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4 lata 4 miesiąc temu - 4 lata 4 miesiąc temu #40350 przez cal.44

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3 lata 8 miesiąc temu #45956 przez Wojtek

Blame Canada: Greedy for oil money, the country is turning into a rogue petrostate

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By Claire Thompson

When I recently interviewed Canadian artist Franke James, whose outspoken appeals to her government for climate action landed her on Ottawa’s shit list, I was taken aback to hear her casually refer to her country as a “petrostate.” I knew Canada’s been spending gobs of federal money to promote its tar-sands agenda, but I didn’t realize our mild-mannered northern neighbor was approaching the ranks of Saudi Arabia and Nigeria in its single-minded embrace of oil as the nation’s lifeblood.

An unforgiving article in the latest Foreign Policy magazine lays out how conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been aggressively pursuing development of the Alberta oil sands and remaking the country in the political image of the George W. Bush-era United States:

Over the last decade, as oil prices increased fivefold, oil companies invested approximately $160 billion to develop bitumen in Alberta, and it has finally turned profitable. Canada is now cranking out 1.7 million barrels a day of the stuff, and scheduled production stands to fill provincial and federal government coffers with about $120 billion in rent and royalties by 2020. More than 40 percent of that haul goes directly to the federal government largely in the form of corporate taxes. And the government wants even more; it’s pushing for production to hit 5 million barrels a day by 2030. …

Unsurprisingly, Ottawa has become a master at the cynical art of greenwashing. When Harper’s ministers aren’t attacking former NASA scientist and climate change canary James Hansen in the pages of the New York Times or lobbying against Europe’s Fuel Quality Directive (which regards bitumen as much dirtier than conventional oil), his government has spent $100 million since 2009 on ads to convince Canadians that exporting this oil is “responsible resource development.” Meanwhile, Canada has bent over backward to entice Beijing. Three state-owned Chinese oil companies (all with dismal records of corporate transparency and environmental sensitivity) have already spent more than $20 billion purchasing rights to oil sands in Alberta.

Harper, elected in 2006, is risking his country’s political and ecological security by exploiting what Foreign Policy calls “the world’s most volatile resource.” Mining operations in Alberta have already generated 6 billion barrels of toxic sludge, enough to flood Washington, D.C., and an area of forest six times the size of New York City could be excavated if approved projects proceed. Meanwhile, a secret document leaked to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation last fall reveals a sinister foreign-policy strategy: “To succeed [in becoming an energy superpower] we will need to pursue political relationships in tandem with economic interests even where political interests or values may not align.”

For all of this to pay off, Canada is counting on a global market for its oil. Exports to the U.S., its biggest customer, have declined, and fighting over the Keystone XL pipeline doesn’t help. So, per that leaked memo, Canada is setting aside human-rights concerns in favor of trade deals with China. (Most bizarre detail in the article: “And, perhaps to warm Canadians’ hearts to the Chinese, the government recently lobbied to rent two traveling pandas at a cost of $10 million over the next 10 years.”)

This reckless pursuit of oil wealth requires a heavy dose of climate denial. The Harper government has eliminated or drastically reduced funding for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, the national park system, the CBC, and the Health Council of Canada; it disbanded Environment Canada’s Adaptation to Climate Change Research Group, eliminated the position of chief science advisor, and gutted the Fisheries Act. Reporters must have questions approved before they can speak with any federal scientists. Oh, and Harper called the Kyoto Protocol a “socialist scheme” — before pulling his country out of the accord altogether.

So if Keystone XL is approved and built and ends up leaking dirty oil into the Ogallala aquifer, if the climate becomes fucked even faster thanks to all that tar-sands oil being burned, we can blame Canada.


