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February 2012

PHYLLIS CHESLER; CONVICTION IN CANADA

http://pjmedia.com/blog/guilty-muslim-family-in-canada-convicted-in-honor-killings/

On Sunday, January 29, 2012, two years and seven months after the bodies of four Canadian women all from the same family were found murdered, after a ten week trial, and after fifteen hours of deliberations, a jury voted “guilty” to first degree murder for three other members of the Shafia family.Although I myself initially hailed this as possibly a turning point [1] in Canada in terms of the nation’s failed multicultural policy, I now wonder why the life sentence, which in Canada means 25 years without parole, was not 25 years without parole for each life coldly snuffed out.

The three Shafias were tried under Canadian law for premeditated murder and for conspiracy to commit murder; no special “honor killing” related law was needed. This is as it should be and yet, if such a special law did exist, there might have been an “enhanced penalty” which might have maximized the sentences. However, Canadian law in general is lenient. They have no death penalty and there has been no capital punishment in Canada since 1962.

CAL THOMAS: NEARING A DECISION ON IRAN?

http://townhall.com/columnists/calthomas/2012/02/02/nearing_a_decision_on_iran/print

One of several casualties of the vitriolic name-calling between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is what to do about Iran.

In interviews, Romney has spoken about tougher sanctions, but it’s been difficult to consider the candidates’ positions on Iran — or much else — with the childish talk about who is the bigger liar.

James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, testified Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Clapper said that while American sanctions are likely to have a greater impact on Iran’s nuclear program, they are not expected to lead to the demise of Iran’s leadership.

Clapper said, “We assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons, in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that better position it to produce such weapons, should it choose to do so.”

CANADA’S FOREIGN MINISTER JOHN BAIRD VISITS ISRAEL…..SEE NOTE PLEASE

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/152332
Canadian Foreign Minister Visits Kfar Chabad By Hana Levi Julian

PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE LUBAVITCHER AND CHABAD WITH THE ULTRA ORTHODOX WHO HAVE BEEN MAKING A GOOD DEAL OF TROUBLE IN ISRAEL….AND BLESS JOHN BAIRD FOR ALL HIS WONDERFUL SENTIMENTS…..RSK
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird munched on matzah and pressed the flesh Tuesday in a visit to Israel’s Kfar Chabad village.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird munched on matzah and pressed the flesh Tuesday in a visit to Israel’s Kfar Chabad village.

The Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic enclave warmly welcomed the Canadian lawmaker, who came as a guest of the Chabad Terror Victims Project.

Baird met with the families of terror victims, heard their stories and wiped away tears.

“This meeting was important to me, because until today I knew about the issue of terrorism only through dry reports,” he said. “Now I know about the pain of terrorism borne on the faces of those who lived.”

The minister was accompanied by Canadian Ambassador Paul Hund, Israeli Ambassador to Canada Miriam Ziv and Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Ottawa, Rabbi Chaim Mendelson.
The entourage visited the reconstruction of the room of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in the village’s replica of “770″ — the headquarters of the worldwide Lubavitch Movement located in Brooklyn, New York