Saudi teen’s flight has implications for Saudi women left behind: analysis
Canada’s acceptance of a Saudi Arabian teenager seeking asylum is sparking debate within that country about loosening laws restricting women’s freedom, but also a backlash that could initially repress more women, analysts say.
Experts say a slow march to reforming Saudi Arabia’s controversial guardianship laws that give men control over women’s lives could also be impeded by conservative families that could curtail their daughters’ freedom even more in light of 18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun’s high-profile dash to freedom.
Toronto police’s ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on distracted drivers kicks off
Frustrated by a lack of progress on road safety in the city, Toronto police are launching a week-long crackdown on distracted drivers.
The campaign begins Monday and will include officers on TTC buses and streetcars looking for drivers trying to use phones or other devices out of sight.
They roam public buildings, making videos. Terrorism experts say they may be dangerous
Armed with cellphones, cameras and sometimes handguns, these self-described “First Amendment auditors” traipse through government buildings, roam the halls of police departments and wander around airports and natural gas plants across the country.
Usually refusing to identify themselves, they zoom in on officers and employees, calling them by name and often making them visibly uncomfortable — some even frightened. Occasionally — and especially if the encounters become confrontational — they stream their videos live, prompting their viewers to call the police departments and other offices to protest what they say is wrongful treatment of the “auditors.” The videos are then posted on YouTube, where they receive thousands of views and elicit a barrage of comments.
Imam could run for federal Liberals in Montreal byelection
Hassan Guillet, the spokesman for the Quebec Council of Imams, said he is considering seeking the federal Liberal nomination in Saint-Léonard–Saint-Michel.
A byelection to replace Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio, who announced his resignation in April, could be announced in the near future. Di Iorio is still sitting as MP.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the voice of an ignorant generation
The majority of American Millennials identify as socialist, according to surveys by both Reason-Rupe and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. That’s the bad news. The good news is that just 32 percent of Millennials can define socialism. The frequently-wrong but never-in-doubt freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., may indeed be the voice of her ignorant generation.
During an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Anderson Cooper asked Ocasio-Cortez, “When people hear the word socialism, they think Soviet Union, Cuba, Venezuela. Is that what you have in mind?” He neglected to mention the vicious socialist regimes of Cambodia, Ethiopia, Poland, Romania, North Korea, and China, among others.