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With all the scandals in all important areas of our society, are you still able to trust?
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Government and people’s confidence is it possible with so many scandals?
The F-35 Scandal (2010)
When the Government of Canada announced in July 2010 that it was considering purchasing F-35 fighter jets to replace those in its aging fleet, the decision was immediately struck by critics. A report from the Office of the Auditor General will reveal later in 2012 that those responsible for this deal deliberately withheld crucial information, including that the true cost of this contract would exceed the amount that has been repeatedly announced by $ 10 billion. . The contract was canceled following the publication of the report, leading one reporter to call it a “total fiasco, period.” « fiasco total, point à la ligne ».
The Airbus affair (1995)
This case refers to allegations of secret commissions paid to members of the Government of Canada during the tenure of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, in exchange for the purchase by the then-crown corporation Air Canada of a large number of aircraft of the company Airbus.
Brian Mulroney’s controversial friend
Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney befriended a Syrian billionaire linked to one of the biggest corruption scandals in British history. Mulroney’s friend Wafic Said also has Canadian citizenship… obtained under questionable circumstances, Radio-Canada has discovered.
On the night of June 17, 1972, five burglars were arrested for breaking into the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American Democratic Party. The criminals were carrying surveillance equipment. After numerous revelations, it was discovered that U.S. President Richard Nixon was at the heart of the plan to listen in on his opponents. He also tried to cover up the scandal before being forced to resign. His resignation allowed him to avoid the humiliation of being impeached.
The Iran-Contra Affair
While there was an embargo in place to stop all arms sales to Iran, members of the Reagan administration facilitated the delivery of anti-tank missiles into the country. The goal was to urge Iran to release American hostages held by Hezbollah in Lebanon. Not only was the deal discovered, but only one hostage was released.
The Plame Affair
In 2003, the United States invaded Iraq. American diplomat Joseph Wilson revealed that the war was based on lies. In retaliation, senior White House and State Department officials disclosed the identity of his wife, Valerie Plame, a covert agent for the CIA. This kind of disclosure is a federal crime in the United States, but only Lewis Libby, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
The Cahuzac Affair
The former French budget minister for François Hollande has managed to gain unanimous disdain. Jérôme Cahuzac had to resign after the French media outlet Mediapart accused him of holding secret offshore accounts — quite the paradox for a minister in charge of collecting taxes and discovering fraud. Cahuzac began by denying the accusations, then minimizing the facts, and then finally apologizing. The former minister was sentenced in December 2016 to three years in prison for tax fraud and money laundering. He has appealed his conviction.
The Mitterrand Phone-Tapping Scandal
Over three years, François Mitterrand, the president of France at the time, eavesdropped on the telephone conversations of French public figures with help from the Elysée Palace’s anti-terrorist unit. Mitterrand feared that certain people would disclose the existence of his daughter, born of an adulterous relationship. He even tapped the phones of journalists and TV personalities — all in the name of presidential security.
The Dirty Dealings of Silvio Berlusconi
He may have led Italy for nine out of the past 20 years, but that hasn’t stopped Silvio Berlusconi from being embroiled in scandal. He ended up being sentenced to seven years in prison for inciting child prostitution and abuses of power before being acquitted. He was also convicted several times for corruption. His political career is now finished, but Berlusconi never served time — his punishment was merely community service.
The Tangentopoli Scandal
In 1992, Milan’s Deputy Prosecutor Antonio di Pietro arrested a politician for accepting a bribe from an entrepreneur. That was the beginning of a multiyear investigation that saw a record number of Italian ministers fall — the public found out the extent to which the Italian political class is corrupt. This investigation, named Mani pulite (clean hands), resulted in numerous arrests, the suicides of several politicians and, in 1994, the end of the Italian Socialist Party and the Christian Democracy Party, which had led Italy since 1945.
The Moshe Katsav Scandal
Moshe Katsav was released from prison at the end of December 2016. Before spending five years in prison, the politician was the president of Israel from 2000 to 2007. But in 2006, he was accused of raping a former employee — and then of a second rape and sexual harassment of presidential assistants while he was the minister of tourism. His political career ended with a sentence of seven years in prison, but he only served five.
Bayer to pay up to US$10.9 billion to settle Monsanto case
BERLIN — Bayer said Wednesday that it will pay up to $10.9 billion to settle litigation over the weedkiller Roundup, which has faced thousands of lawsuits over claims it causes cancer.
Bayer said it was also paying up $1.22 billion to settle two additional areas of intense litigation, one involving toxic chemical PCB in water, and one involving dicamba, another weedkiller.
