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What Donald J. Trump Means For Canadian Foreign Policy

Shuvaloy Majumdar | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Shuvaloy Majumdar

The pressures on Canadian interests abroad will be significant, so long as the United States remains the guarantor of Canadian national security and the major partner in economic prosperity. So what does the U.S. election mean for Canada in the world?

Canada Can Lead Global Criticism Of Iran's Human Rights Abuses

David Kilgour | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
David Kilgour

The Canadian House of Commons is one of few parliaments in the world to have formally acknowledged and denounced one of the worst crimes against humanity in recent history. In the summer of 1988, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a religious edict ordering the death of any political prisoner who failed to demonstrate loyalty to the regime.

Canada And Iran Are Taking Steps In The Right Direction

Navid Hassibi | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

To be sure, Professor Hoodfar's release highlights the benefits of diplomatic engagement and could be the beginning of a shift in Canada-Iran relations. While Canada's closest international partners re-engage Iran and establish diplomatic and/or economic ties, Ottawa has understandably been taking its time on playing catch up.

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?

Feds Won't Say How Many Canadians Are Jailed In Iran

CBC | CBC News | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Politics

First, there was the news that a Canadian professor had been jailed in Iran for what her family believes are allegations of "dabbling in feminism and ...

Canadian Prof Jailed In Iran For Dabbling In Feminism: Family

CP | Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada

"We're very concerned that we have no news from her, that the family hasn't been able to see her, that the lawyer hasn't been able to see her, and we don't know her mental state, her health, or the conditions of her detention."

Money Laundering For The Mullahs

Mark Dubowitz | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Mark Dubowitz

The Islamic Republic of Iran has mounted a full court press to persuade the global financial community to overlook its long rap sheet of financial crimes. In recent weeks, two of the Islamic Republic's most savvy diplomats were on the offensive to persuade the Obama administration to green light Iran's access to U.S. dollar transactions.

Why We Volunteer (And How You Can Too)

Natalie Karneef | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

It's not surprising that young people are Canada's most active volunteers, representing about 66 per cent of those who give their time for a cause. Time is, after all, on their side. But our country's volunteering numbers might surprise you. In 2013, 4 out of 10 Canadians volunteered, putting in 1,957,000,000 total hours. This week, National Volunteer Week, we celebrate them, while also asking: How do they do it?

Examining Pakistan's Political Pragmatism

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Despite its internal problems, Pakistan is slowly emerging as a key cog in the geopolitics of the region. In light of the OPEC market share war and the Syrian crisis, both Iran and Saudi Arabia are looking to tilt the power balance in their favour - a balance that lies with Pakistan as a military power. Instead of gravitating towards its traditional Sunni ally in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is attempting to play a positive role in diffusing tensions between the two regional powers while also keeping its interests in mind.

Too Often, America's 'Obamabashers' Lack Dignity

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Frequently underlying the purported threat Obama represents to his own country is innuendo about his 'true' identity accompanied by allegations about the hidden Islamist tendencies. Given the absence of any proof to support such ludicrous assertions, 'Obamabashers' conduct whisper campaigns often around dinner tables or other social gatherings.

Small Steps Towards Re-Engagement With Iran

Navid Hassibi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

Re-engaging Tehran does not mean that Canada and Iran will become strategic partners, however, if Canada can engage with Saudi Arabia, a country with which little is shared in terms of values, then surely it can engage with Iran whose population is highly secular and Western-leaning.

The Trauma That Shaped Today's Iran

Laura Secor | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Laura Secor

What Iranians lived in that time -- what they channeled through their intellectual salons and prison letters, their dreams and childhood memories -- felt to me like an epic novel, replete with calamities and reversals, crescendos and epiphanies, and a sweeping arc of history that cut through its core.

The Sister Of A Canadian Resident Jailed In Iran Campaigns For His Release

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

The sister of Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian resident and engineer who is unlawfully imprisoned in Iran, is calling on Canadians to help push for her brother's release and safe return to Canada. Her efforts have so far moved Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to quash Malekpour's death sentence.

