Canada Iran

On International Issues, Harper Commits Selective Morality

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Harper government has mastered the art of selective morality. When it is convenient, Mr. Harper takes cover behind international law to attack those he disagrees with on ideological or religious grounds. And those with whom he has an ideological or religious connection, his government wilfully ignores their indiscretions. This selective application of morality is at odds with the principles of social justice, which all Canadians hold dear.

15 Years After the Iran Student Uprising; Crackdowns Remain Unaccountable

Ardeshir Zarezadeh | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada
Ardeshir Zarezadeh

On July 9th 2014, more than 50 Iranian political prisoners gathered in GoharDasht prison in Karaj city of Tehran and commemorated the 15th anniversary...

Islam's Sectarian War May Determine Your Gas Prices

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

The Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, a Shiite, is far from perfect. It has failed to create a shared sense of nationalism in Iraq that unites the Shiites and Sunnis in peaceful co-existence. However, Prime Minister Maliki remains the world's best hope against the Jihadists who, if left unchecked, would continue to wage wars against Shiites and the West.

The Bizarre, Unintentional Way Obama May Slow Down Iran's Nuclear Development

Conrad Black | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

The Iranians allegedly do not want talks to break down because of a likely Israeli air attack, which though it would not be permanently incapacitating, would do great damage, retard development, and could be repeated as needed at intervals. The Vienna talks will have one more session before breaking for the summer. Though no one seriously expected that they would achieve an agreement, the Iranians have apparently put their program on hold, without rolling it back very far.

Rouhani Is No "Moderate" When it Comes to Human Rights

Irwin Cotler | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani repeatedly touts his commitment to "constructive engagement" with the international community, particularly as he negotiates a comprehensive nuclear agreement. Yet, as nuclear talks resume this week, the systematic and widespread violations of human rights in Iran continue unabated.

Israel's Enemies Are Too Distracted To Worry About An Attack on Iran

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

President Obama does not want to lose the Senate to the Republicans, yet that might happen if he is seen to side with Iran, which Americans detest, and against Israel, which most Americans, including mainstream Democrats, solidly support. For this reason, the Obama Administration could be counted on to veto the anti-Israel resolutions that would surely arise at the United Nations.

The Fatwa on Salman Rushdie, Twenty-Five Years On

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

On February 14, 1989, precisely 25 years ago, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini called upon "all brave Muslims of the world" to murder the apostate Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, a novel condemned as blasphemous. Twenty-five years ago, on February 14, 1989, war was declared by Islamic end-times fundamentalists upon freedom of thought, freedom of speech, literature, secularism, and human expression.

The U.S. Won't Save Israel From Iran

Lawrence Solomon | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada
Lawrence Solomon

The U.S. under President Ronald Reagan opposed Israel's decision to destroy Saddam Hussein's Osirak nuclear reactor, and when Israel went ahead in 1981 Reagan embargoed delivery of F-16 fighters to punish Israel. The U.S. under President George H Bush insisted that Israel not retaliate against Iraq when Saddam Hussein launched 39 Scud missiles into Israel.

You Know, about the Middle East, "In Harper's Words..."

Bill Haines | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

It is great, at least on this one issue, to be able to echo the words of the Prime Minister of your country, and not have to "reinvent the wheel" because some politicians won't talk straight about Middle East violence.

Tabarzadi: The Man Who Brings Secular Democracy to Iran

Ardeshir Zarezadeh | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada
Ardeshir Zarezadeh

"Mr. Mandela's struggles as a political activist and prisoner, only after being amplified by the pressures from the International community, resulte...

Iran: Rouhani Fights the Revolutionary Guards, Not Corruption

Ali Alfoneh | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada
Ali Alfoneh

Iran ranked 144th out of 175 on Transparency International's 2013 Corruption Perception Index. This is not a joke: Iran shared the position with Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Ukraine. It is no wonder why Rouhani is trying to expose the corruption of his predecessor.

Surprise of the Year: Hope Restored?

Peter Hall | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

Pessimism is a hallmark of the post-crisis period, and it was with us for so long, we almost didn't notice. Confidence -- its polar opposite -- is one of those necessities that we take for granted. That is, until they are taken away. Without confidence, at best we cower in the shadows, coming out to carry on basic activities, and scurrying back for shelter. At worst, it causes the collapse of financial systems and the distribution of goods and services -- in a word, chaos. But this year, we regained something: hope.

