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The Guardian view on Huawei: the bigger story | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Dec 07, 2018 05:20 PM
"Now New Zealand and Australia have joined the US in barring Chinese equipment in the rollout of 5G networks ... The issue is especially pointed for the remaining members of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance, Canada and the UK. The day before the arrest became public, Canada’s top spy warned of the risks of state-sponsored espionage in areas such as 5G mobile networks."

Marc Lépine Didn’t Want to Kill Women, He Wanted to Kill Feminists | Anne Thériault

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Dec 06, 2018 12:50 PM
"When Marc Lépine walked into Montreal’s École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989, he was there to kill feminists. He was very specific about this, both in the manifesto he wrote and the things he said as he rampaged through the school. “You’re all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists,” he spat when one of his victims tried to defend herself and her classmates. His suicide note blamed feminists for ruining his life and included a list of 19 “radical feminists” that he would have killed if he’d had time."

Harry Leslie Smith, vocal critic of austerity, dies aged 95 | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 28, 2018 08:27 AM
"Describing his motivation, he wrote: “I am one of the last few remaining voices left from a generation of men and women who built a better society for our children and grandchildren out of the horrors of the second world war, as well as the hunger of the Great Depression. “Sadly, that world my generation helped build on a foundation of decency and fair play is being swept away by neoliberalism and the greed of the 1%, which has brought discord around the globe. Today, the western world stands at its most dangerous juncture since the 1930s.”"

Israel-Palestine delegation builds understanding and support | Canadian Union of Public Employees

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 26, 2018 04:29 PM
"The day-to-day reality for people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories includes restrictions on movement, arbitrary arrest and detention, confiscation and destruction of property, segregation of transport, denial of basic services and resources and disproportionate military response to even the mildest forms of protest and resistance. Palestinian citizens of Israel have also suffered a severe erosion of their civil rights. In late July, the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, approved the Jewish nation-state Basic Law. This legislation removes the official language status of Arabic, legalizes housing discrimination based on ethnic, religious, or national background and denies Palestinians the right to self-determination."

Is it time for Canada to have its own automaker? | The Toronto Star

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 26, 2018 01:17 PM
"By purchasing GM Canada in its entirety, Canada would own a major, vertically integrated automaker. GM Canada operates assembly and parts plants, engineering labs, distribution centres, a nationwide dealership network and a cold-weather testing centre in Kapuskasing. ... We do have the money. Canada’s four largest public-pension funds alone command more than $1 trillion in assets. Ottawa would eventually spin off the new auto company to the private sector, as it did with Air Canada and Canadian National Railway Co."

GM plant in Oshawa, Ont., to shut down | CBC

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Nov 26, 2018 07:41 AM
"In 2009, as part of an effort to bailout the auto sector, GM received several billion dollars in loans and support from the Canadian and Ontario governments as it went through bankruptcy protection. In October, Export Development Canada, the national export credit agency, showed there was an outstanding loan to GM Corp. for more than $1 billion. The loan also appears to be attributed to a bankrupt version of the firm that was split off from a viable version of GM that year."
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