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The Week in Review: Bombing Syria Will Cost Lives -- But Will it Save Any?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

As thoroughly unpalatable as it is to sit back and watch the horrific murder of innocents without doing something to help, it's difficult to see how a military strike on Syria will do anything to stop the violence, though it would almost certainly add to it, and could realistically help spread it beyond the country's borders. Is making a public moral statement a good enough reason for initiating military action when there's precious little chance of the action contributing to peace? It's a question the United States will have to answer in the coming days.

How Do We Stop Syria's Sickness from Worsening?

Bessma Momani | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada
Bessma Momani

The Assad regime continues to kill indiscriminately in a desperate effort to regain control. The merciless army it has deployed to wipe out dissent is destroying entire rebel-held towns. The horrifying chemical weapons attacks it most likely carried out on innocent civilians may be only a terrible prelude to more massacres.

Our Response to Syria Must Be Effective, But Also Legal

Irwin Cotler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

The international community has not only failed to live up to its responsibility to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes but its very inaction has encouraged escalating criminality by the Assad regime. With the crossing of the red line on chemical weapons use refocusing international attention on Syria, we risk losing credibility -- and more Syrians risk losing their lives -- should we not start now taking meaningful action to protect civilians in Syria. To that end, it is critically important that any intervention adhere to the requirements of international law.

Even Cowboys Get The Blues

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The ghosts of Iraq are looming over both the White House and the American public this week as U.S. President Barack Obama decides whether...

Syrian Children Were Always "Defenceless"

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Earlier this week, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden decried the use of chemical weapons on "defenceless men, women and children" in Syria. As someone who works for an international aid and development agency looking out for children, something is deadly certain to me: Those children have been defenceless ever since the war in Syria began.

No Military Mission Planned For Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada has no plans for a military intervention in Syria but it supports its allies who are contemplating ...

Direct Canadian Military Role In Syria Unlikely: NATO Source

CP | Murray Brewster and Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's support of U.S.-led military action against Syria is likely to be only symbolic, in a strike that could last as little as a day, a N...

GROOCH: Feeding Time In Syria (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

In the late weeks of August 2012 President Obama, played up the concern of chemical weapon movement in Syria, talking about how that could determine U.S. involvement. Explaining that would be the crossing of a "RED LINE". I remember the last time a president talked about a foreign country and the movement of it's arrsenal AKA: weapons of mass destruction.

Will Canada Get Involved In Syria Military Mission?

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics

Canada is likely to assist with any international intervention in Syria, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not followed British PM David Cameron's...

Syria, Poison Gas And Lessons Unlearned From Iraq

CBC | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada

Were chemical weapons deployed in suburban Damascus a week ago, leading to the deaths of at least 355 civilians? And, if so, who used them, the regime...

Tories Won't Recall Parliament Over Syria Crisis

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.29.2013 | Canada Politics

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there are no plans to recall Parliament early, even as the apparent use of chemical weapons in S...

Why Canada's Not Doing More For Syria

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

It remains a difficult thing for Canadians to embrace when hearing little concerning the injustices of the governments of such regions as Syria. Certain voices indeed have been raised from within the Muslim/Arab communities, but the lack of overall response until it is too late remains a mystery. But is that enough to refuse any kind of intervention? Clearly not.

Syrian Opposition Leader To Press Canada For More Help

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and other western leaders applied more pressure on Syria on Sunday, with a call for Syrian authorities ...

Syrian Opposition Leader: Canada Can End Violence With More Action

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The head of Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group is pressing the Canadian government to do more to end the conflict in his home c...

Harper, French And British Leaders Share Concerns Over Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria have been a major topic of discussion between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leaders ...

5 New Issues In Syrian Conflict

CBC | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada

Syrian rebels have long accused the government they are fighting of using chemical weapons, and this week the claims intensified, as pictures of lifel...

The Truth About Poison Gas In Syria

John E.C. Thompson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada
John E.C. Thompson

The footage of purported victims of recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria shows a distressing number of children's corpses... but then both Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah have been accused of stockpiling such corpses in the past to reserve for media events. The Syrian National Front might be no different.

Ripeness and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks: A Reality Check

Adam Moscoe | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

They're back at it. On Monday, Israel and the Palestinian Authority sent high-level representatives to Washington to lay the groundwork for official p...

For Some Children, War Is No Video Game

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"But all my friends have them!" implored by 11-year-old son Derrick, arguing once again for the purchase of M-rated video games (for "Mature"). How do I explain that there are children all around the world who don't play games like these -- their actual lives read like an ESRB warning?

How Could the International Community Let This Happen?

Irwin Cotler | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

In February 2012, amidst the then unfolding horror in Syria, British journalist Marie Colvin summed it up in one final poignant and painful dispatch before she herself was murdered in the assault on Homs: "In Baba Amr. Sickening. Cannot understand how the world can stand by... Feeling helpless... No one here can understand how the international community can let this happen."

Will the Summer Shine on or Sour the Economy?

Peter Hall | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

There's a sour seasonality that has become entrenched in recent global economics. In the past few years, summer has become a disarmingly punctual momentum-killer of global production. Perhaps the most critical question in EDC's Summer 2013 Global Export Forecast is whether we are in for yet another summer drubbing, or whether this is the year we break with that sorry tradition.

Meet the Syrian Activists Recieving Human Rights Training in Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Ariya slips into the car, she must carry two sets of clothes: a hijab, and western garb. Without both, she risks arrest, beating, and rape. Ariya believes the trip is worth the risk -- she counsels some of the estimated 1,500 Syrian women who have been victims of sexual assault in Syria's bloody civil war.

Syrian Refugee Children Need More Than Just Food and Water

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries is expected to reach two million in the coming weeks. Approximately half of these human beings are children. In some ways, helping the Syrian refugee children is remarkably simple. But what do you offer a child who wakes screaming in the middle of the night, reliving a rocket attack on his house?

Islam At War -- With Itself

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Muslim societies have evolved into places where revenge is confused with justice, forgiveness with weakness, and peace with cowardice. These are the places where unholy men wage holy wars against unarmed civilians, pitting Muslims against other Muslims.

DEEP DIVISIONS

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Politics

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland - The Group of Eight stopped short of calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad in its final statement on ...