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The Thin Red Line: Family Planning In Fragile Places

World Vision | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Pregnancy during war, natural disaster, or economic collapse isn't simply a time of joy and wonder; it's often tainted with anxiety and fear. For these women, it's more like nine months of holding the thin red line of courage against almost impossible odds. The strength and resilience needed to do this is astounding.

Ex-MP's Petition Calls For Inquiry Into Afghan Torture Allegations

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals have until May 30th to respond in writing.

Afghans Are 'Waiting For Death' If Countries Keep Their Doors Shut

Mellissa Fung | Posted 04.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Mellissa Fung

Eight years ago, the National Directorate of Security in Afghanistan saved my life. I was being held hostage by a gang of criminals who were threatening to sell me to the Taliban. I will forever be in his debt, but I was also impressed by the smarts and savvy of this young intelligence chief. If Afghanistan had politicians of his character, I thought, the country's future was in decent hands.

Soldiers Weren't Told To Ignore Sex Abuse Of Afghan Boys: Inquiry

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics

The report found that not enough information was shared.

A Viral Video Helped This Afghan Refugee Find A New Home

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada
Yaël Ossowski

It's a story full of hope among a sea of despair. With thousands of refugees currently awaiting their fate at the periphery of Europe's borders, hoping to reach Germany, the United Kingdom or Sweden, at least one man was setting his sights on the Baltic nation of Lithuania.

Canada's Fight Against ISIS Is Far From Over

Jonathan Wade | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Wade

As a matter of fact, it could take decades, if not more. Canada pulled out of Afghanistan too early and I believe the same will happen in Iraq. Although the mission is completely different, our contribution to training troops remains almost identical.

West Should Have Left Taliban Alone: Retired Canadian Commander

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Politics

Dave Fraser said the West has only repeated the same mistakes over the last decade.

Canadian Diplomat's Death In Kandahar Unpunished After 10 Years

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Politics

The deadly suicide bombing took place 10 years ago today.

Sajjan Mum On Afghan Security Funding After Kandahar Attack

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Politics

Sajjan said the attack will be treated in the same manner as other urgent security matters.

We Can Do More Than 2 Per Cent Of ISIL Airstrikes, Dion Tells NATO

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Politics

"There are a lot of things where Canada may be a great supporter."

We Must Learn From The Lessons Of Afghanistan To Extinguish ISIS

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

The lessons of Afghanistan were purchased at a bitter cost: the war claimed more lives, more years, and more money than any other campaign in NATO's history. Unless the alliance takes those lessons to heart, a war in Syria and Iraq to extinguish Daesh -- the self-styled "Islamic State" -- will be worse. In any military campaign against Daesh, how will we identify effective allies on the ground, who are less pernicious than our common enemy? How will we ensure that neither chaos nor tyranny fill the vacuum left after a successful campaign? Whom will Syrians be able to trust to rebuild their country?

Canadians Must Not Allow Themselves To Be Divided By Hate

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. But we must not allow the horrific nature of this atrocity to drag Canada back into the racism, Islamophobia and war-mongering that characterized our last government. The burden to hold firm on the change that we demanded in the October election is jointly shared between Canadians and our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Anonymous Tip Claims Canadian Military 'Terrorized' Afghan Detainees

CBC | James Cudmore | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Politics

Fresh allegations of war crimes and coverup levelled at Canadian military police and commanders in Afghanistan and in Ottawa are now under investigation by an independent watchdog.

Education Can Make All the Difference in the Lives of Refugee Children

Deborah Ellis | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Deborah Ellis

A school says to a refugee child, "You have somewhere to go each day. You have someone who believes you can learn and who makes you sit up straight. You have an important job to do with your life and you are worth someone's time to see that you do it."

Perfume War Documentary Tells Tale Of Building Peace Through Economic Empowerment

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

When I came out of my coma in Vancouver General Hospital about six weeks after I was wounded, I thought I was recovering from injuries from an IED strike I survived in the third week of my tour and would soon be back with my battle group.

This Little Woman's Big Heart Is Changing The Lives Of Afghan Girls

The Huffington Post Canada | Nina Raynars and Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Impact

"I saw girls light up with excitement and hope as they sat in their classrooms knowing that, indeed, they did matter, that they deserved to learn how to read and write, that they could contribute to the world and reach their full potential."

Canada Shrugging Off U.S. Concerns Over Afghanistan 'Ghost Schools'

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Canadian officials are shrugging off U.S. concerns that school enrolment numbers in Afghanistan — one of the most tangible indicators of the impact of millions in aid spending — may have been inflated or falsified outright.

There Can Never Be a Humanitarian Component to Military Action

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Cornish

There is simply no compatibility between humanitarian action and the use of military force in combat. One has as its singular objective the alleviation of human suffering, regardless of the sufferer's identity or affiliation; the other, by definition, involves taking the side of one group against the other. That's also why it is very worrying to hear that humanitarian assistance is being used as strategic tactic in military action.

Joshua Ostroff

Unschooled Afghan Refugee Is Now One Of Canada's Brightest Lights | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia

".. being exposed to opportunities can change you, can help you, can affect your community or your country."

True Democracies Protect Everyone's Freedom of Expression

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

Democracies must protect freedom of expression, which includes the right to blaspheme. Freedom of expression and the right to dissent is either for everybody or for nobody, or the principal falls apart entirely.

Pilots Blamed For Canadian Chopper Crash

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A helicopter crash that seriously injured a soldier and forced a halt to one of Canada's last combat missions in Afghanistan was the result ...

Canada's Vision For Afghan Aid Left In Dust: Audit

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government would be wise to heed the lessons of its evaluation of the Afghan aid program as it contemplates how to handle th...

Each Year, Veterans Affairs Makes Me Prove I Lost My Legs

Paul Franklin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Paul Franklin

Last year when upon getting a new chair it was felt by VAC that I didn't get the appropriate paperwork -- which was a doctor's note saying "Due to transformal amputations, Paul Franklin needs a new wheelchair." I was approved of a pension but was not to receive it until a doctor confirmed my limb loss. This is something that has to be done every year presumably until age 65.

What Afghans Can Teach Canadians About Terrorism Response

Lauryn Oates | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

It was strange to receive the news in a country where terror is an every day occurrence, that a deranged jihadist had shed blood on Canadian soil, rampaging through our normally peaceful capital, on the heels of another attack days earlier in Montreal. I knew, too, that the people of Afghanistan would have sound advice to offer Canadians.

Why There is Little Hope for Progress in Afghanistan

Ivey Business School | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada
Ivey Business School

The collapse of talks aimed at producing a truce between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates has rekindled fears of ethnic unrest in the war-torn nation, according to a recent Reuters report. But if truth be told, Afghanistan has little chance of stabilizing politically or seeing significant economic progress with or without the power-sharing deal that was being brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.