Belgian prosecutors have charged three men with terrorist offences, including a suspect who local media said appeared on security footage with two suicide bombers at Brussels airport shortly before they detonated their bombs.
Prosecutors named the third man as Faycal C. while Belgian media identified him as Faycal Cheffou.
The media reports said he was the man wearing a hat and a light-coloured jacket in last Tuesday’s airport picture that showed three men pushing baggage trolleys bearing luggage.
Prosecutors said Faycal C. had been charged with involvement in a terrorist group, terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder. They would not confirm the Belgian media reports about his identity.
Belgian media are reporting the suspect referred to in the arrest warrant issued Saturday is Fayçal Cheffou and that his image was captured by a surveillance camera shortly before the explosions at the main airport in Brussels. (Belgian Federal Police via Getty Images)
His home had been searched though no weapons or explosives had been found, they said.
You know, CBC, often the censors you hire make you look down right stupid…
From October 1988 to September 1994 the voices of representatives from Sinn Féin and several Irish republican andloyalist groups were banned by the British government from being broadcast on television and radio in the United Kingdom. The restrictions, announced by the Home Secretary, Douglas Hurd, on 19 October 1988, covered eleven organisations based in Northern Ireland and followed a heightened period of violence in the history of the Troubles, as well as the government’s belief in a need to prevent Sinn Féin from using the media for political advantage.
Broadcasters quickly found ways around the ban, chiefly by dubbing the voice of anyone who was prevented from speaking with the voice of an actor. The legislation did not apply during election campaigns, and under certain other circumstances. The restrictions caused difficulties for British journalists who objected to censorship in various other countries, such as Iraq and India. (Wikipedia)
And, speaking of corporate media only reporting what it is allowed to report…What every happened to Jane Standley, the chick who reported on the collapse of Building Seven on September 11, 2001, 26 minutes before it happened? While the building was standing, intact, live in the window behind her?
As a relentless drizzle washed away the chalked messages of solidarity at Brussels’ Place de la Bourse on Friday, two tightly bound yet antithetical responses to this week’s attacks emerged in the aftermath, revealing with tense clarity the fragility of the grand project of European unity.
Both responses were expressed by the hundreds of mourners who came to lay flowers at the makeshift memorial site, as well as by those in corridors of power across Europe.
And, experts say, they will have a profound and definitive effect on the survival of the European Union.
On the one hand is the now-unanimous chorus of European countries saying they need to pull closer together, to fully share intelligence and tightly co-ordinate police bodies across the continent.
Yeah, so how’s that whole open borders thing working out over in Europe? Can’t wait to try it here!
…(A) family’s actual child benefit is calculated based on a family’s adjusted net income, which is the total net family income less any taxable benefits, such as the universal child care benefit, and plus any repayments to government on benefits such as the registered disability savings plan.
The Canada child benefit was the centrepiece of the federal government’s attempt to help the middle class. It kicks into effect on Canada Day and will increase payments to most Canadian families with children 17 and under.
This new tax-free benefit replaces both the income-tested tax-free Canada child tax benefit and the universal child care benefit, which was taxable.
The benefit is designed to provide more assistance to low-income families. The more a family earns the less they will receive in benefits.
Comments on this article were overwhelmingly negative, despite the efforts of the Liberal Party war room and the mindless shills doing the work for free.
The article itself reads like a press release from the finance department itself. The Shutterstock picture of an American family was a nice touch, too.
The Trudeau Liberals are continuing on the age-old government policy (which went unchallenged during the Harper “Conservative” years) of making Canadians pay for other Canadians’ kids.
I’ve already done the math: zero. But hey, I’m happy to have $1,000 every two weeks confiscated from my paycheque to pay for your kids. And I know my wife is happy to have taxes taken off her minimum-wage job for your little lones, too. “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!” (Senator Russell Long, D-Louisiana). Darn trees aren’t big enough for me to hide around here.
Surviving a major bombing is the extraordinary — and repeated — situation that one Utah teen can live to tell about.
Mason Wells, a 19-year-old from Sandy, Utah, is expected to make a full recovery from the bombing attack at the Brussels airport Tuesday, which left him with a surgery scar, severed Achilles tendon, head gash, shrapnel injuries and severe burns.
Wells had once again found himself at the centre of a major attack — standing within feet of a bomb that exploded at the Belgian airport. The blasts in the Belgian capital killed 34 people and wounded scores at the airport and a subway station.
Three years ago, Wells and his father felt the ground shake and narrowly escaped death from an April, 2013, attack in the U.S., when a pressure-cooker bomb exploded a block away from where they were watching his mother run the Boston Marathon.
This ought to be the feel-good story of the year, but curiously…
Maybe the Globe and Mail was afraid that too many of its readers would recognize this nonsense from other “terrorist attacks” and call it out. It would have cost a fortune to have ICUC “moderate” such comments and pre-censor them. And it’s not as if the Globe and Mail has CBC cash laying around.
