57 nations approved as founder members of China-led AIIB

So, there is finally an option other than the IMF, that is non-G8 friendly. It is interesting to note that Iraq is not one of the founding member countries. -LW

China’s Ministry of Finance announces prospective founding-member nations of the China-led investment bank, who will have priority over other nations that sign up later

57 nations approved as founder members of China-led AIIB | South China Morning Post

President Xi Jinping (center) with other leaders at the launch ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, last October in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has officially approved 57 nations as prospective founding members, making Sweden, Israel, Poland and South Africa the last group of nations to be included.

The announcement was made today by China’s Ministry of Finance. The founding members have priority over other nations that sign up later, as they possess the right to establish the rules for the bank’s activities.

The AIIB is the first Asian bank to have a new international banking system that is independent from the dominance of founding member states of the international Bretton Woods banking system.

Countries that have been accepted as founding members of the AIIB include China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Maldives, New Zealand, Jordan, Tajikistan, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Britain, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.

The United States and Japan are the two major nations to have abstained from joining the AIIB.

Although Taiwan was rejected as a founding member of the AIIB, Ma Xiaotian, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a press conference today that the mainland would consider “constructive opinions from all sides” regarding Taiwan’s identity as a member.

Ma added: “Through practical consultations, solutions will be found for Taiwan to join the bank with an appropriate identity.”

Yesterday, a senior Canadian finance official signalled that Ottawa was actively considering joining the institution, despite US and Japanese reservations, Reuters reported.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Ottawa welcomed the idea of the new bank.

Japan also agreed with Germany yesterday to work closely in dealing with the planned China-led AIIB, although there was no change in Tokyo’s cautiousness about joining it.

“We agreed that governance is important,” Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Foreign Minister, told reporters regarding the results of discussions with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s Foreign Minister, about the AIIB, in which Germany is a founding member.

Final list of 57 founding members of the AIIB

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

Additional reporting by Kyodo



Full Disclosure, Hon. Paul T. Hellyer

Thanks for the heads-up, BP! Paul Hellyer makes full disclosure in this video. I can hardly wait for the Disclosure Canada tour! -LW

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What You Don’t See Is What You Will Get!

Paul T. Hellyer, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Canada, discusses the origin of the New World Order, and the Cabal that have run the United States and much of the world for many decades. He also looks at issues such as the Cabal’s connection to extraterrestrials, their technology, nuclear weapons tampering and national security issues related to this association. Finally, Mr. Hellyer reviews the Plan for a New American Century, and the military-industrial complex and its blueprint for perpetual war leading to complete dominance of Planet Earth – and what, if anything, can be done to stop it.

Disclosure Canada

Disclosure Canada

CSIS Agent Man

It seems Canada has a new folk song, inspired by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Anti-Terrorism Act (Bill C-51) which would turn Canada’s spy agency (CSIS) into a secret police force with grossly inadequate oversight and accountability (if any). -LW

Sung by Mike Chandler and Margaret Anne McHugh of SolidariGLEE. With apologies to Johnny Rivers and the Police.
Based on Secret Agent Man by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri and including a verse from Every Breath You Take by Sting.
New lyrics by Mike Chandler.

CSIS Agent Man

There’s a man who tries to be subliminal
His actions are invariably criminal
If you’re in the wrong place
He gets up in your face
He doesn’t give a damn about your freedoms

CSIS Agent Man, CSIS Agent Man
Subverting our democracy is all part of his plan

He thinks harassing immigrants is OK
And infiltrating peace groups will make his day
If you are cruel and rich
Then he will be your bitch
He doesn’t care about the disadvantaged

CSIS Agent Man, CSIS Agent Man
Subverting our democracy is all part of his plan

Be careful if you fight for social justice
He’ll tell you not to worry, “you can trust us”
He always goes too far
He screwed Maher Arar
Odds are he’ll commit more crimes tomorrow

CSIS Agent Man, CSIS Agent Man
Subverting our democracy is all part of his plan

Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I’ll be watching you



Today is “Stop Bill C-51 Day” in Canada – #StopC51 #RejectFear

I will be updating this post throughout the day with a variety of items from the Internet. -LW

































Thousands of Canadians expected to rally against proposed anti-terror legislation

Canadians have had 14 years to observe the impact of the PATRIOT Act on the USA, and anybody who has been through a US airport has experienced the indignity that is forced upon travellers, first-hand. They have good reason to distrust Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Anti-Terrorism Act (Bill C-51), which made it to the House of Commons, earlier this week. How can any Canadian take this seriously, when the person behind it was hiding in the closet during the Ottawa Shooting? -LW 

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The federal government says we need a new anti-terror law to protect us but that won’t stop thousands of people across Canada from protesting against Bill C-51 today.

