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Will Trudeau Embrace The Responsibility To Protect Doctrine?

Yves Engler | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Right-wing commentators are calling Justin Trudeau's decision to withdraw fighter jets from Syria-Iraq "un-Liberal" and unfortunately they're right. But, by citing the Liberal sponsored Responsibility to Protect (R2P) to justify Canadian participation in the U.S.-led bombing, these pundits are revealing the essence of this "humanitarian imperialist" doctrine.

4 Italians Kidnapped In Libya

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada

ROME - Four Italian construction workers have been kidnapped in Libya near an industrial complex owned by the Italian energy giant Eni in the western ...

Most Sex Workers and Smuggled Migrants Aren't Being "Trafficked"

Alison Bass | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Alison Bass

What's going on in Libya is not trafficking, but a large-scale effort to smuggle migrants into Europe by men who are often greedy and unscrupulous. In the vast majority of cases, they are smuggling these migrants at their own request. A similar confusion with nomenclature applies to the debate over sex trafficking. There's a problem with calling something by the wrong name.

The Mediterranean Has Become a Morgue for Migrants. Canada Must Help

Alex Neve | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Neve

The number of deaths have been mounting over the years. The International Organization of Migration estimates that somewhere in the range of 20,000 women, men and children have drowned in the Mediterranean between 2000 and 2014, while trying to reach safety and new lives in Europe. Canada can and should be central to international efforts to address the underlying crises in Syria, Eritrea and other countries, propelling the displacement that leads to the Mediterranean. This is not a crisis that Canada should simply observe and lament.

Continued Cronyism Is the Arab Spring's Worst Enemy

Fred McMahon | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Fred McMahon

The violence that spun out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria grabbed the headlines but the real problem received little attention -- lack of opportunity. This lack of opportunity for the people of the Middle East is an issue the West largely ignored and partly caused.

Canada Withdraws Staff From Libya

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canadian government is temporarily suspending its consular operations in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and pulling out all staff.In a sta...

Libya Threatens To Sink Oil Tankers

CBC | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Business

Oil prices moved higher Wednesday due to an escalating conflict in Libya, after Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned oil tankers to stay away from easte...

How Canada Encourages Corrupt Companies

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Business
Patricia Adams

According to Michael Hershman, an international expert on transparency and accountability, corruption is more severe in Quebec than anywhere else in Canada and a "culture of corruption" has invaded the province's business elite.

When Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Josh D. Scheinert

The Government of Canada has just given new meaning to the word "chutzpah". Adel Benhmuda tried to claim refugee status in Canada; he failed. When he said he'd be tortured if deported back to Libya this country didn't believe him. After all this country put them through, it should be Canada reimbursing the Benhmudas.

One Way to Create Peace in the Middle East

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Karin Kloosterman

I don't know anything about bulls, and bears, candlesticks or hanging men, but as a resident of the Middle East I can testify that green technologies make nations and communities proud to be part of them. Green technologies make places better. Solar projects change people too: they bring jobs, and sweep away pollution. They give security to people without energy security.

Jason Kenney Owes This Immigrant Family One Big Apology

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Josh D. Scheinert

Adel Benhmuda is owed an apology from this country, as are his wife, Aisha, and their four children. After living in Canada for several years their refugee claim failed and Benhmuda's assertions that he would be tortured in Libya were dismissed. In 2008 the family was deported. Upon arrival in Libya, Adel was arrested and tortured. What I would like Minister Kenney to do is stand up in the House of Commons, admit that his beloved asylum system made a grave error and most importantly, apologize to the Benhmudas for what their family was forced to go through.

Having Coffee with Kofi Annan

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

I was one of the lucky few who was invited to attend a rare opportunity to have a roundtable discussion with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who was in Toronto for an exclusive speaking engagement as part of an ongoing speakers series. Annan answered our questions which covered various hot button topics including the ways towards a successful society, Iran, Romney and China. Here is what he said.

The Not-So-Foreign Policy Debate

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

The stage was set at Boca Raton's Lynn University. The desk dusted, chairs put in place and zingers primed and ready for volleying. Oh, and it was supposed to be about Foreign Policy. Right? Well it kind of was. Kind of. According to Romney, American grade school teachers are part of American foreign policy. Confused? Wait, there's more...

Gadhafi's Former Spokesman Arrested: Libya

AP | ESAM MOHAMED | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada

TRIPOLI, Libya — The Libyan government on Saturday announced the capture of Moammar Gadhafi's ex-spokesman outside a besieged town, as the oil-rich ...

