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Trudeau’s India Fiasco Shows He’s Lost Control of Foreign Policy



Trudeau’s India Fiasco Shows He's Lost Control of Foreign Policy

Anyone with eyes and brains can see that rogue Canadian spies are de facto running the country’s foreign policy. Foreign Minister Melanie Joly is formally second in command to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is the de facto head of diplomatic missions.

The events of the past year have proven, however, that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is powerless in the face of the unaccountable security services, over which he, his cabinet, and his inept national security advisers have no control.

Giddy editorial writers and columnists have been celebrating the planned behaviour of nameless bureaucrats with badges focused on getting their way regardless of the human and geopolitical implications, instead of acknowledging this alarming fact.

For months, an entitled group of spies has been responsible for the leak — drip, drip, drip — of cherry-picked so-called “intelligence” fragments concerning China’s purported intervention in Canada’s domestic affairs, with handpicked, credulous conduits in the press at the agreeable ready.

In my opinion, Trudeau and his closest advisors saw early on that caving to pressure would set a terrible example. Instead of taking either extreme, Trudeau appointed a special rapporteur to investigate the mounting charges.

Trudeau’s Bungling

The spooks’ explicit demand at the base of the domino-like series of hyperbolic, uncorroborated “revelations” was the institution of a public inquiry, and he bungled it and then caved to it.

Canadian spies, now full of arrogance and convinced they will never be caught, have apparently set their sights on India.

While appearing on the podcast of Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, a journalist revealed that he had been briefed by “sources” on the emerging allegation that India had murdered Canadian Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.

Later, he claimed, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) asked the paper’s editor to delay the story’s publication for at least a week so that Canadian intelligence agencies could continue their “work,” presumably to gather and corroborate the still nebulous “evidence” connecting India to the murder plot.

The Globe declined. The newspaper counter offered that, due to the importance of the subject, it may wait a day or two before publishing.

At some point, just before Trudeau was to make his hasty, qualified address to parliament and the nation, the Globe published an article online suggesting a “potential link” between Indian “agents” and Nijjar’s June killing in the parking lot of a Sikh temple in British Columbia.

Canada’s failed trade mission

As far as I can gather from unofficial sources, the PMO had approached a small number of reporters in order to inform them of the prime minister’s upcoming announcement on India’s alleged role in Nijjar’s killing.

The goal of this move was to head off any inquiries or criticisms that might have arisen from Canada’s failed trade mission to New Delhi or from Trudeau’s weak, clumsy handshake with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 meeting.

The fact that Trudeau felt pressured to “get ahead” of the leak to the Globe is further proof that emboldened spies are in charge of what amounts to a parallel administration out to shame and blackmail a sitting prime minister into doing their bidding.

This is a gross disregard for the democratic process and a serious breach of the security services’ advisory role in Canada.

Starry-eyed commentators and writers, who have lost sight of the enormous damage being done, celebrate these shadowy scoundrels as “whistle blowers” rather than censoring them for gross abuses of power and dangerous behaviour.

Champion of foreign interference

Here’s the other inconvenient truth that journalists-turned-cheerleaders who don’t know anything about the seedy underbelly of “espionage” fail to understand: There are more sinners than saints living there, and it doesn’t matter where they came from.

Take, for example, the “disclosure” that a member of the Five Eyes, a group consisting of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, had spied on Indian diplomats and allegedly passed on incriminating information about Nijjar’s killing to Ottawa.

These ignorant defenders seem to believe that the Five Eyes alliance only spies on the “bad guys” since that is what “we” (the “good guys”) do to keep you and me safe.

I hate to be the one to break news to the wish-upon-a-star-Jiminy-Cricket brigade, but the Five Eyes constantly spies on its closest allies and each other as well.

Why? In order to gain future power and influence, it is necessary to amass vast amounts of sensitive diplomatic, military, and commercial information, as well as personal, lurid details.

Oh, where is the outcry over involvement from abroad? The New York Times, that champion of “foreign interference,” gave full voice to the lowest point of the West’s always convenient and galling duplicity on the “extrajudicial” killing count.

Orchestrated assassinations by the spy services

Meanwhile, India is definitely snooping on its “strategic allies” in retaliation (nudge nudge, wink wink). For the “good guys” who engage in interference and “targeted killings” (the Times’ sterile euphemism for murder), the Times has recently supplied expected cover.

The crime and the potential participation of the Indian government have stunned officials in Washington. It is unusual for a democratic country to conduct a lethal covert action in another democracy,” the Times wrote, contrasting this with the practise of targeted killing by democracies in unstable countries or regions and the orchestration of assassinations by the spy services of more authoritarian governments, such as Russia.

Yes, the “good guys” kill people, but they only do it in “unstable countries or regions.” That appears to be the majority of our tumultuous globe right now. Anyway, autocratic “bad guys” like Putin kill people all around the world, unlike the democratic “good guys.”

Reports out of Washington DC indicate widespread disbelief and perplexity in the White House and State Department. Their friend Modi may be either a “good guy” or a “bad guy,” and they can’t decide which he is.

