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Canada under pressure to counter Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

Canada has said it will not boost its refugee intake in 2017, despite widespread calls for Ottawa to take action to counter US President Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry to refugees and immigrants from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Canada plans to resettle 40,000 refugees and protected persons in the country this year, both through government support and private sponsorship.

“Our immigration levels plan has an allocation that is historically high for refugees,” said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen earlier this week. “We intend to maintain that plan.”

Christians Facing ‘the Worst Levels of Persecution in Modern Times’

The level of persecution against Christians, already recorded as shockingly high for 2015, has not subdued any around the world and is pretty much on a fast-track path to reach even new levels of egregiousness in the coming months.


“Gratuitous” NDP policy kills Alberta construction company after 35 years in business

Another long time Alberta company is closing its doors, citing the Rachel Notley government’s policies as the reason why.


Germany to tag suspected extremists as part of security crackdown in wake of Berlin attack

The measure will allow the police to track the movements of a person deemed a security threat before they have been convicted of any crime.

Until now only convicted individuals could be required to wear the device used to monitor location and movements.


Iran Dismisses Warning From ‘Inexperienced’ Trump, Vows More Missile Tests

Officials in Iran said Thursday they won’t stop test-launching missiles following the Trump administration putting Tehran “on notice.”

A top aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the threat “useless”

“This is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran,” said Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser on foreign affairs.

Go ahead, poke the bear. He won’t bite.


Trudeau’s office: “Muslims are greatest victims of terror worldwide”

In her letter to Fox News, Kate Purchase said that suspect is a French Canadian and not someone of Moroccan-origin emphasizing that by tweeting misinformation Fox News is “playing identity politics, and perpetuating fear and division within our communities.” She added that “Muslims are predominantly the greatest victims of terrorist acts around the world.”

And who are predominately the greatest perpetrators of terrorist acts around the world?


Ex-Obama Official Suggests ‘Military Coup’ Against Trump

In a blog post for Foreign Policy magazine, Rosa Brooks, a former Obama administration official, outlined four ways to “get rid” of President Trump, including declaring him mentally unfit for command or carrying out a military coup.

Brooks is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, which is funded by billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. She served from 2009-2011 as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as a senior adviser at Obama’s State Department.

Her posting is titled “3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020,” although the piece actually outlines four ways.


Thai media protest proposed licenses for journalists

Thai media organizations are protesting a bill that would require journalists to be licensed and would establish a council that can penalize news outlets for violating professional standards.


Hackers Took Down D.C.’s CCTV System Ahead Of Trump Inauguration, Demanded Ransom

Between the dates of Jan. 12 and Jan. 15, for about a 48-hour span, 70% of the CCTV cameras in Washington D.C. were rendered useless by hackers adding an element of uncertainty in regards to what may have taken place in and around D.C. just days before Donald Trump’s Inauguration.

Secret Service and city officials said that cyber attackers used ransomware to infect nearly 130 of 187 network storage devices linked to the city’s closed-circuit camera network, disallowing the storage of any incoming imagery data also while simultaneously requesting a ransom to be paid.


MPs look for ways to fight ‘fake news’ in wake of mosque shooting

False information about the suspects in Sunday’s mosque shootings circulating on the internet has raised new questions about how to fight the explosion of “fake news.”

But there are no easy answers on how to stop the spread of lies and misleading news on the web.

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down a law that banned “spreading false news” in the case of Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel in 1992. It remains as Section 181 in the Criminal Code — a so-called zombie law that can’t be enforced. But some believe a new, narrower law could be enacted.


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