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  • Greece debt crisis: IMF suggests debt relief as referendum campaign begins - Business - CBC News about 15 hours ago
    • Greece debt crisis: IMF suggests debt relief as referendum campaign begins


      Finance minister says he will resign if there is a Yes vote in Sunday referendum


          The Associated Press    Posted: Jul 02, 2015

    • The battle for Greek votes went into full swing today ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro, but the IMF suggests the next step might be negotiating debt relief, a key demand by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.


      Greeks face massive uncertainty, while for many, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle is to get cash for living expenses.


      Greece's creditors have halted any negotiations on a new financial rescue program until after the popular vote on whether to accept proposed reforms in exchange for bailout loans.


      In a statement released Thursday, the International Monetary Fund said Greece is officially in arrears on its debt, but its policy is to work collaboratively with members to clear their arrears. Greece missed a $1.6-billion euro payment ($2.2 billion Cdn) on 21.2 billion euros ($29.5 billion) in total debt to the IMF.


      The IMF said being in arrears means Greece can no longer borrow from the IMF. But an analysis created before Greece missed its payment deadline and released today suggested the country may need 50 billion euros and widespread debt relief over the next three years to help it turn around its economy.

    • Pointing to Greece's failure to reform its finances over the past five years, the IMF explained to European creditors that Greece may need a 20-year grace period on debt and said any bailout package would have to include debt relief, as well as a new reform package for the economy.


      Ashoka Mody, a visiting professor in international economic policy at Princeton University, responded to the IMF study by saying debt relief should have been on the table from the start and the release of this report seems to indicate the IMF was not negotiating in good faith when it drew a hard line in debt talks.


      Tsipras has staunchly advocated a No to the referendum, saying it would put the country in a stronger negotiating position with creditors. But European officials and the Greek opposition have warned such an outcome could be tantamount to a decision to leave the euro.

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  • Fair Elections Act critics seek injunction, arguing new ID rules block voting - Politics - CBC News about 15 hours ago
    • Fair Elections Act critics seek injunction, arguing new ID rules block voting


      Proof of address requirement would make voting difficult for seniors, students, aboriginal groups


          By Michelle Ghoussoub, Trinh Theresa Do, CBC News    Posted: Jul 02, 2015

    • The Ontario Superior Court is hearing arguments today and Friday from a coalition of groups seeking an injunction against a couple of key elements of the Conservative government's Fair Elections Act.


      The group, comprised of the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Federation of Students, and three private voters, wants to restore the ability of Canada's Chief Electoral Officer to allow the use of voter information cards as proof of address, and reinstate vouching provisions that would allow electors to prove their identity. 


      The applicants filing the motion say they are concerned that provisions in the Fair Elections Act will systematically affect the ability of certain groups to vote, including youth, seniors, indigenous people, the homeless and people with disabilities. 

    • "We know that youth historically have low voter turnout and so we want to see changes to elections law that encourage students and youth to vote," said Jessica McCormick with the Canadian Federation of Students. 


      "The Fair Elections Act did the opposite," she said in an interview with CBC News.


      The group has also filed a lawsuit against the legislation, arguing that the act violates section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees the "right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein."

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  • RCMP conduct Montreal raids linked to radicalization investigation - Montreal - CBC News about 20 hours ago
    • RCMP conduct Montreal raids linked to radicalization investigation


      Police seen removing boxes and computers from home in St-Leonard borough


          CBC News    Posted: May 26, 2015

    • RCMP and Montreal police carried out several raids around the city today linked to a radicalization investigation.


      At least two of the raids were connected with the 10 Montreal youth recently arrested on suspicion of trying to leave the country to join jihadists in Turkey and Syria, the RCMP confirmed. 

    • Police officers were seen removing boxes and computers from a home in the borough of St-Leonard, in the city's east end.


      Investigators obtained a search warrant, but did not say what they are looking for. RCMP said it was the first time they had raided the residence.


      Alberto Teixeira, a longtime resident in the area, said he woke to the sight of several RCMP officers on his street knocking on an apartment door.

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  • Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf about 20 hours ago
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  • Meet Canada’s Latest Liberal Man-Boy » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names about 21 hours ago
    • July 02, 2015 
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      Can You Really Trust Justin Trudeau?

