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By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Jun 23rd, 2014
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TORONTO — The Foreign Affairs department is investigating the Eritrean consulate in Toronto after allegations it continues to play a key role in a dubious tax scheme that has been linked to threats, harassment and intimidation. A government source said Eritrea would face repercussions, including the ...
By IndepthAfrica
In Djibouti
May 29th, 2013
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Darren Calabrese/National PostA plaque outside the door to the Consulate General of the State of Eritrea in Toronto Tuesday, May 21, 2013.   The Eritrean consulate in Toronto distributed an internal letter last year explaining how to send money collected in Canada to the regime’s military — a vi...
By IndepthAfrica
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May 28th, 2013
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The diplomat who represents Eritrea in Canada insisted Monday his office was not extorting money from expatriates but merely providing “information” to those who want to donate to the African regime. “I am not violating the law,” Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael, the Eritrean consul, told the National P...
By IndepthAfrica
In Libya
Apr 19th, 2013
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A Canadian woman accused of attempting to help the adult son of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi escape punishment has been released from a Mexican prison, but that won’t be the end of the sensational fallout from the collapse of the family regime. CBC News reports Cynthia Vanier has been relea...
By IndepthAfrica
In Uncategorized
Mar 1st, 2013
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That sound you hear is Voltaire rolling over in his grave. “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Once upon a time, it was commonly understood that this sentiment is the very foundation of a free society. Compromise free speech, water it down, and [&helli...
By IndepthAfrica
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Feb 5th, 2013
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The Thamils and the Sinhalese are divided on the basis of territory, language, religion, and culture. Veluppillai Thangavelu (TORONTO Tamil Canadian) – On February 4th, 1948, the 2.5 million Thamils of Ceylon exchanged their white masters (British) for the brown sahibs – the Sinhalese. Sr...
By IndepthAfrica
In Eritrea
Oct 23rd, 2012
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Winnipeg Free Press Eritrea promised Ottawa it would stop, but Winnipeggers say they’re still being shaken down to pay a two per cent tax to a regime they fled. Last month, the Canadian government threatened to expel Eritrea’s consul if the country continued to collect a two per cent tax ...
By IndepthAfrica
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...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Jul 24th, 2012
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TORONTO — One of Africa’s most repressive dictatorships, Eritrea, has been collecting money to bankroll its military through its consulate in Toronto, according to a United Nations report obtained by the National Post. The report said the fundraising scheme “arguably” violated a UN arms embargo on Er...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Jul 24th, 2012
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An African dictatorship whose consulate in Toronto has allegedly been using coercion to collect “taxes” to finance its military has been told by Canada that its actions “could be criminal,” according to a diplomatic letter obtained by the National Post. John Baird, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, se...