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Small Steps Towards Re-Engagement With Iran

Navid Hassibi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

Re-engaging Tehran does not mean that Canada and Iran will become strategic partners, however, if Canada can engage with Saudi Arabia, a country with which little is shared in terms of values, then surely it can engage with Iran whose population is highly secular and Western-leaning.

The Trauma That Shaped Today's Iran

Laura Secor | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Laura Secor

What Iranians lived in that time -- what they channeled through their intellectual salons and prison letters, their dreams and childhood memories -- felt to me like an epic novel, replete with calamities and reversals, crescendos and epiphanies, and a sweeping arc of history that cut through its core.

The Sister Of A Canadian Resident Jailed In Iran Campaigns For His Release

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

The sister of Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian resident and engineer who is unlawfully imprisoned in Iran, is calling on Canadians to help push for her brother's release and safe return to Canada. Her efforts have so far moved Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to quash Malekpour's death sentence.

Canada Will Lift Sanctions On Iran: Dion

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Politics

And Conservatives aren't happy.

Liberals Moving Too Quickly To Lift Iran Sanctions, Tory Critic Says

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics

"I believe if the embassy is reopened, Canada will be putting its foreign affairs professionals at serious risk, given the Iranians' very selective protection of diplomatic staff."

Tories 'Booby Trapped' Iran Relations For Liberals: Expert

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics

"My understanding right now is the government is struggling to figure out how do we deal with that."

Why Canada Should Re-Open Its Embassy In Iran

Siavash V. | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Siavash V.

A functioning embassy -- a nation's eyes and ears -- would allow Canada to directly and independently assess the complicated political scene in Iran better, becoming less reliant on our allies when it comes to our understanding and engagement with the Middle East.

It's Canada's Turn To Re-Engage Relations With Iran

Navid Hassibi | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

As international sanctions against Iran were lifted over the weekend and as U.S.-Iranian relations dominated the headlines, Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion implied on the sidelines of a Cabinet-level retreat that the Government is considering dropping its sanctions against Iran, a move that would align Canada with its closest international partners. That the government recognizes the economic and strategic disadvantages associated with its inherited Iran policy is a major step toward constructive re-engagement with Tehran.

Canada Condemns Mass Killings In Saudi Arabia

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Politics

Dion said the executions could "further inflame" tensions in the Middle East.

It's Time To Bring Canada's Iran Policy Out From The Cold

Navid Hassibi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

As "Implementation Day" of the historic nuclear deal between world powers and Iran approaches, during which Iran will begin fulfilling the bulk of its end of the agreement while sanctions by the United Nations, United States and the European Union are removed, Canada must begin planning for the eventual restoration of ties with Iran in keeping with the new Trudeau government's affirmation to re-engage Tehran.

It's Time To Reboot Canada's Diplomatic Machine

Mehrdad Loghmani | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Mehrdad Loghmani

Canada's strength is not in its fleet of aircraft carriers, but in its moral capital. When our foreign policy reflects our core values, pluralism, diversity, tolerance and empathy then we can expect amplification of our influence around the world. Hearts and minds of population, tired of perpetual violence, is not won through military muscle, but by the ability to defuse conflict and tireless effort to establish and maintain peace.

Will Justin Trudeau Rebuild Canada's Relationship With Iran?

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Kourosh Ziabari

International relations with Iran suffered under Stephen Harper. There's a noteworthy Iranian-Canadian community scattered across Canada, which has nurtured prominent artists, scientists, scholars, business people, entrepreneurs, journalists and even politicians who maintain close relations with the fellow citizens living in Iran. Now, as the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is soon to be inaugurated, Iranians living in Canada and their compatriots at home are wishing for a quick and immediate normalization of the relations between Tehran and Ottawa.

What Iran and Israel Have in Common

Navid Hassibi | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

Despite the vitriol stemming from both capitals, the extremist threat is the appropriate issue to spark a strategic recalculation in Tehran and Tel Aviv, even if temporary. Although the idea of Iranian-Israeli engagement may seem to be rooted in fantasy, the same factors that prompted the United States and Iran to try something new can and should drive Iran and Israel to follow suit.

1 In 5 Iranian Journalists Have Been Tortured

CP | Colin Perkel | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada

TORONTO — Many Iranian journalists who have been the targets of state-sanctioned aggression are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and de...

When Criticism of Israel Becomes Anti-Semitism

Mike Fegelman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

No country should be beyond legitimate criticism and all should be measured against the same yardstick, but when you single out one country over all others, namely Israel, and hold it to a unique standard and put it on the receiving end of exclusive censure, it's anti-Semitism, plain and simple.

Iran Nuclear Deal Opens a New Era for Peace and Dialogue With the U.S.

Mehrdad Loghmani | Posted 08.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mehrdad Loghmani

For Iran, the rationale for the long march toward partnership can not be found in strategic alignment or expediency of politics alone, it runs much deeper; for many Iranians, America represents the new world, where individuals thrive on the merit of their skills and character, rather than old world feudal hierarchy.

The Iran Nuclear Deal is an Appeasement to Terror

Mike Fegelman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

What we're witnessing is a tragic capitulation and appeasement of terror that should not be celebrated, but castigated by the community of nations, our politicians, community stakeholders, and media alike.

6 Things You Need To Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal

CBC | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada

Iran and six Western countries have agreed to a deal limiting Iran's nuclear program and ending severe economic sanctions. Here are six things ...

World Powers Reach Historic Nuclear Deal With Iran

CP | Associated PRess | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada

After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, diplomats Tuesday declared that world powers and Iran had struck a landmark deal to curb Ira...

Trudeau: Liberals Would End ISIS Combat Mission

CBC | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics

"We'd move away from the CF-18 [bombing] mission,"

Obama's Well-Intentioned Rhetoric Is Disconnected from Reality

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

The human rights-interfaith dialogue rhetoric employed by President Obama on May 22, 2015 at the Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington DC was wonderful and made people feel warm inside. But this type of rhetoric is, in fact, messianic -- it is for tomorrow, for a time when there is no more war. That day has not yet come, I am afraid. And to speak as if it has is very dangerous.

Canada To Judge Iran On 'Its Actions, Not Its Words'

CP Politics | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson says Canada will judge Iran "by its actions, not its words." Nicholson made the comment in a statem...

Human Rights in Iran: Marginalized and Sanitized

Irwin Cotler | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

What follows is an overview of some of the more serious human rights violations that continue in Iran -- and the corresponding Iranian defiance of its international commitments -- underpinned by an ongoing culture of impunity.

The Story of 2014? Urbanization

Jon Packer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

Here in Canada, where more than 81 per cent of us now live in urban centres, the challenge is how to create successful communities that are safe, healthy and sustainable. Jobs are of course central, but so too is making cities affordable for the majority. In Greater Vancouver, the average house price now exceeds $801,000, a rise of 83 per cent in the past decade.

Why Is Happiness a Crime in Iran?

Murtaza Haider | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Seven Iranian students have received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each. Their crime: they recorded a video signing Pharrell Williams' song, Happy. A huge disconnect is obvious in Iran and Saudi Arabia where, in the name of Islam, varying degrees of orthodoxy is being enforced on the masses.