The Times, of course, has forgotten America’s long, bloody, not-so-distant and recent history of encouraging and helping orchestrate coups against democratically elected governments in the Balkans, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, not to mention the disastrous invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

They seem to be irrelevant. To put it bluntly, Trudeau needs to catch Canada’s freelance spies and make it quite obvious who the boss is.

He may also be curious as to how an Indian agent who is sure to get away with murdering a Canadian on Canadian soil was able to get away with it, and how they and their similarly groggy colleagues at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police allowed it to happen.

A second investigation by the public might be in order in that case.

By Andrew Mitrovica

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Trump Is Back At His New York Civil Fraud Trial As Testimony Nears An End




NEW YORK – After a month of criticizing the proceedings from afar, former President Donald Trump returned to his civil business fraud trial as a spectator on Thursday.

After more than two months of testimony, the Republican presidential candidate for 2024 arrived to hear an accounting professor testify about financial issues relevant to the case.

Trump is slated to testify for the second time on Monday.

Even as he campaigns to retake the office and fights four criminal charges, Trump focuses heavily on the New York lawsuit. Outside the courtroom, he’s been a dissatisfied bystander, a combative witness, and a furious pundit.

“This is a witch hunt, and it’s a very corrupt trial,” Trump remarked as he entered the courtroom on Thursday.

The case is putting his net worth on trial, probing his real estate empire, and threatening to bar him from doing business in his home state.


Trump Is Back At His New York Civil Fraud Trial As Testimony Nears An End

In the claim, New York Attorney General Letitia James accuses Trump, his corporation, and some officials of defrauding banks and insurers by providing them with financial statements that overstate the value of trademark properties such as his Trump Tower penthouse and Mar-a-Lago, the Florida club where he now resides.

The statements were submitted to assist in secure deals, such as loans with low-interest rates available to the ultra-wealthy, and certain loans required fresh statements every year.

Donald denies any wrongdoing and claims that the figures in the statements understated his wealth. He has repeatedly minimized the value of the documents in closing agreements, stating that lenders and others should conduct their analyses.

And he argues that James and Judge Arthur Engoron, both Democrats, abused their power in the case.

Eli Bartov, an accounting professor at New York University, testified in Trump’s defense on Thursday.


Trump Is Back At His New York Civil Fraud Trial As Testimony Nears An End

Bartov rejected the attorney general’s assertions that Trump’s financial statements violated basic accounting principles in a report written before his hearing. According to the professor, such statements are merely a starting point for recipients to do their own assessments in the accounting and financial world.

Trump has frequently lamented the situation on his Truth Social platform.

Going to court in person provides him with a microphone —several of them, thanks to the press cameras stationed in the hallway. He frequently expostulates and casts various developments as wins on his way into and out of the proceedings, which cameras cannot record.

When Engoron ruled Trump had breached a gag order that forbids trial participants from publicly commenting on court staffers, he penalized him $10,000 on Oct. 26. Trump’s lawyers are challenging the gag order.

James has not gone unchallenged, frequently — but not on Thursday — showing up to court when Trump is present and making her statements on social media and on the courthouse steps. Lawyers in the case have been instructed not to make press remarks in the hallway, but the former president has been permitted to do so.


Trump Is Back At His New York Civil Fraud Trial As Testimony Nears An End

“Here’s a fact: Donald  has been committing financial fraud for years.” “Here’s another fact: There are consequences when you break the law,” her office tweeted this week on X, formerly Twitter.

While the non-jury trial focuses on allegations of conspiracy, insurance fraud, and manipulating corporate documents, Engoron previously concluded that Trump and the other defendants committed fraud. He appointed a receiver to take charge of some of Trump’s properties, but an appeals court has stayed that order for now.

During the trial, James seeks more than $300 million in penalties and a ban on Donald and the other defendants doing business in New York.

It is unclear when the testimony will conclude, although it is expected before Christmas. Closing arguments are slated for January, and Engoron hopes to reach a verdict by the end of the month.


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‘The Dead Can’t Hear Your Apologies:’ Boris Johnson Heckled As He Attempts To Say Sorry For Covid Deaths




Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought to apologize for the thousands of lives lost to Covid-19 while he was in office but was cut off by demonstrators.

Johnson testified on Wednesday morning before the United Kingdom’s public Covid probe, which he established in May 2021.

Johnson was bullied during his opening statement by activists believed to be from a group of families who lost loved ones during the pandemic.

When Johnson began apologizing, four individuals stood up, holding banners that read, “The dead can’t hear your apologies,” according to the UK’s PA Media news agency. Heather Hallet, the investigation chair, immediately expelled the demonstrators from the hearing.

“We didn’t want his apology,” 59-year-old Kathryn Butcher later told the agency. We stood up when he tried to apologize. We did not block anyone. We were advised to take a seat.”


‘The Dead Can’t Hear Your Apologies:’ Boris Johnson Heckled As He Attempts To Say Sorry For Covid Deaths

Butcher, who is from London, told PA Media that her 56-year-old sister-in-law, Myrna Saunders, died from Covid-19 in March 2020 and that Johnson noticed the protesters’ banners.

