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  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51590610 the Question is "What will Trump get out of his visit to India?" He will of course look at the visits of others, and perhaps moderate his behavior based on theirs but I bet he will not follow the dress code established by Justin. What Donald Trump gets out of his trip to India Indian Americans are a growing political force in the US. Could this be part of the reason for the trip? India is gearing up to impress the visiting US President Donald Trump on his first official trip to the world's most populous democracy. Tens of thousands are expected to line the streets to greet him in Ahmedabad city, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat. Mr Trump will inaugurate the world's largest cricket stadium there in the presence of over 100,000 people, a spectacle expected to cost more than $13m (£10m). The visit comes as India's economy is under strain and unemployment is high. Mr Modi is facing criticism at home and abroad over Kashmir and a controversial law that fast-tracks citizenship to non-Muslim religious minorities from three neighbouring countries. "It will be a political boost and a good news story for him," says Tanvi Madan, director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution think-tank in Washington. "He will be seen in visuals standing with the most powerful leader of the world, so to speak." But the Indian subcontinent has not figured much in Mr Trump's "America First" agenda. So what's in it for President Trump, who is known to hate long trips, and what does he hope to accomplish in India, when there is no dearth of domestic and international issues at home? 1. Effort to attract Indian-American voters? The visit is being seen by many as a pleasant trip to a country where Mr Trump is not expected to face tough questions, but win some easy political points for his domestic politics. Part of the aim is to give American voters a good image to point to when thinking of Mr Trump as he seeks re-election. "The visuals will be used by the Trump campaign to make the case the President is welcomed around the world," says Ms Madan. "That he has made America great and respected, especially when some polls have said the respect for the US has gone down on the international stage." The good, the bad and the ugly: US presidents' India trips Indian American voters might pay particular attention. About 4.5 million people of Indian origin live in the US today, but despite their relatively small numbers, Indian Americans are a growing political force in the country. Those who can vote typically vote Democrat. In 2016, only 16% Indian Americans voted for Mr Trump, according to the National Asian American Survey. "Indian Americans do not believe in cutting taxes and making government smaller. They favour social welfare spending," says Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Riverside, who ran the survey. Mr Trump has sought to court the Indian-American vote in the run-up to the 2020 election. In September, he appeared next to Mr Modi at a massive event in Houston, Texas named "Howdy Modi", and declared: "You have never had a better friend as president than President Donald Trump". According to Mr Ramakrishnan, Mr Trump's efforts in reaching out to India could help boost his numbers at the margins. "I think there would be some short-term dividends but probably not to the extent that many Republicans might hope," he says. 2. Trade Deal A trade agreement with India following months of negotiations was expected to be the centrepiece of the visit - a big political win for Mr Trump if he could seal the deal. The US-India bilateral trade stands at $160bn. But hopes of an agreement have been fading for weeks as the US expressed concerns over issues like rising tariffs, price controls and India's positions in e-commerce. Immigration of skilled workers and the visa regime are other areas of concern. India wants restoration of trade concessions under a tariff system called the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), which provides additional benefits for products from least developed countries. Mr Trump terminated the GSP benefits for India in 2019. "Even a limited deal would be an important signal to industry in both countries that US and India are serious about growing trade, and they can resolve issues," says US India Business President Nisha Biswal. However, she adds: "I am not optimistic because of what I have been hearing from both governments." 3. The China Factor President Trump has made being tough on China a central piece of his political brand, and many US concerns on China like the Belt and Road Initiative, access to South China Sea, and the untrustworthiness of its vendors are shared by India. "I don't think this visit would be happening without the strategic convergence between India and the US on China, particularly their concern about the Chinese actions and intentions in that region," says Ms Madan. Media captionUS President Donald Trump is being treated to a brand new wall during his Indian trip A China-US crisis would adversely impact the Indian economy, but too much closeness between the two giants could leave India out of the equation. The American side, in turn, questions whether the Indian quest for strategic autonomy would be a hindrance to a truly strategic partnership with the US. Questions also swirl around whether India can rise as a counterweight to China in Asia or would it be sucked deeper into domestic and sub-regional politics. With hostilities rising between the US and China, Mr Trump may well find a friend in Mr Modi's India, which has been seen as willing to criticise the Chinese. 