The company said the settlement over Roundup, which is made by its Monsanto subsidiary, involves about 125,000 filed and unfiled claims. Under the agreement, Bayer will make a payment of $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve current litigation, and $1.25 billion to address potential future litigation, even as the company continues to maintain that Roundup is safe.
Johnson & Johnson fails to overturn $2.12 billion baby powder verdict, plans Supreme Court appeal
(Reuters) – Missouri’s highest court on Tuesday refused to consider Johnson & Johnson’s JNJ.N appeal of a $2.12 billion damages award to women who blamed their ovarian cancer on asbestos in its baby powder and other talc products.
Billions for antivirals deemed ineffective
The flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza are ineffective, according to a group of independent experts. The Cochrane group’s analysis, published in the British Medical Journal, calls into question the billions of dollars spent around the world to build up stocks of these drugs in the event of a pandemic.
Canada has paid more than $ 180 million for the storage of Tamiflu and Relenza since 2004.
Vioxx scandal nearly 40,000 deaths in the US before being withdrawn
EU makes 1 billion-euro bet on Gilead’s COVID drug before trial results
Dr. Anthony Fauci says Gilead’s remdesivir will set a new ‘standard of care’ for coronavirus treatment
Health Canada authorizes drug remdesivir for severe COVID-19 cases
Antiviral Drug Remdesivir Proves Ineffective In Treating Covid-19, WHO Study Finds
Researchers retract study that found big risks in using hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19
Interesting documentary in French Recommend to listen absolutely.
Why would it be any different today with the new vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna?
15 billion for Quebec tobacco victims
Two class actions have struck down three tobacco giants. In a landmark judgment, Superior Court judge Brian Riordan condemns Imperial Tobacco, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and JTI-Macdonald to pay $ 15 billion in punitive and moral damages to sick Quebec smokers and ex-smokers.
- The diseases targeted by the judgment are lung and throat cancer as well as emphysema. There are nearly 100,000 victims, dead or alive. In the case of dead persons, the sums will go to the estate.
- “In the 50 or so years covered by the action, and for the next 17 years, the companies have pocketed billions of dollars at the expense of the lungs, throats and health of their customers,” said Judge Riordan. in a voluminous judgment of 276 pages.
- The judge considers that the tobacco companies lied to their customers. They had a duty to inform their customers of the risks and dangers of their products, and had to present truthful and not misleading information, under the Consumer Protection Act, underlines the magistrate. He recalls that the right to life, security and dignity of persons is protected by the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He particularly blames Imperial Tobacco, seen as the industry leader, which hid the truth from the public. Because of this behavior, the judge condemns this company to assume 67% of the costs, an assessment based on its market shares. Rothmans is responsible for 20% of the total, while JTI-Macdonald will assume 13%.
Do we have the right to sell poisons as long as it is mentioned?
The corruption of Caribbean banks (2015)
In 2015, an American investigation into allegations of corruption at FIFA, the international federation responsible for the management and regulation of football, caused a global shock wave, even here in Canada as Canadian banks were allegedly engaged in practices. questionable finances in the Caribbean.
Monsanto pleads guilty to illegally spraying banned pesticide in Maui
Agrochemicals company Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG, has agreed to pay $10.2 million in fines and plead guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on research crops in Maui, Hawaii, the US Department of Justice said.
Ouattara demanded the massive intervention of France
Alassane Ouattara’s camp had demanded during the weekend a “strong involvement of France” and the UN. “There are defense agreements between Côte d’Ivoire and France, we can invoke these agreements. Alassane Ouattara could ask that France intervene more massively”, declared Ali Coulibaly, his ambassador in Paris.
At the same time, still in Paris, Toussaint Alain, an adviser to Laurent Gbagbo, accused the Licorne force of acting “like an occupation army outside any mandate” of the UN. He denounced the bombings in Abidjan on Monday evening as “illegal acts” and an “assassination attempt” of the outgoing president.
To justify its commitment, France has brandished the need to protect French and foreign nationals as well as civilian populations. According to the Quai d’Orsay, several people, including two French, were kidnapped Monday by “armed men” at the Novotel hotel in Abidjan.
Is it really for the well-being of Ivorians?
Invasion of Iraq
Iraq inquiry: Former UN inspector Blix says war illegal
The former secretary of state, Colin L. Powell, says in a television interview to be broadcast Friday that his 2003 speech to the United Nations, in which he gave a detailed description of Iraqi weapons programs that turned out not to exist, was “painful” for him personally and would be a permanent “blot” on his record.
Invasion of Libya and Syria on Barack Obama
Can we say that there has been progress in these countries since then?
What is the real purpose of all these wars?
We live in a world where almost everything is convertible into cash, is it really possible to avoid all of this?