1. NDP wants Steve Bannon Munk Debates appearance cancelled
The federal NDP is calling on the Munk Debates to cancel an upcoming event featuring Steve Bannon, the former strategist of U.S. President Donald Trump. Bannon is set to debate conservative commentator David Frum on the issue of populism.
2. Asia Bibi: Pakistan acquits Christian woman on death row
A Pakistani court has overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, a case that has polarised the nation.
Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.
She always maintained her innocence, but has spent most of the past eight years in solitary confinement.
The landmark ruling has already set off violent protests by hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws.
Demonstrations against the verdict are being held in Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Multan. Clashes with police have been reported.
3. Canada's pension fund ready to invest $2B in affordable housing in India, official says
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board opened office in Mumbai this month.
Canada's pension fund is ready to invest $2 billion in affordable housing in Mumbai, a top Indian official said, in a move that would boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of providing cheap housing to millions of people.
“A week back, the Canadian ambassador ... informed me that the Canadian pension fund is ready to invest $2 billion in Mumbai for affordable housing,” Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra state where Mumbai is located, told reporters.
4. ISIS features Johnny Depp in video targeting movie, media companies to rally online jihadists
A new official video from ISIS singles out an array of Western movie studios and networks as enemies in the media realm while chiding online jihadists to have “good manners” and “bring people together” while disseminating gory propaganda.
“Inside the Khilafah 8” from the Al-Hayat Media Center begins with standard ISIS battlefield scenes and a reminder to adherents that they need to be "working together toward one goal.”
The English-speaking narrator has voiced ISIS videos in the past and is believed to be Canadian.
“If you're unable to make hijrah [migration] to the khilafah [caliphate] to support your religion and to fight on the front lines, then terrorize the disbelievers with your jihad outside the khilafah by targeting them and shedding their blood,” he says as the film shows gory video of attacks including Nice, Brussels, Orlando, and Paris.
“Make whatever preparations are easy for you... select your targets and carry out a strike that will tear out their hearts and make them lose their minds for a piercing bullet or a stab deep in the intestines, or the detonation of an explosive in your lands is akin to a thousand operations here with us,” the video advises would-be jihadists. “And target them on the streets.”
VIDEO can be seen HERE.
5. CPC MP Candice Bergen: “The privacy of Canadians MUST be protected”
Opposition House Leader Candice Bergen questions Prime Minister Trudeau about reports that Stats Canada is demanding banks had over personal data of half a million Canadians
P.S. Please VISIT StopSnooping.ca to add your name to Rebel’s petition demanding that Justin Trudeau immediately call off his plan to secretly seize the personal banking records of half a million law-abiding Canadian citizens each year.
6. Border Patrol warns Texas landowners about “possible armed civilians” in area due to caravan: report
The U.S. Border Patrol this week reportedly told Texas landowners along the U.S.-Mexico border to prepare for a possible influx of “armed civilians” on their property as the migrant caravan moves closer to the U.S., a report said.
The Associated Press reported that these civilians say they intend to support the National Guard and Border Patrol to prevent the illegal migrants from crossing into the U.S.
But some see the move as a negative, arguing that the armed civilians' presence would add even more tension should there be a confrontation.
Three activists told the AP they were going to the border or organizing others, and groups on Facebook have posted warnings about the caravan. One said it was “imperative that we have boots on the ground.” Another wrote: “WAR! SECURE THE BORDER NOW!”
President Trump tweets:
Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018
Related: RAW: US accumulating troops at border with Mexico as Operation Faithful Patriot continues
A C-17 Globemaster III arrived at the Kelly Field Annex in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, delivering military personnel and cargo in support of Operation Faithful Patriot to secure the US-Mexico border.
On Monday, US Air Force General Terrence John O'Shaughnessy confirmed that an additional 5,200 troops would join existing border control forces in an effort to beef up security in response to the caravan of migrants from Central America, which is currently journeying towards the United States through Mexico.
7. Austria plans to withdraw from UN’s global Migration Pact
8. German reporter questions need for migration pact - "If immigration is so great, why does it require a controlled immigration pact?"
9. Florida Friday Sermon - Imam Hasan Sabri: Palestine in its entirety should be liberated
During a Friday sermon at the Islamic Center of South Florida, Imam Hasan Sabri criticized U.S. President Trump's "Deal of the Century" as "treason," and said that Palestine in its entirety is Islamic land. "If a land is occupied or plundered, it should be liberated from its occupiers and plunderers, even if this leads to the martyrdom of tens of millions of Muslims," he said. The sermon, delivered on October 12, 2018, was posted on the ICOSF YouTube channel.
10. Colorado Springs: Local gun shop owner offers rabbis free weapons
Just outside of Colorado Springs, the owner of Dragon Arms is offering a different type of support. Mel Bernstein, the owner of the store, is offering to give rabbis a free AR-15 or a handgun. He'll also include training and ammunition.