4. Defence Media reports suggest key multi-billion dollar defence deals are in the offing on Mr Trump's India visit. This may include the sale of helicopters for the navy. Before the trip, the US State department approved a possible sale of an integrated Air Defence Weapon System for $1.8bn. As India tries to diversify its list of buyers, India recognises it has not made large defence purchases from the US recently, while it has done so from the Russians and French, said an analyst "India and the US have become very close for strategic reasons. Even during the Trump years, you have seen defence and diplomatic dialogues," said Ms Madan. For Mr Trump, any chance to sell US hardware is a chance to tout to his supporters that he is boosting jobs and 'Made in America' manufacturing. 5. Building on the Trump-Modi chemistry Mr Trump is seen by many as 'transactional" leader who places a premium on personal relationships over geopolitics, and he believes that his ability to get on with foreign leaders earns him the ability to get things done. This would be President Trump and Prime Minister Modi's fifth meeting in eight months. They call each other a 'friend'. There are pictures of them hugging each other. "We are not treated very well by India but I happen to like Prime Minister Modi a lot," Mr Trump told reporters days before his trip. For Mr Trump - and Mr Modi - exhibiting a level of bonhomie can help smooth over differences when tough talks come up. In the end, it is not a trip made with a very clear set of objectives, says Joshua White of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. For Mr White, it is more likely that the impulsive Mr Trump will take his trip, shake hands and pose for pictures, "and the bureaucracy figures out what can be gained on the policy front".
  2. An update: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51608779
  3. That I know but perhaps AC is looking at one proven aircraft manufacturer. Good to walk away from the MAX
  4. Wet’suwet’en solidarity protesters set up new Vancouver rail blockade, violating injunction BY SEAN BOYNTON GLOBAL NEWS Posted February 23, 2020 1:24 pm Protesters stage on a rail line in East Vancouver on Feb. 23, 2020. Justin Okines/Global News Two days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said rail blockades across Canada need to come down, a group of protesters have set up camp on a major train crossing in East Vancouver. The demonstrators gathered at the CN Rail tracks near Clark Drive and Venables Street just before noon Sunday, violating an injunction the rail company was granted by B.C. Supreme Court the last time its tracks were blocked earlier this month. READ MORE: Eyes now on Canadian police after Trudeau demands transport blockades torn down The blockade is the latest act of solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through their traditional lands in northern B.C. In a statement, the group organized by Natalie Knight said it was not only protesting the actions of Coastal GasLink and RCMP, but also the various injunctions granted against solidarity protests themselves. 2:17Protesters in support of Wet’suwe’ten hereditary chiefs vow to maintain blockades ‘as long as it takes’ Protesters in support of Wet’suwe’ten hereditary chiefs vow to maintain blockades ‘as long as it takes’ “You cannot injunct justice,” Knight said. “The use of overbroad injunctions to criminalize Indigenous land defenders and our supporters reveals the colonial foundation of Canadian law. “We will continue holding solidarity actions in the streets of Vancouver until the demands of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have been met.” More to come…
  5. Not getting stuffed, just getting agreements with those most closely involved Teck project environmental deal reached between First Nation and Alberta government BY ALLISON BENCH GLOBAL NEWS Posted February 23, 2020 1:20 pm Updated February 23, 2020 1:29 pm On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said it had reached an agreement with the Government of Alberta regarding the Teck Resources Frontier oilsands mine project. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson A deal has been reached between the Alberta government and a First Nation that had raised environmental concerns around the Teck Resources Frontier project. In an announcement Sunday, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation announced the agreement and expressed “support for approval of the project.” Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam had previously called out the UCP over its failure to consult and take meaningful action on environmental concerns around the Teck Frontier mine project. “After many productive discussions, the Alberta government has responded to our concerns with a comprehensive and meaningful package of action items,” Adam said in the news release. READ MORE: First Nation chief and Alberta’s Kenney government in war of words as Teck oil mine decision nears In public letters sent on Feb. 7 to the federal government and to other chiefs, Adam highlighted environmental concerns — ranging from caribou habitat to water issues — saying the government and company had failed to consult the First Nation. In letter to Trudeau, Kenney says rejection of Teck Frontier project could be ‘boiling point’ for western alienation Teck Frontier mine not a ‘political gift’ from Ottawa: Alberta minister But now, the First Nation hails Teck Frontier as a “model” for how companies planning major projects should move forward in the future. “Given the recent discussions with the Government of Alberta and their fresh and positive approach, we reconfirm our support of the Project and encourage the Canadian government to approve the Project without further delay,” Allan said. Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon said Sunday that the government had also secured agreements with the Mikisew Cree First Nation. “Together these First Nations and Alberta have been able to do what Alberta has always said we can: become true partners in prosperity by developing our resources while protecting the land and culture of our Indigenous people,” Nixon said in a news release. “To reinforce our commitment to create this wealth responsibly, we have been able to address and sustain bison and caribou habitats, protections for Wood Buffalo National Park, and we have set out a path for cooperative management of the Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland and the Ronald Lake Bison Herd,” Nixon said. READ MORE: Rejection of Frontier oilsands mine could result in $1.13B charge, Teck Resources warns Athabasca Chipewyan and the Mikisew Cree are two of 14 First Nations and Metis communities that have signed participation agreements on the Teck mine. 1:57Teck’s proposed oilsands mine generating political debate Teck’s proposed oilsands mine generating political debate The mine, planned for north of Fort McMurray, Alta., would produce 260,000 barrels of oil a day and about four million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, for more than 40 years. The company said it would employ 7,000 people during construction and 2,500 during operation. Nixon said Sunday that he was “once again” calling on the federal government to approve the project. “The opportunity that this project presents for our Indigenous communities, our province and the thousands of jobs it would create cannot be killed for political reasons. This project has played by the rules. It has followed the process. It’s time to get it done.” 2:32Kenney has message for Ottawa on Teck Frontier Mine Kenney has message for Ottawa on Teck Frontier Mine The federal government must make a decision on the project by the end of February under the Environmental Assessment Act.
  6. You have to wonder how much damage was done to the engines of the flights that did land and takeoff. Canary Island sandstorm: Flights cancelled due to Saharan sand Strong winds carrying sand from the Sahara have affected airports in the Canary Islands. Poor visibility led to AENA, Spain's airport operator, cancelling, suspending or diverting flights. The country's national weather service has warned that winds of up to 120km/h (75mph) could hit the Canaries until Monday. The winds have also affected ferry services, and hampered efforts to fight a wildfire in Tasarte, Gran Canaria. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-49388824/gran-canaria-wildfires-rip-through-holiday-island
  7. HMMMM DOES THE SAME APPLY IN CANADA? Op-Ed: Bernie Sanders is the front-runner because of how we raised our kids PUBLISHED SUN, FEB 23 20209:38 AM EST Jake Novak@JAKEJAKENY KEY POINTS How did an avowed socialist get to the top of the Democratic Party? He is supported by millions of younger voters who have been raised to support Bernie Sanders, even if their parents don’t realize it, writes Jake Novak. People cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arrives onstage during a campaign event at the Whittemore Center Arena on February 10, 2020 in Durham, New Hampshire. Joe Raedle | Getty Images With his convincing victory in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders is solidifying his status as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination more than ever before. So how did a life-long avowed socialist and someone who’s never actually won an election as a Democrat get to the top of the party’s mountain? The simple answer is that he’s being supported by millions of younger Democratic voters, and those voters have been raised to be Sanders voters, even if their parents don’t realize it. Here’s how it happened: We convinced everyone college was 100% necessary, and then we made college unaffordable. Since the end of World War II, the chorus of educators, politicians, and journalists making it sound like college was essential for career success only became louder and drowned out any counterargument. At the same time, college tuition costs have exploded thanks greatly to government programs that produced unintended, but predictable consequences. It mostly started in 1978 when more loans and subsidies became available to a greatly expanded number of students. The cost of college tuition has risen by six times more than the rate of inflation since the 1970s. Now, millions of American young people are straddled with college loans that look impossible to repay. The total student loan debt in the U.S. now stands at more than $1.6 trillion. Is it any wonder so many of them are attracted to a candidate who not only promises to forgive their student debts, but presents their predicament as the result of corporate greed and misplaced government priorities? Luckily for Sanders, young voters supporting him for his college tuition forgiveness promises don’t seem to be too interested in his own family history. His wife Jane Sanders was president of the now defunct Burlington College and she and other administrators were reportedly the subjects of a long-running FBI probe that they misled bank loan officers about the real number of donations pledged to the college. The FBI probe of the matter ended in 2018, and Jane Sanders was not charged. But the policies she oversaw, which included pushing for major campus expansions, were indicative of some of the root causes of increased college costs in