The Respect Journalists Deserve

Image Courtesy: OZinOH/Flickr IF the fight journalists face in countries where freedom of expression endangers their lives deserved recognition around the world, and it does… THEN they finally got it… BECAUSE Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Their work taking on Rodrigo Duterte and VladimirContinue reading “The Respect Journalists Deserve”

Flouting Tax Rules Pt. 3

Image Courtesy: Pixabay IF you thought the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers leaks were bad… THEN brace yourself… BECAUSE the newly-released Pandora Papers leak is even bigger, in terms of the amount of data. 2.94 terabytes of data containing 11.9 million files detail how, despite the promise of crackdowns from governments across the world,Continue reading “Flouting Tax Rules Pt. 3”

Three Long Years, But Was It Worth It?

Image Courtesy: Justin Trudeau/Twitter IF there were any doubts about the motivation behind China arresting Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor… THEN there are none now… BECAUSE their release just hours after Meng Wanzhou’s deal with prosecutors clearly proves their arrest were in retalliation to that of the Huawei executive. Some believe the mirroring arrests wereContinue reading “Three Long Years, But Was It Worth It?”

Meng Wanzhou Almost In The Clear

Image Courtesy: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press IF Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou complies with the terms of her deferred prosecution agreement… THEN Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor might come home after all… BECAUSE the plea deal will allow Canada-China relations to become friendlier. The two Michaels were arrested a few days after Meng in 2018, andContinue reading “Meng Wanzhou Almost In The Clear”

Two Decades Later, But Still Fresh

Image Courtesy: Wally Gobetz/Flickr IF a once-in-a-lifetime tragedy can rattle even the most experienced reporters two decades after it happened… THEN it can rattle anyone… BECAUSE 9/11 was, and arguably is, still, the worst terrorist attack the world has ever seen. Even those who weren’t alive still felt the impact, so much so that oneContinue reading “Two Decades Later, But Still Fresh”

Potential Afghani Power Vaccum

Image Courtesy: Rahmat Gul/AP IF certain prisoners freed by the Taliban are reportedly members of the Afghan offshoot of ISIS… THEN the bombings at Kabul’s airport, reportedly carried out by ISIS members, could be the beginning of a massive power struggle between the two terrorist groups… BECAUSE despite their hatred for Western civilizations, they areContinue reading “Potential Afghani Power Vaccum”

No Turning Back Now

Image Courtesy: Ben Shread/UK Ministry of Defence IF the American deadline of the evacuation of Kabul on August 31 is forcing Canada to accelerate its own schedule… THEN surely some people will not be able to get out, even on an American flight… BECAUSE Joe Biden has resisted calls to extend the deadline to getContinue reading “No Turning Back Now”

Too Little, Too Late?

Image Courtesy: Wakil Kohsar/AFP IF an emergency G7 meeting regarding Afghanistan is only being called now… THEN you have to wonder what took world leaders so long to react… BECAUSE more and more people are becoming desperate to get out of Kabul. The British military reported that seven more people died in a crush atContinue reading “Too Little, Too Late?”

What It’s Like to Get People Out of Afghanistan, Or Not

Image Courtesy: Shekib Rahmani/AP IF you think Canada’s doomed involvement in Afghanistan could not get worse… THEN thing again… BECAUSE a journalist that was captured by the Taliban in 2007 believes Canada’s plan to resettle 21,000 Afghans will fail. Qais Azimy, known for venturing into Taliban territory throughout his time in his native Afghanistan, hasContinue reading “What It’s Like to Get People Out of Afghanistan, Or Not”

The High Price of Freedom

Image Courtesy: Wakil Kohsar/AFP IF Afghan citizens are willing to hop on to planes to flee… THEN more needs to be done to re-settle those who are willing to risk their lives… BECAUSE seven people have already died in the chaos at Kabul’s main airport, some of whom fell from planes as they gained altitude.Continue reading “The High Price of Freedom”