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Canada will introduce 'preventative detention' and other restrictions on civil liberties in wake of Ottawa shootings

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Constables guard the central rotunda of the Canadian Parliament one day after a deadly shooting
Prime minister Stephen Harper says he plans to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts as parliament returns day after shooting

The Canadian government indicated on Thursday that it intends to speed up proposals to toughen the country's anti-terror laws in the wake of the attack on parliament in Ottawa, including a measure that would allow "preventative detention".

As the House of Commons opened to rapturous applause for the sergeant-at-arms, the ceremonial security chief who prevented further tragedy by apparently killing the perpetrator of Wednesday's brazen assault, prime minister Stephen Harper indicated that his government was resolved to toughen the country's security legislation.

The governing Conservatives have made no secret of their plan to install new anti-terror powers, giving the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) more powers to track, investigative and detain would-be homegrown terrorists. Harper promised the proposals would be brought forward.


Comment: Here we see the true purpose for the likely false-flag attack that occurred in Ottawa. Harper previously had no good reason to remove freedoms and introduce "anti-terror" legislation. This attack gives him just the opportunity to do so, and he hasn't wasted any time.


"They need to be much strengthened, and I assure you, Mr Speaker, that work which is already under way will be expedited," Mr Harper said.

Details of those new powers have yet to be released, but justice minister Peter MacKay indicated to reporters that they will include measures to allow the preventive detention of suspected would-be terrorists.

"We're examining all those sections of the criminal code, and all measures under the law that will allow us, in some instances, to take pre-emptive measures," he said.


Comment: How long before Canadians are being detained for being friends with the wrong person, or saying the wrong thing online? If Canadians are willing to give up a little liberty for security, they will receive neither.


Comment: There is plenty of evidence that the attacks in Ottawa were all part of a plan to introduce tighter security measures in Canada and to further deepen Canadian involvement in U.S.-led warmongering in the Middle East:

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Harold Wilson: A Russophile who consistently worked for better relations with the East

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James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx
Imagine a British Prime Minister who was a Russophile, not a Russophobe, and defied US pressure to send UK troops to war. A British Prime Minister who worked for better relations with the East, visited Moscow, and was on good terms with Kremlin leaders.

Well, it might sound unlikely today, but forty years ago we had such a Prime Minister. In October 1974, Harold Wilson was puffing away merrily on his pipe celebrating his fourth election victory out of five.

Looking back at the Wilson era is instructive as it shows us how much British politics has changed for the worse since the 1970s.

Harold Wilson was a mainstream Labour Party politician of his time yet anyone espousing the sensible pro-mixed economy policies he put forward in the 1960s and 70s today would be denounced as a "Stalinist." Ironically, at the time, the ultra-left accused Wilson- a man who extended nationalization and whose government increased the top rate of income tax to 83%- of being too right-wing!
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Putin: World is being destroyed by U.S. and its satellites, who pass themselves off as 'the international community'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) sits next to former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin (R) on October 24, 2014 during a meeting of members of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Russian city of Sochi.
Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in Valdai International Club discussion "World Order: New Rules or No Rules?"

The modern global and regional security system is seriously fragmented and deformed, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

"Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the existing system of global and regional security can protect us from disruption. The system is seriously weakened, shattered and deformed. International and regional institutions of political, economic and cultural cooperation are going through a very difficult period," Putin said at the plenary session of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

The winners in the Cold War seem to be bent on reshaping the world so that it could better accommodate their own needs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday in a comment on US foreign policy.

"It looks like the so-called 'winners' of the Cold War are determined to have it all and reshape the world into a place that could better serve their interests alone," Vladimir Putin said at the 11th conference of the Valdai Discussion Forum in the Russian city of Sochi.

Comment: What Putin left unsaid at the end there is that ISIS/ISIL too is a US creature.

Here is the final-day discussion at the Valdai Conference, held in the mountains above Sochi:


You can read a transcript of his speech here.

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Moscow airport chiefs fired, staff arrested as investigation considers possibility of traffic control error in death of pro-Russian French oil company CEO

The general director and a deputy general director from Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport have resigned after the fatal crash that killed French oil giant Total's CEO earlier in the week, the airport's press service reported Thursday.

"In line with the tragic event that occurred [late Monday night on October 20], the following [individuals] have resigned: Vnukovo International Airport General Director Andrei Dyakov and Deputy General Director Sergei Solntsev," the press release reads.

Vnukovo accepted both resignations, according to the statement.

Several other airport managerial staff were dismissed as well on Thursday.

Total CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash of a Falcon 50 business jet late Monday night at Vnukovo-3 Airport. The incident happened when the aircraft, which was to fly to Paris, hit a snow removal vehicle when taking off. De Margerie was the only passenger on board along with three crew members, also French citizens. The crew also died in the crash.
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MH-17: The Untold Story (Documentary)

Three months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was violently brought down from the skies over Ukraine, there are still no definitive answers to what caused the tragedy. Civil conflict in the area prevented international experts from conducting a full and thorough investigation. The wreckage should have been collected and scrupulously re-assembled to identify all the damage, but this standard investigative procedure was never carried out. Until that's done, evidence can only be gleaned from pictures of the debris, the flight recorders or black boxes and eye-witnesses' testimonies. This may be enough to help build a picture of what really happened to the aircraft, whether a rocket fired from the ground or gunfire from a military jet.


