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Shame on the West for Ignoring Mass Murder

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

What have you heard about Burma, Tibet, Northern Cyprus? Even less than Syria, North Korea, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Don't look. Pretend it's not happening-or pretend that efforts at peace will work-if we just give it enough time. Rwanda took more than 100 days. The Jewish people waited five years. Syria has been in conflagration for three years. Talk. Talk. Talk. Well maybe there will be talk. But then who's listening. The media? There is a certain presence of an absence in far too many hot spots.

Human Rights Day: Pray for Modern Slaves

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Diane Weber Bederman

December 10 has been declared Human Rights Day. This is a day for all of us in the West, in particular, to pray for those who live under autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes who deny their citizens their humanity. There is slavery on the 21st century. While we exclaim over the movie "12 Years a Slave," we ignore those who are enslaved today, in Sudan and North Korea.

Western Business Must Walk the Talk in Myanmar

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Business
Errol P. Mendes

Many people in Myanmar commemorated the 25th anniversary this September of one of the bloodiest crackdowns in the country's history. Western business should be encouraged to bring more socially responsible practices to Myanmar but should take critical measures to ensure that they not become part of the democracy-hindering problem rather than the solution.

The Hidden Genocide of Muslims

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I've been reading about the war in Burma/Myanmar. It's a conflict between the Buddhist Burmese majority and approximately 800,000 Royhingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) State. They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

Canada's Newest Business Partner: This (Formerly) Oppressive Asian Country

CP | Adam Miller, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Business

TORONTO - After years of imposing tough sanctions, Canada announced a push Wednesday to open up economic relations with Myanmar, saying International ...

Canada To Open Controversial New Overseas Embassy

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada will open an embassy in Myanmar in recognition of the country's moves to improve human rights and democracy.The move follows the Conse...

Baird To Make History In Myanmar

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada Politics

BANGKOK - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is planning a landmark visit to Myanmar, a country that has suffered for nearly half a century under the...

Beware of Becoming Burma's Useful Idiots

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 03.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Bociurkiw

To say that the Burmese generals who have been meeting with diplomatic A-list visitors such as Clinton and Hague have blood on their hands is almost an understatement. Aside from the 1988 crackdown, which killed thousands of young activists, many shot at point-blank range, their record of repression includes the crackdown on monks and other peaceful protesters.

Canada Begins Engagement With Myanmar, Sanctions Remain

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2011 | Canada Politics

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada has begun a strategic engagement with Myanmar that includes an exchang...

Amnesty Marks 50 Years of Advancing Freedom

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.14.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As near as 15 years ago, says Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, it would have been "a pie in the sky dream" for Moammar Gadhafi to be indicted by a united front of governments. It's a stark reminder for Canada to "stand on guard" and oppose crimes against humanity.