长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

Another Canadian detained in Turkey after failed coup attempt

Global Affairs Canada says a second Canadian citizen has been detained in Turkey.

Spokesman Francois Lasalle says Canadian consular officials are in contact with Turkish authorities and are providing consular assistance to the family.

Global Affairs would not release the name of the Canadian, citing privacy concerns.

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However, the Anatolian Heritage Federation in Ottawa says in a release that the person arrested and detained at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul is Ilhan Erdem on what it calls “trumped up” allegations.

It cites Turkish media as reporting Erdem is accused of leading the Hizmet movement in Canada.

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The Hizmet movement, also known as the Gulen movement, is described as a global network based on the teachings of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a critic and former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The federation says, however, that Erdem’s beliefs are “simply aligned with those of Hizmet” and was arrested only because Erdogan “continues to target all detractors … including peaceful Hizmet participants.”

Nurcan Topcuolgu, a family friend and a member of the federation, says no one has been able to contact Erdem or his wife since they tried to board a flight to Canada on Monday. She says Erdem, his wife and two children were planning a family vacation in Ottawa.

Topcuolgu says Erdem was working as an imam when he lived in Ottawa, but has been working as an education consultant in Turkey for the last three years.

There was still no concrete word, meanwhile, on why a Calgary man being detained in Turkey has been arrested, amid media reports that he’s accused of being a coup plotter.

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Davud Hanci, an imam who provides spiritual counselling to prisoners, is apparently being held on accusations he was involved in the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.

Pictures that had circulated in Turkish media show a man purported to be Hanci with Gulen.

Hanci was allowed to see his wife on Monday, but the visit was too brief to glean much information.

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

Uncle of Surrey’s latest shooting victim speaks out

The uncle of Surrey’s latest shooting victim is speaking out and sharing his frustration.

“He did nothing wrong, he wasn’t a gangster. Stop stereotyping, we are not all gangsters,” says Balkar, the uncle of 28-year-old Michael Sandhu.

Last Saturday Michael went for a coffee with his friend Sean Pasha after having dinner with his parents.

When they returned to Sean’s home, they were talking about each other’s weddings on his driveway when the pair was gunned down.

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Pasha’s family, including his eight-week-old niece were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

“What a perfect young innocent boy he was, he had done nothing wrong to nobody at all,” says Balkar.

“Sean was excited, he was showing Michael a pair of shoes, ‘what do you think of these shoes, I want to buy these ones for my wedding.’ And that’s what they were discussing the minute it happened.”

Sean was shot on the shoulder and survived – but Michael was shot in the arm and the head and did not survive.

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Police released a statement saying the shooting was targeted, but his family says that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“He loved his family, he was home all the time. And that’s what all his life was about,” adds Balkar.

According to his family Michael did really well at school. Balkar says he always made his family proud and was just getting ready to get his Real Estate license.

Police later said Michael did not possessed a criminal record nor was he believed to be involved in the current gang conflict.

But Balkar says police need to do more than that to clear his nephew’s name.

“I need the police to come out and say, 100 per cent that Michael was an innocent party in this. Absolutely innocent, nothing wrong with Michael. Wrong place, wrong time,” says Balkar.

However, police said that friends and family members of individuals involved in the street lifestyle could become collateral damage of violent disputes.

In this case it’s believed that one of Sean relatives is caught up in the current conflict.

“We can’t control who’s around us all the time,” says Balkar.

The family and the whole community are still in shock.

Wednesday was the first time the parents were allowed to see their son since the shooting.

A teary Balkar says that for now, all they can do is focus on Michael’s funeral which is being held this Saturday.

With files from Sonia Deol 

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

‘I trust Hillary Clinton with our son’s life’: Tim Kaine says at DNC

PHILADELPHIA — It took just four days for Hillary Clinton’s newly minted running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, to drop the t-word.

“Let’s talk about trust,” Kaine said in his Wednesday night speech at the Democratic convention. “I trust Hillary Clinton with our son’s life.”

