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Harper Announces $90 Million In New Syria Aid

CBC | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada

Trade, taxes and transparency are on the agenda at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, but a major development came Monday when the U.S. and the Europe...

WATCH: Harper: 'It's G7 Plus One'

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2013 | Canada Politics

DUBLIN - When leaders of the world's eight wealthiest countries meet in Northern Ireland on Monday, it's pretty clear how Prime Minister Stephen Harpe...

The Great Conservative Contradiction

Alex Vronces | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Alex Vronces

The White House stated on Thursday that Syria crossed a "red line" with its use of chemical weapons, compelling the U.S. government to intensify the "...

Now He's Convinced Syria's Assad Used Chemical Weapons

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Politics

PARIS - Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday he is convinced the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, a day after the U...

UN Wants More Evidence Of Chemical Weapons

CP | Zeina Karam, The Associated Press | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada

BEIRUT - A U.N. report on Syria said Tuesday there are "reasonable grounds" to believe that limited quantities of toxic chemicals have been used as we...

Baird's Syria Solution

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Reports of a Russian arms shipment to the Syrian regime and the rejection of peace talks by opposition groups raised fears Thursday that inte...

Hagia Sofia: Witness to Triumphs and Terrors

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada
Akaash Maharaj

One afternoon, I decided to clear my mind and pay a brief visit to the Hagia Sophia, the monumental edifice in the ancient heart of the city. The "Holy Wisdom" is almost 1500 years old, and is -- at least in my amateur opinion -- the single greatest masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.

Israel's Enemies Are Harming the Palestinians More Than Israel

Conrad Black | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada
Conrad Black

The overwhelming majority of people in the West are not anti-Semitic and the majority believe Israel has a right to exist, but a distressingly large number has been sold a bigoted and false misconception of the correlation of moral force in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel is not without fault, and the Palestinians deserve sympathy and support toward statehood, but they will be retarded and not helped by continuing Israelophobic misinformation on a scale that caused the otherwise inexplicable boycott of an annual Jerusalem conference by scientist Stephen Hawking.

Emergency Syria Debate

CBC | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Politics

MPs held an emergency debate in the House of Commons on Canada's role in Syria amid renewed concerns about chemical weapons and Israel's involvement i...

"Syria Today Is Afghanistan Circa 1998"

Bessma Momani | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada
Bessma Momani

Syria today is Afghanistan circa 1998. We don't need a crystal ball to see how it will end up if left to its own fate. If, or rather when this war explodes and threatens the regional balance of power, the West will recalculate its current standing of staying on the sidelines.

Syrian Rebels Down Helicopter: Activists

CP | Barbara Surk, The Associated Press | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels shot down a military helicopter in the country's east, killing eight government troops on board a day after opposition forces e...

It's Showtime in Syria -- Will Obama Finally Intervene?

Conrad Black | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

Syria is now a failed state. The fact that Assad used Sarin against a small number of people may indicate panic by local officials, or more likely a considered policy of the gradual introduction of this new escalation. That is why all eyes are again on Washington. This is show-time; the world is watching and many habitual trouble-makers, including perhaps even the mischievous and treacherous gangster thugdom of Putin's Russia, are more amenable than they have been to support an effective intervention by the United States in Syria. If not now, when?

Israel Claims Syria Used Chemical Weapons

AP | Ariel David, The Associated Press | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — A senior Israeli military intelligence official said on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons las...

A Tale of Two Syrian Moms

World Vision | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Muna recalls the day that changed her life forever. "There was a sound like a plane, and then the house shook," she says. Realizing that her Syrian village was under rocket attack, Muna rushed her five children into the stairwell to get them down from the roof where they'd been.

Syrian Militants Vow Allegiance To Al-Qaeda

CP | Barbara Surk, The Associated Press | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada

BEIRUT -- The leader of a militant group fighting on the side of Syria's rebels has for the first time pledged allegiance to al-Qaida and the terror n...

Canada Giving Jordan $13M To Help Manage Syrian Refugees

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Politics

AMMAN, Jordan - Canada is giving the Middle Eastern country of Jordan an additional $13 million to help deal with a crush of Syrian refugees.Foreign A...

From Syria to Alberta: The UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child

Bill Haines | Posted 05.03.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Children should have a UN right and even a Canadian Charter right, to an education directed by their parents, and not by intellectual elites like Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman or his cohort MLA Kent Hehr, who are on record for wanting to destroy Alberta's "funding following the student", parent-directed education system.

Dispatches From Damascus: I Get Searched In the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

He called me over and took my documents and after looking at them he asked me to wait while he used his walkie-talkie to summon a colleague. He suggested, and then insisted, that I sit on a plastic chair while we waited.

B.C. Couple's Efforts To Save Syrian Family Blocked

CBC | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A West Kelowna couple says their efforts to save a young Syria family by getting them into Canada on a one-year tourist visa are being blocked by immi...

Canada Doubles Aid For Victims In Syria

CBC | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada Politics

International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino announced Wednesday that Canada will more than double its aid to the victims of violence in Syria. ...

Dispatches From Damascus: the Power's Out In Damascus as the Snow Falls

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The stormy winter weather that affected a number of areas in the Middle East last week also struck Damascus. For people here the inclement weather is especially hard to bear given the drastic shortage of heating fuel and cooking gas, and the worsening situation with regard to electricity.

How Many More Syrians Must Die Before We Act?

Bessma Momani | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada
Bessma Momani

Many more Syrians will die and the international community, including us analysts, will find plenty of reasons to justify inaction. None of these reasons will comfort Syrians who remain perplexed by why the world ignores their plight. How many Syrians must die for the world to act?

Why Has Sandy Hook Touched More Than Syria?

Karen Wensley | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada
Karen Wensley

Being a US citizen, I can't help feeling smug about choosing to live in Canada where the gun culture is not so alive and well, along with a sense of despair about how deeply entrenched it is in the US. But then, being an observer of brands and myths and icons, I wonder why this event had such a powerful impact on me, and on the rest of the world. Of course, it's a lot of people, and mainly children. But why is the killing of "innocent" children so much worse than the killing of thousands of people caught in the violence in Syria? Or young urban males shooting each other every day all over the US? It can only be that we feel those other victims are somehow partly to blame for getting killed.

Dispatches From Damascus: Regime Supporters Keep the Faith

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

As the civil war in Syria continues, a significant number of Syrians remain loyal to the embattled government of Bashar Al-Assad. One Christian friend explained to me that although they didn't like the current regime, they considered it inevitable that, should it fall, Syria would descend into a state of violent chaos reminiscent of Afghanistan or Somalia.

Baird's 'Grave' Concern

CBC | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada Politics

Foreign Minister John Baird said today Canada has grave concerns that Syria might be ready to use chemical weapons on its own people or its neighbours...