Interoperability (International)

Dutch suit against Russia proceeds

The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear a case brought by the government of The Netherlands against Russia over the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as it overflew Ukraine in 2014. A missile fired by Moscow-backed Ukrainian separatists was confirmed as the cause and the suit argues that Russian disinformation about its role violated the human rights of victims’ families. [node:read-more:link]

Finland wants “time out” in NATO

The prospect of a Turkish veto on Sweden’s application for membership prompted Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto to call for a “time out” until “dust has settled after the current situation.” Haavisto, who has suggested in the past that his country could go it alone on its NATO application but prefers simultaneous applications, was responding to Turkey’s concerns about Kurdish demonstrations in Sweden. [node:read-more:link]

Sweden’s NATO status scuppered?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said January 23 that he will not support NATO membership for Sweden. He was reacting to Kurdish expatriates’ protests in Sweden which included the burning of a Quran by a far-right politician from a Danish political party. “It is clear that those who caused such a disgrace in front of our country's embassy can no longer expect any benevolence from us regarding their application,” Erdoğan said. [node:read-more:link]

Canada involved in Cameroon

A peace process aimed at resolving the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon after years of civil will see Canada take a lead role, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has announced. “Canada has accepted the mandate to facilitate this process, as part of our commitment to promote peace and security and advance support for democracy and human rights,” she said January 20. [node:read-more:link]

Europe trashing lax waste disposal

The European Parliament is supporting tighter rules on shipments of waste outside the bloc and cracking down on waste-related crime. “Our ambitious position in the coming negotiations with member states has just been endorsed by a broad majority,” says Danish MEP Pernille Weiss. “We have to turn waste into resources in the common market and thus take better care of our environment and our competitiveness.” [node:read-more:link]

Six arrested in Ontario weapons cases

Two police operations in eastern Ontario across the St. Lawrence River from New York state have resulted in the arrests of six persons on firearms charges. In one case, the investigation leading to four arrests involved provincial, local and indigenous police services as well as the Canada Border Services Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. [node:read-more:link]

Relief ahead for NEXUS crunch?

Canada and the U.S. are planning a new NEXUS interview option to address a backlog of applications which the Canada Border Services Agency said January 10 has been reduced to approximately 100,000. The program stalled on both sides of the border during the pandemic and the situation was exacerbated by a dispute over U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers operating in Canada. [node:read-more:link]

Ozone layer on the rebound

The World Meteorological Society said today that the planet’s ozone layer should recover fully within decades as chemicals which have depleted it are phased out, thanks to a protocol adopted in Montreal in 1989. The UN agency said the protective layer should rebound to 1980 levels by 2040 for most of the world, but the timeline for polar areas is longer. [node:read-more:link]

The “zero trust” paradigm

Canada joined its Five Eyes partners for a recent meeting at the headquarters of the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency and Cyber Command to discuss the “zero trust” paradigm which assumes communications networks are already compromised and, as a result, require continuous validation of users and devices. [node:read-more:link]

Advice for the “Three Amigos”

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his U.S. and Mexican counterparts prepare for a January 10 summit in Mexico City, business lobbies in the three countries are urging more of a “Team North America” approach. It’s been less than three years since their latest trilateral trade agreement took effect but it wasn’t long before protectionism and other issues threated to undermine the accord. [node:read-more:link]

Germany under internal pressure

Key figures campaigning for Germany to change course on Ukraine have links to the Russian government or the far-right, tapping into the postwar relationship between Germany and Soviet-era Russia. Europe’s largest economy is a key supporter of Ukraine within the EU, committing massive amounts of military and civil aid, but soaring energy prices are eroding public approval. [node:read-more:link]

Iran pressed over airliner shootdown

Canada is leading an international call for Iran to submit to arbitration to settle a dispute over its missile downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 shortly after it took off from Tehran two years ago. All 175 crew and passengers died, including 85 Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and the other countries seeking arbitration are Britain, Sweden and Ukraine. [node:read-more:link]

AI a growing challenge for NATO

The growing role of artificial intelligence in cyber attacks is a “double-edged sword” and a “huge challenge” for NATO, according to David van Weel, Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges. ““Artificial intelligence allows defenders to scan networks more automatically, and fend off attacks rather than doing it manually,” the Dutch national says. “But the other way around, of course, it's the same game.” [node:read-more:link]

NGOs suspend Afghanistan programs

Three major foreign aid groups said on Christmas day that they would suspend operations in Afghanistan, a day after the Taliban forbade Afghan women from working at the NGOs. The Taliban, contradicting earlier statements, had earlier banned women from attending university, sparking widespread protests. [node:read-more:link]


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