Reader’s Links for February 14, 2022

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  1. Conservative journalist Brian Lilly does a poor job, in my opinion, by letting some false statements slide by without correcting them. Reprehensible Ottawa Mayor Watson has negotiated with truckers to keep them off residential streets. There is no mention that police have barricaded truckers further south from Parliament Hill thereby forcing this situation–very predictable. Also, he does not correct her when she says the protest is comprised of the 10% of unvaxxed truckers, which is false. The protesters have many, many injected participants. A poor showing on Lilly’s part by conspicuous omissions..



    PAKISTAN – Mob stoned man to death after he allegedly burned the Qu’ran in Pakistan

    A 41-year-old man has been stoned to death by a mob for allegedly desecrating the Qu’ran inside a mosque in a village in eastern Pakistan, police have said.

    Three police officers also were injured, and more than 80 men have been detained after the incident on Saturday evening in the Khanewal district of Punjab province.

    The mosque’s custodian said he saw the man burning the Muslim holy book and told others before informing police, according to a spokesman.

    Police rushed to the mosque and found the man surrounded by an angry crowd.

    Officer Mohammad Iqbal and two other police personnel tried to take custody of the man, but the group began throwing stones at them, seriously injuring Mr Iqbal and slightly injuring the other two officers.

    Munawar Gujjar, chief of Tulamba police station, said he rushed reinforcements to the mosque but they were not in time to stop the mob stoning the man to death before hanging his body from a tree.

    The victim was named as Mushtaq Ahmed, 41, who was from a nearby village.

    “The ill-fated man has been mentally unstable for the last 15 years and according to his family often went missing from home for days begging and eating whatever he could find,” he said.

    Mr Ahmed’s body has been returned to his family.

    Police have so far detained about 80 men living in the mosque’s surroundings, but around 300 suspects are said to have taken part in the stoning.

    Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan expressed his anguish over the stoning, and said he was seeking a report from Punjab’s chief minister on the police handling of the case. He said they had “failed in their duty”.

    “We have zero tolerance for anyone taking the law into their own hands and mob lynching will be dealt with with the full severity of the law,” Mr Khan said in a tweet hours after the incident.

    The prime minister also asked the Punjab police chief for a report on the actions taken against perpetrators of the lynching.

    The killing comes months after the lynching of a Sri Lankan manager of a sporting goods factory in Sialkot in Punjab province on December 3 who was accused by workers of blasphemy.

    International and national rights groups say blasphemy accusations have often been used to intimidate religious minorities and settle personal scores. It is a crime punishable by death in Pakistan.

  3. CBC – Trudeau plans to invoke Emergencies Act in response to protests: sources

    Act grants cabinet ability to take ‘special temporary measures that may not be appropriate in normal times’

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told his caucus he plans on invoking the never-before-used Emergencies Act to give the federal government extra powers to handle the protests across the country, according to sources.

    Those sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the prime minister will inform the premiers of his decision this morning.

    The Emergencies Act, which replaced the War Measures Act in the 1980s, defines a national emergency as a temporary “urgent and critical situation” that “seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians and is of such proportions or nature as to exceed the capacity or authority of a province to deal with it.”

    It gives powers to the prime minister to respond to four different types of emergency scenarios: public welfare (natural disasters, disease), public order (civil unrest), international emergencies and war emergencies.

    The act grants cabinet the ability to “take special temporary measures that may not be appropriate in normal times” to cope with an emergency and the resulting fallout during an “urgent and critical situation.”

    It gives the government extraordinary — but time limited — powers. The act is still contingent on Parliament’s approval and subject to the protections of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Jack Lindsay, an associate professor in the applied disaster and emergency studies department at Brandon University in Manitoba, said one of the first steps is for the government to show that the state of affairs constitutes an emergency.

    “They’re gonna have to basically prove that first hurdle, that it is a national emergency,” he said.

    “He’s basically going to be arguing that these truckers are basically creating a threat to the security of Canada.”

    Under the act, the government is prohibited from taking control of police forces, said Lindsay

    “They do have the grounds to regulate and prohibit public assembly and travel and then regulate or prohibit the use of specific properties,” he said.

    “I suppose they could put out regulations about where semi-trailers are allowed to park overnight, for example. They can designate protected places like the Ambassador’s Bridge or something.”

    The government can also order or direct any person to render services with compensation, said Lindsay, which could in theory be used to tow trucks blocking streets downtown.

    In a meeting with the Liberal caucus on Monday morning, Trudeau said there were no plans to deploy the military, according to the sources.

