CCF News Bulletin for Aug 18th
Canada-China Focus
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Canada-China Focus and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute Present:

The Media, CSIS and Modern Sinophobia

When: Sep 7 at 04:00 PM Pacific (US and Canada)
Description: For over ten years, CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and other public security agencies have been targeting Chinese Canadians politicians and researchers as a fifth column for the People‘s Republic of China. Some Canadian journalists rely heavily on CSIS in what amounts to a form of modern Sinophobia. This discussion, featuring Andrew Mitrovica, Midori Ogasawara and Georgia Kelly, will explore the ethics of responsible, anti-racist reporting in an era of misinformation.

Andrew Mitrovica is a writer and teacher. He spent a long time as an investigative reporter at various places in Canada, including CBC, CTV, the Globe and Mail, and Walrus magazine. He wrote a book about Canada's spy service: Cover Entry: Spies, Lies, and Crimes Inside Canada's Secret Service. (Random House). He has been a columnist with Al Jazeera English for seven years.
Midori Ogasawara is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on social consequences of surveillance and technologies, including national security intelligence activities. Dr. Ogasawara worked for Japan‘s national newspaper The Asahi Shimbun as an investigative journalist. In 2016, she interviewed the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden and published two books (2016, 2019) that unveil the NSA‘s secret spying activities in Japan. Her latest article discusses how Canada‘s legislation has been legalizing previously illegal surveillance activities (2022).

Georgia Kelly is an assistant editor at, and a section editor at the University of Toronto's student newspaper the Varsity. She likes to write about immigration and multiculturalism in Canada, as well as labour and housing issues.
Global Relations

The Nation: "The Global South‘s BRICS Play Should Not Be Dismissed"

Published: August 17, 2023
Written by: Sarang Shidore

The expansion of the BRICS agenda indicates a hunger for countering the serious shortcomings of the US-led global order.





The Conversation: "The world‘s most powerful democracies were built on the suffering of others"

Published: July 31, 2023
Written by: Shaun Narine

"Democracy is supposed to base a state‘s legitimacy in its accountability to its people. It supports people‘s freedoms and human rights. What these ideals mean in practice and how to achieve them are difficult questions."
Fighting Racism in National Security

Ottawa Citizen: "Huda Mukbil writes on racism at CSIS, Canada's spy agency"

Article published: Aug 15, 2023

Ottawa‘s Huda Mukbil was the first Black Arab-Canadian Muslim woman to join Canada‘s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Despite her expertise, she was often treated with suspicion. Her new book, Agent Of Change: My Life Fighting Terrorists, Spies and Institutional Racism, exposes some of the discrimination racial and religious minorities faced at the agency.