As for your humble correspondent, the first thing I did upon reading this headline in my Google News feed is to search Mason Wells AND crisis actor under “news.” And, sure enough:
This brings to mind some curious characters from the Sandy Hook (aka Sandy Hoax) event. It’s amazing our friend Mason didn’t somehow end up there as well. Maybe he was unavailable.
The “Mason Wells” tale was widely-reported in the corporate (i.e. bullshit) media. It’s almost as if they were aware that the same people were inexplicably showing up at different “events.” And it has gotten to the point that they needed to somehow find a way to start explaining it before Wells, in this case, started showing up in memes. So, how to explain Wells? It’s a miracle! Yeah! That’s the ticket.
As for Wells’ “injuries,” we can only take the media’s word for it. The same media that told us about babies and incubators, Saddam’s “nukular bombs” and Assad’s chemical weapons. You know, those chemical weapons he used on his own alawite supporters in Syria right on front of the U.N. chemical weapons inspectors? Yeah, those chemical weapons.
So, to the Toronto Globe and Mail, comments or not, LettersToTheBeast humbly and indignantly calls “Bullshit!” on the Mason Wells tale.
The first budget from Justin Trudeau’s government finds the Liberals compromising some of their election promises to keep others, laying out a longer and larger string of deficits to begin the kind of long-term investments they say Canada needs.
While the big ticket items match the platform that helped the Liberals win a majority last October, other commitments aren’t ready to roll out.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau called the plan “reasonable and affordable,” despite the red ink washing across the otherwise sunny tone of his rookie budget.
“Canadians told us two things: they said ‘help me and my family’ and ‘make investments for the future,'” he told reporters before delivering his budget speech.
“What we’re also going to do is be prudent along the way.”
Prudent was not the word Conservatives used while reacting from the Opposition bench.
“This is a bad day for the taxpayers of Canada,” interim leader Rona Ambrose said. “What we’re seeing now is reckless spending without a job creation plan and no actual plan in the budget to return to a balance.”
The Tories said that in total taxes were going up by “at least $1.3 billion a year.” The Liberals broke their election promise to contain the deficit to $10 billion annually, they said.
The government has been adamant for weeks: FBI investigators need to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, and Apple Inc. was the only one that could do it.
In a stunning reversal on Monday, federal prosecutors asked a judge to halt a much-anticipated hearing on their efforts to force Apple to unlock the phone. The FBI may have found another way, and Apple’s cooperation may no longer be needed, according to court papers filed late Monday, less than 24 hours before Tuesday’s hearing.
“An outside party” came forward over the weekend and showed the FBI a possible method to access the data on Syed Rizwan Farook’s encrypted phone, according to the filing.
Federal budget 2016: 5 things to watch for today
Liberal spending plan expected to focus on middle class, strategic infrastructure spending
By Kathleen Harris, CBC NewsPosted: Mar 22, 2016 5:00 AM ET
The Liberal government will table its first budget today — a crucial spending plan that will brand the party for better or worse during a challenging economic period.
Expect it to echo and put a price tag on key themes from the party’s campaign platform: strategic investments for long-term economic growth, jobs and productivity; measures to boost the middle class and lift children out of poverty; and shifting to a green economy.
But all eyes will be on the fine print details of how much — and how fast — the Liberal government will deliver.
“This is very critical. It sets the stage and the tone for moving forward,” Conservative MP and natural resources critic Candice Bergen told CBC News
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called on Israel’s government on Sunday to demonstrate its commitment to a two-state solution to end the conflict with the Palestinians and said settlement expansion is weakening prospects for peace.
“Israel’s government’s steady and systematic process of expanding settlements, legalizing outposts, seizing land, is eroding in my view the prospect of a two-state solution,” Biden said in a speech in Washington to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a leading pro-Israel lobbying group.
Biden said he did not agree with Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu’s government that expanded settlements would not interfere with any effort to settle the conflict.
“Bibi [Netanyahu] thinks it can be accommodated, and I believe he believes it. I don’t,” Biden said.
On the other hand…
Apparently, Kaley Smith here is just as loose with her facts as she is with her science…
And, uh, speaking of historical revisionism…
Ya got anything else, Kaley?
Justice Ian Binnie cuts senators’ expenses owed in 10 of 14 cases
‘I impute no bad motives to any of the senators,’ former Supreme Court justice says
By John Paul Tasker, CBC NewsPosted: Mar 21, 2016 11:43 AM ET
For the benefit of LettersToTheBeast readers outside of Canada, senators in Canada are appointed by the prime minister (technically by the Governor General, another appointee of the prime minister, but appointed nonetheless on the “advice” of the prime minister). And once appointed, they are there until age 75. As one might imagine, senators are a particularly despised group of politicians among Canadians.
It came to light last year that senators were claiming expenses that they were not entitled to, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Ian Binnie, age 76 and fresh off his “lifetime” appointment, was called in to sort things out. The result was predictable.
The majority of senators who decided to use arbitration to contest their allegedly questionable expenses have seen the amounts they need to repay reduced, some substantially.