    Invoking the act also triggers an inquest at the end of the declaration.

    The move follows a meeting Sunday of the federal cabinet and its Incident Response Group (IRG). Trudeau tweeted late Sunday that the IRG discussed “further actions the government can take to help end the blockades and occupations.”

    Earlier that day, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair described the attitude around invoking the Emergencies Act as “appropriate caution” rather than “reticence.”

    Blair emphasized on CBC’s Rosemary Barton Live it was important to make sure that “the appropriate authorities that are with the provinces are fully utilized,” and he said the federal government was “prepared to do everything necessary.”

    The War Measures Act was most famously used in peace times by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau during the October Crisis.

    • Israelis partaking in ‘Freedom Convoy’ against Covid-19 restrictions arrive in Jerusalem

      Police direct traffic as vehicles partaking in a ‘Freedom Convoy’ against Covid-19 restrictions arrive in Jerusalem from 40 cities across Israel.

      The demonstration is inspired by the Canadian protest movement which is entering its third week.

      • RT – Freedom Convoy Reaches Israel

        Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem to support the participants of the Freedom Convoy movement that began in Canada and has been spreading to multiple countries.

    • FRANCE – PARIS – FEB 14 2022

      Heavy police presence around Paris’ Eiffel Tower as ‘Freedom Convoy’ protesters gather at landmark

      • RT – Brussels Decries COVID Restrictions

        Dozens rallied in the Belgian capital against COVID restrictions and mandates.

        The Canadian flag might have been spotted, as a sign of solidarity with the Freedom Convoy movement that has recently come to Europe from Ottawa.

    • RT – ‘Freedom Convoy’: Who Is behind It and Why Does the Media Attack Them?

      News reports over the past three weeks were dominated by headlines about the ‘Freedom Convoy’ movement that inspired protests in a number of countries around the globe.

      RT offers a timeline of the ongoing protests and looks at the movement’s mottos.

    • RT -‘Govt measures only bring more DAMAGE to people’ – Freedom Convoy protester to RT

      As peaceful demonstrations against vaccine mandates largely pushed by the ‘Freedom Convoy’ movement are entering their third week, we speak with Chris Mayville, a protester who says the government measures are doing more harm than good.

      • It is not the politicians Canada or Schwab’s, or Soros, or any of the global madmen’s Canada, this is our country and if Justine, Freeland, Carney, Ford, Elliott are not happy here, they need to step down and wait for the crimes against humanity trials. They are responsible for many, many deaths.

    • RT -It’s Been Nothing But Peaceful’ – Ambassador Bridge Protester to RT

      The Ambassador Bridge, a key crossing point on the US-Canada border that has been blocked for a week, was ‘cleared’ of Freedom Convoy protesters by police today.

      We hear from demonstrator Steven Gifford, who tells us there was NO VIOLENCE from ANY protester at the scene

    • Dutch ‘Freedom Convoy’ Supporters

      Hundreds of the Hague’s residents marched through the city’s streets against COVID restrictions.

      Many were seen waving Canadian flags as a sign of support for the Freedom Convoy movement.

    • sky news australia – Thousands of demonstrators remain in Ottawa despite facing huge fines

      Thousands of demonstrators continue to protest in the Canadian capital of Ottawa – with authorities being heavily outnumbered as support for the movement grows.

      A state of emergency has been declared in Ontario, the province which includes Ottawa, after protests entered their third week in the capital.

      Protesters have been warned they face large fines or even prison time for their continued demonstrations.

    • sky news australia – He has to go’: Trudeau’s government has ‘massively overreached’

      Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must go and his government “should fall” amid a list of “absolutely criminal” things the government is doing, says author Douglas Murray.

      It comes as a state of emergency has been declared in Ontario, the province which includes Ottawa, after protests entered their third week in the capital.

      Protesters have been warned they face large fines or even prison time for their continued demonstrations.

      Mr Murray condemned Mr Trudeau for his treatment of the protesters, saying he called them “racists, misogynists and homophobes”.

      “He and his appalling supporting paper, the Toronto Star, pump out the most vicious propaganda against these truckers.”

      “The Canadian government has put pressure on some of the Canadian banks to freeze the accounts of truckers – this is just unbelievable banana republic behaviour.”

    • canadian pravda -FEB 14 2022 – O’Toole calls on Trudeau to meet with truckers

      O’Toole is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with truckers who oppose a cross-border vaccine mandate.