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3 lata 4 dni temu - 3 lata 4 dni temu #48165 przez Wojtek

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2 lata 11 miesiąc temu #48188 przez slawdar1

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2 lata 5 miesiąc temu #49555 przez Wojtek

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2 lata 2 miesiąc temu - 2 lata 2 miesiąc temu #49753 przez Wojtek

Globalne sukcesy dzieci emigrantów w Kanadzie:

The Globe and Mail:

Meet Canadian architecture’s unlikely new idols

Uros Novakovic, Nicolas Koff and Sebastian Bartnicki – who run Toronto’s Office OU – won an international design competition to plan a National Museum Complex in South Korea, a triumph that could put them on the global map of contemporary architecture

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Oraz sukcesy dzieci polskich emigrantów do Kanady... w Polsce:


Ola Magiera:
"Nie dowierzam... Spośród 10 znakomitych krakowskich wokalistów i zespołów występujących w finale w konkursie o Jaszczurowy Laur z przewodniczącym Jury - Andrzejem Sikorowskim na czele, dostałam się do ścisłej finałowej czwórki i zajęłam 2 miejsce zaraz po kapitalnym zespole Projekt Kantorek, wygrywając nagrody o wartości blisko 2000 zł :) :) :) !!!
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Dziękuję wszystkim, którzy mnie wspierali, Klubowi Pod Jaszczurami, Jury, Prowadzącym i wszystkim, którzy trzymali za mnie kciuki"


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1 miesiąc 2 tygodni temu - 1 miesiąc 2 tygodni temu #50706 przez Wojtek

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'Sick of hiding': the refugee family fleeing the mafia and Canadian authorities
Leyland Cecco in Toronto and Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo
Fri 8 Mar 2019 12.00 GMT


After Alessandra Demitri meets someone for the first time, she quickly notes down which of her three wigs she was wearing, and which false name she used.

Her husband, Fabrizio, does the same, recording when and where he has employed a rotating selection of beards and moustaches, piercings, and fake tattoos.

The precautions they take are not to protect them from Sacra Corona Unita, the powerful Italian crime syndicate whose threats forced them to leave Italy.

Instead, the disguises are to help the Demitris hide from authorities in Canada – the very country they hoped would provide them a safe haven.

Alessandra, who has several family members in the mafia, and Fabrizio, an exposed police informant, fled Italy in 2013 with their two sons, after the couple ran afoul of the mob.

Hoping to find safety in Canada, they have instead found a nightmare: Canadian authorities have ordered their deportation, despite the threat they still face in Italy.

After exhausting all legal avenues, the Demitris now rarely venture out of their Toronto home, but after a year underground, the couple have decided to go public with their story.

“I’m sick of hiding,” said Alessandra, who wore a platinum blonde wig to an interview with the Guardian. “We can’t do this anymore to our kids.”

The couple’s troubles began a decade ago in the region of Puglia, where Alessandra’s family was part of Sacra Corona Unita – a notorious mob faction first established in 1981.

Despite her family ties, Alessandra distanced herself from the organization as a young woman.

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In October 2009, she met Fabrizio, a local electrician. It wasn’t until the two were married, with a second child on the way, that she discovered the true nature of his work: he was an undercover informant for the Italian police, tasked with infiltrating a local security company that authorities believed was working with the mafia.

But covert operations can be particularly dangerous in Italy, where separate security agencies share little information. Informants are rarely recorded on official documents, so once the work is completed, it can be difficult for them to receive protection or economic aid.

In 2012, Fabrizio’s lone handler was abruptly transferred, leaving Fabrizio without any way of communicating with police. A manager in the company blew his cover and coworkers began harassing him.




“I’m sick of hiding,” Alessandra Demitri told the Guardian. She and her family are set to be deported back to Italy, where they fear reprisals from the mafia.



“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Fabrizio. “I should never have agreed to this operation.”

At the time same time as Fabrizio was threatened, a cousin of Alessandra turned state’s witness. Mob enforcers began to hound the family, under the false impression she knew where the cousin was hiding.

Unfamiliar cars parked near their home in a small Puglia town. Their son was assaulted by another student whose father was in prison. The family dog was poisoned.

They fled home, sleeping in their car for days on end, before eventually settling in a small village in northern Italy, nearly 1000km from Puglia.

One summer day, however, they were approached by a man responding to a classified advertisement for their car. The purported buyer looked them in the eye and said: “I come from the heart of Mesagne” – a clear reference the town where the Sacra Corona Unita is based.

