Canada Syria

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...


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...

Canada Has No Place in Syria's Not-So-Civil War

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

Now that the UN has finally acknowledged that Syria is in a "full blown civil war," it's even more reason why we of the Western alliance should stay out of it. Harsh as it may seem, intervention would be a mistake. If we (meaning Western democracies) entered the fray, it'll be war by proxy and wouldn't curb bloodshed, but spread it.

Harper Calls Out Russia Over Blocking Sanctions Against Syria

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper urged Russia to stop blocking United Nations attempts to impose sanctions on the "murderous" Syrian regime of B...

Canadian-Sponsored Refugees Caught Up In Conflict

CBC | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Politics

Reem Hameed desperately scours the internet each day for news about her sister and other Iraqi refugees who have been accepted to come to...

The West Will Be Responsible for the Syrian Massacre

Bessma Momani | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
Bessma Momani

Let's cut to the chase. NATO partners do not want to enter another war to overthrow another Arab dictator where the end-game is not clear. The West is cash-strapped and has Arab Spring fatigue. Let's start an overt and sincere effort to arm the Syrian rebels, and stop the niceties in face of this building massacre.

Just Because You Got Captured, Doesn't Mean You Should Get Paid

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

The UN Committee Against Torture and Terrorism is blaming Canada, and seeks compensation for three Muslim Canadians who were held and allegedly tortured in Syria. If you become a Canadian citizen from a country that does the sort of things Syria and Iran do, beware about visiting for weddings or holidays. If you take a chance, knowing full well what can happen, then it's your responsibility, not Canada's.

Since When Did the Right to Protect Become the Right to Protect Syria's Massacres?

Irwin Cotler | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Clearly, the deployment of 290 unarmed UN monitors, not unlike the initial deployment of Arab League monitors, has ended up with the monitors being observers to the killing rather than a protection force to prevent the killing to begin with.

Baird Calls For Stronger Action Against Syria

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.27.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is calling for tougher sanctions against Syria following an attack on the town of Houla that killed more than 100 men, women and child...

Canada Condemns 'Utter Contempt For Humanity And Decency' In Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister is condemning the latest bloodshed in Syria, calling the violence "very disconcerting because of its deprav...

Why Won't Canada's Troubled Friends Take Our Advice?

Christopher Sands | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Christopher Sands

The G8 Summit was oddly clarifying: With Europe riven with divisions over the euro and the sclerosis of welfare states in aging societies, the United States wrapped up in increasingly parochial domestic politics, Japan adrift and Russia backsliding into authoritarianism, Canada stood alone as a country with healthy economic prospects and a stable government.

Syrian Election: Orwellian "Animal Farm" a la Assad

Bessma Momani | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Politics
Bessma Momani

If the Syrian regime was not delusional before, its attempt to have a parliamentary election when its country is in ruins, upheaval and a state of fear is a sure sign that it is out of touch with reality. The veneer of reform is only too plain to see as a complete sham and farce.

Israel, Canada has Accepted your Friend Request

Mike Fegelman | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

One of the great myths perpetuated by the media is that Israel stands alone, isolated in the international arena. On the domestic front here in Canada, members of our municipal, provincial, and federal political parties have proudly declared that they are Israel's BFFs. Indeed, much of the same is expected next week when Israeli President Shimon Peres arrives here in Canada.

America, Syria Desperately Needs Your Muscle

Conrad Black | Posted 07.02.2012 | Canada
Conrad Black

The reluctance of the United States to be involved even peripherally in an almost open-ended series of concurrent Middle Eastern conflicts is understandable. But Syria is aflame. Its regime has been a notorious terrorist exporter for decades, and is the chief conduit for Iran into the Arab world, the principal supporter of Hezbollah and Hamas.

UN Takes Big Step Towards Ending Violence In Syria

CBC | Posted 06.21.2012 | Canada

The United Nations Security Council has voted to expand its ceasefire observer mission to Syria and is also demanding an immediate halt t...

UN Deal with Syria Only Brokers More Death

Peter Worthington | Posted 06.06.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

After a year or so of killing people in areas that protest his dictatorship, Assad apparently has agreed to withdraw troops from killing zones -- starting some 10 days after making his promise to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. What the hiatus does is give Syrian forces breathing space to further crush anti-government elements and destroy towns that harbour rebels.