Lorraine, was it? Highlights from The Presidential Town Hall Debate

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

Last night Obama needed to win. There really was no other option. Obama was so on (and then some) that you could feel Bill Maher's elation when he tweeted about the return of the "Black Ninja." Then it got seriously real when the issue of energy and drilling companies motivated both to pretty much get into each other's grills creating one of many unexpected and unforgettable moments. Moments such as a woman named Lorraine. Or was it Lorianne? In fact, there was a binder full of women. Romney attempting to spike the ball by asking Obama repeatedly if he has in fact checked his (much smaller) pension. And Michelle and Ann's fashion blunder.

Libyans Hand Over Weapons In Benghazi, Tripoli

CBC | Posted 11.29.2012 | Canada

Hundreds of Libyans converged Saturday on a main square in Benghazi and another in Tripoli in response to a call from the military to hand over their ...

Censorship Is For Cowards, No Matter the Subject

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Let's get one thing straight: Abubakar Kasim is not advocating for "tolerance, respect and harmony" in his latest piece for the Huffington Post. He's advocating for the banning and censorship of "Innocence of Muslims." While "Innocence of Muslims" contributes nothing whatsoever to the discourse surrounding "one of the world's greatest religions" to ban it would be to ban the understanding of an inciting force that has had gut-wrenching consequences.

Media Bites: The Lougheed Legacy's Light on History

J.J. McCullough | Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg I should start by admitting I was only 15 months old when Peter Lougheed concluded his highly transformative tenure as ruler of Alberta, so my memories are a little hazy. But I seem to recall there was a time when this nation's editorial pages weren't quite as overflowing with praise of the late Conservative premier as they are today.

No, Banning "Innocence of Muslims" Is Not the Solution

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

To my fellow Muslims -- the 99 per cent who are peaceful -- here is my message. Online articles, information and resources, including amateur video productions, are everywhere. "Policing" opinions on religious matters is unrealistic in most instances. But some of you say "Innocence of Muslims" is a special case and should be banned. Personally, I disagree. The video should not be banned, nor should any video that one finds disturbing because of its anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian or anti-religious content. Why? For a number of reasons.

Muslim Hooligans Know Not the Prophet They Defend

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

Those emotionally-charged hooligans who went ballistic in their protests probably know little about the prophet they claim to defend. They most likely know more about movie stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie than they know their own prophet. Had they known a little about his character, they would not have gone wild as they did in their protest.

Nakoula: With Friends Like These, You Make Enemies

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

The man who "wrote" and "directed" Innocence of Muslims -- the same movie which has led to the deaths of four U.S. diplomats, up to 10 Libyans, four Yemenis, and one Lebanese in Tripoli -- in is fact Nakoula Bassley Nakoula, an Egyptian Coptic Christian living, or rather, hiding, in California. But what may help one better understand this artiste is to look at the company he keeps, namely, Pastor Terry Jones and Steven Klein.

If People View Muslims As Intolerant, That's Our Fault

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

The film the Innocence of Muslims has recently been thrust into the spotlight and has played the willing role of firestarter to what can be seen as a tinderbox which harbours the sensitive feelings of my Muslim brothers and sisters. You, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, fell for it. You have played right into the hands of this hate-monger filmmaker and into the hands of his bigoted friends who view Muslims as "crazy," "intolerant," "violent" all in the same breath. And thanks to you we have handed them another high profile example. On a big fat shiny platter.

Libyan Ambassador's Death: Tragic End to a Bad Movie

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

There is no justification for the murder of U.S. Ambassor Chris Stevens and three other U.S. diplomats in Benghazi last night. But at the same time, there is no justification for the movie that led to these attacks. The murder of those four Americans is the cause of the recklessness, ignorance and hatred of two parties: extremist Muslims and the film's writer and director, Sam Bacile. Maybe there is no work of art that is worth the loss of life, but at the very least, when individuals are killed over their work, we hope to be able to learn something from the creation in question, we hope that there is some consolatory value in an unnecessary sacrifice. Such is not the case here.

RCAF Fretted Over CF-18 Wear And Tear In Libya

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Newly released documents reveal there was a fair amount of fretting within air force ranks about the impact of last year's Libya bombing camp...

Watching the Watchdog: Inside a War Correspondent's Head

Tim Knight | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

In this edition of One On One, Mansbridge does a competent job debriefing the distinguished CBC foreign correspondent Susan Ormiston, back in London after her latest foreign assignment. So why do journalists like Susan Ormiston volunteer to go to all these places where people kill each other, and too often kill journalists who might as well have targets painted on their flak jackets?