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  1. Donald J. Trump, 45th US President of the United States

    U.S. quits UN Human Rights Council, accusing it of 'hypocrisy' Washington alleges 47-member group is biased against Israel The Associated Press · Posted: Jun 19, 2018 4:26 PM ET | Last Updated: 4 hours ago The Trump administration is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council because of what U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley described as its "hypocrisy" and bias against Israel. Haley, together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sharply criticized the 47-member group on Tuesday, alleging it overlooks human rights abuses in countries including Cuba, Venezuela and China while repeatedly taking aim at Israel. Haley said U.S. efforts over the past year to reform the council went nowhere, in part because of stonewalling by countries including Russia, China and Egypt. Other countries, she alleged, turn a blind eye to the council's flaws for their own, purely political, reasons. "Human rights abusers continue to serve on and be elected to the council, the world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny and the council continues to politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records," Haley said in Washington. Haley threatened the pullout last year, citing long-standing U.S. complaints over the council's approach to Israel. But the announcement comes just a day after the UN human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents. She also slammed the council for including Congo among its members, but did not mention Saudi Arabia, which rights groups pushed to be suspended in 2016 over killings of civilians in the Yemen war. Among reforms the U.S. had pushed for was to make it easier to kick out member states with egregious rights records. Currently a two-thirds majority vote by the 193-member UN General Assembly is needed to suspend a member state. The U.S. is halfway through a three-year term on the council. The move extends a broader Trump administration pattern of stepping back from international agreements — including the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord — and forums under the president's "America First" policy. Pompeo said the U.S. remains committed to working with "allies and partners" on human rights, but also suggested the Geneva-based council had infringed on unnamed countries' "national sovereignty." "When organizations undermine our national interests and our allies, we will not be complicit. They seek to infringe on national sovereignty, we will not be silent," he said. Although numerous officials have said repeatedly that "America First does not mean America Alone," the administration has retreated from multiple multilateral accords and consensuses since it took office. Since January 2017, it has announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, left the UN educational and cultural organization and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. Other contentious moves have included slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum against key trading partners, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city from Tel Aviv. Haley and Pompeo did not respond to questions from reporters. The council's top official called the move "disappointing, if not really surprising news." Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said on Twitter the U.S. should be "stepping up, not stepping back" from human rights work. U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Washington's move was "regrettable." "We've made no secret of the fact that the U.K. wants to see reform of the Human Rights Council, but we are committed to working to strengthen the council from within," Johnson said in a statement. 'Politics, hypocrisy and evasion' Haley has been the driving force behind withdrawing from the human rights body, which is unprecedented in its 12-year history. No country has ever dropped out voluntarily. Libya was kicked out seven years ago. The move could reinforce the perception that the Trump administration is seeking to advance Israel's agenda on the world stage, just as it prepares to unveil its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan despite Palestinian outrage over the embassy relocation. Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is visiting the Middle East this week as the White House works to lay the groundwork for unveiling the plan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. remains committed to human rights, but suggested the council had infringed on unnamed countries' 'national sovereignty.' (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Last year, Haley warned the Geneva-based council that the U.S. would withdraw if it did not end its systematic scrutiny of Israel and alleged Israeli rights abuses against Palestinians. Since last year, Haley's office has also pushed the council and its chief not to publish a UN database of companies operating in West Bank settlements, a so-called blacklist that Israel is concerned could drive companies away and cast a further pall over its presence in the Palestinian-claimed West Bank. A boy and his father are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico Border on June 12, near Mission, Texas. The UN human rights chief on Monday denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents. (John Moore/Getty Images) 'One-dimensional' policy Israel is the only country in the world whose rights record comes up for discussion at every council session, under "Item 7" on the agenda. Item 7 on "Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories" has been part of the council's regular business almost as long as it has existed. The officials said the administration had concluded that its efforts to promote reform on the council had failed and that withdrawal was the only step it could take to demonstrate its seriousness. It was not immediately clear if the U.S. would remain a non-voting observer on the council. A full pullout by the U.S. would leave the council without one of its traditional defenders of human rights. In recent months, the United States has participated in attempts to pinpoint rights violations in places like South Sudan, Congo and Cambodia. Reaction to the move from human rights advocates was swift. "The Trump administration's withdrawal is a sad reflection of its one-dimensional human rights policy: Defending Israeli abuses from criticism takes precedence above all else," said Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch. "All Trump seems to care about is defending Israel," he said, adding that it would be up to the remaining members to ensure that the council addresses serious abuses. Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a May 14 protest in the southern Gaza Strip. The Trump administration is preparing to unveil its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) Created in 2006 The council's members are elected by the UN's General Assembly with a specific number of seats allocated for each region of the globe. Members serve for three-year terms and can serve only two terms in a row. The United States has opted to stay off the Human Rights Council before: The administration of President George W. Bush decided against seeking membership when the council was created in 2006. The U.S. joined the body in 2009 under then president Barack Obama. After a year off, Washington was re-elected in 2016 for its current third term. A pullout could be largely symbolic. At the end of its current term the U.S. would revert to the observer status held by other countries that are not members. In that situation, the U.S. would be able to speak out on rights abuses, but not to vote. A key question is where a U.S. pullout would leave Israel if its biggest and most powerful defender abandons its voting rights. The State Department's website says protection of fundamental human rights was a "foundation stone" for the United States' creation over two centuries ago and that promoting respect for human rights since has been a "central goal" of U.S. foreign policy. https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/us-united-nations-human-rights-1.4713021
  2. Canadian Marijuana Legalization Bill Coming In Spring 2017

