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Canada To Pledge Up To $200M In Aid To Iraq

CP | Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics

The money is meant to help the Iraqi government with economic reforms.

Halifax Honours The Victims Of Baghdad's Karrada Bombing

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

Candles were lit in downtown Halifax for the souls lost in Baghdad's Karrada bombing. Around 100 people gathered in silence at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street to take a stand against violence and fear.

Social Media Has Made Public Opinion A Meaner, Dumber Place

David Martin | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
David Martin

They say that Twitter has created a powerful new way for everyone to engage in political dialogue. I'm not so sure it's a good thing. One has only to look at the dysfunctional American political environment, the rise of Donald Trump and the decline of the European Union to see that the inmates take over the asylum.

Je Suis Humanity

Jari Qudrat | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

If our social media profiles can tint in support of Paris, Belgium, and Orlando, then why not change for Turkey, Bangladesh, and Iraq? Innocent lives taken in Turkey airport, and no vigils, or landmarks, but when an attack of similar degree took place in Brussels we did all of the above. I'm often asked why Muslims don't speak out enough, but perhaps this is something we all need to work on.

Without Urgent Action, Millions Of Iraqi Children In Line Of Fire

David Morley | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

If you're a child in Iraq today, the odds of growing up in a safe and secure environment are not in your favour. According to a new UNICEF report, 3.6 million children in Iraq -- or one in five -- are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction or recruitment into armed groups.

Love In A Time Of Terror

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Hadani Ditmars

The Western world was not a safe place recently. At least not on most major news channels. The familiar became menacing: dancing at a nightclub with ...

I Think I Am Muslim, Therefore I Am

Jari Qudrat | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

Is it too much to ask in the 21st century to self-identify based on the beliefs you hold so dearly? After all, who has the right to tell me who I am and who I'm not? Apparently the Pakistani government does, who have declared the Ahmadiyya community "infidel" and non-Muslim since the infamous ruling in 1974.

Education Should Be Considered A 'Life-Saving Intervention'

Brett Tarver | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

At the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this week, global leaders, humanitarian agencies and the private sector are coming together in search of sustainable solutions to address urgent humanitarian crises. The fate of millions of children, like those I met, literally hangs in the balance.

How Canada Provides Life-Giving Water To Iraqi Families Forced From Their Homes

Brett Tarver | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Brett Tarver

Like many Canadians, I have struggled to understand the importance of something as seemingly mundane as water. With our Great Lakes and mighty rivers, we're used to seeing water everywhere. I began appreciating how critical water is to survival when visiting the Kurdish region of northern Iraq with World Vision last month.

Justice Is The Foundation For Everlasting Peace

Jari Qudrat | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Jari Qudrat

"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." These words of Martin Luther King Jr. accurately describe the world crisis we live in today. To avoid war and attacks as such, all nations must come together for the greater good and unite in their efforts to stop all forms of cruelty, persecution and injustice perpetrated in the name of religion or else wise.

Defence, Development Ministers Talk ISIS Mission With Aid Agencies

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals' recently refocused the ISIS mission to place greater emphasis on humanitarian and development support.

Most Canadians Disagree With Trudeau's Plan To Pull CF-18s: Poll

CBC | CBC News | Posted 02.07.2016 | Canada Politics

Only 27 per cent told the Angus Reid Institute that they were on the same page as Trudeau.

Sajjan Vows Mistakes Of Afghan War Won't Be Repeated

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan argued Friday in favour of a calm, considered recasting of Canada's combat mission in Iraq. He pointed to...

Canadian Volunteers Fighting With Kurds Might Violate Anti-Terror Law

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Politics

A secret analysis of the Kurdish peshmerga warns there are some factions of the militia group that are designated as terrorist entities under federal law.

Embracing 'Radical' Christianity Can Defeat The Islamic State

Robert D. Onley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert D. Onley

"Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." This verse, objectively radical given its relevance today, is particularly applicable in the context of terrorist violence, where strangers are willing to viciously stab, shoot and murder total strangers. One need only think back to the Paris attacks and ask: how can such hatred be justified?

The Chilly Shelter Of An Iraqi Family Forced From Home

World Vision | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

For the past two weeks of school vacation, many Canadian children have enjoyed lingering in bed in the mornings, snuggled under the covers. But for children forced from their homes by violence in Syria and Iraq, warm blankets are more than a holiday luxury. On some mornings, it's just too cold to leave their beds.

10 Big Challenges Facing Trudeau's Government In 2016

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.28.2015 | Canada Politics

Now comes the hard part.

Trudeau's ISIS Tightrope Act Gets Trickier

CP Politics | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Politics

"I'm a world leader now so I need to solve the Middle East, basically."

Trudeau's Decision To Stop Bombing ISIS Isn't Political

Alan Ramón Ward | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Ramón Ward

The new light in which his decision is inevitably being seen after the despicable acts in Paris makes it important to revisit the issue, which is bigger than the press sometimes lets on. Because Trudeau's decision is not a political one. On the contrary, it is cultural. His decision to stop bombing speaks to what can only be seen as a fulfillment of national identity. Even before Paris, it seemed that nothing in the world could divide Canadians as definitively as their opinion of whether Canada should be dropping bombs in the Middle East.

The Truth About Terror Isn't That Complicated

Jillian Skeet | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Jillian Skeet

Like all westerners, I watched in horror at the terror that was unleashed across Paris. But my horror quickly turned to frustration when, immediately in the aftermath, western leaders took advantage of the situation to reinforce a false narrative, and to justify the very policies that have brought us to such a crisis. Our governments do not want us to understand that wittingly or unwittingly (the jury is still out on what role they have really played) they created the conditions for the rise of ISIS, and they did so through exactly the same disastrous policies that they now claim are the only way to destroy it.

Stop Worrying Which City's Tragedy Received More Attention

Rondi Adamson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Rondi Adamson

Talking more about one attack or reacting more passionately to it does not a narrow response make, nor does it mean you are a bigot who wants your country's doors closed to refugees. What I would like is for the hectoring posturers out there to understand that Paris, in many ways, represents the apex of Western culture.

Canada Should Not Wage War Against ISIS

Joe Killoran | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Joe Killoran

As is usually the case in the rush to war, this chorus of angry voices ignores the messy and uncomfortable reality of the situation. They propose a course of action that would put Canada in greater danger, strengthen its geopolitical foes, involve a far greater sacrifice than Canadians are willing to make, and fail to improve the situation in Syria or Iraq.

Canadians Must Not Allow Themselves To Be Divided By Hate

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. But we must not allow the horrific nature of this atrocity to drag Canada back into the racism, Islamophobia and war-mongering that characterized our last government. The burden to hold firm on the change that we demanded in the October election is jointly shared between Canadians and our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

We Need A Responsible Timeline For Canada's Refugee Commitment

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Unfortunately, there is a stubborn quality to the Prime Minister's current commitment to meet his election promise of admitting 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Christmas. There is an easy solution to this current impasse between the facts on the ground today and an election promise made months ago. Set a reasonable timeline and follow the responsible policies of the American government.

Yes, You Really Can Help A Refugee

Reut Amit | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Reut Amit

It has been said that being chosen to come to Canada as one of the 25,000 Syrian refugees the Liberals have pledged to take in by the year's end is akin to winning the lottery. We are incredibly blessed to live in this extraordinary country, to put our children to bed with full bellies, to send them to school, to take them to a doctor when they are ill and to feel safe in our homes and our streets. And now we are also fortunate to be able to share some of those blessings with those in dire need.