Showing posts from March 22, 2017

Magnitsky lawyer injured after falling from building near Moscow

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[Investigating Vladimir Putin may be deleterious to your health. Nikolai Gorokhov, who was just about to go to court pursuing organized crime charges, was the lawyer for the now-deceased anti-Putin anti-corruption whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. BBC, according to Media Bias/Fact Check has a very high rating on factual reporting and a slight liberal bias. *RON*]

BBC World News, 22 March 2017
A lawyer for the family of Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer whose death in 2009 sparked a crisis between Russia and the West, has been badly injured.

Russian media say Nikolai Gorokhov fell from the fourth floor when a rope snapped as he and others tried to lift a bathtub into his house near Moscow.

He was flown to hospital by helicopter, a medical source was quoted as saying.

However, British businessman Bill Browder, for whom Mr Magnitsky worked, said he had been "thrown".

He did not give a source for his allegation.

According to a press release rele…

Your nonsense detector for Budget 2017

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[An ideological translator ring for the federal budget. Media bias/Fact check: factual reporting high, moderate to high liberal bias. This also serves as a guide on how to read other stories on the budget, e.g., Federal Budget 2017: 5 Things To Look For ("Will the government provide a timeline to bring the country's books to balance?"). *RON*]
Duncan Cameron,, 21 March 2017

When I joined the Department of Finance in Ottawa in 1966, the government budget was run off on a Gestetner duplicating machine in a large room not far from my office.

George was in charge; not many copies were printed. Budget secrecy was a big deal. The budget itself, not so much -- but the 1967 budget included financial planning for the debut of medicare.

Budget day 2017 is a huge media and public relations event, as it has been for many years. In the run up, opinion formation is a priority for big accounting and law firms, banks, and corporate lobby…

By sitting out nuclear weapons meeting, Canada backtracks on its commitment to peace

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[Whether due to U.S. pressure or a lack of political courage — or both — Canada is expected to be absent from next week's negotiations in New York. Erin Hunt looks at the motives behind the move, and the message it sends. *RON*]
Erin Hunt,, 21 March 2017
On March 27, states will convene at the United Nations to begin negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons — a meeting which will be the first major development in nuclear disarmament in decades, and which has taken on greater urgency in light of the irrational and worrying governing style of United States President Donald Trump.

Amazing Disgrace

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[The religious right wants to MAWA - Make American White Again! How did Donald Trump—a thrice-married, biblically illiterate sexual predator—hijack the religious right? Fact Check rating: New Republic has high factual reporting with a medium to high liberal bias. *RON*]

Sarah Posner, New Republic, 20 March 2017

Back in August 2015, when Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions were widely considered a joke, Russell Moore was worried. A prominent leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, Moore knew that some of the faithful were falling for Trump, a philandering, biblically illiterate candidate from New York City whose lifestyle and views embodied everything the religious right professed to abhor. The month before, a Washington Post poll had found that Trump was already being backed by more white evangelicals than any other Republican candidate.

Oil spill cleanup underway at Enbridge facility in Strathcona County

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[It never, ever stops. Oil leaked into a storm pond on a neighbouring site before entering a creek. Last month, same area: Enbridge pipeline leaks 200,000 litres of oil condensate in Strathcona County. *RON*]
CBC News, 21 March 2017 Crews are cleaning up an oil spill at an Enbridge storage facility in Strathcona County.

Oil leaked into a storm pond on an adjacent site and then into a creek, the National Energy Board said in a news release Monday.

The leak has been controlled and the oil contained, the release said. There is no estimate of the volume of oil that leaked.

NATO’s War Of Resources Is Causing A Humanitarian Crisis In West Africa

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[Good piece on the 'humanitarian crisis' in Chad and elsewhere in Africa. "As millions suffer from hunger, disease, illiteracy and grinding poverty in the Lake Chad region of West Africa, a game of resource extraction and exploitation is playing out, with geopolitics at the heart of it all." Mint Press News is described by Media Bia/Fact Check as having a slight to moderate liberal bias.  *RON*]
Eric Draitser, Mint Press News, 20 March 2017

NEW YORK — (Analysis) In late February 2017, Norway hosted an international humanitarian conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad region in hopes of attracting major donors to fund relief work. As Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende explained, “The conference has three aims: to raise awareness about the crisis, to gain more support for humanitarian efforts, and to secure greater political commitment to improve the situation.”