A Canadian Jewish group on Friday called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to proceed with the deportation of Helmut Oberlander — a Nazi war criminal who served with a death squad unit responsible for the murder of more than 90,000 people in Russia and Ukraine. “Canada cannot continue to allow a mockery to be made of its processes,” Michael Mostyn — CEO of B’nai Brith Canada — declared in a statement. “Oberlander has had his day in court, and he lost,” Mostyn noted. “To not remove him now would be a punch in the gut to every Holocaust survivor in this country — and would render meaningless the prime minister’s promises of justice.” The Canadian government has been attempting to deport Oberlander, who was also an infantryman in the German army, because of his Nazi past for the last 25 years.
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Israel’s CropX prepares to take its winning technology to the parched farms of the Gulf As Israel finalizes an agreement to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates, Netanya-based agriculture technology startup CropX Technologies is already fielding numerous calls and emails from the Gulf country, which only a few months ago was off limits to Israelis. “CropX has started receiving many inquiries from interested agricultural companies and investors,” said Tomer Tzach, CEO of CropX, which makes simple to install underground sensors that track moisture and other soil properties. “The UAE market is very relevant to CropX and has the potential of becoming CropX’s third largest market.”
OTTAWA — Health Minister Patty Hajdu says that if China misled the world in the early stages of the pandemic, then they will need to be held to account. Bloomberg News and The New York Times reported in April that the U.S. intelligence community had warned the U.S. administration in a classified report that China “concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country.” Multiple countries have also questioned China’s early response, including the U.K. and France. “If China wasn’t honest, then they need to be held to account,” Hajdu said in an interview with CTV Question Period Host Evan Solomon, airing Sunday.
Sudan has normalized ties with Israel and been removed from the US’s list of terror sponsors. The diplomatic thaw resulted from financial incentives and pressure from Washington, Middle East expert Kristian Brakel says. Kristian Brakel: Above all, that the very symbolic decision to maintain no contact with Israel, neither diplomatic nor economic, will be lifted. It remains to be seen whether this will have extreme importance for the future of the Middle East. Diplomatic ties will certainly be established, as well as maybe cautious economic ties. But Sudan has totally different problems at the moment. Israel is not at the top of the list of priorities. The decision to have no contact goes back to the declaration from the Arab League after the Six-Day War in 1967.
France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insulted his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. He said Mr Macron needed a mental health check for pledging to defend secular values and fight radical Islam. Mr Macron has spoken out forcefully on these issues after a French teacher was murdered for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class. France “will not give up our cartoons”, he said earlier this week. Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad can cause serious offence to Muslims because Islamic tradition explicitly forbids images of Muhammad and Allah (God). But state secularism – or laïcité – is central to France’s national identity. Curbing freedom of expression to protect the feelings of one particular community, the state says, undermines the country’s unity.
To get a better understanding of how things escalated, it’s best to understand how they began. Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, is an Armenian-controlled enclave located in the South Caucasus, close to a key energy pipeline that supplies oil and gas to the European Union. It was internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan by the United Nations in 2008, but Azerbaijanis haven’t held control over the region since the late 1980s. Prior to the fall of the USSR in 1991, Nagorno-Karabakh was under control of the Soviet Union. Ethnic Armenians declared the territory’s independence that same year.
TANZANIA, Tanzania — The United Nations announced Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers. As of Friday, the treaty had 49 signatories, and the United Nations said the 50th ratification from Honduras had been received. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres commended the 50 states and saluted “the instrumental work” of civil society in facilitating negotiations and pushing for ratification, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
US President Donald Trump’s handling of foreign policy during his first term in office has had repercussions around the world, forcing issues into the spotlight and shaping how diplomatic communication takes place.
US President Donald Trump has seized on a TV debate remark by his White House rival Joe Biden about shutting down the oil industry, as the Democrat scrambled to clear up the confusion. Biden aides on Friday said he had been talking about ending fossil fuel subsidies, not the industry itself, when he spoke of a “transition” from oil…. In the final moments of Thursday night’s primetime showdown in Nashville, Mr Trump asked his challenger: “Would you close down the oil industry?” “I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” responded Mr Biden, adding, “because the oil industry pollutes significantly”.
For Rene Todd, it began as a simple quest for a refund. Shortly after signing up for an online Canadian immigration service in August, the South African woman changed her mind and decided she wanted her money back. But a string of frustrating emails and a few months later, Todd’s journey has turned into a rabbit hole — an odyssey into the world of online sales, fake testimonials, toothless regulators and international operators preying on the desperation of people dreaming of a life in Canada. Her experience illustrates the need for legislation and funding to boost investigations and enforcement around online immigration services. Todd doesn’t just want her money back anymore. She just wants accountability. “I cannot stand unfairness,” she said.