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Is Humanity Screwed?

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Bociurkiw

Despite the outrage, there is no end in sight to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria. As the war grinds on, very few people have any workable solutions. Even a temporary ceasefire, for which the UN is begging all sides to adhere to in order to allow humanitarian aid in, is almost impossible to achieve -- and looks more distant after Syrian Government forces began closing in on rebel-held territory in East Aleppo over the weekend.

Water Cuts Add To Daily Challenge Of Survival For Aleppo's Children

UNICEF Canada | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

For children living in one of the deadliest places on earth, this lack of safe water is a continuous threat to their survival. Alongside 100,000 children living in east Aleppo, nine-year-old Judy has been robbed of her childhood. Instead of going to school or playing with friends, her life is full of constant stress.

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?

Let's Remember The Child Survivors Of War

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

The children of war will never forget what they've been through. When that minute of silence has ended this Remembrance Day, please keep the world's child survivors in front of you. Then reach out to help them.

Trump And Hillary Represent The Great American Soap Opera

Colin Todhunter | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Colin Todhunter

Most U.S. voters seem to believe the lies being fed to them: A public that is encouraged to regard what is happening in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Libya as a disconnected array of events in need of Western intervention based on bogus notions of 'humanitarianism' or a 'war on terror', rather than the planned machinations of empire.

Canada Turned Discomfort Around Refugee Crisis Into Real Action

Yaman Al-Nachawati | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Yaman Al-Nachawati

The ripple effect of our collective decision to address this discomfort has been felt worldwide. Since that time, we have helped restart the lives of more than 30,000 newcomers. Our unique integration methods are hailed as an international model.

We Need To End The Violence Against Children In Syria

UNICEF Canada | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Last week's events in Syria speak to a conflict transformed into a humanitarian crisis that has worsened with time. In eastern Aleppo alone, at least 96 children have been killed and 223 others injured. Such circumstances make it increasingly harder to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid.

It's Not 'Cool' That My Next-Door Neighbours Are Syrian Refugees

Amanda Buessecker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Buessecker

Being a refugee isn't fun, you see. It is not an adventure. It isn't an extended vacation at the expense of another. It is a sacrifice. It is a last resort. They may be safe here, but they wish that their own country wasn't at war. They would rather be there than here. Frankly, it sucks that my new neighbours are Syrian refugees.

The White House Doesn't Need A Stoner In Chief

David Martin | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

If there was ever any doubt about Mr. Johnson's suitability for the office of the president of the United States, that response sealed the deal. If a candidate is that unaware of one of the most basic foreign policy issues of the day, he shouldn't be running for dog catcher, much less president.

'What Is Aleppo?' Reminds Us Of The War The World Forgot

Adrienne Martin | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Adrienne Martin

In the five years since the uprising-turned-civil-war, the Syrian conflict has become the "biggest humanitarian crisis of our time." The United Nations estimates more than 250,000 people have been killed (this figure is widely disputed among various international organizations), while another 6.6. million have been internally displaced.

Child Suicide Attempts Have Increased In Syrian Town: Charity

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada

"We don’t need sympathy, we need help in this crisis."

Little Has Changed Since Alan Kurdi's Death, His Father Says

The Associated Press | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada

"Politicians said after the death of my family: never again!''

Remembering Alan Kurdi In My Own Way

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Today, the world remembers a child who never had the chance to seize life at all. His name was Alan Kurdi. You'll recall him as the little Syrian boy who, was found dead on a beach in Turkey the morning of September 2, 2015. He had stepped into a crowded inflatable boat with his family the night before, in a desperate attempt to each Europe in safety. Alan's death rocked people everywhere -- from families in their homes to leaders in the halls of power. When children like Alan reached out for help, we didn't reach back.

Month-Old Syrian Conjoined Twins Die Waiting For Heart Surgery

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada

Nawras and Moaz Hashash were supposed to head to Rome.

There's Little Hope For Families Trapped In Aleppo

Islamic Relief Canada | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Islamic Relief Canada

The relentless bombardment on innocent civilians continue with casualties, death and destruction occurring every second. But this is just an ordinary day in Aleppo where simply every place is a target -- mosques, morgues, markets, bakeries, hospitals, ambulances, fire trucks, with absolutely nowhere safe for people to go.

Haunting Image Of Boy In Ambulance Shows Reality Of Syria's War

CP | By Zeina Karam And Philip Issa, The Associated Press | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada

The boy was rescued from the rubble after a devastating airstrike.

My Day Spent Among Syrian Refugees Was A Humbling Experience

UNICEF Canada | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

I came to the camp not knowing what to expect and so worried about what I would see and feel. Instead, I left with feelings of hope, pride and sadness, and many lessons and gifts of the heart that I will forever cherish.

Social Media Has Made Public Opinion A Meaner, Dumber Place

David Martin | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
David Martin

They say that Twitter has created a powerful new way for everyone to engage in political dialogue. I'm not so sure it's a good thing. One has only to look at the dysfunctional American political environment, the rise of Donald Trump and the decline of the European Union to see that the inmates take over the asylum.

Je Suis Humanity

Jari Qudrat | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

If our social media profiles can tint in support of Paris, Belgium, and Orlando, then why not change for Turkey, Bangladesh, and Iraq? Innocent lives taken in Turkey airport, and no vigils, or landmarks, but when an attack of similar degree took place in Brussels we did all of the above. I'm often asked why Muslims don't speak out enough, but perhaps this is something we all need to work on.

Love In A Time Of Terror

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Hadani Ditmars

The Western world was not a safe place recently. At least not on most major news channels. The familiar became menacing: dancing at a nightclub with ...

I Think I Am Muslim, Therefore I Am

Jari Qudrat | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

Is it too much to ask in the 21st century to self-identify based on the beliefs you hold so dearly? After all, who has the right to tell me who I am and who I'm not? Apparently the Pakistani government does, who have declared the Ahmadiyya community "infidel" and non-Muslim since the infamous ruling in 1974.

Rwandan Genocide Is Being Repeated Right Now In Syria: Dallaire

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Politics

The retired general says the world needs a peace agreement with teeth.

Breaking The Cycle Of Crisis For Children

David Morley | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

The Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year, has contributed to the highest level of human suffering the world has seen since World War II. In Za'atari, I met just a few of the 37 million children of primary and lower-secondary age who are out of school in crisis-affected countries. The impact of those numbers is far-reaching and leaves children in a cycle of crisis.

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.

Protect Water Resources From Becoming A Weapon Of War

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

International law has decreed that denying civilians access to the basic necessities of life is a war crime. Yet according to experts we spoke with, there is still too little global awareness and action to protect vital water resources in war zones.