      Trudeau has refused to meet with protesters who have surrounded Parliament Hill — some of whom have been seen flying Nazi flags and desecrating memorials — and says Canadians are united in stepping up to get vaccinated.

    • “We will continue to raise the consequences” Ford says chaos in Ottawa must come to an end

      In a press conference Monday morning, Premier Doug Ford says millions of jobs and people are being held hostage in Ottawa and that the province will continue to raise the consequences for those participating in the protests.

    • the independent – Ottawa residents fed up with blockades and truck protests in Canada’s capital city

      Many people who live and work in downtown Ottawa are infuriated by truck drivers and other protesters who have taken over the area around Parliament Hill to demonstrate against vaccine mandate.

      + comments on the YT page

      • Canadians are fed up with losing their businesses, jobs, being called names by the prime minister, premiers, missing life saving operations, being lied to by the heavily subsidized MSM, Bullied.

        Canada has entered a “You better step down clown phase”.


        Don’t be a collaborator.

    • Rubin Report – See How Large the Freedom Convoy Mandate Protests Are Becoming Everywhere

      Dave Rubin of “The Rubin Report” shares clips of the freedom convoy vaccine mandate protests going global with major protests in Canberra, Australia and against the French government in Paris, France.

      Justin Trudeau can no longer stop this as the Canadian truckers have officially spawned a global movement.

    • CBC – Alberta RCMP arrest 11 at border protest, seize weapons, ammunition

      Alberta RCMP have arrested 11 people after searching three trailers and finding weapons, including long guns and a large quantity of ammunition, at a protest against pandemic restrictions near the main U.S. border crossing in southern Alberta.

    • global news – “Broader enforcement measures will commence”: Alberta premier responds to arrests at Coutts blockade

      Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he was “very distressed” to learn about the arrests of 11 people after an investigation at the Coutts, Alta. border crossing led to the seizure of more than dozen long guns, hand guns, ammunition and body armour.

      The premier also added that the RCMP will now proceed with enforcement against people involved in the border blockade.

      Kenney said the government has procured “all of the necessary heavy equipment” and service to operate that equipment in order to assist RCMP in removing vehicles that are blocking the highway.

      “Broader enforcement measures will commence, and of course the government of Alberta will be there to support that every step of the way,” Kenney said.

    • global news – Trucker protests: 4 arrested by police at BC border crossing blockade

      Four people were arrested for mischief at the Pacific Highway border crossing in B.C. on Sunday, as a blockade by protesters opposed to COVID-19 measures continued into a second day, Surrey RCMP said.

      Hundreds of people, many draped in Canadian flags, flooded the highway south of 8th Avenue, dancing and periodically breaking out into chants of “freedom” and rounds of the national anthem.

      Access to the key crossing into the U.S. has been closed since Saturday, when a vehicle convoy from Chilliwack descended on the border crossing.

    • ctv – RCMP arrests protesters near B.C. border crossing

      Police arrested several “Freedom Convoy” supporters at the Pacific Highway border crossing Sunday, with more under investigation.

    • CBC – What powers does the Emergencies Act give the Canadian government?
      ( 12 min )

      Wesley Wark, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, says Canadians may be surprised there are plans to invoke the never-before-used Emergencies Act, but it will allow the federal government to take the lead in dealing with the Ottawa protests.

    • NEW ZEALAND – Sixth Day of New Zealand Protest

      The rally against COVID restrictions in Wellington has been going on for six days now, despite strong winds and rain from cyclone Dovi.

      Protesters have gathered outside the parliament building to decry vaccine mandates and other measures introduced by the government.

    • CBC – Why the word ‘freedom’ is such a useful rallying cry for protesters

      The word has become common among far-right groups, experts say</b

      As demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions continue across Canada, the word freedom is on the lips and placards of many protesters.

      Often associated with protests and rallies in the United States, the term has taken hold among protesters who are part of the Freedom Convoy, which rolled into Ottawa in late January and has become entrenched in the city’s downtown.

      For many, freedom is a malleable term — one that’s open to interpretation.

      That flexibility, in part, has fuelled its growth among certain groups, said Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the Oshawa-based Ontario Tech University.

      “It is a term that has resonated…. You can define it and understand it and sort of manipulate it in a way that makes sense to you and is useful to you, depending on your perspective,” she told Cross Country Checkup.

      It’s also a term that has thrived among far-right groups,¸ said Perry, one of a number of experts who say the presence of far-right groups in Canada is growing.

      As seen among some protesters currently opposing vaccine mandates and other public health measures, freedom signals a desire for freedom from government intervention or overreach, Perry noted.

