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2017 Suppressed News - February 22, 2017 Montreal Yemen South Sudan


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Montreal. Under the guidance of Mayor
Denis Coderre the City Council has voted unanimously to designate
Montreal a "Sanctuary City," joining Vancouver, London, Hamilton, and
Toronto (Ottawa is currently considering). The "sanctuary" status should
give undocumented people access to city services and to provincial
health care, but without fear of being deported. Intended to protect the
undocumented from undue hassles by police and Canada's Border Services
Agency, this may also have to rely on the efforts of Montrealers and
the people of Quebec. Montreal's Solidarity Across Borders, has
indicated that Montreal's designation as a "Sanctuary City" needs more
than symbolic application. Quebec as a province is traditionally more
selective with its immigration policies than Canada. Recently groups
such as the Quebec wide La Meute, with 43 thousand members in a Facebook group online, is considered anti-immigrant (it fears a mass influx of Muslims) and is expanding into Ontario; a former NDP Minister of Parliament who became Bloc Québécois, has posted a picture of himself with La Meute's logos of wolf's paw, on his Facebook page - the CBC reports that Claude Patry has become leader of Clan (read "chapter") 02 of La Meute. Charles Taylor a Québécois philospher and former McGill professor who strongly influenced a Parti Québécoise
secularism charter in 2013 attempt to ban the wearing of religious
symbols by state employees, has had to reconsider. After the murder of
six in a Quebec City mosque, he now advises against any state actions
which might "stigmatize minorities." Night's Lantern has advised against
burqa bans and similar attempts by a state to control religious and
cultural symbology since 2010. In the U.S. about 400 cities have
declared as sanctuary cities, including New York City, but application
of the declaration remains unclear enough to encourage immigrants to
risk their lives in efforts to enter Canada illegally. Democracy Now! carries McClatchy's
report that hundreds of thousands may be subject to a vastly expanded
application of "expedited removal proceedings," spelled out in Homeland
Security papers near signing by the White House. The McClatchey report is verified by Homeland Security memos according to Reuters. The expanded threat of deportations is likely to cause a flood of refugees needing asylum in Canada.     Partial
sources online: "Former NDP, Bloc MP takes leadership role in far
right Quebec group La Meute," Elysha Enos, Stephen Smith, Feb. 18, 2017,
CBC News; "Montreal becomes 'sanctuary city' after unanimous vote of approval," Benjamin Shingler, Feb. 20, 2017, CBC News; "Groups call Montreal's move to become sanctuary city positive but symbolic," the Canadian Press, Feb. 20, 2017, News 1130; " "Quebec philosopher changes mind on religious symbols after mosque shooting," The Canadian Press, "Feb. 14, 2017, CTV News; "Why Denis Coderre wants to make Montreal a sanctuary city," Benjamin Shingler, Feb. 16, 2017, CBC News;
"DHS Memos: Speed Up Mass Deportations & Prosecute Parents Who Help
Undocumented Children Enter U.S.," Juan Gonzalez/ Franco Ordonez, Tim
Warden-Hertz, Feb.20, 2017, Democracy Now!; "Trump administration
to expand groups of immigrants to be deported -documents," Julia
Edwards Ainsley & Diane Bartz, Feb. 21, 2017, Reuters.

      Yemen: according to the UK's Ministry
of Defence, Saudi Arabia has committed an alleged 252 violations of
international humanitarian law in Yemen. The Independent reports
that UK weapons exports to Saudi Arabia since its Yemen offensive began
amount to 3.3 billion pounds, and weapons can't be legally supplied to
actions breaking international law, and that the UK's Campaign Against the Arms Trade
is taking the government to court. In Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria,
and Somalia 1.4 million children are at risk of death from
malnutrition. Specifically in Yemen the UN
Children's Fund has reported 63,000 children died in 2016 from
malnutrition, half a million are about to die with "severe acute
malnutrition," while 2.2 million children suffer acute malnutrition
(EIRNS). Humanitarian aid is not being allowed to reach the people. Ongoing genocide warning. Previous. Previous.   
Partial sources online: "Ministry of Defence finds ‘staggering
violations of humanitarian law’ by Saudi coalition forces in Yemen,"
Bethan McKernan, Jan. 27, 2017. The Independent; "Yemen Genocide Accelerates: Worst Humanitarian Crisis in the World Now, Says UN OCHA," Press Release, Feb. 3, 2017, EIRNS; "UNICEF: ‘63,000 Yemeni Children Died in 2016 from Malnutrition’," Feb. 1, 2017, Asharq Al-Awsat.

      South Sudan: UN humanitarian aid
convoys are being blocked at government checkpoints and by opposition
forces as well. Food and medical supplies are not reaching the people (A
similar impediment to humanitarian aid occurs in Yemen). A famine is
declared by the government and the UN as 100,000 face starvation and a
million risk famine. By summer, without relief 5.5 million risk severe
food shortages. The Washington Post notes that the cause of this
famine is warfare disrupting the agriculture in the two counties most
affected, - "in Unity, an important oil producing state in the north."
Our genocide warning
follows a recurring pattern affecting the native peoples of resource
rich regions. The formation of South Sudan can be seen as a U.S. State
Department service to International resource corporations. This pattern
is not likely to cease until the NATO country genocide prevention
organizations recognize this and lobby for application of the law to
resource corporations invested in the area. In Yemen, South Sudan,
Nigeria, and Somalia 20 million people risk death from starvation in the
next six months according to the chief economist of the World
Food Program; 1.4 million children are at risk of death from
malnutrition. Previous.     Partial sources online: "Aid convoys blocked in South Sudan, U.N. says," Denis Dumo, Dec. 1, 2016, Reuters; "Famine declared in South Sudan, with 100,000 people facing starvation," Rael Ombuor, Feb. 20, 2017, The Washington Post; "Four famines mean 20 million may starve in the next six months," Tom Miles, Feb. 16, 2017, Reuters.

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