A major rally is planned for the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery this afternoon where demonstrators are expected to blast the Conservatives for going too far.

Don Wright with Amnesty International says the definition of terror in Bill C-51 is just too vague and is a risk to your civil liberties. “That can include a wide range of protest activity that may not be lawful but certainly does not move into the realm of a criminal act being under police tape, protesting without a permit.”

Wright wonders if the law is even needed. “I have heard a lot of commentators suggest that in fact the currant tools that the RCMP and CSIS are quite adequate.”

“The ways presented is simply that this is the only answer and they are not really interested in hearing alternatives or hearing more about what else could be done,” he explains. “We are extremely concerned about the suppressing of freedom of expression.”

Opponents all the Bill reckless, dangerous and ineffective but supporters of Bill C-51 say we need more protection from terrorists and this law does the trick.



Tonight: Canada’s Politicians Vote on Anti-Terrorism Act (Bill C-51)

Tonight, Canadian Parliament votes on PM Stephen Harper’s Orwellian legislation that will criminalize dissent, and take away the freedoms for which our grandparents and great-grandparent sacrificed their lives… -LW

The federal government is rejecting calls for more independent oversight of Canada’s national security agencies even as it speeds passage of legislation that would give sweeping new powers to spies and police in the name of fighting terrorism.

Parliament will vote Monday night on the Anti-Terrorism Act after the Conservatives limited second-reading debate for the legislation to three days. The bill will be sent to a Parliamentary committee for scrutiny. The Tories want the controversial legislation to become law before the summer begins.

On Sunday, Defence Minister Jason Kenney, who has functioned as the government’s lead spokesman for the legislation in recent days, rebuffed an appeal for more independent supervision of national-security agencies – one that came in the form of letter published in The Globe and Mail and signed by former prime ministers, ex–Supreme Court justices and others.

Mr. Kenney noted the letter’s key signatories, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Joe Clark and John Turner, did not change the oversight of Canada’s spy agency, which is currently supervised by the Security Intelligence Review Committee, while they were in power.

“We have the same system that has worked well in Canada for over 25 years,” the Defence Minister told CTV. “I would point out those four former prime ministers all had exactly the same system of an independent oversight committee for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.”

One of the overseers the Conservatives previously relied on was Arthur Porter. The former chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee is currently imprisoned in Panama and is expected to be extradited back to Canada to face fraud-related charges in connection with an alleged bribery scandal tied to a Montreal hospital project.

The Tories’ efforts to expedite the bill comes as a video purported to be from Somali terrorist group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in Western countries, including Canada’s West Edmonton Mall in Alberta. Sixty-seven people died in September of 2013 after al-Shabab, linked to al-Qaeda, attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi.

The RCMP said, however, it has no evidence of a “specific or imminent threat to Canadians” related to the al-Shabab video.

Mr. Kenney, who drew headlines last week when he warned Canada faces a high probability of another attack from homegrown jihadis, countered calls for more civilian oversight by saying much of the new powers will be subject to judicial supervision.

He argues that it is wrong to describe C-51 as a bill that gives new powers to police and intelligence agencies, saying in his opinion it awards new authority to judges because it would be courts that approve use of the extra discretion afforded in the legislation.

“None of those new powers that we are proposing to combat terrorism in Canada are vested in those [security] agencies,” Mr. Kenney told CTV. “They are vested in the courts and the judges … the most independent body possible that will be making decisions about whether to detain prospective terrorists or allow CSIS, for example, to interrupt potential terrorist attacks.”

The legislation is a response to the deadly Ottawa attacks on Canadian soldiers last fall that included a gunman storming Parliament. It would give CSIS new interventionist powers to disrupt potential threats to national security and make it easier for authorities to detain or restrict the movements of suspects.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has changed his mind on oversight. His 2006 election platform promised to establish a “National Security Review Committee” to “ensure effective oversight and a greater degree of accountability and transparency regarding Canada’s national security efforts.”

NDP public safety critic Randall Garrison pointed out the Conservatives disbanded one of CSIS’s oversight bodies in 2012 when they scrapped the Office of the Inspector General of CSIS and that the SIRC review committee itself has reported on the trouble it had getting full infomation in a timely manner from Canada’s spy agency.