Fearing for their lives, they sold their possessions and bought plane tickets to the safest country they could think of: Canada.

On 18 September 2013, Fabrizio, Alessandra, their two young sons and a surviving golden retriever landed in Toronto.

They filed an asylum claim and Fabrizio was soon granted a work permit. He found a job and the children started school. The couple even planned to expand their family.

But their initial happiness soon faded; in August 2014 – fifteen days before Alessandra gave birth to their third child – their asylum application was rejected.

While the refugee board did not doubt any of the claims made by the family, the Canadian adjudicator concluded the family did not face serious risk if they returned to Italy.

“States are not required to provide perfect protection to all citizens at all times. This is impossible. There are failures of state protection in countries such as Canada,” wrote the adjudicator. “The claimants have failed to rebut the presumption of state protection in Italy.”

The family’s lawyer Rocco Galati disagrees, citing a Canadian legal precedent that claimants only need to have a well-founded fear of persecution and that the state be either unwilling or unable to offer protection.

“Italy cannot protect high ranking judges who get blown up by organized crime. Italy cannot protect anyone – including itself,” said Galati.

According to Italy’s interior ministry, more than 6,200 informants and their family members are currently under witness protection in Italy.

But Italian authorities have often been accused of neglecting informants – some of whom have been forced to live in homeless shelters instead of safe houses.

“When the police have what they needed, they abandon them,” said Ignazio Cutrò, a former police informant.

Cutrò and his family have received numerous threats – including torched cars and bullets in the mail – since he decided to work with detectives. Last year, however, the family’s protection was revoked. “I have sacrificed my life to fight the mafia and I’m now a dead man walking’’.

Last month, Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini announced the interior ministry would review spending on protection, declaring “some people have been under police escort for too long”.


Aiello was put in witness protection following the murder of her husband, the son of a Sicilian mafia Godfather – and ran for office anonymously before revealing her identity in a Guardian interview last year. “There are people who have been literally abandoned by the state. They live like prisoners, while mobsters are still at large.’’“The Demitri’s story is, unfortunately, very common in Italy. Italy needs state witnesses but it is no longer able to protect them,” said Piera Aiello, a parliamentarian and member of the national anti mafia commission.

Unlike many asylum seekers, the Demetri family was able to show extensive documentation to support their case. “This is the most compelling refugee case that I’ve ever seen in 30 years,” said Galati.

But Canadian authorities rejected the Demetri family’s application on the grounds that Italy had made significant strides in tackling organized crime, calling protections offered to informants “adequate”.

Soon afterwards, deportation orders were issued; by this time, Alessandra had given birth to another boy.

After narrowly missing an encounter with immigration authorities who visited their home and questioned neighbours, Alessandra and Fabrizio quickly packed up their belongings, pulled their older children from school, and went into hiding.

The couple is aware that at any moment, they could be caught and sent back to Italy – likely without two of their two Canadian-born youngest children. The other two, now teenagers, suffer post traumatic stress disorder, a psychiatrist found, the result of sustained fear and uncertainty.

Rather than allow their family to be broken up, Alessandra and Fabrizio have pre-emptively drafted up power-of-attorney granting two Canadian friends guardianship over all four of their children.

“You can’t put your kids again through that hell,” said Alessandra between sobs.

Barring a last-minute intervention by Canada’s minister of immigration – who did not respond to a request for comment on the case – the family fear they are out of options.

After fleeing Italy to protect their children, Alessandra and Fabrizio are now steeling themselves for a life without them.

“As parents, we have to do the best for the kids,” she said. “There’s nothing that we love more than our children.”

First names of the Demitri’s family have been changed to protect identities

Fabrizio Demitri worked for nearly a decade as a civilian informant for the police. He and his family are set to be deported back to Italy, where they fear reprisals from the mafia. Photograph: Leyland Cecco

Q&AFabrizio Demitri worked for nearly a decade as a civilian informant for the police. He and his family are set to be deported back to Italy, where they fear reprisals from the mafia.


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