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Traditionally, vice presidential candidates are deployed as attack dogs, slamming their opponent to free the presidential candidate to rise above the political fray, and Kaine did spend much of his speech accepting his party’s nomination going after GOP rival Donald Trump.

But the Virginia senator’s speech also underscored his other, more unique, role on Clinton’s ticket: Validator-in-chief.

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Mixed into a largely biographical address designed to introduce the little-known Kaine to the American public was a testimony to Clinton’s character, including what poll after poll shows is her biggest weakness: what American’s make of her honesty.

“I want to tell you why I trust Hillary Clinton,” he said.

Clinton, he said, is ready, consistent and delivers, rattling off a list of her accomplishments as first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state.

Campaign aides say repairing Clinton’s image with the American public will take more than just one speech or even a four-day convention. They’ve begun looking for opportunities for Clinton to begin building trust with voters at various moments in the campaign to come between now and Election Day.

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It’s clear that testimonials from Kaine, a folksy politician who projects more of an everyman image than his running mate, will be a key piece of that strategy.

“We better elect the candidate who’s proven she can be trusted with the job,” he said.

The ex-governor, also a former mayor of Richmond and city council member, hasn’t lost an election in Virginia since his first campaign in the mid-1990s. But he remains largely unknown on thenational political stage.

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Vouching for Clinton wasn’t Kaine’s only job during his star turn at the Wells Fargo Center. He introduced himself to the American public, switching between English and Spanish and talking about his time as a Catholic missionary in Honduras.

When he highlighted his background as the son of a union ironworker and graduate of Jesuit schools, he made sure to mention his father-in-law, former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton, a Republican who integrated the state’s public schools.

“Lin’s still a Republican but he’s voting for an awful lot of Democrats these days,” said Kaine. “Because any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from this party of Lincoln.”

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He placed Clinton in a long line of liberal icons, including her husband and predecessor.

“Thomas declared all were men equal and Abigail remembered the women,” he said. “Bill built a bridge into the 21st century and Barack gave us hope.”

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And he offered a series of tough attacks on Trump, offering an impression of the New York millionaire before mocking him as a “slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting one-man wrecking crew.”

Yet the threat of Trump hasn’t led to an open embrace of Kaine by liberals, who had hoped Clinton would select Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a champion of tougher restrictions on Wall Street and other liberal causes.

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Much of their unhappiness has centered on Kaine’s vote in 2015 to support so-called “fast track” authority, allowing the president to put forward the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The Pacific Rim agreement has been promoted by President Barack Obama as a way to increase U.S. influence in Asia and act as a counterweight to China.

Kaine now opposes the deal, a position in step with Clinton, but liberals raised concerns about him after he praised parts of the agreement.

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Kaine’s allies say his record must be judged in totality. They point to his work as a civil rights attorney specializing in fair housing, his opposition to the death penalty, and record as governor of defending education funding during tough times.

Kaine attempted to defray some of that worry during his address.

“We all should feel the Bern and we all should not want to get burned by the other guy,” Kaine said, to cheers.

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

Joe Biden delivers blistering attack on Donald Trump at Democratic Convention

PHILADELPHIA — Leveling a blistering attack on Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden put on his rhetorical hat as “middle-class Joe” Wednesday and told Democratic delegates and millions of television viewers that the billionaire businessman “has no clue” about the needs of working-class people or what makes the nation great.

“He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class?” Biden said at the Democratic National Convention. “Give me a break. That’s a bunch of malarkey.”

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The delegates ate it up, chanting “not a clue, not a clue” and jumping to their feet over and over, waving signs that read simply “Joe.”

It was a bittersweet moment for Biden in more ways than one. He took note of the loss of his son, Beau, to brain cancer a little more than a year ago. And left unspoken was the knowledge that Biden had long hoped for a very different kind of convention moment — one in which he claimed the nomination for himself.

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Biden, 73, ran for president twice and spent months last year debating whether to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 nomination before he opted out in October.

But Biden put that behind him and delivered a stirring defense of Clinton as smart, tough and passionate about helping others.

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“There’s only one person in this race, who will be there, who’s always been there for you,” he declared.

