Morning update: US President Joe Biden defends the handling of the evacuation of Afghanistan



President Joe Biden vows the United States will never again use its military to force regime change overseas, as he sought to shut the door on war in Afghanistan a day after withdrawing the remaining troops from his country.

In a provocative White House speech on Tuesday, Mr Biden defended the chaotic retreat from Kabul – arguing that extending the withdrawal would have put US troops in unacceptable danger – and lamented the enormous cost in lives and money of a failed war.

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In the future, he said, the United States will only participate in “targeted and precise” military operations to protect its own immediate interests, such as the use of airstrikes to kill accused terrorists. The costly and unlimited occupations only served to weaken the country against adversaries such as Russia and China, he argued.

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Canada urges 1,250 Canadians in Afghanistan to go into hiding until it can safely negotiate their exit

A banner of President Ashraf Ghani remains in place at the closed airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Hundreds of US citizens and potentially thousands of green card holders remain stranded after the US military ceases evacuation flights.

JIM HUYLEBROEK / The New York Times Press Service

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Erin O’Toole promises to balance the budget “without cuts”

Erin O’Toole said a Conservative government would balance the federal budget within 10 years “without cuts”, reiterating the party’s notion that it can reduce the deficit by growing the economy instead of cutting government spending .

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During an election event in Ottawa, the Conservative leader lambasted what he called the Liberal government’s “irresponsible deficits” and said federal spending “must be brought under control”. He added, however, that his party has no plans to cut spending on existing government programs.

“We will grow the economy so that we can responsibly and fairly regain balance without cuts,” said O’Toole.

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Ontario works to refine passport policy for COVID-19 vaccine

The Ontario government is expected to announce a vaccine certification scheme as early as this week after sources said Premier Doug Ford rejected an initial plan amid mounting pressure from medical experts, business groups and political opponents.

The province’s Progressive Conservative government aimed to announce a new system on Tuesday. But two sources with knowledge of the government’s decision-making said that on Monday Mr Ford and some of his top advisers rejected the proposal that was due to be submitted to his cabinet as being too broad and fired officials to the drawing board. Cabinet met again on Tuesday to discuss a modified plan. The Globe and Mail does not identify the sources as they were not authorized to speak publicly about cabinet deliberations.

For weeks, calls were made for Ontario to implement a vaccination certificate system that would require proof of vaccination to enter certain businesses, such as restaurants or gyms – similar to the systems advertised in Manitoba, in British Columbia and Quebec.

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Read more: Most major accounting firms in Canada require vaccination of office workers

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Social media campaigns, the COVID-19 era pose evolving security challenges: Party leaders wonder how to handle protesters emboldened on the election campaign, where outdoor campaign events, designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, have created security concerns.

Manitoba Conservatives Choose New Premier: Kelvin Goertzen will become Manitoba’s 23rd premier, replacing Premier Brian Pallister, who is due to step down on Wednesday.

O’Toole respects Ryerson University’s name change: The University of Toronto announced last week that it would be renamed because of the legacy of its namesake, Egerton Ryerson, who helped create Canada’s residential school system.

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Justin Trudeau supports the Liberal candidate in the face of allegations of inappropriate behavior: The candidate, Raj Saini, said in a statement that he had never acted inappropriately towards staff or voters. He said he was only made aware of one allegation and the person chose not to initiate a formal or informal complaint process.

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About 30 percent of the world’s tree species threatened with extinction: According to a report published by Botanic Gardens Conservation International, 17,500 tree species are threatened with extinction, while 440 species have fewer than 50 individuals in the wild. Overall, the number of endangered tree species is double the number of endangered mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles combined, according to the report.


Global equities ignore growth concerns: Global stocks rallied on Wednesday, ignoring weak economic data to start the month in the spotlight as the US dollar struggled to move away from three-week lows. Just before 6 a.m. ET, the UK FTSE 100 was up 0.79%. The German DAX and the French CAC 40 rose by 0.47% and 1.01% respectively. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei finished up 1.29%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.65%. New York futures were higher. The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.32 US cents.


“The rapid spiral of political collapse, military surrender, insecurity, terrorist attacks, international exodus and chaos in Afghanistan has been staggering. Unsurprisingly, it comes back on the election track daily, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his ministers push back against criticism of Canada’s response, especially regarding the many Canadians and those with close ties to Canada still trapped in the country. . »- Alex Névé, principal researcher at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of Ottawa; and Djawid Taheri, Afghan-Canadian lawyer

“There would always be consequences to holding a federal election in the midst of a pandemic that has fueled a frightening increase in anger and hatred in Canada. And we’re starting to see them play now. -Gary Mason

“The disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan is yet another development that shows the United States has lost the primacy it once enjoyed in international affairs. Both the Republican and Democratic Presidents have shown faltering determination for world leadership. America’s commitment to work with its allies to maintain international order is challenged like never before. – Lloyd Axworthy, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 2000; Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec from 2003 to 2012; Jennifer Welsh, Director of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University; Jeremy Kinsman, once Ambassador to the European Union, Italy and Russia, and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom; and Ben Rowswell, resident of the International Council of Canada


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Five new books on the language and scope of sects and conspiracies

Cult literature has made a comeback in recent years, with many Canadian authors looking into the subject. Now, as the pandemic increases isolation and uncertainty, the allure of sects – with their alluring promises of community, connection, and meaning – is proving increasingly intriguing to readers. Here, a slew of new headlines examine how bigoted tendencies permeate our current culture, from exercise frills to conspiracy theories and corporate haggling.

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MOMENT IN TIME: September 01, 1939

Germany invades Poland and starts World War II

German forces advance into Poland in early September 1939.

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Britain and France could and should have arrested Adolf Hitler in 1936, when German troops occupied the Rhineland in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. They could and should have arrested the dictator in 1938, when he threatened war unless he was given the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia. Finally, after Nazi Germany swallowed the last Czech remnant, the allies promised to protect Poland, which they could not do, as Germany was now too strong and Poland too far away. The French and the British hoped to convince Russia to join them. But they covered up the negotiations, and on August 23, 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact while secretly agreeing to share Poland between them. A week later, that day in 1939, Germany invaded Poland. The Poles fought valiantly, but they pitted cavalry against tanks. When Soviet troops entered from the east on September 17, the fate of the Poles was sealed. In nine months, the Nazis would invade Europe. But Britain resisted, with Canada and the rest of the Empire at its side, until the United States entered the war, securing victory for the Allies. In this sense, the day Hitler invaded Poland, he sealed his own fate. John ibbitson

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