Corruption kills. I am sure of it. The adversaries of corruption are akin to the efforts of finding a vaccine for all the variants of COVID. Long, laborious frustrating and with the only occasional victory. Corruption is like a disease. It is debilitating developing countries in Africa, South America and the Far East. Afghanistan is a good example of this. The US convinced the Canadian Government to deploy thousands of our troops to Kandahar for over 14 years (starting in 2002). In the end 158 brave Canadian soldiers and seven civilians tragically lost their lives there. And now the Taliban are back in paper and nowadays we don’t see anything in the news about it anymore.
Carole and I would like to inform our readers that after a very difficult two years of the COVID pandemic we will be publishing new articles soon. We will be following up on our previous articles that focused on financial and political corruption in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and of course our breaking stories on how Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau is mishandling our government’s foreign aid programs in Africa and Southeast Asia.
There are logical explanations for low numbers of COVID-19 cases on the African content.
Last August I reported on a story about FINTRAC, Canada’s financial watchdog agency and noted the low prosecution and conviction rates that were being generated by FINTRAC’s anti-money laundering intelligence operations (carolejustin.com/fintrac-canadas-financial-watchdog-needs-to-show-some-teeth). FINTRAC supports Canada’s law enforcement agencies who are tasked with investigating international money laundering operations that support global drug cartels, human trafficking gangs and a wide range of other domestic and international criminal and terrorist operations. Read More…
In 2018, I reported on the dire situation in Mali and the impact that Canada’s commitment to providing peacekeeping troops to MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali) was having on the country (carolejustin.com/mali-politics-walking-the-tight-rope-between-chaos-and-democracy/) . Read More…
During this volatile period of the COVID pandemic, on-line crimes and fraudulent schemes against innocent Canadian victims mirrors a worrying global trend. Western societies have had their business, social and lifestyle habits changed to such a degree that people, who in pre-COVID days, may have just dabbled in social media and virtual shopping, are now literally being forced to do business, socialize and purchase on-line, making them prime targets for Cyber Hackers and other criminal activity. On the corporate and governmental levels, the same situation exists. Political instability and massive unemployment have shrunk the Canadian economy and threatened Pre-COVID large scale foreign investment projects in every local market sector.
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s first female finance minister, brings an unusual breadth of experience to the role.
Carole and I just finished a wonderful two-year sabbatical. We are now happy new parents to Daniel our first-born child! Having a child in middle age is really an exciting experience! I was planning and going back to work this Spring, but the Coronavirus has delayed my travel plans. I was recently working on stories of corruption and political developments in Africa to further the research I completed over the past 5 years on countries in Africa and South East Asia. You can read some of my past articles on the ‘Justin’s Articles’ link on this website.
Embattled former Mexican ‘Top Cop’ Tomas Zeron de Lucio shown in an undated photo
Tomas Zeron de Lucio is a household name in Mexico and is facing a personal and professional crisis of a lifetime. As Mexico’s former Director (and founder) of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC), he held most of Mexico’s executive law enforcement positions including Chief of the ‘Preventive Federal Police’ (which since disbanded), Director of the ‘General intelligence Directorate’, as well as Chief of the ‘Investigations and Analysis Unit’. Tomas Zeron de Lucio was the main liaison to the FBI and DEA for years.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he expects new restrictions on non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border to take effect Friday night, but cautioned that both sides are still fine-tuning the agreement.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke about the struggles of Canadians abroad and the need to step up testing for COVID-19 on Thursday, a day after announcing an $82-billion COVID-19 response package that includes measures ranging from wage subsidies and income supports to a temporary boost to the child benefit program.
It’s a clash of titans — an epic battle between two famous scientists over the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In one corner, influential Stanford University epidemiologist John Ioannidis, who wrote a commentary asking whether taking such drastic action to combat the pandemic without evidence it will work is a “fiasco in the making.”
An officer with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at Toronto Pearson airport has tested positive for the coronavirus, the agency said Sunday.
Ashley Lemire, a spokesperson for CBSA, said the employee is in isolation at home and following direction from local health officials.
Lemire said the agency doesn’t know when or where the employee contracted the virus, but is notifying all employees who may have had contact with the infected individual, “while respecting the privacy of the employee.”
She added the agency is taking steps to clean the area where the employee worked.