Only four of the 14 senators — Lowell Murray, Dennis Patterson, Robert Peterson and Terry Stratton — who availed themselves of the arbitrator process overseen by retired Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie will have to repay the exact amount originally flagged by the auditor general.
“I impute no bad motives to any of the senators,” Binnie said Monday. “They acted in accordance with what they believed to be their entitlement. Our disagreement, where it exists, is as to the content of that entitlement.”
He said he didn’t see his report as “exonerating abuse.”
Of the $322,611 in expenses that the auditor general ordered the 14 current and former senators to repay, Binnie upheld about 54 per cent — or $177,898.
Senators will have 30 days to repay any outstanding payments before their salary isgarnisheed. Legal action could be taken to get money back from retired senators.
The Alberta government should stay out of decisions about who should be allowed to cover press conferences, veteran journalist Heather Boyd has concluded.
Boyd, the retired Western Canada bureau chief for the Canadian Press, said that decision should be left to journalists to protect governments from the “perceptions of bias.””This is not a perfect solution, and several journalists have made it clear they do not believe they should be subject in any way to control by their peers, but it appears to be the best compromise.,” Boyd said in a report released Friday.
But most agreed on one thing, she said: “There are no circumstances whatsoever under which a government should decide who gets to ask it questions.”
Ezra Levant, the controversial former lawyer who owns and operates Rebel Media, is not pleased with Boyd’s findings.
Submitted to CBC Feedback on March 20, 2016:
Yesterday (March 19, 2016) in your latest example of tyrannical yet childish and pointless comment section censorship, the following comment was exorcised:
“I suppose by “true journalism” you mean the same crowd that told us about babies and incubators. Saddam’s Nukular Bombs, “ISIS,” and “Russia stole Crimea” and “Russia invaded Ukraine?”
I’m no fan of Levant, but judging by the daily struggle of corporate media just to stay relevant- never mind staying in business – most people have concluded “true journalism” leaves a lot to be desired. “
The comment was in response to: “Erza Levant hiding under the guise of a journalist deserves as much access to press conferences as Gawker.
Both can come however they are an embarrassment to true journalism.”
Well, it’s true. I’m old enough to remember that you did in fact tell us tales about Iraqi soldiers throwing babies out of incubators at Kuwaiti hospitals and stealing the incubators. I remember Nayirah al-Sabah’s testimony. I remember Lynden MacIntyre’s Fifth Estate documentary which “exposed” the hoax, and which breathlessly ran video from CNN and other outlets EXCEPT FOR CBC. And of course I remember your “reportage” of “Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
And you have reported in events in Ukraine as if it is a Russian invasion and as if Crimea is occupied.
And newsrooms are laying off. Newspapers are closing. The National Post is on death’s doorstep.
So what was inaccurate about the comment? Did I hurt your wittle feewings?
With regards to your announcement that you will be requiring “real names” in your comments section, I am here to tell you I will NEVER post in my real name. I am not afraid to write to my local political critters, with my real name and my real address and my real phone number and my real signature and tell them what is on my mind. I am not afraid to tell “my” local M.P. Robert “Rob” Nicholson or Stephen Harper that they are war criminals and belong in The Hague for what they participated in with Afghanistan, Ukraine, Libya and now Syria. Hell, I put it in writing and mailed it to the RCMP. You can read it on my own website, www.LettersToTheBeast.com, where all of my comments you deleted also end up, by the way. If you forget the URL, don’t worry. Just type in CBC content disabled into The Google. It’s the first link that comes up after yours.
But there is no way in hell I’m going to give Richard Warman, Harry Abrams or Terry Wilson the means to put me in a prison cell next to Arthur Topham whenever they decide to do a google search of commentary critical of israel. I am not going to put my job in jeopardy for the same reason. I am not going to risk my own physical well-being every time I cross the border for saying mean things about the current criminal u.s. government, its nobel peace-prize-winning president or its former like-minded psychopaths-in-chief.
If you want a bunch of happy talk praising CBC and what a wonderful job it does telling us stories about each other from coast to coast to coast, telling us how great the Liberals and NDP are and how horrible and dangerous Kevin O’Leary and Donald Trump are, that’s all you’re going to get.
But I can assure you, sending critical opinion underground where your precious sheep can’t hear it won’t silence us and won’t change anything.
And, by the way, Hillary Clinton is a war-mongering psychopath, she is in legal jeopardy, she does look great in orange, and mass-shooters are all on SSRIs or other prescription medication. John McCain does appear in numerous photographs with “ISIS” and “Abu-Bakhr al-Baghdadi” (aka Simon Elliot). Typing in John McCain and ISIS DOES give us hundreds of thousands of examples of those photographs. The u.s. government HAS been supplying “ISIS.” The fact that you block such comments, again, changes absolutely nothing.
So, yeah. You’re full of (excrement), CBC. And, as a taxpayer, I own part of this place and I have every right to complain and make my voice heard.
“Put this on the ground! I left my sunglasses in the limo. I need those sunglasses. We need to go back!”
(From the book “Dereliction of Duty” p. 71-72 – Hillary to Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.)