How Nelson Mandela's Words Inspired Me From Prison

Ardeshir Zarezadeh | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Ardeshir Zarezadeh

Since I read Mandela's book, Long Walk to Freedom, in Iran's Evin prison in 2000, I felt stronger and more committed to my activism work. He gave me hope and power to fight against the Iranian dictatorship. What's even more amazing is that every one of my cell mates were reading his book as well. I'll never forget what his words gave me.

Why Iran Will Not Get the Bomb

Hilik Bar | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Hilik Bar

One way or the other, Iran will not obtain nuclear weapons. I hope that this can be achieved peacefully. But despite my many deep political disagreements with him, there is no daylight between Prime Minister Netanyahu and myself on the crux of this issue.

My Life as a Secret Back Channel in Iran

Michael Ledeen | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Michael Ledeen

I was a secret back channel to the Khomeini Regime in 1985. So when I read about the current crop of secret diplomats, and their dealings with (thus far unnamed) Iranians, I know what they went through. It's not always fun, rarely glamorous, and always dangerous.

Harper's Support for Israel Worthy of Praise

Mike Fegelman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Fegelman

A closer look at the Canada-Israel relationship reveals that Canada has exercised moral clarity by standing up to double standards, dictators, and outright hypocrisy. Canada, under Stephen Harper's administration has confronted terror, upheld international law, and promoted peace between Israelis, Palestinians and the region as a whole.

Why Canada's Approach to Iran Has Abandoned Any Sense of Realism

Bryan Gibson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Bryan Gibson

Taken overall, the Harper government's response to the Iranian deal is symptomatic of its wider foreign policy, which has abandoned any sense of realism. Instead of welcoming the accord as a major breakthrough and a potential chance to help stabilize the Middle East, Canada appears intent on mirroring Netanyahu's futile zero-sum, intensely hostile approach to Iran.

Make No Mistake: Stephen Harper Supports Netanyahu, Not Israel

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

Incorrect is the claim that Stephen Harper defends the freedom and dignity of all people. Israel's occupation of the West Bank is an institutionalized system of oppression that every day denies the freedom and dignity of millions of Palestinians. When Canada votes against Palestinian aspirations at the UN, we come across as vindictive.

A Lesson From Hitler About the Iran Deal

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Whether we like it or not, we live in the shadow of Neville Chamberlain's Munich deal with Hitler. It must affect our perspective on any agreement of this nature. What we learned from Munich, though, was that deals do not finalize the results. What Hitler absolutely taught us was that what one says and even promises is not necessarily what one means.

'DEEPLY SKEPTICAL'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canadian government was "deeply skeptical" on Sunday of Iran's agreement to temporarily freeze its nuclear program, saying Ottawa's sanct...

Canadian Government Taking A Wait-And-See Approach

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canadian government is taking a wait-and-see approach to the newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minist...

Is It Time to Hazard Peace With Iran?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Peace means something else in Islam and it behooves us to negotiate peace respecting their definition. If we are going to abide by the belief that all cultures are equal then we must accept the views of those with whom we negotiate a priori when we sit down to discuss and hazard peace.

Geneva, Don't Forget Iran's History of Negotiating in Bad Faith

Irwin Cotler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Amidst this hope there remains cause for concern given the Iranian regime's longstanding "3-D" negotiating strategy: denial, deception and delay. While the change in Iranian leadership may be seen as a sign of progress, it should be recalled that newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani had himself boasted about this strategy in earlier negotiations.

The Obama-Rouhani Playbook for Aspiring Tyrants

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Saperia

The charmless Ahmadinejad disrupted the mutually beneficial dynamic with his inability to strike the right balance between genocidal banter and diplomatic pillow talk. His unremitting anti-Semitism -- ringing with historical authenticity -- laid bare the pathological Jew-hatred of the Khomeinist creed, and amplified the threat of a unilateral Israeli response.

The Obama-Rouhani Communication Efforts Are No Historic Breakthrough

Michael Ledeen | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada
Michael Ledeen

The Bush Administration's efforts to strike a workable deal with the Islamic Republic were part of the pattern of American-Iranian diplomacy since the Revolution of 1979: lots of talking, but no bargain, grand or middling. It's almost an instant replay of the Clinton years. In 2000, Albright gave a speech that essentially apologized for past American behaviour towards Iran.