Then he quickly segued into a harsh comparison with Trump, taking note of his own nickname as “middle-class Joe.”

“To state the obvious — and I’m not trying to be a wise guy here — that’s not Donald Trump’s story,” Biden said.

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“His cynicism is unbounded,” Biden said, citing a lack of empathy and compassion summed up in Trump’s signature catchphrase, “You’re fired.”

The vice president gave Trump one distinction:

“No major-party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security.”

“We cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of ISIS and other terrorists, has no plan whatsoever to make us safer, a man who embraces the tactics of our enemies — torture, religious intolerance,” Biden said. “That’s not who we are. It betrays our values.”

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Biden was introduced by his wife, Jill, and with a six-minute video that summed up his four-decades-plus political career as a congressman, senator and vice president.

“He was authentic long before it became a buzzword in politics,” his wife told the delegates, who showed they agreed, some waving signs that read “Scranton,” his working-class hometown in Pennsylvania.

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“I love Joe Biden,” said Tammie Lewis, a Michigan delegate. “He should have been our next president.”

“He’s always come across as just one of us,” she added.

First lady Michelle Obama, who got a shout-out from Biden in his speech, tweeted back: “To one of my favorite men in the world. Joe, thank you & Jill for all you’ve done for this country.”

Biden’s speech to the convention is likely one of the last major addresses of his political career. He has said he expects to stay involved on issues after his tenure as vice president ends but he has no plans to run for office again.

长沙桑拿 24/03/2019

Michael Bloomberg at DNC: ‘richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy’

NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg, elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, offered a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Democratic convention, describing the GOP presidential nominee as a “risky, reckless, and radical choice.”

One of the nation’s richest men, Bloomberg drew upon his business background in his unorthodox convention speech in Philadelphia to make the case that a Trump administration would be disastrous for the nation’s economy.

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“Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off,” said Bloomberg, now an independent. “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s running his business? God help us.”

“Truth be told,” said Bloomberg, “the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”

A three-term mayor who left office in 2013, Bloomberg considered making a third-party run for president this year before opting against a campaign, expressing worry he would siphon away votes from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and inadvertently help elect Trump.

Though Bloomberg said that Clinton was “not a flawless candidate,” he praised her work ethic, intelligence and attempts at bipartisanship that made her “the right choice — and the responsible choice — in this election.”

“To me, this election is not a choice between a Democrat and a Republican,” said Bloomberg, wearing a purple tie and exhorting fellow independents to join him in supporting Clinton. “It’s a choice about who is better to lead our country right now, better for our economy, better for our security, better for our freedom, and better for our future.”

While in office, Bloomberg had a cordial relationship with Clinton, who, as a senator from New York, was involved in the city’s post-9/11 rebuilding effort. He did, too, with Trump, whom he knew from New York’s glitzy social circuit and from dealings with him as a developer.

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But Trump’s hardline approach to immigration alienated Bloomberg, who often makes the case that an open immigration policy is needed to keep the nation’s economy growing. He deemed Trump’s economic plan “a con” and “a disaster in the making.”

“He would make it harder for small businesses to compete, do great damage to our economy, threaten the retirement savings of millions of Americans, lead to greater debt and more unemployment, erode our influence around the world, and make our communities less safe,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg has also become arguably the nation’s leading gun-control advocate, spending millions of his own fortune to finance candidates and groups that call for the restriction of firearms. Trump, meanwhile, has courted the support of the National Rifle Association, a pro-gun lobbying group that frequently criticizes Bloomberg.

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Trump did not immediately respond to the speech.

The Clinton campaign believes that Bloomberg’s appearance, scheduled in a prime-time slot, shows the breadth of support for the ex-secretary of state. Clinton aides expressed hope he would sway independent voters and make further appearances on her behalf.

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Bloomberg, worth an estimated $47 billion, is the founder of the financial news and information provider Bloomberg LP. He was a political novice when he launched an unlikely bid for mayor in 2001. Largely a social liberal but a fiscal conservative, he served for 12 years, overseeing a gilded age in the nation’s largest city even as the gap between its rich and poor grew.