      Meet Canada’s Latest Liberal Man-Boy

    • Here we go again — the Red Book 3.0. Yet another build-up of Liberal election promises just like the ones we’ve seen before (though I admit the one about changing the voting system might be hard to dodge).


      The most infamous, of course, was Jean Chretien’s, which he held high and waved at every opportunity in the 1993 election. Co-authored by Paul Martin, it promised the world as we would like it: strong communities, enhanced Medicare, equality, increased funding for education, an end to child poverty. You could almost hear the violins playing. But what turned out to be the most remarkable thing about the book of promises was the record number that were ultimately broken: all of them.

    • The only time you can trust the federal Liberal Party is when they don’t have a majority — and even with a minority government they have to dragged kicking and screaming to do anything that does not please Bay Street. This fact needs to be repeated over and over again in the next few months leading up to the election as political amnesia is a dangerous condition to take with you into the voting booth.


      It’s been 10 years since we had a Liberal government and even longer since we had a majority Liberal regime. A trip down memory lane might serve as a curative.

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  • Army Makes Case For Funding Culture Skills Beyond COIN « Breaking Defense - Defense industry news, analysis and commentary on Jul 02, 15
    • As budgets tighten and the wars wind down, the Army is struggling to institutionalize the hard-won cultural skills it learned in Afghanistan and Iraq — and to make the case for their continued relevance and resourcing to an administration whose new strategic guidance swears off counterinsurgency.


      Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey himself recently touted the importance of “the science of human relationships” as essential far beyond Afghanistan. The Army, Dempsey’s own service, has already begun to “align” specific brigades with specific regions they might operate, starting with Africa, so they can bone up on the local culture, language, and politics before they deploy, in an effort to replicate the pre-deployment training now done for Afghanistan for other parts of the world. But to secure funding for such efforts in the long term, the Army needs to enshrine them in joint doctrine.

    • At the heart of the Army’s evolving argument is a concept so new it hasn’t got an official name. “What we’re working to avoid is getting trapped into a title,” said Col. Robert Simpson of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), in an interview with Breaking Defense, though the leading proposed term is “human domain.” What’s essential, Simpson said, is “to make sure that we get into our doctrine, into our thinking in terms of the joint force and policymakers, that the purpose of any military operation is to affect human behavior.” But current planning processes fixate on physical factors. What’s necessary is a sophisticated cultural, sociological, and psychological understanding, he went on, of “what are our opponents wiling to fight and die for” — and how to convince them to give up.


      “It’s not just COIN [counterinsurgency],” Simpson went on. “To take the extreme example, we dropped the atom bombs not to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki but to compel the Japanese people to surrender. That was purely a decision based on an intent to control behavior.”

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  • News Article: McRaven: Success in Human Domain Fundamental to Special Ops < on Jul 02, 15
    • McRaven: Success in Human Domain Fundamental to Special Ops


      By Claudette Roulo
      American Forces Press Service


      WASHINGTON, June 5, 2013

    • While there's no shortage of doctrine on how the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps provide value to the nation, special operations forces aren’t restricted to any of the traditional doctrines, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said here today.


      The three great military theorists of the past 200 years -- Carl von Clausewitz, Alfred Thayer Mahan and Giulio Douhet -- made powerful arguments for the land, sea and air domains of warfare, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven told the audience at an Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis-Tufts University Fletcher School conference.

      “But where does SOF fit into all of this?” he asked.

      While special operations forces are comfortable in the realms of traditional warfare, the human domain is perhaps more important -- both to the troops and to policy makers, McRaven said.

    • The human domain encompasses the totality of the physical, cultural, and social environments that influence human behavior, he explained. Success in this domain won't be achieved by traditional ground, naval or air forces, he added.

      “Instead, success in the human domain will depend upon understanding the human terrain and establishing trust with those humans who occupy that space,” the admiral said. Building understanding and trust takes time, but once it’s built, “we can apply unique capabilities that are designed to assess, analyze, operate and prevail in population-centric strategies or struggles,” he said.

      While operating in the human domain is not the sole purview of special operations forces, it is one of their core competencies, McRaven said. “It is where our language training, our cultural skills and small footprint all lend themselves to developing the military-to-military trust necessary for success,” he explained.

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  • strategic-landpower-white-paper.pdf on Jul 02, 15
  • HumanDomainFinalEdits.pdf on Jul 02, 15

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