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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...

Singing for Syria and Gaza

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Hadani Ditmars

The other day I found myself in a 100-year-old Anglican Church in Vancouver, in a place called rather fittingly, the Sanctuary. I was there to rehearse for a benefit happening the evening of Friday December 7th for Syrian refugee relief and emergency aid to Gaza, with funds directed to Doctors Without Borders and the ICRC's Middle East fund.

Dispatches From Damascus: The Old City Under Surveillance

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The Syrian government has now established a permanent network of surveillance over the old city. One night recently I was strolling through the souq and saw a figure walking slowly ahead of me in the poorly-lit passage, an object dangling from their arm. When I drew within a few paces, he started and turned quickly to face me, watching me closely as I passed.

MacKay: Russia Should Work To End Syrian Civil War

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Defence Minister Peter MacKay called on Russia on Sunday to exert influence to end the Syrian civil war, accusing Russia of standing on the ...

A Q&A on Syria: How Strong is Assad?

Heather Roff | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Heather Roff

Recently, I was approached to give an interview by a rather right-leaning foreign news program. It may be no surprise, but our visions did not fit together. The news show, however, sent me a list of questions about the future of Syria, the Assad regime, and the prospects of the newly unified Syrian opposition. Here are my answers.

At Last, Some Good News From Syria

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

The announcement in Qatar on November 10 of the formation of the Syrian National Coalition with an elected president is an event of monumental importance, in my opinion. There will be the usual misgivings and apprehensions about the chaos that is expected to follow the collapse of any of these very long Arab dictatorships but none of that will materialize, and the Syrian nation as a whole will do quite well, with a little help from its friends.

Dispatches From Damascus: A Bomb in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The Sunday before last, a bomb exploded in Bab Touma Square in the middle of the morning, killing 13 people and injuring several others. While bombings of government targets and public spaces have become increasingly common over the last few months, this attack constituted the first of its kind in the old city since Syria's political crisis began in March last year.

Eight Insights from the 2012 U.S. Election, So Far

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg There are very few things in life that simultaneously fill you with both cynicism and exhilaration like the American presidential election. And 2012 is certainly no exception. As the election cycle draws to a close, here's a look back at some of the most valuable insights from the year.

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.

Dispatches From Damascus: Escape From Syria

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country as a direct result of the violence that has engulfed the country since the outbreak of the civil war. Meanwhile, many of those that have so far escaped the violence are suffering the economic consequences of the crisis and are thus trying desperately to find a way to escape the country.

Places Canadians May Want To Visit, But Really Shouldn't

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada Travel

It wasn't long ago that the city of Beirut was voted number seven in a Conde Nast 2012 top cities in the world poll. But by the next day, Lebanon's ca...

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...

Protesters Try To Storm Lebanon Government HQ

AP | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada

BEIRUT -- Lebanese soldiers fired guns and tear gas to push back hundreds of protesters who broke through a police cordon and tried to storm the gover...

Romney's Hollywood Remake of Canada's Foreign Policy

Christopher Sands | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

On Canadian Thanksgiving Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a major foreign policy address to the faculty and students of the Virginia Military Institute. He did not mention Canada once despite the fact that his vision of U.S. global leadership is like the Hollywood-budget version of Canada's indie foreign policy sensation. Should Romney become the 45th president of the United States, it will be essential, though, for him to recognize that U.S. leadership must be exercised in a spirit of partnership for it to be successful. The message to Ottawa in January can't be "Thanks Canada for doing the right things in world affairs -- we'll take it from here."

Turkey, Syria Continue To Trade Fire

AP/CP | Bassem Mroue, Suzan Fraser | Posted 10.06.2012 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syria's military will "crush" armed rebels, President Bashar Assad's defence minister warned Saturday, as the regime shelled rebel positions ...