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Nov 27, 2015 0 Comments

Bogus passports create refugee challenge Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: Candice Malcolm

One of the suicide bombers who blew himself up outside a soccer stadium in Paris was in possession of a Syrian passport. Reports indicate that the passport was not his own, and yet, officials don’t know why the terrorist was carrying it.

This is part of the challenge immigration officers face when screening and selecting refugees for resettlement into Western countries.

Verifying information is a key component of this process. And while Canadian immigration officials are trained to decipher lies and inconsistencies in testimonies, things get more complicated when would-be refugees present false or fake documents.

Identity verification is frequently the most time-consuming and difficult portion of any security clearance check. The task is made more difficult thanks to the booming black market for fake passports and other immigration documents.

Since many European countries give preferential treatment to Syrian refugees, Syrian passports have become a hot commodity in the underground economy.

But those aren’t the only fake passports being used to deceive officials.

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Nov 10, 2015 0 Comments

Venezuela’s Leaders and the Chinese Trough Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: FERNANDO MENÉNDEZ

China’s President Xi Jinping has made a major commitment to eradicating corruption in the country’s government and state-owned enterprises.  Those who analyze Mr. Xi’s policies argue that he sees corruption as a veritable cancer that can weaken and ultimately undermine the political hegemony of China’s Communist Party. As a result, Mr. Xi has been willing to take on senior officials enriching themselves through public positions and other means.

Corruption, however, while a persistent illness with a debilitating and self-generating momentum, is not exclusive to China. If truth be told, China’s largesse abroad is also a major source of corruption and fraud, especially when it involves government-to-government transactions where transparency and accountability are absent.

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