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Why Should Canadians Care About Hekmatyar?

Ali Mirzad | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Ali Mirzad

This past weekend, after 20 years of banishment, Hekmatyar reappeared in eastern Afghanistan in the province of Laghman. Early images and videos show a lineup of Afghan men in military uniform and turban kissing Hekmatyar's hands. Whether it is a sign of allegiance to the returned warlord or a sign of respect to the so-called Warrior of God, remains to be determined.

Let's Get Clear On What Pacifism Really Means

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

I'm tired of pacifists. I'm not going to be polite around them anymore. I'm not going to be accommodating in polite society and pretend that while I differ, I respect the pacifist opinion. I don't. Pacifists are wrong, and this is why. Pacifism tolerates, even abets, terrorism and fascism -- and the war and violence that come from them.

There Is No Justification For Trump's Illegal Militarism

Jeff Wheeldon | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Jeff Wheeldon

Let's be clear: while a sarin gas attack is a disgusting breach of international law and of humanity itself, in responding with military force outside of any formal war the United States has breached more international laws than the gas attack did. We should not be lulled into some sense that unilateral military action is OK.

Taliban Chop Off Suspected Thief's Hand, Foot

The Associated Press | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada

It happened in a remote area of the western Herat province.

Avalanches Kill Over 100 People In Afghanistan

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada

Afghanistan's government declared a public holiday due to the heavy snowfall across the country.

Paddle Boats Of Afghanistan: A Country Of Contrasts

Martin Parnell | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Travel
Martin Parnell

It's been almost three months since I ran the Marathon of Afghanistan and I have been asked many questions about the race. However, that was only seven hours out of an 11 day trip and I would like to share with you some of the other incredible aspects of my experience.

Don't Blame Lionel Desmond Murder-Suicide On Male Entitlement

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Rose-Martland

They have demonized Lionel Desmond as a typical example of male entitlement and bemoan the media portraying Lionel as a victim - when the lack of mental health services is central to this tragedy. Lionel was trying desperately to get help. Lionel was denied that help. The Desmond family is now dead.

We Need To Move From Climate Commitment To Climate Action

BC Council for International Cooperation | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Politics
BC Council for International Cooperation

We cannot spend tens of millions of dollars promoting a low carbon future while also spending tens of millions promoting extractives. With the Agreement in full force, Canada can pivot its approach to international assistance to reflect real policy coherence. We need to support small-scale, decentralized clean energy programs that promote pro-poor, gender sensitive projects.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maryam Monsef?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

After reporters revealed the mismatch between Minister Maryam Monsef's stated and actual birthplaces, a politically-motivated "outrage" ensued. Did she purposely mislead her colleagues, her constituents? Was she a fraud? Could her Canadian citizenship be revoked?

Ottawa-Funded Journalism Casts Canada As Benevolent Global Actor

Yves Engler | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

A Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the foreign minister, the International Development Research Centre, broadly aligns its positions with Canada's international objectives. IDRC funds various journalism initiatives and development journalism prizes. Canada's aid agency has also doled out tens of millions of dollars on media initiatives over the years.

Canadian-American Couple Kidnapped In Afghanistan Seen In New Video

CP | Amir Shah, The Associated Press | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada

The video, currently being examined by the U.S., shows Canadian Joshua Boyle and American Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2012.

We Need Unity In The Face Of Attacks On Education In Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Lauryn Oates

Militaries come and go, regimes rise and fall. But the social change that comes from education is irreversible. Every teacher capable of inculcating curiosity in a young mind, every individual who persists in questioning, every student who learns new ideas and spreads them to others, is a menace to the Taliban's plans.

Fostering Female Entrepreneurial Mindsets In Afghanistan

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Business

One of the main barriers that prevents Afghan women from entering the labuor force are traditional beliefs and biased views that women should be housewives and mothers rather than breadwinners. There is a stigma around families where the mother or daughter earns money and women's potential and abilities are severely suppressed.

Canada Commits Cash To Afghanistan As Allies Keep Troops On Ground

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberal government is renewing more than $150 million per year for aid projects in Afghanistan and to help the country's security forces.

Remembering Afghan Journalist Zabihullah Tamanna

Mellissa Fung | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada
Mellissa Fung

Zabi had been doing this job -- working with foreign journalists -- for almost 15 years, and he was used to the rhythm and requirements of our work. He was astute, often one step ahead of us, and knew how to trouble-shoot a shoot if an element of a story fell through. There was always someone he knew or could call to help us out of a jam.

The Thin Red Line: Family Planning In Fragile Places

World Vision | Posted 05.14.2017 | 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 04.27.2017 | 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 04.22.2017 | 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 04.13.2017 | 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 04.12.2017 | 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 04.07.2017 | 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 02.24.2017 | 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 01.15.2017 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics

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