Canada Will Lift Sanctions On Iran: Dion

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Politics

And Conservatives aren't happy.

Liberals Moving Too Quickly To Lift Iran Sanctions, Tory Critic Says

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics

"I believe if the embassy is reopened, Canada will be putting its foreign affairs professionals at serious risk, given the Iranians' very selective protection of diplomatic staff."

Tories 'Booby Trapped' Iran Relations For Liberals: Expert

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics

"My understanding right now is the government is struggling to figure out how do we deal with that."

Why Canada Should Re-Open Its Embassy In Iran

Siavash V. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Siavash V.

A functioning embassy -- a nation's eyes and ears -- would allow Canada to directly and independently assess the complicated political scene in Iran better, becoming less reliant on our allies when it comes to our understanding and engagement with the Middle East.

It's Canada's Turn To Re-Engage Relations With Iran

Navid Hassibi | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

As international sanctions against Iran were lifted over the weekend and as U.S.-Iranian relations dominated the headlines, Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion implied on the sidelines of a Cabinet-level retreat that the Government is considering dropping its sanctions against Iran, a move that would align Canada with its closest international partners. That the government recognizes the economic and strategic disadvantages associated with its inherited Iran policy is a major step toward constructive re-engagement with Tehran.

Canada Condemns Mass Killings In Saudi Arabia

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics

Dion said the executions could "further inflame" tensions in the Middle East.

It's Time To Bring Canada's Iran Policy Out From The Cold

Navid Hassibi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

As "Implementation Day" of the historic nuclear deal between world powers and Iran approaches, during which Iran will begin fulfilling the bulk of its end of the agreement while sanctions by the United Nations, United States and the European Union are removed, Canada must begin planning for the eventual restoration of ties with Iran in keeping with the new Trudeau government's affirmation to re-engage Tehran.

It's Time To Reboot Canada's Diplomatic Machine

Mehrdad Loghmani | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Mehrdad Loghmani

Canada's strength is not in its fleet of aircraft carriers, but in its moral capital. When our foreign policy reflects our core values, pluralism, diversity, tolerance and empathy then we can expect amplification of our influence around the world. Hearts and minds of population, tired of perpetual violence, is not won through military muscle, but by the ability to defuse conflict and tireless effort to establish and maintain peace.

Will Justin Trudeau Rebuild Canada's Relationship With Iran?

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 10.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Kourosh Ziabari

International relations with Iran suffered under Stephen Harper. There's a noteworthy Iranian-Canadian community scattered across Canada, which has nurtured prominent artists, scientists, scholars, business people, entrepreneurs, journalists and even politicians who maintain close relations with the fellow citizens living in Iran. Now, as the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is soon to be inaugurated, Iranians living in Canada and their compatriots at home are wishing for a quick and immediate normalization of the relations between Tehran and Ottawa.

What Iran and Israel Have in Common

Navid Hassibi | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

Despite the vitriol stemming from both capitals, the extremist threat is the appropriate issue to spark a strategic recalculation in Tehran and Tel Aviv, even if temporary. Although the idea of Iranian-Israeli engagement may seem to be rooted in fantasy, the same factors that prompted the United States and Iran to try something new can and should drive Iran and Israel to follow suit.

1 In 5 Iranian Journalists Have Been Tortured

CP | Colin Perkel | Posted 09.17.2016 | Canada

TORONTO — Many Iranian journalists who have been the targets of state-sanctioned aggression are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and de...

When Criticism of Israel Becomes Anti-Semitism

Mike Fegelman | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

No country should be beyond legitimate criticism and all should be measured against the same yardstick, but when you single out one country over all others, namely Israel, and hold it to a unique standard and put it on the receiving end of exclusive censure, it's anti-Semitism, plain and simple.