America. The establishment in both parties ignored young voters. As sacred as our politicians make college education sound, it’s nothing compared to the way leaders from both parties talk about programs for older Americans like Social Security and Medicare. None of that is a mystery, as older Americans have always been more likely to vote. Even though voters aged 18-29 have been showing increased turnout numbers in recent elections, senior citizens still stand atop the heap. In 2016, 71% of Americans 65 and older voted compared to just 46% of 18-29-year-olds. In the 2018 midterms, that gap narrowed to 66% to 36%, but it’s still a wide gap. All of this focus on older voters and their retirement funds is a nice sentiment but it’s misplaced. Older Americans aren’t just doing okay. A 2017 study of age-based wealth in the U.S. shows that a typical household headed by an adult 65 and older has 47 times the net worth of a household headed by younger Americans. Yep, Papa and Granny are loaded. Now, helping older people who happen to be poor or on the margins of poverty is something different. But the cultural assumption many of us have about elderly folks needing more financial help in America is pretty much the opposite of the truth. Throw in the Affordable Care Act, which literally and foolishly leaned on younger and healthier Americans to foot the bill for covering older and sicker people, and you see a pattern here. Sanders talks plenty about Social Security, and he’s obviously a senior citizen himself. But he usually expands his campaign promises to include younger people, as he did when he took the lead on the Medicare for All promise in 2017. We told them America’s house was on fire. For all the policy differences and political minutiae Democrats delve into when criticizing President Trump, the most enduring attacks on Trump from the Democratic establishment remain accusations that Trump is supporting white supremacy and is controlled by Russian President Vladimir Putin. These are over-the-top accusations, and it’s hard to accept that even most elected Democrats actually believe them. But pushing that message on America for the last three-plus years comes at a price for both sides. For the Democrats, the price is becoming clear: it’s made moderate presidential candidates look less viable than ever. Think about it: if you really believe the president is a traitor and supporting violent plots against non-white Americans, is this really the time to support mainstream Democrat or Republican candidates? Sanders may be a career politician, but he’s never been a mainstream politician. His persona and political brand fits much better into the current Democratic narrative that we’re living in desperate times. Establishment Democrats are reaping what they sowed. As a result, it’s looking more and more like Sanders has unstoppable momentum going into the Super Tuesday primaries and beyond. The big question now is whether that Democratic establishment will try to derail Sanders before or during the Democratic National Convention. But either way, the party would be playing with fire and risking alienating those younger voters forever. Jake Novak is a political and economic analy
  8. Wet’suwet’en protests: Blockades remain as hereditary chiefs return to B.C. BY STAFF THE CANADIAN PRESS Posted February 23, 2020 10:58 am Updated February 23, 2020 11:00 am Hereditary chiefs from Wet’suwet’en First Nation were expected to return to British Columbia Sunday after visiting Mohawk communities in eastern Canada, with no signs that blockades crippling the country’s rail network will come down. The actions are in solidarity with hereditary chiefs contesting a British Columbia natural gas pipeline and after two weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that while his government is ready to talk, the blockades must come down. READ MORE: Railroad blockades ‘setting back reconciliation 20 years,’ warns B.C. MLA Ellis Ross The traditional chiefs visited supporters in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Kahnawake, south of Montreal, this week, saying their conditions for talks remain the same. Hereditary Chief Woos said they are ready to engage in nation-to-nation talks with the B.C. and federal government once the RCMP and Coastal GasLink leave their traditional territory and cease work on the natural gas pipeline project. Trudeau: Wet’suwet’en support blockades ‘must come down’ “We want to stay consistent on our answers,” Woos told reporters. “We’re waiting for the RCMP to vacate the premises.” Woos, of Grizzly House, told reporters in Kahnawake on Saturday that attempts to reach out to Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller have not been returned since Trudeau’s call. “It seems to me like ever since Mr. Trudeau has made his announcement, the communication has ceased,” Woos told reporters on Saturday. READ MORE: RCMP ‘temporarily’ close office on Wet’suwet’en land, chief says more talks next week The blockades, particularly one on a critical east-west rail line near Belleville, Ont., are in support of those hereditary chiefs who oppose the project, despite support from elected band councils along the pipeline route in B.C. Meanwhile, Via Rail service has said it is set to resume certain routes, including its Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa route on Monday. © 2020 The Canadian Press
  9. Only way it will fall over this issue is if Quebec runs out of Chlorine and Propane and that causes the BLOC to vote with the Conservatives along with 3 others. or a revolt within the Liberal party that boots out Justin and replaces him with the Deputy PM who in my opinion is far superior to Justin.