Comment: For more in-depth research into what might actually have happened, why it definitely didn't happen the way Western media portrayed it, and why the plane was blown out of the sky, check these out:

Asymmetric Warfare: MH17 False-Flag Terror and the 'War' on Gaza

MH17 Who Dunnit? Western Media Silent on the Evidence

Preliminary report on the crash of flight MH17 full of holes, just like the plane

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The Politics of the Ottawa Shooting


CCTV footage showing the shooter making his way towards Parliament Building in Ottawa

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on RT to discuss the Ottawa shooting and the political context in which it should be understood. Draitser explains that an investigation into the role of intelligence agencies in the event is critical to an understanding of how this event really happened. He also notes the convenient timing of the incident and how it will be capitalized on politically by the Harper government. Finally, Draitser outlines how this incident will harden the policies of the government as it relates to the US-led coalition in the Middle East, rather than forcing it to rethink them.

Snakes in Suits

The Trews: Who wins in the Ottawa killings?


Comment: Thanks to the recent shootings in Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Harper, that odious, sniveling sycophant of Big Brother America and a man with a surprising lack of any trace of integrity or human personality, now has his chance to be one of the 'big boys', with propaganda-infused rhetoric designed to flip the paranoia switches in the Canadian population firmly in the 'on' position. See the transcript of his talk, which Brand picks apart with ease, below the video.


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David Cameron demands emergency talks after £1.7bn EU bill

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British Prime Minister David Cameron gives a press conference on October 24, 2014 on the second day of a European Union summit at EU headquarters in Brussels

EU finance ministers have agreed to emergency talks after British Prime Minister David Cameron challenged a demand from the EU for an extra £1.7 billion by December 1, because the UK economy has done better than other EU members since 1995.

Cameron interrupted a meeting of EU leaders to tell Jose Manuel Barosso, the head of the European Commission, that the demand for extra cash from the UK was unacceptable.

The Prime Minister emphasized that a lot of money was being demanded and that it was not just a problem of dealing with Euroskeptic sections of the British media and public.

The demand from the EU will add about a fifth to the UK's annual contribution of £8.6 billion (US$13.8 billion).

The bill comes after the EU modified how it works out how much each state should pay based on national income. The surcharge now includes estimations from illegal trade in the so-called black economy, such as prostitution and drugs.

"It is not acceptable, it an appalling way to behave," Cameron told a press conference in Brussels on Friday. "I'm not paying that bill on December 1. If people think I am they've got another thing coming. It is not going to happen."

A spokesman for the British government said they would be pressing Brussels to explain the bill and that the amount of money they were demanding needs "a full political-level discussion."

"This money the European Commission was not expecting and does not need, and we will be working with other countries to do all we can to challenge this," said a British spokesman.

Cameron was supported by Matteo Renzi, the prime minister of Italy, who has also been hit for extra payments by the EU.
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Financial market forecasting President Dilma's win in Brazil on Sunday, turns to post-election scenarios

The market is now forecasting that incumbent Dilma Rousseff will be re-elected president in a squeaker on Sunday. Although rival Aécio Neves could pull off an upset if enough of Marina Silva's voters choose him or opt-out of voting for anyone, his victory would now be seen as a surprise. Downside risks remain in Brazilian equities.

Neves came from polling in third place behind Marina Silva to clobbering her in the first round on Oct. 5, thus guaranteeing him the No. 2 contender spot against Dilma. Polls have suggested that at least 60% of Marina's voters would chose Neves on Sunday, but he needs a little more than 65% providing the rest of Marina's voters choose Dilma. So far, that has not been the case as only around 20% of Marina's voters said they would vote for Dilma on Sunday, meaning the current crop of undecided voters will call the shots. Recent polls show a technical tie.

It is worth noting that the market's forecast is not exactly the market's preference. At this stage, investors are broadly looking for change in Brasilia, even more so than the average Brazilian.

Comment: Whether these forecasts are correct or not, we will know in coming days, but this AFP video nails down the reason why poor prefer incumbent president.



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Telling it like it is: USA has 'shaped the world' according to its interests - Putin

Vladimir Putin has lashed out at the United States for destabilizing the world order of checks and balances for its own gains. He also accused the West of inflaming the situation in Ukraine and said Russia was not interested in building an empire.


Comment: Putin is not spouting empty rhetoric. Every action taken by Russia in the last two decades bears this out. Neither Chechnya, nor Georgia, nor even Novorussyia, which at different times have all been ripe for the picking, were absorbed by Russia. Only Crimea has returned, which the Crimean people decided themselves through a democratic vote.


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Russian President Vladimir Putin
The Russian President delivered a fierce broadside aimed at the United States at a speech for the Valdai Club in Sochi, which is an informal group of scholars. He hit out at Washington for behaving without regard to the rest of the world's interests

"The system of international relations needed some changes, but the USA, who believe they were the winners of the Cold War, have not seen the need for this." He added that the US has been trying to create the world "for their own gains." The Russian President added that because of this, regional and global security had been weakened.

Putin also touched on the issue of the growth of Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, while also accused the West of, "turning a blind eye," to the encroachment of international terrorism into Russia and Central Asia. Putin believes the US has played a considerable role in sponsoring the growth of Islamic extremism, using the example of Washington's funding of the Mujaheddin in the Afghan-Soviet war in the 1980's, which eventually gave birth to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

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