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New evidence prompts calls for greater scrutiny of CSIS

New revelations about the government’s mishandling of evidence in a second high-profile terrorism case are prompting calls for an independent investigation into Canada’s spy service.

The Toronto Star has learned that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service admitted it failed to disclose evidence that a confidential informant was “deceptive” in answering questions and that a second source was not subjected to a lie detector test as the service had previously claimed.

The disclosures were made in two letters written by Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley to lawyers for Syrian refugee Hassan Almrei and come just weeks after another judge slammed CSIS for shoddy evidence.

Appalachia and Colombia: The People Behind the Coal

An interview with Aviva Chomsky on mountain top coal mining in Kentucky and coal mining in Colombia.

Help Bring Home Another Canadian Abandoned by Ottawa

Abdihakim Mohamed, Aged 25, Autistic, Without His Primary Caregiver, Denied Passport, Stuck in Kenya Over 3 Years

March protests criminalization of black youth

In the wake of police action at the Auburn Drive high School, Black Independence Network Nova Scotia and other groups stage a march through Halifax.

Co-organizer Isaac Saney, a member of the newly formed Black Independence Network Nova Scotia, stressed unity and inclusion. He said the march was in solidarity with the youth of Auburn, but also about seeking “new forms of organizing the community and unifying it.” He said all youth are being criminalized, especially black youth.

Troops seize Honduran president

Manuel Zelaya, the president of Honduras, has been removed in a coup d’etat by soldiers after he vowed to go ahead with a controversial referendum on constitutional changes. The non-binding referendum, which was due to take place on Sunday, would have asked Hondurans whether they approved of holding a poll on constitutional change alongside general elections in November.

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted Sunday a resolution strongly condemning the coup d’Etat in Honduras


“To condemn vehemently the coup d’état staged this morning against the constitutionally-established Government of Honduras…”

Venezuelan Government Condemns Coup d’État in Honduras | MR Zine

“Masked soldiers abducted Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas and attacked the ambassadors of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela in the process of executing this arbitrary detention.”

Also see: Honduran President Is Ousted in Coup | New York Times

and Honduras supreme court ‘ordered army coup’ | Telegraph

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Arrested, Beaten, OAS Diplomat Says | Bloomberg

Freed inmate recounts Guantanamo horror | Al Jazeera English YouTube Channel

“Mohammed Al Gharani was the youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay. Now, seven years later, he has returned to Chad, his country of origin, after being freed”

Iran’s Business Elite, Too, Is a “Dissident” | MR Zine

“In short, Iran’s fiscal-conservative candidates are disputing the re-election of a social-conservative president. Which conservatism is worse?”