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The Reality of Indefinite Immigration Detention in Canada

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[Sunny Ways. How many people even know that this is how we do things in Canada? "Canada’s approach to migrant detention often amounts to violation of international obligations to prevent arbitrary detention, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, and discrimination." Implemented under Harper, as yet unchanged under Trudeau. See also: Demands for change to Canada's immigration detention system mount in wake of deaths. *RON*]
Gerami Law Blog, 21 March 2016


On Tuesday March 8, 2016, the Toronto East Detention Centre announced the death of yet another immigration detainee. Less than a week later on March 14th, a detainee from Chile died suddenly at Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton.

Critics have long denounced the Canadian system of potential indefinite detention for foreigners (often in provincial jails that house criminals) who run afoul…

Suicide crisis should not become yesterday's news

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[All those deaths. This 'story' has apparently had its 15 minutes of 'fame'. How much grief and misery mixed into the stew of destitution and poverty can a community endure and still survive? *RON*]

By: Beverly Sabourin and Peter Globensky, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 2016

For Cross Lake, Pikangikum and Attawapiskat First Nations a springtime of renewal has become the season of death. The statistics are soul-numbing: scores of youth in these communities and others across Canada dying by their own hand — lifeless bodies hanging at the end of a rope.

Activists for aboriginal rights at a sit-in at the Toronto offices of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The suicide crisis should not be forgotten.

Hundreds more adolescents have attempted suicide, and hundreds more than that have been on a "suicide watch." In many cases, that is all we have been able to do: watch, while this tragic epidemic of death continues.

The Real Hillary Clinton

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[A good summary of the litany of issues. Also good: Gutless Democrats Fear Fights: Why Triangulating Neoliberal Clintonites Back Big Business Over People. *RON*]
By Lila Garrett, TruthDig, 24 April 2016

Recently in the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton supporters have complained vociferously that Bernie Sanders is being too critical. In reality, he’s been far too polite. He’s obviously uncomfortable insulting his opponent, shooting from the hip, using sarcasm instead of facts. Clinton’s comfort zone is all of that. Her sarcasm slops over the brim, and facts vanish like so much fairy dust. She dismisses the effective Sanders, with the solid progressive agenda, as a dreamer, while she, the proud warrior, paints herself as the pragmatist.

Enough of this. Let’s meet the real Clinton.

She has been running hard as an anti-gun candidate. Really? Then why, in 2008, did her then-opponent, Barack Obama, refer to her as “Annie Oakley”? Clinton was far…

Panama Papers: Süddeutsche Zeitung’s (SZ) Claims “National Security,” Press Plays Dead

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[Important. This is already actively being swept under the run; media silence reigns. *RON*]

Patrick Durusau, Another Word For It, 25 April 2016

“National security” is the battle cry of governments seeking to conceal materials from the public.

In an odd turn of events, Süddeutsche Zeitung‘s (SZ), the recipient of the Panama Papers leak, claims the equivalent of national security to withhold the leaked data.

No one doubts the obligation of Süddeutsche Zeitung to protect the identity of the leaker, but specious logic leads SZ astray:
“As journalists, we have to protect our source: we can’t guarantee that there is no way for someone to find out who the source is with the data. That’s why we can’t make the data public,” the team said during an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, which included journalist Bastian Obermayer, who was first contacted by the anonymous source. “You don’t harm the privacy of people, who are not in the public eye. Blacking…

EU-US trade: Five reasons why a deal looks difficult

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[Why Trudeau's can't-do-enough-for-it support for TTIP might not mean much. *RON*]

Shawn Donnan, Financial Times, 25 April 2016

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday called for negotiations for a controversial new transatlantic trade pact to be concluded by the end of the year. The two leaders will be making their case again on Monday when the UK’s David Cameron, France’s François Hollande and Italy’s Matteo Renzi join discussions on the sidelines of the Hanover Messe, Europe’s biggest trade fair.

But officials on both sides agree that concluding a deal before the US president leaves office in January next year will be difficult. There are still vast gaps in the two sides’ positions on key issues. The politics surrounding the deal — particularly in Europe — have also become increasingly awkward.

Here are five reasons among many why reaching a deal in the coming months is likely to be difficult:

Discord Pushes Spain Into Fifth Month With No Government

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[The class wars in action. Among the so-called PIIGS - Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain - politics appears to be hanging in limbo at some weird inflection point between neoliberal and anti-austerity supporters, without being able to clearly tilt in one direction or another. Every one of these nations is currently highly divided and having trouble forming a coherent government. See also: New Spain elections loom as coalition talks fail. *RON*]

By Raphael Minder, New York Times, 25 April 2016

MADRID — Belgium famously sealed a dubious notoriety five years ago when it spent 589 days without an elected government. While Spain is not quite Belgium yet, it is getting there.

Spain has started its fifth month without a government, but it is very likely to spend six months or more in political limbo, many analysts now predict, as the Spaniards give the Flemings and Walloons a run for their money in the political discord category.

One word that see…