“This is a part-time group of non-specialists … I don’t think there’s anyway you can make a case that oversight is working well,” Mr. Garrison said of SIRC.

He said judges won’t provide oversight because CSIS will only have to approach the courts when the agency decides what it’s doing would otherwise be illegal.

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals support the legislation but want the bill amended to provide for automatic review of the law, to create a Parliamentary oversight body that would monitor the spy agency’s activities and to require some measures to expire after a period of time unless renewed.

Liberal public safety critic Wayne Easter says the Conservatives must ensure the legislation is thoroughly examined in commitee, noting the former Chretien government held 19 days of hearings with 80 witnesses for the major anti-terrorism legislation it passed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.


Postal Banking in Canada: PM Harper Killed the Report

This Op-Ed piece offers more information in the case to re-instate the Bank of Canada. It mentions a report about “Postal Banking” in Canada that PM Harper apparently killed the day before it was to be released. According to the report, Canada Post would offer more locations than the existing banks–small wonder, since so many Shoppers Drug Mart stores now include post offices. Could banking reform be just around the corner? -LW

Jacob Kearey-Moreland, Special to the Packet
Friday, January 30, 2015 7:27:35 EST PM

Veronica Campbell’s sketch shows Rocco Galati during the hearing at the Federal Court of Appeal Monday.

“I’m the bad guy,” I overheard the government lawyer say jokingly, introducing himself to former minister of defence Paul Hellyer in the Federal Court of Appeal this week.

Why do Canadians allow private banks to profit off our public debt when the Bank of Canada is legislated to provide low- or no-interest loans for human capital and infrastructure spending? The Bank of Canada has not issued such loans since 1974, after it funded Canada out of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the infrastructure boom, universal health care, universities and colleges, CBC and more. Monday, three judges upheld the previous ruling of justiciability. The next step is to determine the statutes of the Bank of Canada Act and if they have been subverted by conspiracy.

The monopoly of private banks’ exclusive privilege of lending money to governments will, for the second time in our history, soon be put on trial. The first time it was debated in the House of Commons, it led to the creation of the Bank of Canada. It’s time to restore the Bank of Canada and jail the banksters.

We are in a perpetual-debt crisis because we’ve allowed foreign private interests to control the creation of money and, by extension, federal economic and social policy for their private interests. Banks are guaranteed billions in profits every year as families slide deeper into debt. Forget income splitting; imagine the tax relief once we escape debt bondage and compound-interest payments.

Arguing for the plaintiffs — Ann Emmett, centenarian William Krehm and the Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (comer.org) — is perhaps Canada’s most prominent constitutional lawyer, Rocco Galati. Galati, who consistently undermines and reverses government decisions and actions, is not shy in declaring Canada “a quiet dictatorship.” The erosion of democracy is not complete without the erosion of justice and the independence of the judiciary, for which this government has received international condemnation. Galati has reason to believe there is a government-issued media blackout on this case. Sorry, Harper; I didn’t get the memo.

Saturday prior to the hearing, there was a five-hour seminar in Toronto City Hall chambers on the subject of money, tax, poverty and public banking, with the keynote speech delivered by Toronto Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam on the creation of the Toronto Public Bank. We heard from a renowned investigative accountant, Al Rosen, who described the existence of “hundreds of Nortels” that go un-investigated because of a lack of resources to address white-collar crime, tax evasion and more, as the Canada Revenue Agency has been co-opted for partisan purposes to attack charities and birdwatchers critical of the Harper government.

The report Banking: A Proven Diversification Strategy, commissioned by Canada Post, was killed by the Harper government a day before it eviscerated the public institution. After access-to-information requests, the report was released, with more than 701 of 811 pages redacted. The report detailed the win-win nature of postal banking, given Canada Post is the largest distribution network in the country, with branches in more than 6,300 communities, more than all banks combined, said Mike Palecek, the representative from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Even grocery stores have their own banks, from which they make hundreds of millions a year. With a few simple software upgrades and ATMs, Canadians from coast to coast to coast could have low-cost, accessible banking services, among 700 pages of other benefits the Harper government doesn’t want you to know about.

Chew on that, Grandma, when you’re trudging through snow to get your mail.

Jacob Kearey-Moreland is a local resident and gardener. He can be contacted at jacobkeareymoreland@gmail.com.