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Dispatches From Damascus: How the Other Half Live

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

While many Syrians have suffered immensely during the current conflict, others continue to live much as before. One week, a young single mother and her two-year-old son came to stay in my house for a few days, her home destroyed and ransacked. Later that week, I went out and met a western friend for a drink in the old city. All of the girls were expensively and revealingly dressed and danced with their male companions seemingly unencumbered by their towering heels, while everyone was knocking back a range of exotic cocktails and shots.

A Proposal to end the Violence in Syria

Omar Alghabra | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Politics
Omar Alghabra

There is no consensus on military intervention among Syrian opposition, neighbouring countries and UN Security Council members. However, everyone including the regime emphasizes how committed they are to ending the violence. The most effective way to stop the violence quickly would be to deploy a multinational peacekeeping force.

Who Is Responsible for Syrian Refugees?

Heather Roff | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada
Heather Roff

Recently, there has been much discussion about establishing a "safe haven" within Syria's borders to protect the growing number of refugees fleeing the country's civil war, which unfortunately have received little backing. Can we hold that bordering states have a duty to accept more fleeing Syrians? This is a tough call, as the international community is not helping the situation in any certain terms.

Dispatches From Damascus: Silence and Noise in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The sound of violence in surrounding suburbs has become a feature of life in Central Damascus. While the central parts of the capital have, for the most part, been spared the fighting that has beset some outer suburbs in recent months, residents here are frequently reminded of their precarious situation by the sound of explosions and gunfire emanating from surrounding suburbs.

August Was Deadliest Month In Syria: Activists

AP | Bassem Mroue, Jamal Halaby | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada

BEIRUT - Activist groups said Sunday that about 5,000 people were killed in Syria's civil war in August, the highest figure ever reported in more than...

Canada's Turns Up The Pressure On Assad Regime

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Foreign Minister John Baird is turning up the pressure on Syria, adding another 47 people and three entities to a blacklist of parties prohi...

Canada Cracks Down On Syria

CBC | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics

Canada is extending sanctions against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad but Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird made it clear Friday that military ...

10 Steps to a Peaceful Syria

Irwin Cotler | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

I have been writing for over a year now of the need to affirm and implement the Responsibility to Protect doctrine to help save Syrian civilians being massacred by the Assad regime. Everything that was predicted would happen in Syria as a result of international action has in fact resulted, but from international inaction. It is now as timely as it is necessary to increase pressure on Assad, and those loyal to him.

Dispatches From Damascus: The Syrian Army Arrives in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The atmosphere in Damascus' old city became just a little bit tenser at the start of the last week of Ramadan when Syrian army soldiers were deployed here for the first time since the revolution began in March last year. The soldiers were seemingly under orders to search various houses, especially those in which the few remaining foreigners live. The house I was staying in was one of them.

Forget Al Qaeda, Baird's Got Other Worries

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Fear may be escalating over the influence of al Qaeda and other Islamist fighters among Syria's rebels, but Canada's foreign affairs minister...

Dispatches From Damascus: Syrian Civilians Are Armed and Nervous

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

In recent weeks the government has started to provide weapons to Syrian civilians from minority groups that they trust to remain loyal, such as Christians and the Druze, in order for them to defend their local areas against possible opposition attacks.

Rejected Syria Aid Group: 'We Want The Money'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Badly needed medical supplies may not make it into Syria now that $2 million in funding has been yanked by the federal government, say member...

Baird Pledges Millions In Aid For Syrian Refugees

AP | Dale Gavlak, The Associated Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Politics

AMMAN, Jordan — Canada's foreign minister pledged $6.5 million in additional aid to Jordan in its efforts to help displaced Syrians after seeing a r...

Baird Meets Lebanese PM, Has 'Deep Concern' For Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The instability posed by the ongoing unrest in Syria was a major topic of discussion when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met with Lebano...

Syria Tops Agenda On Baird's Middle East Visit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is heading to the Middle East on Friday to meet Lebanon's prime minister and tour a refugee camp in Jorda...

In Syria, Simply Replacing al-Assad is Not Enough

Sally K. Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Sally K. Gallagher

Replacing Bashar al-Assad in Syria is not sufficient. Shedding known problems for ones that are unknown is difficult. In Damascus, the ancient capital, or Aleppo, the nation's economic hub, exchanging a known set of difficulties (even terrible ones), for an unknown state of affairs is a fearful choice. But after the killing of four senior security officials in the very center of Damascus, the shelling of Damascus and the wholesale bombardment of Aleppo, perhaps the risk of doing nothing will finally outweigh the risk of the unknown.

Annan Steps Down As Syria Envoy

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 08.02.2012 | Canada

GENEVA - Kofi Annan said Thursday he will quit his high-profile role as special envoy to Syria at the end of the month, delivering blistering criticis...

Forgotten

CBC | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada

Humanitarian advocates are asking why the international community — at a political stalemate over the next course of action in the deadly Syrian con...

Canada Prepared To Do More For Syria

CBC | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Impact

Canada is open to expanding its humanitarian aid to help Syrians caught in increasing violence, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said today as more...

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution Threatening Sanctions Against Syria

Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press | Posted 07.19.2012 | Canada

Russia and China again vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution Thursday aimed at pressuring President Bashar Assad's government to end the escalating ...

Defecting Syrian Ambassador Should Be Punished: Foreign Ministry

AP | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada

AP -- Syria's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the country's former ambassador to Iraq should be punished after his defection to the opposition see...

A Bastion for Human Rights? The UN Nominates Syria...Seriously

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

In what can only be described as an act straight from the "theatre of the absurd," comes news that Syria is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. That Syria is able to even nominate for the UNHRC in the first place, let alone be in a strong position to win a seat, is reflective of the endemic problem with the body -- the fact that observance of human rights is no barrier to becoming a member.

UN Plan Syria's 'Best Hope' For Peace: Minister Spokesperson

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Ottawa put out an urgent call for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria Saturday, after an international conference laid out a peace p...

It's Their Revolution, They'll Cry If They Want To

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Pragmatically, there is no need for outside intervention when it comes to Syria. Yes, a lot of people are being killed, but perhaps more would be killed if outside forces were used to despose Assad. And unlike conventional war, a revolution is a personal thing for those involved. When outsiders participate, the dynamics change. And revolutions never turn out the way those who lead them expect, or even intend.

42,000 Modern-Day Slaves Worldwide

CBC | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada

Millions of men, women and children around the world were victims of modern slavery last year, according to a new U.S. report of human tr...