      “I think it resonates very much with what we’ve been seeing — and maybe takes some inspiration from what we’ve been seeing — in the U.S. over the last year and a half or so, leading up to the last election and events of Jan. 6,” she said, referring to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

      Protesters have gridlocked the streets of Ottawa with tractor-trailers and personal vehicles for 16 days as part of what they call the Freedom Convoy. Similar protests have sprung up across Canada in the wake of the ongoing demonstration in the nation’s capital, including at international border crossings in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.

      Convoy protesters are calling for an end to all vaccine mandates, as well as other pandemic-related restrictions. Canada Unity — one of the main organizing groups behind the protests — says on its website that it’s committed to “upholding freedom of choice” for Canadians.

      Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, says the way many protesters frame their calls for freedom renders the word meaningless — and what they’re really asking for is a shift in government policy that could potentially have a negative impact on others.

      “When they’re yelling they care so much about their freedom, they’re taking freedoms away from other people who don’t have the same kind of agency and choice that they do,” he said.

      Concept of freedom can be used to reject equality

      To see the word freedom bandied about as part of these protests points to a broader circulation of what Elisabeth Anker calls “violent” forms of freedom.

      “Freedom is a slippery concept,” said Anker, an associate professor of political science at George Washington University and author of Ugly Freedoms, which examines the history of how freedom, as a concept, has been used in American society.

      “On the far right, [individual freedom] is often translated into somebody who refuses to be bound by norms of equality, treating all people equally or norms to remedy inequality, whether that’s trying to remedy racial discrimination or gender discrimination.”

      The word has been used by far-right groups as part of push-back against efforts to remedy inequality, she added.

      And while those forms of “violent freedom” can result in situations that are dangerous, discriminatory or anti-democratic, the call to action can gain broader support because fighting for freedom is seen as a noble cause.

      Far-right groups began appearing in Canada back in 2015, and in the years since, Perry says that anti-state rhetoric has gained more mainstream popularity.

      Now, “freedom” leads social media posts about the protests, is trumpeted in memes and is even the focus of merchandise. A bumper sticker that reads “Mandate Freedom,” emblazoned with a Maple Leaf, is available for sale online. So are T-shirts and hats promoting the Freedom Convoy.

      Pushing individual freedom over social good

      Anker says the concept of freedom as displayed in the anti-mandate protests is something more often attributed to the United States. “Freedom is often used almost as a national entitlement, as a claim for what people have,” she said.

      While some in the U.S. may see mask mandates as a violation of individual rights, for example, citizens in many other countries wouldn’t consider such rules to be an intrusion.

      In those places — and in Canada — it’s likely there’s a general consensus that wearing masks is for the benefit of society’s most vulnerable.

      But even in Canada, some protesters have balked at the idea, claiming the need for freedom.

      “It’s been taking a lot of people by surprise to see people in Canada, who often seem so much more accepting of social interdependence, to start pushing back against it with the language of individual freedom,” said Anker.

    • BBC – Trudeau vows to freeze anti-mandate protesters’ bank accounts

      Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken the unprecedented step of invoking the Emergencies Act to crack down on anti-vaccine mandate protests.

      Mr Trudeau said the scope of the measures would be “time-limited”, “reasonable and proportionate”. The military will not be called to assist.

      Without a court order, banks will be able freeze personal accounts of anyone linked with the protests.

      Mr Trudeau faces widespread criticism for his handling of the protests.

      “This is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people’s jobs,” he said.

      He said the police would be given “more tools” to imprison or fine protesters and protect critical infrastructure.

      The extraordinary move by Mr Trudeau comes as demonstrations across Canada enter their third week. It is his most aggressive move since the protests began.

      On Sunday, law enforcement cleared anti-mandate protesters at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor – a critical pathway for Canada-US trade – after a week-long stalemate.

      Hundreds of protesters remain in Canada’s capital city.

      Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford called for a state of emergency in the province in response to the protests.

      Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said banks will be able freeze personal accounts of anyone linked with the protests without any need for a court order.

      Vehicle insurance of anyone involved with the demonstrations can also be suspended, she added.

      She said they were broadening Canada’s “Terrorist Financing” rules to cover cryptocurrencies and crowdfunding platforms, as part of the effort to clamp down on the protests.

      “It’s all about following the money,” she said.

      The Emergencies Act, passed in 1988, demands a high legal bar to be invoked. It may only be used in an “urgent and critical situation” that “seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians”. Lawful protests do not qualify.

