1. Pro pipeline supporters protest Trudeau in Kamloops, British Columbia
Over 200 protesters showed up Wednesday outside a hotel in Kamloops, British Columbia, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a campaign-style speech over a fundraising lunch indoors.
Protesters wore yellow vests, influenced by the widespread anti-carbon tax movement in France, and held up brightly colored signs in support of pipelines.
Similar to the French protests, the demonstrations in Canada has shifted from anger over rising taxes to an expression of overall dissatisfaction with Trudeau's leadership.
14 people were arrested on Monday in northwestern British Columbia over a protest against construction of a natural gas pipeline by Coastal GasLink, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada project.
Protesters for and against pipelines chant outside Trudeau event
Anti-pipeline protesters chanted opposite pipeline supporters in yellow vests outside a Liberal fundraiser in Kamloops, B.C., where Justin Trudeau spoke on Wednesday. Both groups voiced criticisms of the prime minister.
2. Woman, 28, whose Uber was cancelled without her realising was picked up instead by man who kidnapped, raped and robbed her; he has now been jailed for nine years
A man who kidnapped, raped and robbed a woman who got into his vehicle after mistaking him for an Uber driver has been jailed.
Mohammed Awais, of East Ham, London, was driving a white Toyota Auris which arrived the victim's location, which she then got into.
The court heard she got into the vehicle at around 12.30am on October 20 after a night-out in Dalston with her friends.
When she voiced her suspicion after the driver did not appear to know where he was supposed to be going, he locked the doors and sped up.
The terrified victim, 28, was driven to a dimly lit alleyway in East Ham where she was raped.
After the attack the male robbed the victim of her possessions, including her phone, cash and a laptop, and ordered her to get out of the car. He then drove away.
3. Trudeau questioned about Saudi oil, sharia law & globalism at town hall
4. Swedish journalist: Teachers have “surrendered” to rising school violence
Swedish journalist Joakim Lamotte has spent time lecturing in schools across Sweden and claims that violence is on the rise because many teachers have simply given up on attempting to deal with the problem. [...]
“Other incidents I have encountered in my work are pupils who became violent at a school in Bohuslän because one day they were only served pork in the dining room,” he noted, and claimed in several schools teachers would not walk by themselves out of safety concerns.[...]
Mr Lamotte also sounded the alarm regarding sexual abuse in Swedish schools in 2017, saying there had been a wave of sexual assaults by newly arrived migrants and that teachers were too afraid to speak out on the issue in case they were branded racists.
5. German TV show disputes AfD version of attack on MP Frank Magnitz
German doctor contradicts the media narrative on the attack
6. Malaysia maintains ban on Israeli athletes competing in the country
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 10 2019 (Bernama) — The government maintains its stand of prohibiting Israeli athletes from competing in the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in Kuching from July 29 to Aug 4, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
He said that if the Israeli squad was insistent on participating in the championships, it would be a violation (of the ban).
We maintain our stand on the prohibition. If they do come, it is a violation. If they want to withdraw Malaysia’s right to host the championships, they can do so, he told a press conference after chairing a meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption here. [...]
Yesterday, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong said Malaysia would not allow Israeli Paralympic swimmers to enter the country to participate in the championships because Malaysia’s foreign policy with regard to Israel is very clear.
7. France: VTC drivers launch “snail operation” to block Paris roads
More than 100 VTC (tourist transport, with driver)-registered chauffeurs took to the streets of Paris on Friday, for a second day of protest.
The strikers, many of whom wore yellow vests, gathered at Porte d'Orleans in the French capital and launched a drive-slow operation (dubbed 'snail operation') on the Paris ring road, reportedly slowing traffic towards Orly airport.
The protesters are demanding a minimum fare, tax benefits on fuel, and a reduction in the number of license cards, according to local media reports.
8. Poland arrests Chinese Huawei exec on spying charges
WARSAW — Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish national involved in cyber business on allegations of spying, Polish media reported Friday, deepening the controversy over Western criticism of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.
US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Co.s Ltd. is linked to China’s government and that its equipment could contain 'backdoors' for use by government spies.
No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the claims. But the criticism has led several Western countries and companies to look into whether they should allow Huawei’s equipment to be used in their telecoms networks, straining relations with Beijing.
9. “Traditional masculinity” deemed harmful, could lead to sexual harassment, medical group says
For the first time in its history, the American Psychological Association (APA) released guidelines concerning men and boys, saying that so-called “traditional masculinity” not only is “harmful” but also could lead to homophobia and sexual harassment.
“The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity – marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression – is, on the whole, harmful,” reads the news release by the famed association.
It notes that research shows “traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly.
10. German journalist criticizes students who protested author Thilo Sarazzin’s inclusion in free speech event