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Steffan Ileman

Citizen based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Joined on May 5, 2011



Turkish students get 8 years in jail for tuition protest

Quebec Premier Jean Charest may wish he had Turkish prosecutors and courts at his disposal to contain the Quebec student protests as Turkey sentences three students to long jail terms for three minutes of protest. UPDATE.

Turkish pianist faces jail for tweets about Islam

Turkey's Islamist government is prosecuting the country's celebrated pianist Fazil Say for uttering humorous tweets, which the government says is defamatory of religious values. Turkish PM wants to cut government funding to the Arts.

Op-Ed: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9: Browser or Spyware? Special

A mysterious Internet Explorer malfunction has inflicted some users of this popular Internet browser. Instead of recording visited URL's on the Internet IE 9 is tracking down and recording documents opened in the computer, raising privacy concerns.

Canada's bank bailout concealed by government

A think-tank claimed that Canada's banks secretly received billions from the government to bail them out during the recession. Toronto Sun says this is pure leftist propaganda for the May 1st crowd and occupy protesters.

Video: Man buried alive by Syrian soldiers

Video circulating in Turkey shows a man being buried alive allegedly by Bashar Assad's soldiers. Caution: the contents of this video are extremely disturbing and not suitable for viewing by all audiences.

Sailors in distress died after U.S. cruise liner refused to stop

A fishing boat had been adrift for two weeks when passengers on luxury liner Star Princess spotted sailors waving for help and alerted the captain, but the cruise liner did not stop to help. UPDATE: Company issues statement, eyewitnesses comment.

Naked man protests TSA security search at Portland Airport

After he beeped positive for explosives at airport checkpoint John Brennan stripped naked to protest his innocence. Man shares the same name with counter-terrorism adviser to President Obama John O. Brennan.

George Washington voted Britain's greatest military enemy

Voters in a British contest named George Washington enemy number one followed by Ireland's Michael Collins, France's Napoleon, German Marshall Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey.

Ex-TSA Chief: Eliminate airline baggage fees for security

A former head of Transportation Security Administration says air travel is not safer with oppressive airport security checks and in-flight restrictions. He urges politicians to embrace risk and relax some of the restrictions.

Family drama exposes security hole for corporate identity theft Special

Vancouver - Can anyone with the right password hack into the Corporate Registry and erase you from your own company? A War of the Roses unfolding in Vancouver reveals there's no government protection against corporate identity theft or predatory lawyers.

Hitler shampoo commercial gets blasted

Istanbul - In keeping with the adage that there's no such thing as a bad advertisement, an Istanbul ad agency created a truly striking shampoo commercial with the "endorsement" of an historical figure: Adolf Hitler, who was cast as a symbol of virility.

American Airlines flight attendant goes berserk

Dallas - An American Airlines flight attendant terrifies passengers en route from Dallas Ft. Worth to Chicago. Plane returns to the gate and resumes with new crew after she's taken off the flight by police. Questions raised about mental screening of crews.

Mysterious Phoenix explosion baffles

Phoenix - A mysterious explosion that appeared in the background during a traffic report in Phoenix, Arizona, baffles newsmen and authorities alike. Speculation grows over a possible UFO incident.

Air Canada loses constitutional challenge to class action Special

Vancouver - A BC Supreme Court judge dismissed yesterday Air Canada’s claim that provincial consumer law is inapplicable to Air Canada as a federally regulated undertaking. Other airlines are also affected by the decision in the fuel surcharge class action.

Hitler didn’t commit suicide, claims British journalist

British journalist Gerrard Williams says he’s found evidence that Hitler and his mistress Eva Braun didn’t die in their Berlin bunker as generally believed, but escaped to Argentina where he died in 1962.

Asteroid making close call to Earth

An asteroid will pass by the Earth on Tuesday at a distance closer than the Moon. It’s not expected to pose any hazard. It will be visible Tuesday night.

Op-Ed: How Government’s Buddy System cheats equal opportunity employment Special

If you think that the federal and provincial governments are equal opportunity employers, think again. Bureaucrats have a genius way for drawing up job descriptions so that a coveted position will be filled by buddies or ripen for political patronage.

Haunted houses, ghosts, orbs and other mysteries

Do you believe in haunted houses and ghosts? How about haunted airplanes? If you believe in the existence of the soul and the spirit, the question you ask, as Zen masters do, will most probably be “How real is this material world we live in?”

Ryanair to remove toilets from aircraft

Ryanair, the European low-cost carrier has announced that it will remove two of the three toilets on board its Boeing 737 aircraft.

Air Canada strike looming again

Air Canada flight attendants rejected the management’s contract offer for the second time and served a 72-hour strike notice. Government says no way, Jose.
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