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The Dirty Secret of International Forces in Afghanistan

Corey Levine | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Corey Levine

While troop-contributing countries have been fed a steady diet of the excesses committed by the Taliban, many thousands of Afghan civilians have had to endure untold suffering through error, ignorance, negligence and over-reach of the international military forces sent in to create security and stability in the country.

A New Manifesto For a Dangerous World

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It's been hanging over us in impending fashion for years. It creeps in around the edges of consciousness, leaving its effects even when it temporarily...

How to Make the World a Better Place

G(irls)20 | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png "The little girl wants to tell you something else. Please don't forget them. Please help them live in freedom." That urgent message, delivered by a translator as I was leaving a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, came from a 13-year-old Afghan girl.

What Refugees Leave Behind When They Flee Their Homes

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

As we mark World Refugee Day, the latest figures indicate that more than 50-million human beings alive today have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Whether they're refugees, asylum-seekers, or people displaced within their own countries, these individuals had no choice but to leave the places they once held so dear.

Couple Captured By Taliban Pleaded For Help In 2012 Videos

CP | Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last y...

John Baird Praises High Turnout In Afghan Election

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Afghans have demonstrated their commitment to a democratic future, and now a new government must dem...

Harper, Stop Canada From Entering a Decade of 'Diplomatic Darkness'

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

There was a time when Canada realized that while military security was an important investment, it was the long-term planning involved in relief and development that would ultimately bring greater measures of peace to our world. Somewhere along the way we lost that. We also lost a seat on the UN Security Council, the world's respect through our lack of action on climate change, and our altruism the moment we decided to invest development resources only in those nations that enhanced our own local economy and brought political benefit to the government.

Harper, Don't Abandon Those Who Fought For You in Afghanistan

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Yes, the Canadian story in Afghanistan is mixed, with closure hard to come by for those soldiers not only involved in security details, but development projects like protecting schools, building damns, and conducting civilian peace efforts in villages. But what shouldn't be in doubt is our government's promise and dedication to those military personnel.

Why the Afghanistan Mission Was Worth It

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

I have seen firsthand the incredible transformations that have taken place in Afghanistan over the past decade. Wherever your views stand on Canada's participation in NATO's mission in Afghanistan, the available evidence shows that without a doubt, life for most Afghans is dramatically better today than it was under Taliban rule

Families Of Fallen Canadians In Afghanistan Reflect On Loss

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Was it all worth it?It is a brutally awkward question, especially when posed in the context of Afghanistan.There is no shortage of people opi...

Taliban Claims 'Defeat' Of Canadian Army

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - A round of goodbye messages are following the last Canadian troops out the door in Afghanistan and some of them are rather nasty.The Taliban's...

After 12 Years, Canada's Afghanistan Mission Comes To End

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Some people searched their souls while the politicians offered glowing tributes and flags flew at half-staff.Meanwhile, one survey suggested ...

Minister Chris Alexander Cried Last Week, But Not for These Women

Dana Wagner | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The new citizenship and immigration minister, Chris Alexander, delivered a speech last week, the day before International Women's Day. The surprising part was just short of the end, when Alexander paused, stared down at the podium. He was crying. But Alexander and his government created a fast refugee system, not a fair one.

How Much Did Canada Really Know Before Entering Kandahar?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - The meeting had barely gotten underway at the U.S.-led Kandahar provincial reconstruction team's base when one of the Canadian diplomats excus...

Canada Should Keep Training Military in Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

At the end of March, Canadian military personnel will leave Afghanistan. That is too soon. As the second largest contributing nation to the training mission after the U.S., Canada's contributions to this capacity development are too valuable to withdraw this close to the finish line. Canada should renew its training mission for another term, and continue contributing to the Afghan mission in an area in which it clearly excels. Canada should stay, and continue to add value to the effort of training and educating Afghan soldiers and police. We have given too much and come too far to walk out this close to the finish line, and with so much progress at stake.

Bodies Of Canadians Killed In Kabul Returning Home

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada

GATINEAU, Qc - The bodies of two Canadian accountants who were killed in a Taliban suicide attack in Afghanistan last week are on their way home.Their...

The War in Afghanistan Made the Country Better

Lauryn Oates | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

The challenges that remain in Afghanistan are significant and they are copiously documented elsewhere and do not require repeating here. But the challenges should not overshadow the progress, and what can be concluded from the state of affairs in Afghanistan today is that Afghanistan is far better off today than it was in in 2001.

From B.C. Classrooms To Kandahar

AP | Kathy Gannon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Tooryalai Wesa was sitting in his office just three months after starting his new job as governor of Kandahar province in sout...

Canadian Military Made Difference In Afghanistan: Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Defence minister Rob Nicholson says Canada has made a difference in Afghanistan, even as Ottawa prepares to withdraw its military forces fro...

Lost Photographs Show A Different Side To Afghanistan

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada Style

Style isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Afghanistan but a series of photographs may soon change that. A group on Faceboo...

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

Canadian Troops To Trickle Out Of Afghanistan Soon

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada

OTTAWA - Canadian troops will begin a phased withdrawal from Afghanistan next month, leaving fewer than 100 soldiers on the ground by the time the tra...

Afghanistan Rising: Why the Taliban Must be Kept Out of Kabul

Roberta Staley | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Roberta Staley

In Afghanistan, the key to personal security is to stay a moving and elusive target: never stick to a routine, move quickly and unobtrusively. This was not only for our safety, but the safety of those we met. Fraternizing with Westerners can draw the wrath of local Taliban -- members recently beheaded two children in Kandahar province to warn citizens of the danger of collaborating with the Afghanistan government.

Islam At War -- With Itself

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Muslim societies have evolved into places where revenge is confused with justice, forgiveness with weakness, and peace with cowardice. These are the places where unholy men wage holy wars against unarmed civilians, pitting Muslims against other Muslims.

'Going To Be A Hell Of A Challenge'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The final rotation of Canadian troops destined for the training mission in Afghanistan began to trickle into the war-ravaged country as NATO ...