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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.

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.