Conflict

Breaking the Silence on South Sudan

Patricia Erb | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

Headlines and news stories keep us updated on the sometimes harsh truths around the world. While we are disturbed by the increasingly horrific situation in Iraq and the ensuing displacement of millions of Syrian refugees, another serious humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in South Sudan in near silence.

South Sudan: Don't Look Away

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Three years ago today, there was dancing on the streets of South Sudan. A new nation had just been born. Having voted to separate from Sudan, the people were bursting with dreams for a free and independent future. But the anniversary of independence is not being marked today with celebrations.

Children Should Not Be Pawns for Violence

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Some of our ultimate values as a civilization have swirled around children. They have prompted our drive towards education, health, training and opportunity. What does it say about us, then, that we are willing to accept the increasing death of millions of children in conflicts in which they have had no responsibility?

Why Optimism Is Our Only Gateway To a Cleaner Future

Mark Milke | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Some Canadians seek to create new opportunities, expand the economy, hire more people and provide opportunities. They might even -- gasp -- argue that governments are better off and have more revenues (without raising taxes) when entrepreneurs are allowed to flourish.

Canada Must Do Its Part to Stop Violence in the Central African Republic

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will Canada support the organization and monitoring of fair and free elections that will take place in one year? CAR must not become another Rwanda. As the Government considers what action to take, it must remember that what we do now or fail to do will have an impact on CAR society for years to come, and we will be judged on how we choose to act.

In Syria, Millions Could Be Destroyed

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Consider what is happening in Syria even as we read these words. Aid agencies have become so desperate for help that they repeatedly call upon the affluent West to step up and assist the 9.3 million people living at risk, and the 3.5 million Syrians living under siege. Surely these people matter to us, right?

The West Should Butt Out of Ukrainian Politics

Jackson Doughart | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

The West, and especially the English-speaking West, has wrongly taken sides in the present conflict in Ukraine. Instead of making empty promises or threats, our message should be clear and decisive: "What is happening in Ukraine is a matter that its population has to sort out for itself. But, if asked, we will work with all interested parties to mediate a speedy and peaceful resolution." No more, no less.

Co-operating for Peace

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Canadian Co-operative Association

The Canadian Co-operative Association is not, and has never been, a humanitarian relief effort. You won't often find us in the middle of a major human...

Mali: The People Behind the Headlines

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

We've seen an increasing amount in the news about Mali lately. A West African country in the grips of a conflict so brutal almost 400,000 people, mainly women and children, have had to flee their homes. With these concerns in mind, Plan has been stepping up our regular programs in Mali to help people through this period in their lives.

When Did Canada Stop Being a Peacekeeping Nation?

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The historic Christmas adage "peace to those of goodwill" takes on an attractive ring for a country that once built its international reputation on fighting to preserve peace in troubled regions. It's time for the military thinkers to come to terms with the reality that Canadians will remain a peaceful people who desire that same blessing for people around the world.

Beware Syria, Here's Why Ceasefires Fail

Robert Barrett, PhD | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada
Robert Barrett, PhD

The recent six-point multilateral agreement on Syria is a breakthrough for those seeking to end the country's horrific yearlong bloodbath. But despite overwhelming agreement that the killing must stop, a lack of shared opinion on whom or what to support now threatens to dash any hope of a ceasefire taking effect.

The Kids in Jerusalem Are All Right

Zein Odeh | Posted 04.19.2012 | Canada
Zein Odeh

This is a space for both Israeli and Arab students to coexist at school and at home. The conversations at Project Harmony in Jerusalem usually start organically because, after all, the campers were born into the conflict: sixty years of failed peace treaties, losses on both sides, destruction of lives and heartbreaking stories.