22 September 2023   (BBC)
The Guantanamo Bay trial of one accused in the September 2011 terrorist attacks in the U.S. has been suspended after a military psychiatrist told the court that Ramzi bin al-Shibh is “unable to understand the nature of the proceedings against him or cooperate intelligently.” He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, associated psychotic features and a delusional disorder
21 September 2023   (CBC)
Canada reportedly amassed domestic and foreign intelligence during a months-long investigation of the killing last June of a B.C. Sikh activist branded a “terrorist” by India. Prime Minister Trudeau’s suggestion that India was involved set off a diplomatic row but his National Security & Intelligence Adviser was in India in August and again this month ahead of the PM’s meeting with his Indian counterpart during which Trudeau shared his concerns.
21 September 2023   (CP)
When it was noted by a moderator at a UN Climate Ambition Summit September 20 that Canada remains a major fossil fuel source, Prime Minister Trudeau replied that Canada is on track to address the industry’s methane emissions. Draft regulations due before year’s end would allow Canada to meet or exceed its goal of a 75% reduction from 2012 levels by 2030.
21 September 2023   (Al Jazeera)
The opposition-controlled South Korean parliament has passed an unprecedented but non-binding motion for the country’s president to fire Prime Minister Han Duck-soo for having “consistently demonstrated incompetence, inaction and irresponsibility.”
21 September 2023   (BBC)
Five Bulgarians accused of spying for Russia are scheduled to appear in a London courtroom September 26. Arrested after a police investigation, they are alleged to have worked for Russian security services by, among other things, conducting operations in the UK and Europe.
21 September 2023   (National Post)
Canada is pulling some diplomats out of India as tensions continue to rise over allegations that India’s government may have been involved in the killing of a Sikh activist in B.C. “With some diplomats having received threats on various social media platforms, Global Affairs Canada is assessing its staff complement,” GAC says. Canada has a High Commission in New Delhi and consulates in Bangalore, Chandigarh and Mumbai.
21 September 2023   (BBC)
Amidst a diplomatic dispute over what it said are market-destabilizing grain exports, Poland is no longer supplying Soviet-era weapons to its neighbour, preferring instead to re-equip its own forces. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was responding September 20 to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s complaint that some his country’s allies were “making a thriller from grain
21 September 2023   (AP)
Canada’s diplomatic rift with India widened today when India suspended visa processing services at offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa. “Operational reasons” were cited by the agency which handles applications.
20 September 2023   (France24)
Online reporting nearly two years ago, based on leaked documents, resulted in the September 19 arrest of a journalist by France’s domestic intelligence agency. The move was denounced by Reporters Without Borders as an “unacceptable attack on the secrecy of sources.” Ariane Lavrilleux had reported that French counter-intelligence information had been used by Egypt several years earlier for “a campaign of arbitrary killings” against smugglers along the Libyan border.
20 September 2023   (NY Times)
The UN was criticized today by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of not fulfilling its fundamental obligation in dealing with Russia’s invasion. Calling for Russia to be stripped of its Security Council veto, he said “it is impossible to stop the war because all actions are vetoed by the aggressor.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated a claim that the West had staged a “coup” in Ukraine to install a pro-Western president.