  10. Economic damage ‘mounting’ from disruption of railways Ottawa is noncommittal on whether businesses will be compensated Toronto Star 23 Feb 2020 BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH LARS HAGBERG THE CANADIAN PRESS Manufacturers and exporters are asking Ottawa to provide emergency funding to businesses affected by the rail blockades. Freight t rains stopped, shipments stalled and the financial losses are mounting for farmers, businesses and laid-off workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday called the situation “unacceptable and untenable.” But will Ottawa help shoulder any of the cost of the blockades that have interrupted train service since Feb. 6? Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters is asking Ottawa to create a dedicated relief program to address the financial fallout of the blockades, which has prompted CN to halt service on large parts of its network. “Emergency funding is needed to help the Canadian economy during this crisis,” the organization said in a statement to the Star on Friday. It is seeking immediate assistance on two fronts: help for laid-off workers and “cost-saving” measures for businesses to offset added expenses incurred because of the rail stoppage. They also want to create an “emergency business caucus” — made up of the country’s largest trade associations — to advise government. Other business associations say they have not asked the government for financial compensation but warn of “mounting” economic damage from the rail disruptions. Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said his organization heard that message firsthand during a conference call with other chambers of commerce across the country on Friday. “We are now seeing layoffs, depleted inventories and a rapidly increasing risk that essential supplies like grain for livestock, oxygen for hospitals and propane for residential heating will not be sufficient,” Beatty said in a statement. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has not broached the topic of compensation with the government, although the economic toll is being felt,” spokesperson Phil Taylor said. “It is clear the impacts are really starting to bite businesses of all kinds.” Likewise, Goldy Hyder, president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of Canada, said none of the businesses represented by his organization have raised the issue of compensation. But he noted the economic impact extends beyond companies. “The interruption in rail traffic is not just an issue for corporate Canada. Many workers and their families — not to mention small business owners and entrepreneurs right across the country — have lost money as a result of the blockades,” Hyder said in a statement to the Star. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau acknowledged the financial hardships experienced by farmers, businesses and the more than 1,000 CN and Via Rail workers who have been laid off. But he said the focus right now is on resolving the situation and suggested any talk of compensation would have to wait. “That is what we’re working towards and we’ll be able to think about all those things once we get to a conclusion,” Morneau said Thursday. Asked Friday whether compensation was being considered, Morneau’s office was noncommittal. “While it’s too early to estimate the full economic impact of the blockades, we are aware of their very real impacts on the Canadian economy,” spokesperson Maéva Proteau said, adding the finance department was “closely monitoring the situation.” The federal government has in the past provided assistance to companies and sectors of the economy hit by unexpected disruptions. For example, the federal government came up with an aid package to help Canadian steel and aluminum producers hit by levies imposed by the Trump administration in 2018. Ottawa also promised $1.75 billion to Canadian dairy farmers to compensate for lost market share because of new free trade agreements. But providing compensation for the financial fallout of this rail blockade could be difficult, and costly, given its broad impact on the economy. The federal government could also be on the hook for lost revenue suffered by Via Rail, which by Friday had cancelled 691 trains and refunded tickets for more than 123,000 passengers hit by the service shutdown. Via Rail president and CEO Cynthia Garneau has called the situation “unprecedented” in the company’s 42-year history. The Crown corporation gets 80 per cent of its revenue from passengers travelling the Quebec City to Windsor corridor, where service has been interrupted or stopped entirely since Feb. 6. Yet the financial toll on the Crown corporation — which got $272.6 million in federal funding for its operations in 2018 — is unclear. That’s because many of its routes are heavily subsidized by taxpayers. For example, in 2018, Via trains carried 2.5 million passengers on its MontrealOttawa-Toronto route, earning $192 million in revenue. Yet the cost of providing that service cost $285 million.
