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It’s Official – US Is A Rogue Nation

Katerina Ossenova writing for the PAPER CHASE blog (University of Pittsburgh, School of Law) reports Canada court strikes down refugee agreement with US:

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Canada [official website] Thursday struck down a refugee agreement [judgment, PDF] between Canada and the US, noting that the US does not meet international refugee protection requirements or respect international conventions against torture. Justice Michael Phelan [official profile] essentially nullified the 2004 Safe Third Country Agreement [text], which barred foreign refugees who first arrived in the US from seeking refugee status in Canada and vice versa. Phelan noted that the US has not been compliant with the Refugee Convention or the UN Convention Against Torture [texts]. The court also held that the agreement discriminates against refugees based on how they first arrived in Canada and thus violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms [text].

The nullification of the agreement will likely result in Canada processing thousands more refugees each year. The US and Canadian governments have until January 14 to file an appeal. CTV News has more. The Montreal Gazette has additional coverage.

The Canadian court has ruled that the US tortures by proxy and and does not abide by its treaty obligations. We have officially moved into the group that we once called “Evil Empires” or “Axis of Evil” because our government has chosen to become “evil”. This will, of course, complicate extradition from other countries as we are no longer considered one of the “good guys.” What can you expect when a Jewish law professor suggests that torture is permissible because it worked for the Nazis.


1 Michael { 12.02.07 at 7:37 pm }

Minor correction: Pittsburgh has an ‘h’.

2 Badtux { 12.02.07 at 8:04 pm }

U S A! U S A! U S A! We’re #1! Yay!

3 Bryan { 12.02.07 at 8:05 pm }

Thanks, Michael, I should have caught that having flown through Pittsburgh too many times, and having a friend who lives just outside.

4 Bryan { 12.02.07 at 9:58 pm }

It gets worse, BT.

5 Michael { 12.03.07 at 12:59 am }

There’s a long story that goes along with that ‘h’. It was removed in some federal publications along with every other Pittsburg, but there was some outcry and it was restored, so there is only one Pittsburgh.

6 Bryan { 12.03.07 at 1:14 am }

Not so long – it was originally Pitt’s Borough, like many English towns, and as is maintained in New York City when the rest of the state went to townships. It was shortened in writing to Pittsburgh, and the when the Germans came they used their version of borough, burg [obviously the same root language].

They wanted to hang on to their “H” as a reminder of their English, rather than German origin.

Or so I’ve been told by a few natives, and it holds up to so search.