During the epidemic, the coronavirus killed over 200,000 individuals in the United Kingdom, one of the greatest death tolls in Europe, and Johnson’s government was heavily chastised for its reaction.

“I understand the feelings of these victims and their families, and I am deeply sorry for the pain and the loss and suffering of those victims and their families,” Johnson said in a statement.

“I do hope that this inquiry will help to get answers to the very difficult questions that those victims and families are rightly asking,” the former prime minister said in his opening remarks.

Despite beginning with an apology, Johnson would not be drawn on particular errors he or his government believed they had committed.

He defended his conduct during the pandemic, saying, “I think we were doing our best at the time, given what we knew, given the information I had available to me at the time.” “Were there things we should have done differently?” he continued. Unquestionably.”


‘The Dead Can’t Hear Your Apologies:’ Boris Johnson Heckled As He Attempts To Say Sorry For Covid Deaths

Johnson’s behavior during this period has come under significant examination due to evidence provided to the investigation by others, implying that his government tolerated a culture that prevented the appropriate judgments from being taken.

The investigation examines how Johnson and his senior staff made decisions like establishing lockdowns and why specific judgments were made at specific times. Johnson’s testimony at the panel has already made news because WhatsApp texts requested from his phone could not be provided to the inquiry owing to what he claims is a technical issue.

Some of Johnson’s most senior former aides have stated that the science presented to him “bamboozled” him, while his former chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, has been loudly critical of Johnson’s management style, comparing him to an out-of-control shopping trolley.


‘The Dead Can’t Hear Your Apologies:’ Boris Johnson Heckled As He Attempts To Say Sorry For Covid Deaths

When asked if it was unusual for advisers and officials to be as critical of a leader as they were of Johnson during the pandemic, including questions about his competency, the former prime minister said, “No, I think this is entirely to be expected.”

Johnson became the first sitting prime minister to be fined by the police for violating his Covid lockdown restrictions while still in office. The “Partygate” controversy, in which members of his team – and the then-prime minister – attended gatherings that violated national Covid laws, played a significant role in Johnson losing the support of his governing Conservative Party and leaving government.


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Commercial Ships Hit By Missiles In Houthi Attack In Red Sea, US Warship Downs 3 Drones




DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – According to the US military, during the hours-long attack on Sunday, ballistic missiles fired from Houthi-controlled Yemen hit three commercial ships in the Red Sea, and a US warship shot down three drones in self-defense. The Houthi rebels, whom Iran backs, claimed responsibility for the attack.

The strikes marked an increase in a series of maritime attacks in the Middle East linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict, as a single Houthi assault for the first time in the conflict targeted numerous vessels.

The strikes, according to US Central Command, “represent a direct threat to international commerce and maritime security.” They have threatened the lives of foreign personnel from various countries all over the world.” According to the report, the three commercial ships and their staff are linked to 14 countries.

The USS Carney, a Navy destroyer, detected a ballistic missile fired from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen targeting the Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier Unity Explorer, according to Central Command. The missile landed close to the ship. Shortly later, the Carney shot down a drone that was heading its way, though it’s unclear whether the destroyer was the target. Yemen was also used to launch the drone.

Commercial Ships Hit By Missiles In Houthi Attack In Red Sea, US Warship Downs 3 Drones

The Unity Explorer was struck by a missile about 30 minutes later, and the Carney fired down another approaching drone while responding to the distress call. Central Command said the missile caused little damage to the Unity Explorer.

Missiles also struck two more commercial ships, the Panamanian-flagged bulk carriers Number 9 and Sophie II. The Number 9 sustained some damage, but no casualties and the Sophie II sustained no substantial damage.

While on its way to save the Sophie II, the Carney shot down another drone moving in its direction. The drones caused no harm.

The United States will consider “all appropriate responses,” according to Central Command, adding that “we have every reason to believe that Iran is fully enabling these attacks, even though the Houthi in Yemen are carrying them out.”


Commercial Ships Hit By Missiles In Houthi Attack In Red Sea, US Warship Downs 3 Drones

The Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, has previously shot down multiple rockets fired by the Houthis toward Israel. It was not damaged in any accidents, and no injuries were on board.

According to Houthi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree, the first vessel, was damaged by a missile and the second by a drone while in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. Saree made no mention of any American warships being involved in the strike.

“The Yemeni armed forces continue to prevent Israeli ships from navigating the Red Sea (and Gulf of Aden) until the Israeli aggression against our steadfast brothers in the Gaza Strip stops,” Saree said in a statement.


Commercial Ships Hit By Missiles In Houthi Attack In Red Sea, US Warship Downs 3 Drones

“The Yemeni armed forces renew their warning to all Israeli ships or those associated with Israelis that they will become a legitimate target if they violate what is stated in this statement.”

The first ship, according to Saree, is the Unity Explorer, which is under the control of a British company that has an officer named Dan David Ungar who resides in Israel. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement is associated with the number 9. Managers for the two ships could not be reached for comment immediately.

Ungar was identified as the son of Israeli shipping billionaire Abraham “Rami” Ungar by Israeli media.

source – AP

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