  11. Justin told the protesters that he had reached his limits and they were to take down their barricades or (he forgot that part), so needless to say only one came down and others went up. Go figure. I guess we will have to wait for "Daddy" to come home and take charge. ‘WE WILL NOT GO SILENTLY’ In downtown Toronto, demonstrators send a strong message a day after Trudeau demands that blockades be taken down Toronto Star 23 Feb 2020 ALYSHAH HASHAM STAFF REPORTER With files from Tonda MacCharles, Alex Ballingall and Raneem Alozzi Demonstrators gather at Queen’s Park before moving on to city hall. Another blockade sprang up in Saskatchewan on Saturday, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs met with Mohawks in Quebec. Thousands gathered at Queen’s Park Saturday in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en leaders with a simple message for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: It’s not over. On Friday, Trudeau called for an end to the rail blockades across the country brought on by nationwide demonstrations in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline that would cross their traditional territory in northern British Columbia. The chiefs have rejected that plea, continuing to demand the removal of an RCMP office and an end to patrols on their territory, as well as ceasing the construction of the pipeline during talks. “We are once again in a fight for our lives,” said Eve Saint, daughter of a Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief, who was arrested by RCMP earlier this month after she and three others refused to leave a camp on Wet’suwet’en territory. “We have to fight with everything we have to make change. We will not go silently. We will not lay down and dig our own graves and move out of the way. We are not going anywhere,” she told the crowd to cheers. “Justin Trudeau, we are not going anywhere … Racist Canada, we are not going anywhere. RCMP, we are not going anywhere.” After Saint’s speech, the protesters marched down University Avenue from Queen’s Park to city hall, singing and drumming. In Nathan Phillips Square, they joined hands in a round dance of five concentric circles. Audrey Huntley, an activist and paralegal with Aboriginal Legal Services, said there would have been even more people at the rally if there weren’t protests also happening in Niagara Falls at the Ontario Progressive Conservative Convention. But, she said, she was heartened by the turnout, especially from non-Indigenous allies. “It took a long time to get to this place,” she said. “Reconciliation on the official level has never been a real thing, in my view … but I do believe there are good people who are out here today who do want reconciliation and are willing to make those sacrifices that may inconvenience them a little bit.” The president of the American Indian Movement, Ginew Kwe, Golden Eagle Woman, also known as Suzanne Smoke, said the blockades would stop once the RCMP leaves Wet’suwet’en territory. Trudeau needs to understand he is dealing with a nation, she said. “This is our territory and we are going to protect it with everything we have,” she said. “I kind of laugh that in 12 days, all these Canadians are crying about what they don’t have,” Smoke said. “We have suffered for 500 years.” She condemned those who have made statements that could incite violence against the blockades. “We are not the savages here. We are here in peace and prayer,” she said. “We are doing everything we can to get the government to hear us, to get Canadians to hear us.”
  12. Helping the effort (not) is the media that is reporting that the hereditary chiefs are meeting with the Mohawks, the reality is 5 out of the 13 are, hardly a majority but the average reader in the east will be swayed to think the 5 represent the majority of the citizens but even within the 5, there are 2 who ran for elected chief and were rejected by their tribes..... a little like our present government. In any event, it appears the 5 have given Justin the rigid middle finger so I guess we will need to wait and see. Of course the Mohawks (at least the radical ones) are embolden by what happened or did not happen in the past when they chose the path of illegal protests.
  13. Insider? There was also one last year in Seattle and that one was an insider.