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The Political Slap Heard Globally.

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How do superpowers treat smaller nations? An example can be seen in how Communist China threatens little yet mighty Lithuania. Lithuania has allowed Taiwan to open an office in their capital Vilnius. This gives Taiwan official status and recognition in Lithuania and The Baltic Nations too. A problem for China indeed.

You see Communist China claims Taiwan as a portion of the “Greater China”, never recognizing Taiwan, threatening this nation constantly. China has made it plain to the world that recognizing Taiwan is a challenge to its Imperial plans, its future “Colonial” acquisition of the island of Taiwan and its large Chinese population.

China’s threat to degrade all Chinese diplomatic channels with Lithuania will send “Lithuania to the garbage bin of history”. A strong threat to a small nation like Lithuania’ 2.7 million citizens and her neighbor’s. Economic and diplomatic pressure will assuredly be placed upon this small nation. Our world has a few super powers all of whom will try to get their way economically and diplomatically. Manipulating, bribing and creating “partnerships” with smaller nations in order to compete. Imagine what would happen if a small nation in the Caribbean would have the courage to do what Lithuania has done. Every island nation in the Caribbean has the financial tentacles of China working within their borders, investing, purchasing, managing public and private business. Say Guyana or Barbados simply welcome Thailand to open an economic development office and follows this up with a recognition of the island state of Thailand. What would China do? It’s financial power is significant in the Caribbean. What China cannot politically co-op it will buy.

The politics of world domination continue. That is what is going on here, financial and ideological competition. These past decades China has claimed Thailand, parts of the Philippines , conquered its neighbors Nepal, invaded Vietnam and Laos, while claiming small island masses off the shore of Japan and Cambodia. A Communist Empire expanding through military or financial means, but certainly expanding. What can smaller nations do to [protect themselves from super power encroachment? Unite and find the strength to withstand any super power bully. The Baltic states are much like the Caribbeans Island Nations, smaller populations with growing economic influence who need to live in this crazed political ocean.

Hopefully Lithuania’s courageous diplomatic step will bring about further international recognition for Thailand, but also the importance of smaller nations on the world scene and how they respond to Tyrant’s threats..

Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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Haiti’s allies need to help tackle spike in violence -Canada PM Trudeau

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Haiti‘s allies must act immediately to help tackle a spike in violence that is worsening an already precarious humanitarian situation, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

The international community also needs to address deep governance problems that are fueling a political and security crisis in the western hemisphere’s poorest country, he told a group of foreign ministers holding a day of talks to discuss the crisis. Canada is hosting the virtual meeting.

Gangs have extended their control of territory in Haiti since the assassination in July of President Jovenel Moise. One gang coalition in October created a nationwide fuel shortage by blocking access to storage terminals, and kidnappings are rife.

“In order to address Haiti’s humanitarian needs, we must also address the challenging security situation. The increase in violence is only worsening the already precarious humanitarian situation,” Trudeau said.

“This will require immediate action to mitigate violence … we must also address the deep governance problems that are fueling the current political and security crisis. That includes taking action against corruption.”

A jump in kidnappings, added to worsening economic conditions, has prompted a growing number of Haitians to seek better opportunities in other countries.

The number of asylum applications in Mexico nearly doubled in 2021 from two years earlier, with most applications being from Haitian and Honduran migrants. [L1N2TJ21W]

Ottawa says the meeting will also include representatives of the United Nations, the Caribbean Community and the Organization of American States.

 

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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Canada’s Trudeau vows action after four freeze to death in ‘mind blowing’ tragedy

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Canada is doing all it can stop people smuggling across the U.S. border after a family of four froze to death in a “mind blowing’ tragedy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

U.S. authorities have charged a U.S. man with human trafficking after the four – a man, woman, baby and teenager – were found dead in the province of Manitoba, a few yards north of the frontier with Minnesota.

The four have tentatively been identified as a family from India, part of a larger group trying to enter the United States by walking across snow-covered fields in a remote region.

“It was an absolutely mind-blowing story. It’s so tragic to see a family die like that, victims of human traffickers … and of people who took advantage of their desire to build a better life,” Trudeau told a news conference.

“This is why we are doing all we can to discourage people from crossing the border in an irregular or illicit manner. We know there are great risks in doing so,” he continued.

Canada, Trudeau said, was working very closely with the United States to stop smuggling and help people “taking unacceptable risks”.

Local officials said the incident was unusual since in the past, people have tried to cross into Canada from the United States, rather than the other way round.

 

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Tomasz Janowski)

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Canada to offer Ukraine a loan, seeks other ways to help Kyiv deal with Russia

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Canada will offer Ukraine a loan of up to C$120 million ($95.6 million) and is looking at other ways to support Kyiv as a crisis with Russia deepens, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

“Russia is aiming to destabilize Ukraine, including economically. This loan will help support Ukraine’s economic resilience,” Trudeau told a news conference.

“(It) is one of the top things that the Ukrainian government has been asking for from Canada.”

Trudeau reiterated his condemnation of Russia’s moves to build up troops near the Ukrainian border, saying “any movement of Russian troops into Ukraine will be absolutely unacceptable and met with a clear response from the international community”.

Ottawa is “also exploring other options to provide financial and other supports,” Trudeau said. He sidestepped questions about whether Canada would send weapons to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed the news, tweeting that “Canada demonstrates once again the real devotion to the spirit of special partnership between our two countries”.

Canada, with a sizeable and politically influential population of Ukrainian descent, has taken a hard line with Russia since its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

($1 = 1.2548 Canadian dollars)

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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