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Dear Stephen Harper, Eid Mubarak

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

As Muslims celebrate Eid, it's important to look at the past month during which the world has witnessed thousands suffer in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We has Prime Minister Stephen Harper to speak out about these issues, but are disappointed. We must do more in the name of humanity, Prime Minister Harper.

Don't Paint the Problems in Iraq as a Sectarian Conflict

Abbas Kassam | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada
Abbas Kassam

ISIS has made it clear that they want to eradicate the Shia. This has lead to the killings of many Shias, and even Sunnis who do not sympathize with their cause. It has also lead to the formation of Shia militias that have reportedly targeted Sunnis in Shia majority cities such as Baghdad.

Islam's Sectarian War May Determine Your Gas Prices

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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.

Ukraine Is Another Example of a Dangerous World of Clashing Hegemons

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Errol P. Mendes

When the history of the early decades of the 21st Century is written, it may well be called the era of multiple clashing hegemons. The most recent glo...

Are We Witnessing the Break Up of Iraq?

Philippe Labrecque | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada
Philippe Labrecque

With the improbability of an U.S. intervention in Syria and the last of the American troops out of Iraq, for better or worse, the U.S. and the West may be limited to stay on the sidelines while working through allies in the region while the fate of the region is in the balance.

How the Canadian Media Fuels Violence

Mark Taliano | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada
Mark Taliano

When Canada announces that it is ramping up its arms dealing to Colombia and Saudi Arabia, the media coverage is accurate in the details but lacks comprehensiveness. The corporate agenda, as reflected in media messaging, prefers to suppress the far-reaching consequences of Canada's growing military-industrial complex.

Arming Iraq to Fight Al Qaeda Has a Downside

Bessma Momani | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Bessma Momani

The Maliki government is up for re-election this spring and its support base in Baghdad has lived through an already horrific year of terrorist attacks. Unfortunately, Maliki has been given an international green light to bomb and annihilate Al Qaeda forces in Anbar province. The international community is misguided to think a military solution will fill a political vacuum.

America Needs a New Middle-East Playbook

Conrad Black | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada
Conrad Black

I wonder if George W. Bush reflects on what he got the world into with Iraq. No sane person regrets the passage of Saddam, and the Kurds and Shiites are feasting on the Sunnis, as the Sunnis feasted on them throughout Saddam's time. But the United States has nothing to show for the thousands of dead and trillion dollars spent in the second Iraq War.

Canada Exporting Arms To Places With Dubious Human Rights Records

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Bahrain, Algeria and Iraq, countries with dubious human rights records or a history of violent internal conflict, have recently become new bu...

You're Living in a G-Zero World

Diane Francis | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

The G20 summit this week, and the growing Syrian catastrophe, underscores the reality that we are living in a G-zero world. The bonds that once held nations together have severed, and there is nothing close to an international consensus on any hot-button matter being discussed today. Welcome to the G-Zero world, where we exist in a geopolitical power vacuum as the west declines and emerging nations (China, India) concentrate on their own domestic problems. It may be this way for a long while.

Death and Re-birth in Kurdistan

Trevor Gair | Posted 07.18.2013 | Canada Travel
Trevor Gair

I visited northern Iraq for a reason. It does not boast the historical monuments of neighboring Syria nor a wide range of landscapes like Turkey, however I had read that the ethnic Kurdish people ranked second to none for hospitality.

Baird Opens New Canadian Mission In Baghdad

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Politics

BAGHDAD - Fresh from establishing a new diplomatic beachhead in Iraq, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird turns his attention Tuesday to knocking down...

Who Failed to Stop the Iraq War?

Christopher Preble | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Christopher Preble

The greatest argument against launching a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein was what would come after him. The war hawks downplayed the costs of invading Iraq by claiming that there would be no need for a long-term U.S. troop presence, and certainly not as large as Army leaders had estimated.

LOOK: What They Said In 2003 About Iraq

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Politics

Let’s go back. Let’s go back to March of 2003, when two men who will be studied in history books stood — like so many Canadians — at opposi...

Sunny Freeman

Canada's 'No' To Iraq War A Defining Moment For Prime Minister

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO -- Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien's decision to break with U.S. President George W. Bush on the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a very public...

'Iraqis Love Canada!': Jason Kenney's Surprise Trip

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's days are usually packed with public events, but he had a surprise item on the agenda Wednesday — a visi...

Romney's Hollywood Remake of Canada's Foreign Policy

Christopher Sands | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

On Canadian Thanksgiving Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a major foreign policy address to the faculty and students of the Virginia Military Institute. He did not mention Canada once despite the fact that his vision of U.S. global leadership is like the Hollywood-budget version of Canada's indie foreign policy sensation. Should Romney become the 45th president of the United States, it will be essential, though, for him to recognize that U.S. leadership must be exercised in a spirit of partnership for it to be successful. The message to Ottawa in January can't be "Thanks Canada for doing the right things in world affairs -- we'll take it from here."

Iraq's Sunni VP Sentenced To Death

AP | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada

BAGHDAD - Iraq's fugitive Sunni vice-president was sentenced Sunday to death by hanging on charges he masterminded death squads against rivals in a te...

Watching the Watchdog: Report Card on Global -- Two Years Later

Tim Knight | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Business
Tim Knight

If there's one rule every one of the scores of broadcast journalists I've ever coached -- in Canada or overseas -- agrees with (at least in theory) it's this: the best broadcaster talks to one person, and only one person, at a time. And shares information with that person. Here some ideas on anchoring.

The West's Latest Middle East Mess Up

Conrad Black | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

After decades of mistaken policy with the Middle East, the U.S. should do what's necessary to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, and get rid of Assad and his sycophancy to Tehran. America has a very poor track record with the Middle East, and will simply, eventually, have to do better than this.

Solidarity, not Sanctions, Should be the West's Response to the Iranian People

Mahsa Alimardani | Posted 07.28.2012 | Canada
Mahsa Alimardani

A model of non-violence and civil disobedience in line with the Green Movement that began in 2009 is the best course for the future of Iran. International isolation and pressure on the Iranian state will lead the government toward further repressive measures. Military intervention will only make things worse.

Why Won't Canada's Troubled Friends Take Our Advice?

Christopher Sands | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Christopher Sands

The G8 Summit was oddly clarifying: With Europe riven with divisions over the euro and the sclerosis of welfare states in aging societies, the United States wrapped up in increasingly parochial domestic politics, Japan adrift and Russia backsliding into authoritarianism, Canada stood alone as a country with healthy economic prospects and a stable government.

Obama's Vietnam?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.05.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

In Afghanistan, Obama is all but conceding defeat. We saw it in Vietnam when then-President Richard Nixon assured that the withdrawal of American troops meant "peace with honour." But it's still a country where, if the Taliban have power, Sharia law will flourish, women will continue to be persecuted, niceties like amputations, stoning, honour killings and such will blossom.

2012 Brings Gloom

Peter Worthington | Posted 03.01.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Wanna know how 2012 is likely to be? Judging from how 2011 ended, 2012 as it unfolds is going to be a year that doesn't look very encouraging to anyone who isn't a congenital optimist.

Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? The Uncertainty of the "Arab Spring"

Sheryl Saperia | Posted 02.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Saperia

While observers optimistically described these events as the "Arab Spring," my colleague Clifford May has aptly remarked, "I don't see any red robins yet." Indeed, my co-workers have labeled these events more neutrally as "the Great Arab Revolt."