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/senate-passes-government-pot-bill-1.4713222 Senators have voted to pass the federal government's bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52 to 29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks. "I'm feeling just great," said Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. "We've just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government." Dean said he thought the Senate functioned well throughout the process and he was proud of the work the Red Chamber did. "Now we can start to tackle some of the harms of cannabis. We can start to be proactive in public education. We'll see the end of criminalization and we can start addressing Canada's $7 billion illegal market. These are good things for Canada." Initially, the government had planned for the bill to be passed by both houses of Parliament in time for retail sales to begin by July 1. That timeline was pushed back after the Senate requested more time to review the bill. Now that the bill has passed, it's up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet to choose the actual date when the legalization of recreational marijuana becomes law of the land. Bill C-45 comes with a provisional buffer period of eight to 12 weeks to give provinces time to prepare for actual sales of recreational marijuana. News of the bill's passage drew immediate response from some of the government's critics on social media. The Senate and the House of Commons battled over the bill for months. The Senate had proposed 46 amendments to the Cannabis Act. The Liberal government rejected 13 of those proposed changes last week — including one provision that would have affirmed the provinces' right to ban home cultivation of marijuana. Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut all want to forbid their citizens from growing recreational marijuana at home, even once cannabis is legalized federally. The Senate suggested the federal government affirm the provinces' right to do so in the Cannabis Act. "One of the strong recommendations by experts was that we ensure personal cultivation of four plants at home," Trudeau told reporters last week. "We understand there are questions and concerns about this, and we understand also that it will be important to study the impacts of what we're doing and whether there can be changes made in three years, but we need to move forward on better protecting our communities." A motion was moved today that would have seen the amendment returned to the bill, but senators defeated it by a vote of 45-35. Some amendments stripped away Another significant Senate amendment that was stripped from the bill would have created a public registry of investors in cannabis companies. That amendment was crafted by Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan to keep criminal gangs from using offshore tax havens to invest in Canada's cannabis industry. Another significant Senate amendment quashed by the government would have banned the distribution of branded "swag" by pot companies, such as T-shirts, hats and phone cases that display a company logo. Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, speaks to reporters after the vote on the bill in the Senate foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press) On Monday of this week, 205 MPs voted to send the bill, minus 13 of the 46 Senate amendments, back to the Red Chamber for what the government hoped at the time would be one final vote. NDP MPs supported the bill, while those on the Conservative benches voted against it.
  3. TWU Lawschool decision

    That would be the case of the century for sure, imagine what else could come out in a case like that. It would rock Canada to its core
  4. Elon Musk Now Selling Flamethrowers

    Musk may be a bit crazy, but its my kind of crazy so i love it
  5. Kid keys cars. It doesn’t end well.

    Not a full out beating, but someone standing up to him like this could wake him up, i doubt this is his first time getting overly aggressive and he needs to learn that you cant to that to people. You can tell an aggressive kid all you want that its not acceptable behaviour but until they actually have an immediate and memorable conesquence they wont learn. You can tell a kid fire is hot, but until hee feels it he wont truly know
  6. Kid keys cars. It doesn’t end well.

    Kid repeatedly punched the adult, and when the kid got pushed down No one was buying his whining so he started throwing more f bombs than a south park movie at the other adults for not believing him, might be too early for castration but this kid definitely needs a severe intervention with a highly trained therapist soon or this will not be the last beat down for him
  7. Kid keys cars. It doesn’t end well.

    Woooow, that kid really was hoping for his fifteen minutes wasnt he, what could that guy do in that situation? The kid was doing everything in his power to stop the guy and hoping he got decked, kudos to the adult for holding out so long and only giving him a decent shove.
  8. Ontario Election - Progressive Conservatives Win

    I dont think there is close to enough support to try and pull a referendum on that right now, i think it would be political suicide
  9. Ontario Election - Progressive Conservatives Win

    I just saw that and laughed , fords definitely not my ideal choice but liberals need a wake up call
  10. Ontario Election - Progressive Conservatives Win

    Regardless if people like ford or not, at least wynne will be gone, though i dont hold much hope for them
  11. Ontario Election - Progressive Conservatives Win

    72 votes right now is the difference between party status or not for the liberals....
  12. Ontario Election - Progressive Conservatives Win

    libs are holding at around 6 to 8 seats, they might just lose party status after all
  13. Ontario Election - Progressive Conservatives Win

    Cant believe wynn might hold her seat, though i fully expecther to resign pretty darn quick
  14. John Ashbridge passes away

    Ill never forget the time he did the canucks alumni game in town,asked him for hi autograph and he loooked like no one had ever asked for it before, seemed more than happy to do it though