      Speaking on Monday, Canada’s Justice Minister David Lametti said the government believes these conditions have been met, saying the current crisis is national in scope and exceeds the power of existing laws and Canada’s provinces to respond.

      Mr Lametti and Mr Trudeau stressed that the enormous power of the legislation would be applied temporarily, and in a highly specific manner. But the decision has already been met with criticism.

      Ontario Premier Doug Ford, a Conservative, said he supported the federal government.

      But the premiers of Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan said the emergency powers were not needed in their regions.

      Before Mr Trudeau’s announcement, Quebec Premier Francois Legault said invoking the Emergencies Act would “not help the social climate”.

      “We really don’t need to throw oil on the fire,” he added.

      Asked about Mr Legault’s comments later on Monday, Mr Trudeau said only that his “focus was on Canadians”.

      To invoke the law, Mr Trudeau must consult with the premiers of all affected provinces, before putting the move before Parliament. If the act does not pass a vote there, the proclamation will be revoked.

      Conservative MPs in Parliament denounced the move. Calgary MP Michelle Rempel Garner said that “to date, Trudeau has been virtually unresponsive on illegal blockades.”

      “His ‘last resort’ is actually his first foray. He needs to make a case as to why this extreme measure is necessary particularly in light of his lack of action.”

      Carlton University International Affairs Professor Leah West tweeted that she was sceptical that the protests had risen to the level of national threat.

      “I have serious doubts that this definition is met,” she wrote.

      “Can it truly be said the security of Canada is threatened by largely non-violent protests? Certainly, our sovereignty and territorial integrity are not at risk.”

      Protests are ongoing in various parts of the country.

      In Ottawa, the nation’s capital, between 400 to 500 trucks have been parked in the city centre for 18 days.

      Protesters have paralysed parts of the city, mainly on streets around parliament. The city of Ottawa declared a state of emergency over a week ago.

      Weekend protests have also taken place in cities across Canada, including Toronto and Winnipeg.

      The demonstrations have been both disruptive and expensive. The trade disruption caused by the week-long partial closure of the Ambassador Bridge and other trade routes has been estimated to cost some C$380m ($300m; £221m).

      What began as a protest against a new rule that all truckers must be vaccinated to cross the US-Canada border, or quarantine upon return, has grown into a broader challenge to all Covid health restrictions.

      The prime minister himself has become the specific target of many protesters, some who have held signs with anti-Trudeau epithets.

      Last year, Mr Trudeau drew the ire of the Indian prime minister for voicing his support for farmers in India who blocked major highways to New Delhi for a year. “Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest,” Mr Trudeau said at the time.

      Though the Emergencies Act has never been used before, an earlier iteration of the law, called the War Measures Act, was invoked in 1970 by Mr Trudeau’s father, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, to suspend civil liberties.

      The senior Mr Trudeau used the now-defunct legislation in response to a political kidnapping by a Quebec terrorist group, known as the Front de liberation du Quebec (FLQ). More than 1,000 troops and military tanks descended upon the francophone province as a result.

      twitter @disclosetv

      HOLY SHIT: “We are broadening the scope of Canada’s anti-money laundering and terrorist financing rules so that they cover Crowd Funding Platforms and the payment service providers they use.”


    • city news -AB gov to move in on illegal Coutts blockade after RCMP seize weapons

      Premier Jason Kenney says the RCMP will remove the Coutts border blockade after police arrested 11 people and seized 13 long guns, several pistols, sets of body armour, high-capacity magazines, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

    • city news – Questions around how the RCMP handles the Coutts Border protest

      The Prime Minister gives the RCMP more power – something the Premier didn’t want to see – as Albertans grapple with the RCMP’s response to the Coutts border protest.

      • What is truly amazing is that there is not one “politician”in the entire western world ,that speaks for and protects their own people,plenty of dialectics but no truth.

  4. Zika Virus associated Guillain Barre Syndrome: CDC

    Guillain Barre Syndrome is an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells causing muscle weakness, and sometimes paralysis.

    One suffers from weakness on the arms and legs, in severe cases it can affect the muscles that control breathing

    Vaccination has also been associated with onset of Guillain Barre Syndrome (for example, the 1976 Swine flu vaccine).

  5. I’m sure this has been posted somewhere but it’s worth posting again. Man steals 13-year old girl’s flag, assaults father, breaks his own ankle, assaults an Uber driver, gets arrested, all on camera, and I will eat my shorts if we ever see such anti-protest behavior shown on the Communist Broadcast Corporation.

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