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The alleged Russian spy who called himself Paul William Hampel was deported out of Canada on Tuesday. It is believed by CSIS, the Canadian intelligence agency, that Hampel was part of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service.

Justice Pierre Blais, who took his case, ordered the alleged Russian spy’s deportation on December 4th. Customs Canada sent the man to the airport at 11:00 p.m. on Christmas Day. The man arrived in the Russian capital at 7:35 the next day.

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said that Russia provided papers to allow the man to return to his home country.

“He was closely monitored the whole time,” Day told the Canadian Press on Tuesday. “We didn’t think he was a risk to flee but the usual procedures were in place.”

“As this case demonstrates, individuals who do not respect our laws and threaten the safety of our communities are not welcome in Canada.”

Day also said the incident would not ruin Canada’s relations with Russia.

“We understand that these things go on in the world, the Russians understand that also.”

The man, when he was in Montreal’s federal court, said that he is a Russian citizen that is in Canada illegally. The judge, who took his case, allowed Hampel’s true identity to remain secret. When Hampel was arrested he was carrying more than $7,800 in many currencies and three mobile phones.

Hampel stayed in Canada for about 10 years.

Items

Hampel possessed the following items at the time of his arrest:

  • A fraudulent Ontario birth certificate in a travel pouch under his shirt
  • A Canadian passport
  • $7,800 in five different currencies
  • Several bank and credit cards
  • Index cards with detailed notes about Canadian history
  • Three mobile phones
  • Five SIM cards, used for when a cellphone user changes countries – several were password-protected
  • Two digital cameras
  • A shortwave radio

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Italian MP starts thirst and hunger strike to protest Saddam execution

Italian MP starts thirst and hunger strike to protest Saddam execution

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Marco Pannella, a member of the European Parliament (MP) and leader of the Nonviolent Radical Party, started a thirst and hunger strike to protest the death sentence against former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

“The Iraqi government would commit a horrible act, of the same level as those committed by Saddam Hussein himself,” Pannella said yesterday in a statement on the party’s Web site.

Granting clemency to the former Iraqi leader would be “an extraordinary occasion, to make literally explode in the hearth of the Middle East and in the world, an immense act of peace and a debate among the peoples and consciences, the scandal of nonviolence as an alternative to dictatorships and to the war; a war that now, more than ever, is impending on humanity”.

“In 2003”, he said, “despite the vote by a large majority of the Italian Parliament calling for the exile of Saddam Hussein as an alternative to the war, and for a free Iraq, both the Italian Government and the parliamentary opposition, did not follow up to that vital decision. Saddam Hussein was aware of our initiative. He could remember it now with gratitude and regret for not accepting it. A living Saddam Hussein, could become an essential and unique instrument to pacify and deligitize the ‘army’, made up of gangs of assassins, which is continuously committing massacres against the Iraqi people”.

Marco Pannella, aged 76, has been at the forefront in Italy of the promotion of important reforms regarding narcotics, facing incarceration on various occasions for his civil disobediences. Engaged in the defence of civil rights in Eastern European countries, in 1968, he was arrested in Sofia for having distributed leaflets against the Communist regime. He is one of the first promoters and founders of the “Green” and “ecologist” political movements in Europe.

On August 12, 2006, as reported by news agencies, Marco Pannella made a bold new proposal for World Peace, composed of three elements:

  • Admission of Israel to the European Union
  • A World-Wide Satyagraha for Peace, including co-ordinated hunger strikes around the world
  • Obtain a pardon that would convert the death penalty for Saddam Hussein to 30 years in prison (the international appeal)

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Cindy Klassen named Canada\’s female athlete of the year

Cindy Klassen named Canada’s female athlete of the year

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Speed skater Cindy Klassen was voted as the 2006 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award’s female athlete of the year, on Wednesday. Her second time winning the honour, she was given the award for winning five medals at the 2006 winter Olympic games in Turin, Italy, in February.

Klassen had 131 of 144 first-place ballots in voting by sports editors and broadcasters. The editors and broadcasters were surveyed by the Canadian Press and Broadcast News. She finished at 412 points in the Canadian Press award voting. Clara Hughes, of Winnipeg, was second with 104 points and three first-place votes.

Hayley Wickenheiser, of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, had five first-place votes and finished third with 83 points. Wickenheiser helped the Canadian women’s hockey team win Olympic gold in Turin.

“There were so many good moments,” Klassen said. “I just had so much fun with my team at the Games.”

Klassen will also be racing in the 2010 winter Olympic games in Vancouver, British Columbia and in nearby Whistler, British Columbia, a popular snow skiing destination.

“It’s such a tremendous opportunity, to be able to race in your home country and have the home crowd,” Klassen said. “You have such a huge advantage.”

“I’ll be 30 then. I hope I get stronger and that I’ll be peaking at that age,” she said. “As I’ve seen with a lot of speed skaters, your career goes up and down. I’ll just keep trying and hope for the best.”

Klassen, a Winnipeg, Manitoba native, was also awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy this year. Her five medals made her Canada’s most decorated Olympian. She also won the bronze medal in the 3,000 at Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002.

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Former U.S. Senator John Edwards announces candidacy for U.S. President

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards announces candidacy for U.S. President

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Thursday, December 28, 2006 John Edwards, a former U.S. Senator from North Carolina announced his candidacy for U.S. President today in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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