Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight News Highlights – February 6, 2013

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  • Mali (1)  House of Commons debates Mali – Hansard online transcript here, PDF of Mali “take note” debate also downloadable here (via and a bit of media coverage here.
  • Mali (2)  Political columnist  “Gung-ho on Iraq, Harper cautious on Mali”
  • Canada confirmed Tuesday that a dual Canadian-Lebanese citizen is a suspect in the 2012 bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and one Bulgarian.  “I can confirm the individual in question is a dual national who resides in Lebanon,” said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.  Baird added that he couldn’t identify the suspect.  “I couldn’t even tell you the last time this person was in Canada,” he said.  Bulgaria’s interior minister says two foreign suspects were involved in a deadly bombing in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas last July.  Tsvetan Tsvetanov says one suspect had a Canadian passport while the other had an Australian one, and both had been living in Lebanon.  Tsvetanov also blamed the Islamist terrorist group Hezbollah for the Burgas bombing, saying that there is data “showing the financing and connection between Hezbollah and the two suspects.”  Baird seized on Tsvetanov’s comments, to urge the European Union to list Hezbollah as a terrorist entity ….” – Baird’s official statement via the Info-machine here, and more media here, here and here.
  • HMCS Regina on her way back from fighting terrorism in the Arabian Sea – this note from the Commander of the CF’s Combined Joint Operations Command welcoming them on their journey home
  • In an ebook, The Canadian Forces in 2025: Problems and Prospects, commissioned by the Strategic Studies Working Group — a partnership between the Canadian International Council and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute — five expert authors opine on the challenges facing The Canadian Forces. In today’s first instalment, Douglas E. Delaney looks at the future of Canada’s army ….”
  • What follows is the second of five excerpts from a newly released e-book titled, The Canadian Forces in 2025: Problems and Prospects. The publication was commissioned by the Strategic Studies Working Group — a partnership between the Canadian International Council and the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. In today’s instalment, Roger Girouard looks at the state of the Royal Canadian Navy ….”
  • Analyst:  gotta take some online terrorist threats with a grain of salt  “…. a more sophisticated understanding of factors that might indicate whether a threat should be taken seriously can help us to be savvier media consumers in an age where homegrown terrorism, and hence inevitable future online threats, are part of the public discussion.”
  • Former int officer/columnist  “Despite the ominous hyperbole, no one knows the real extent of the damage Russian agent Jeffrey Delisle caused”
  • Remember this wild police chase in the CFB Borden area three years ago?  It’s back in court  “An Angus man who went on a wild and reckless high-speed race through CFB Borden and Angus, running over a cop’s foot and almost striking other police officers, is now on trial before a juryJoseph Arlow, 35, is charged with a slew of charges including impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, flight from police, failing to remain and resisting arrest.  But Arlow’s lawyer insists his client was suffering from mental disorder and should be found not criminally responsible.  Arlow was arrested at gunpoint after several police officers from various detachments pursued him after he crashed through the gates at CFB Borden and raced through the streets of Angus and Springwater Township on Feb. 2, 2010.  Police say Arlow’s vehicle reached speeds of 140 kilometres per hour while racing through streets and along Highway 90, running red lights and swerving onto the shoulder of the road to get around a spike belt set up to stop his frenzied drive.  In the process, he also ran over and broke bones in provincial police officer Jim Scott’s foot and drove toward other officers, causing them to scatter for their lives ….”
  • Veterans’ Ombudsman underwhelmed with government response to his latest report  “…. While I applaud the Minister’s prompt response to the report’s findings, the changes to the Department’s application process, while a step in the right direction, fall short of ensuring procedural fairness ….” – more here and here.
  • The Federal Court has ruled in favour of another United States war resister and has ordered Jules Tindungan’s case be returned to the Immigration and Refugee BoardAccording to his lawyer Alyssa Manning, this is the 11th time since 2008 that the courts have ruled in favour of U.S. war resisters.  It’s the first time, however, that the courts have not simply been moved by evidence they wouldn’t get fair treatment in the U.S. thanks to an outdated military justice system and the fact that punishment tends to be tougher the more vocal and political the deserter. In this case, she said, the court was also compelled by evidence that the U.S. military has violated international conventions on warfare.  That said, Manning is not convinced the ruling will necessarily result in asylum for the dozens of U.S. war resisters who haven’t already been deported and subsequently imprisoned, but still remain in Canada at the mercy of either the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) or Citizenship and Immigration. She argues the Conservative government has made it clear that war resisters are criminals and she questions the independence of the arm’s-length IRB as a result ….”
  • Hamilton’s warplane museum is making a public plea for donations to help keep its famous World War II Lancaster bomber flying.  “We expect the Lancaster to be flying at the June airshow,” says Al Mickeloff, spokesman for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. “But there is a bit of urgency — we need to come up with the money to pay for the current engine, and there are three more that need to be done after that.”  It costs about half a million dollars a year and countless volunteer hours to do the regular maintenance on the Lancaster. Overhauling the four engines every few years costs an additional $500,000.  “Each engine on the aircraft has an 800 hour flight time before it requires a major overhaul,” museum president and CEO Dave Rohrer told CBC Hamilton.  That works out to an overhaul about every 15 years, based on the roughly 55 hours the museum currently flies the aircraft annually ….”

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