that Trump's actions have not only damaged our national security and undermined the integrity of the next election, but have also challenged the very core of our Constitutional system by violation of his oath of office.
#TrumpCallsTrudeauTwo-Faced; #US&CanadaRelationsStrong; #NATOSummit
London (United Kingdom), Dec 3 (Canadian-Media): Ignoring United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump's comment that Trudeau was "two-faced", Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada's relationship with the United States is "extremely strong," despite Trump calling him "two-faced", media reports said.
Donald Trump (top)/Facebook and Justin Trudeau (bottom)/Twitter
Besides defence spending, Trump and Trudeau were expected to talk about some high-profile and sensitive files during their meeting on Tuesday, including the detention of the two Canadian men in China and the progress of the new North American free trade deal.
"I think people know that the relationship between Canada and the United States is deep and goes far beyond..we have a very good and constructive relationship between me and the president...and I have a very good relationship with President Trump and his team."
Trump was late at the meeting of the world leaders gathered in London at the NATO summit and Trudeau had said, "He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference at the top."
When asked about Trudeau's comments on Tuesday, Trump responded "he's two-faced."
"I find him to be a nice guy, but the truth is, I called him out on the fact that he's not paying two per cent and I guess he's not very happy about it," said Trump, referring to the target for spending on defence.
"So I called him out on that, and I'm sure he wasn't happy about that, but that's the way it is," said Trump, after the Trudeau video made international headlines.
"It's Canada. They have money."
#NATOSummit; #London; #JustinTrudeau
Ottawa, Dec 2 (Canadian-Media): It is expected that during the NATO summit in London, Canada would be tested on multiple fronts and would be required increase its defense spending to keep existing forces at a higher state of readiness, media reports said.
NATO, an international organization comprises the USA, Canada, Britain, and other European countries, all of whom have agreed to support one another if they are attacked.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be leaving tomorrow for NATO summit in London with his government yet undecided whether to accept Huawei's participation in the yet-to-be-established network said that Canada has already committed to increasing its defense spending but it will not meet NATO's target of two percent of the country's gross domestic product.
The Canadian navy and air force both maintain high-readiness ships and fighter aircraft for rapid deployment. The Canadian army keeps one battle group (which is slightly bigger than a battalion) trained and ready to deploy in case of an emergency.
Moreover, Canadian defense planners are faced with the problem of reinforcing Europe in an emergency because the Russian submarines would either restrict the use of sea lanes or close them.
But Robert O'Brien, recently-appointed U.S. National Security Adviser, said America expects its allies, including Canada to fall in line on security threats such as Huawei by keeping with its funding commitment.
#Dresden;#Germany; #Dresden'sGreenVaultMuseam; #Theft
Dresden (Germany), Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): Police in Dresden were alerted shortly before 5 a.m. Monday that thieves had broken into Dresden's Green Vault, one of the world's oldest museums, and made off with three "priceless" sets of jewelry, media reports said.
Dresden's Green Vault Museum/Twitter
Established Footage captured by security cameras had been reviewed by the authorities, but no suspects had been detained so far.
German media reported the losses from the early-morning burglary could run into the high hundreds of millions of euros, but the director of Dresden's State Art Collections, Marion Ackermann, said, "We cannot give a value because it is impossible to sell" and appealed to the thieves not to break the ensembles into pieces.
"The material value doesn't reflect the historic meaning," she said.
Established in 1723, the treasury of Augustus the Strong of Saxony its historic place today contains around 4,000 objects of gold, precious stones and other materials on display.
Michael Kretschmer, the governor of Saxony, where Dresden is located, said the treasures in the vault contained items collected over many hundreds of years.
"It's not just the State Art Collections that was robbed, but us Saxons," Michael Kretschmer tweeted. "One can't understand the history of Saxony without the Green Vault."
"This is a bitter day for the cultural heritage of Saxony," Saxony's interior minister, Roland Woeller said.
The thieves "stole cultural treasures of immeasurable worth — that is not only the material worth but also the intangible worth to the state of Saxony, which is impossible to estimate."
