The world news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for August 6, 2014 covers a story regarding the relations between Canada and China, a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip enters its second day. Meanwhile a United States general is killed in Afghanistan.
Two Canadian Citizens are Investigated in China Over Spying Allegations
A Canadian couple has been detained in China, family members said on Tuesday. Kevin and Julia Dawn Garratt who are originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, lived in China on and off since 1984. The couple had ties to a religious organization that provides humanitarian assistance to North Koreans and own a coffee shop in China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed the couple is under investigation for possible espionage on allegations of stealing intelligence material, however did not say whether they were detained. Family members claim the couple has been missing since Monday night. This announcement comes a week after Canada accused China of hacking its top scientific research agency, an allegation that was denied by Beijing.
It has become extremely rare and unusual for China to prosecute foreigners and accuse them of espionage, however the Communist Party has become less than sympathetic to the Western world. Canadian Embassy has been notified of the case on Monday, and have been working hard to ensure the safety of the couple. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the couple is investigated with regards to having documents about various Chinese military targets, as well as important national defense research projects. The Chinese Foreign Ministry believes the couple has been engaging in activities which may threaten Chinese national security.
72 Hour Gaza Strip Cease-Fire Enters Second Day
A 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas is holding for a second day, in advance of talks in Egypt on a long-term truce and a more comprehensive deal for the Gaza Strip. The cease-fire is the longest one since the war begun on July 8th, killing 1,875 Palestinians and 67 Israelis. Egyptian officials will mediate the talks between Israel and Hamas, and are hopeful that the groundwork for lasting peace will be set in the coming days. Hamas demanded that the Israeli blockade of people and goods into Gaza is lifted, while Israel wants to ensure that Hamas is unable to rebuild its military capabilities.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu placed blame on Hamas for the civilian deaths of Palestinians. Because the attacks by Hamas on Israel were carried out from civilian areas, Hamas carries the responsibility for any injuries and deaths to the civilians. However the Israeli Prime Minister has agreed to extend the cease-fire past its current deadline and has stated that Israeli troops have been withdrawn from the Gaza Strip.
American General Killed in Afghanistan Regarded as an Effective Leader
Major General Harold J. Greene was killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday, becoming the highest ranking United States officer to be killed overseas since the Vietnam War. Greene and 15 others, including a German general and two Afghan generals were shot at when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on the allied troops. The attack has been described as one of the bloodiest insider attacks in the Afghanistan war.
Greene has been described as an army gadget guru, using video games as a tool to train soldiers who were headed to the battlefield. His goal was to integrate video conferences, smartphones, and virtual world technology into the military. Greene was well-known for his interest in technology, and was sent to Afghanistan to advise Afghan military officers on how to buy weaponry and acquire technology.
World Commentary by Ivelina Kunina
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