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An Apology from Canada to Palestine and the Rest of the World: The 10 Most Shameful Minutes in Canadian History

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On 29 November 2012, John Baird, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada, addressed the United Nations General Assembly on the Question of Palestine. Below you will find the video in which he accuses UN of abandoning its principles by recognizing Palestine.

Canada, Question of Palestine, General Assembly, 44th plenary meeting

Most Canadians are embarrassed and utterly disgusted with what our Conservative government has done. Unfortunately, because of our ’First Past the Post’ electoral system and the bitter reality that a majority government can do anything they want, we can’t do much about it, at least not until the next elections. When that time comes, we promise to do our best to remove from power these fanatics who have shamed Canada and put us on the wrong side of history.

Palestine, of course, was welcomed as a Non-Member Observer State. “Voting by an overwhelming majority – 138 in favour to 9 against (Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Panama, Palau, United States), with 41 abstentions — the General Assembly today accorded Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.“

Voting, Question of Palestine, General Assembly, 44th plenary meeting

For those Canadians who have not been in the loop and would like to put into context what the Harper Government has just done, ask yourself this; was it to the best interest of Canada to vote and lobby against this resolution?… Read the rest

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Astronauts Cast Their Ballots From Space

Astronauts are casting their votes from space. So if you haven’t voted by now, what’s your excuse? From TIME:

2010 was the year of a different brand of space exploration, as NASA brought us the first interstellar tweet. Now it’s the year of the extra-planetary vote. Thanks to a bill passed by Texas legislators back in 1997, astronauts can vote from orbit, and this week three of them did just that.

Astronaut Doug Wheelock, who also has the honor of being the first person to check in on Foursquare from the cosmos, cast his ballot alongside colleagues Shannon Walker and Scott Kelly from the International Space Station, 220 miles above the Earth.

Voting from space involves a complex, secure e-mail system which beams the votes back down to Earth, though there’s no word yet on whether Google’s new vote mapping technology aided in moving the space ballots from Mission Control to the local polling station.

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Fake Afghan Voter Cards Made By Pakistani Printers

In the US fake IDs are printed, near the Afghan border fake voter registration cards are printed. What will this do to President Hamid Karzai’s term? From the Associated Press via NPR:

Printers in this city near the Afghan border say they have produced thousands of fake voter registration cards at the request of Afghan politicians for use in that country’s parliamentary elections on Saturday.

The cards, some shown to The Associated Press, add to evidence that fraud could undermine the elections and further destabilize the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

A fraud-marred presidential election last year threatened the credibility of the Afghan administration at home and with the Western nations waging war on the country’s resurgent Taliban.

Regulation of voting has been improved, but an influx of fake cards raises the possibility of a person with multiple voter cards voting many times and could still cause problems in an insecure country where monitoring of polling stations will likely be spotty.

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Pranksters Vote Bieber to North Korea

16 year-old Justin Bieber jumped into the music scene as a heartthrob for young girls. His popularity was the first thing that was hard to understand. Then, although he is a teenage white boy, he was nominated for a BET award.  Now it seems that the public have created their own “unbelievable” news about him, they’ve voted for him to go to North Korea.  AFP via Raw Story reports:

An online contest to decide where Canadian pop star Justin Bieber should go on tour next has been hijacked by a Web prank group that has been encouraging voters to send him to North Korea.

With just a few hours left to vote, North Korea was the top vote-getter on Tuesday in the “My World Tour” contest with more than 625,000 votes, followed by Israel with 608,000 votes and Poland with 513,073 votes.

According to the BBC, the campaign to garner votes for an unlikely tour to notoriously isolated North Korea by the 16-year-old singing sensation was launched by users of the Internet bulletin board 4chan.

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