#Beijing; #China,#MonitoringWorldwideUighurPopulation; #UighurPopulation; ExpertVerifiedDocuments; #InternationalConsortiumofInvestigativeJournalists
China, Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): China's efforts to monitor members of its Uighur population -- a Muslim minority native to China's Xinjiang region -- living around the world have been revealed by the newly released secret documents, media reports said.
These documents, verified by intelligence experts, also reveal China trying to arrest Uighurs - including Canadians - with foreign citizenship upon their return to China.
These highly classified internal government documents, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists from a confidential source within China, reported Beijing (China) had long been monitoring Uighurs with reports of of mounting persecution and detainment, of about one million Uighurs and other minority Muslim groups, in internment camps.
These documents dating from 2017 revealed Chinese officials' actively monitoring about 1,535 Uighurs with foreign nationality had applied for Chinese visas at consulates worldwide.
"[China is] afraid that Uighurs living abroad will tell the facts about what is happening in Xinjiang to the foreign media or foreign peoples,” a Uighur student living in Canada was reported to tell CBC News.
The student, who spoke on condition that his identity remain confidential, said his parents had been threatened by the Chinese government and used them as leverage in order to monitor his activity in Canada. "They control everything in China," he said. "They can find out anything."
#JusinTrudeau; #KingOfJordan, MeetingInOttawa; #RefugeeCrisis; #SecurityConcerns
Ottawa, Nov 18 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau King of Jordan Abdullah II discussed on Monday in Trudeau's Parliament Hill office refugee crisis and security concerns, among various other issues, media reports said.
Trudeau welcomed the king of Jordan on his fifth visit to Canada and praised the king's leadership in the Middle East during troubled times and added that the king has a strong voice ""Whether it's on refugees or human rights, economic growth and opportunities."
King Abdullah thanked Trudeau for the later's tremendous support "in co-ordinating on refugee and regional issues, and "outstanding military and intelligence co-operation."
Canada's marquee Liberal program of 2015 election, which welcomed refugees, had eased the burden by bringing Syrian refugees in Canada, when Jordan was burdened with more than 660,000 Syrians refugees which added to a massive influx for Jordan's population of about 10 million.
Four years ago this month Canada's Liberal government under the leadership of Trudeau kicked off a multi-billion-dollar program, in Jordan that eventually allowed nearly 40,000 Syrians arrive.
That year, Trudeau promised to bring 25,000 Syrians to Canada.
Besides refugee issues, the the two discussed in the Prime Minister's Office efforts by Canada and Jordan to promote diversity and counter violent extremism and how Canada could help Jordan cope with the pressures from the Syrian civil war and unrest in Iraq.
The two also discussed about climate change.
King Abdullah also backed Canada's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Abdullah would be leaving for New York City this week to receive "scholar-statesman award," for his peace-building efforts from a U.S. think-thank, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
#NAFTA; #TrudeauLiberals, #USDemocrats, #Ottawa
Ottawa, Nov 6 (Canadian-Media): Richard Neal, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives ways and means committee, is in Ottawa today for meetings with the Trudeau Liberals regarding the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) , media reports said.
Neal, an influential American lawmaker is expected to push the ratification of the new United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement to the floor of Congress for final legal approval.
The agreement was formally signed by the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico almost one year ago.
During talks, Canada and the U.S. pushed Mexico to improve its labour standards to prevent companies in the manufacturing and auto sectors from moving there to take advantage of cheap labour.
Only Mexico has ratified the deal, and Canada will only move forward if the U.S. makes the first move.
Trump had imposed the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Canada and the U.S., and threatened to come out of the deal which he had been reprimanding.
U.S. Democrats want to assure that these changes take place,
Last week Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, was optimistic that Democrats and the Trump administration had come close to resolving their differences over the deal.
Ottawa, Nov 4 (Canadian-Media): Susan Rice, former U.S. national security adviser says it is risky to allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei to work on 5G networks in Canada, media reports said.
"It gives the Chinese the ability, if they choose to use it, to access all kinds of information. Civilian intelligence, military, that could be very, very compromising," she said during an interview with CBC's The National. "So as much as I disagree with the Trump administration on a number of things, on this I believe they are right."
The U.S. government blacklisted Huawei in May, deeming it a national security risk