Alberta will impose an economy-wide carbon tax, one new climate policy decision that will be part of other controversial measures, including phasing out coal-fired electricity by 2030 and putting a hard cap on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil sands.
This New York Times story opens with the observation that Islamic State appeared to be a beaten organization when the United States left Iraq in 2011. Now it’s the world’s most dangerous group of extremists.
From AP via the Globe and Mail (“Brussels on high alert as police hunt Paris attacks suspect“): Belgian authorities closed down Brussels’ subway system and flooded the streets with armed police and soldiers Saturday in response to what they said was a threat of Paris-style attacks.
From AP via CTVNews.ca (“Officials say hostage siege over, after extremists attack Mali hotel“): Heavily armed Islamic extremists seized dozens of hostages Friday at a Radisson hotel, but Malian troops, backed by U.S. and French special forces, swarmed in to retake the building and free many of the terrified captives. At least 20 people, including […]
From the Guardian (“Obama’s drone war a ‘recruitment tool’ for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers“): Four former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of experience between them operating military drones, have written an open letter to Barack Obama warning that the program of targeted killings by unmanned aircraft has become […]
Following a bloody early Wednesday raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, French authorities announced they had killed Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the accused ringleader of the plot to terrorize Paris.
CBC pulled together a story listing who has been cut so far by Bell Media in the giant company’s quest to eliminate a total of at least 380 jobs.
French police fired thousands of shots in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis as they carried out an early-morning raid on a suspected terrorist safe house.
From the Globe and Mail (“France aims to build anti-terror coalition in wake of Paris attacks“): France has gone to war and wants to consolidate the international military response to Islamic State . French President François Hollande announced he would go to Washington and Moscow next week in an attempt to forge a broad anti-terror […]
From CP via CTVNews.ca (“Canada will increase number of troops in Iraq to train local forces: Trudeau“): Canada will increase the number of ground troops it has in Iraq to train local forces as a way of making a bigger military contribution to the coalition fighting Islamic militants, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.