John Baird

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In Eritrea
Sep 24th, 2013
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A stunning terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Kenya’s capital on Saturday has struck home in Canada with the death of two Canadians, including a 29-year-old diplomat who worked at the Canadian embassy. Annemarie Desloges was off duty shopping at Nairobi’s upscale Westgate Mall when the attack tha...
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In Djibouti
May 30th, 2013
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The Canadian government is expelling the head of Eritrea’s consulate in Toronto over the levying of a “diaspora tax” on Eritrean expatriates. A release from Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael has been declared persona non grata and must leave by next Wednesday. The...
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In Mali
Feb 12th, 2013
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(Reuters) – Canada is unlikely to commit troops to the French-led campaign against Islamist rebels in Mali because it is threatening to become a counter-insurgency operation similar to those in Iraq and Afghanistan, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Tuesday. Last month Ottawa extended the loa...
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In Nigeria
Dec 26th, 2012
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OTTAWA – A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Nigeria that killed 12 people attending Christmas services. “We strongly condemn such despicable and cowardly attacks,” Baird’s press secretary, Rick Roth, told QMI Agency on C...
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In Nigeria
Oct 9th, 2012
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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today visited the National Mosque and National Church of Nigeria. Baird underscored that freedom of religion is a universal human right, and that attacks on religious minorities cannot be tolerated. Canada is a vigorous defender of freedom, democracy, human rights ...
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In Canada
Sep 28th, 2012
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OTTAWA, Canada, September 28, 2012 — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement: “Canada welcomes the agreement signed today between Sudan and South Sudan. We commend the efforts of African Union mediators and the spirit of compromise shown by both parties. Fully i...
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In East Africa
Sep 22nd, 2012
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TORONTO — The diplomat who represents one of Africa’s most authoritarian regimes said Friday his government would continue collecting what some call an “extortion tax” in Canada even though the Department of Foreign Affairs has demanded that it stop. “We have to tax our people, it is our right,” Seme...
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In Uncategorized
Sep 10th, 2012
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The probable outcome of the Canadian diplomatic split with Tehran will be a net loss in Western intelligence and no appreciable economic fallout for Iran. (DENVER Tehran Times) – “You cannot claim your eagerness for democracy, human rights and all these things and through unilateral sanctions t...
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In Europe
Sep 10th, 2012
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During the Vietnam War, Sweden was an independent country with a moral conscience, and Sweden gave sanctuary to US war protestors who refused the draft. Washington realized the cost to itself and purchased the Swedish government in order to prevent a reoccurrence of moral conscience on the part of an...
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In Documents
Jun 4th, 2012
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OTTAWA, Canada, June 4, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today met with Saad Dine El Otmani, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, to discuss Canada-Morocco relations and recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa. ...