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It's time for the NDP to stand for democracy and human rights for Palestinians | Rabble

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 16, 2018 02:07 PM
"A resolution has been submitted to the NDP convention to update the NDP's policy on Palestine. It is supported by human rights advocates, veteran NDP activists, including ex-MP Libby Davies, and my organization, Independent Jewish Voices Canada. If adopted, it would significantly shift the discourse in Canada about Palestine. Its ripple effects would reach even more widely."

Deaths From Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares With The Rest Of The World | NPR

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 15, 2018 02:49 PM
"Rates of gun deaths in the U.S. are far greater than in much of the rest of the world. Take countries with the top indicators of socioeconomic success — income per person and average education level, for instance. The United States ranks ninth in the world among them, bested only by the likes of Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Iceland, Andorra, Canada and Finland. Those countries all also enjoy low rates of gun violence, but the U.S. has the 31st highest rate in the world: 3.85 deaths due to gun violence per 100,000 people in 2016. That was eight times as high as the rate in Canada, which had 0.48 deaths per 100,000 people — and 27 times higher than the one in Denmark, which had 0.14 deaths per 100,000."

Spratt: Canada has the opportunity to fix its justice system | Ottawa Sun

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 14, 2018 04:34 PM
"But the deliberate and selective exclusion of jurors is not the only reason the Stanley jury – like so many Canadian juries – was all white. Racial bias is baked into the jury selection process. Out-of-date, and inaccurate census information means that many potential Indigenous jurors’ names are completely left of the jury rolls. And then there are the practical barriers to jury duty. Some provinces disqualify people from jury duty for even the most minor of criminal records. When Indigenous people are stopped, charged and arrested by the police more often than non-Indigenous people, it means that they are more likely to be disqualified for a dated and minor criminal offence. And let’s not forget the fact that most of the time jurors don’t get paid at all. That makes it hard for a single parent or those with precarious work to afford to do their “civil duty.”"

The Israeli James Bond? Arnon Milchan and His Ties to the Secret Services | Ha'aretz

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 14, 2018 04:05 PM
"Milchan confirmed long-standing speculation that he had worked as an agent for Israel’s clandestine security services for many years, purchasing arms for the country and assisting in the development of the nuclear capabilities that foreign media attribute to Israel. ... Milchan disclosed that he had been enlisted into the secret services by Shimon Peres, the former Israeli prime minister who played an instrumental role in building the country’s military capabilities in its early years. ... According to the LA Magazine article, Milchan represented Israel in arms negotiations over the years with such heavyweights as Raytheon, North American Rockwell, Beechcraft, Bell Helicopter and Magnavox. He insisted he had never helped sell arms to any other country but Israel, and therefore should not be labeled an “arms dealer.”"

How Canada became an offshore destination for 'snow washing' | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 14, 2018 11:06 AM
"While publicly traded firms in Canada are required to disclose major shareholders, private companies need only note their directors, allowing those who own, control or benefit from the firm to remain in the shadows. Most provinces allow nominee directors and shareholders and do not require them to disclose that they are acting on behalf of another person. “Privately-held companies can easily be abused for tax evasion, for money laundering purposes and to stash the proceeds of crime,” said lawyer Mora Johnson, who recently authored a report detailing the country’s lax rules around corporate registration. ... Transparency International Canada’s James Cohen is calling on Canada to require private companies to disclose ownership information and for the federal government to compile all of the information in a public registry."

Dream Defenders & Allies Stand with Ahed Tamimi and the Palestinian Freedom Struggle

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Feb 13, 2018 06:20 PM
"Ahed was arrested a few days later in the middle of the night. Her cousin Noor and her mother Nariman were also arrested. All three have been indicted by Israel's military court, which has a 99.7% conviction rate and lacks basic fair trial protections. Ahed has been denied bail and her trial will begin February 13th. Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for her release."
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