1. Former Ontario Liberal Premier Bob Rae: “Yellow Vests are the new Brownshirts, Blackshirts, and Whitehoods...”
#YellowVests are the new Brownshirts, Blackshirts and Whitehoods, vigilantes prepared to spew hatred and do great harm. If you want to debate you don’t need a uniform.— Bob Rae (@BobRae48) January 12, 2019
2. Brazil says it recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader as president
SAO PAULO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Brazil's government on Saturday issued a statement saying it recognized Venezuela's Congressional leader, who opposes President Nicolas Maduro, as the rightful president of Venezuela.
Maduro, who started a second term as president this week, has found himself increasingly isolated as countries around the world have called his continued leadership illegitimate.
Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela's opposition-led Congress, said this week he was prepared to assume the country's presidency on an interim basis and call elections.
3. Yellow Vest protesters destroy 60 percent of France’s speed cameras
Almost 60 percent of France’s speed cameras have been destroyed or broken by members of the “yellow vests” movement, according to the country’s interior minister.
Interior minister Christophe Castaner said in a statement that the cameras had been “neutralized, attacked, or destroyed” by yellow vests members, the BBC reported.
Some protesters have said speed cameras are merely a way to generate revenue for the government, and it appears many have taken action accordingly. Castaner said the protesters’ damaging the cameras is putting people’s lives in danger.
Photos of compromised cameras across the country have appeared online, showing their lenses covered with tape or paint to prevent them from working.
4. German journalist, Anja Reschke says press has a mandate to “re-educate” the citizenry
Swiss language source video HERE.
5. Israel claims Syria air strike, says hunt for Hezbollah tunnels over
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel acknowledged on Sunday that it carried out a weekend air strike on what it called an Iranian arms cache in Syria, and that it also completed a hunt for cross-border tunnels dug by Tehran-allied Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas. [...]
“We have been taking action with impressive success to arrest Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in televised remarks, saying this entailed “hundreds” of attacks over the past several years of Syria’s civil war, in which Iranian and Hezbollah forces have backed the Damascus government against rebels and Islamist insurgents.
6. Wikipedia blocked in Venezuela as internet controls tighten
The study comprising 60,000 metrics has also identified a major network disruption affecting telecommunications infrastructure, coinciding with the other restrictions, that will have impacted Venezuelans’ ability to communicate and access information during the previous 24 hours.
The restrictions are understood to follow a bitter Wikipedia edit war where editors put forward conflicting views, during which newly-appointed National Assembly president Juan Guaidó was listed as “president number 51 of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”
Data also show that a number of local sites have been recently restricted, indicating that recent political instability may be the underlying cause for a tightening regime of internet controls.
Venezuela joins Turkey as the only other country known to block the entirety of the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia.
7. Police appear to gas peaceful Yellow Vests at close range (VIDEO)
🇫🇷 [HONTEUX] Alors que des manifestants #GiletsJaunes étaient assis sur le pont de Recouvrance à #Brest, un policier a utilisé sa gazeuse à une distance non réglementaire. Il a gazé les participants à bout portant pour les déloger. C'est interdit. #ActeIX pic.twitter.com/bcJhFWHCsw— La Plume Libre (@LPLdirect) January 13, 2019
8. Marine Le Pen: “When government doesn’t want to give the people a political answer, very often, they bring a police answer”
Marine Le Pen responds to the government’s threats to use force at Yellow Vest protests in an interview on Le Figaro’s “Radio Classique” show.
9. “I will kill you and eat your corpses”: Deported radical Imam told prison guards
Tunisian radical imam Mahmoud Jebali, who is set for deportation after coming to Italy as an illegal immigrant, threatened to kill prison officers.
The 31-year-old imam came to Italy illegally through the port in Lampedusa and was well-known to police having committed several violent crimes in the past. Italian authorities initially jailed him on a conviction for robbery but were finally able to expel him to Tunisia this week, Il Giornale reports.
While in a prison in Padua, the Tunisian is said to have become a leader among the radical Muslims with an officer from the Central Investigation Unit of the Penitentiary Police (NIC) saying, “He had never had a quiet attitude, he was controversial and arrogant with the agents, he had begun to intensify his religious practice so much that he became a charismatic leader for other Muslim prisoners.”
“The Friday prayer ceremony was held in his cell and he dressed in the typical tunic of an imam,” they added.
10. Ottawa: Driver alleged to have been in a collision days before Friday's bus crash
Multiple transit supervisors expressed concerns about Aissatou Diallo’s suitability as an OC Transpo bus driver after two collisions on the road prior to Friday’s fatal crash at Westboro station, this newspaper has learned.
And several operators are questioning how the transportation service is dealing with new driver road safety.
Aissatou Diallo, a driver who had been on the job for less than a year and remains on probation, was driving OC Transpo bus 269 en route to Kanata’s Bridlewood neighbourhood from downtown on Friday when the bus crashed into the overhang of the bus shelter at Westboro station just before 4 p.m. The overhang sliced through the upper level of the double-decker bus. Three people were killed and 23 were injured. Police say the 90-passenger bus was almost at full capacity.
Diallo was arrested at the scene, taken to police headquarters on Elgin Street and questioned before being released unconditionally Friday night.