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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.

Iran's President Continues to Violate Human Rights

Irwin Cotler | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

While Iranian President Rouhani pledged to usher in a new era of human rights for Iranians, he continues to engage in massive repression. What follows is an overview of some of the serious human rights violations in Iran that serve as a litmus test for the authenticity of Rouhani's commitment to human rights for the Iranian people.

Iran's State-Sponsored Oppression of Kurdistan

Sara Akrami | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Sara Akrami

Although the Iranian government officials claim that terrorism is strange to them, an immense weight of example shows that orchestrated terrorism inside and outside Iran has been a major factor in practice of the regime.

On International Issues, Harper Commits Selective Morality

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.26.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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.