Canada Iraq

Mulcair Calls Out PM's Iraq Plan And Its 'Artistic Lack Of Clarity'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - New Democrats are refusing to back Prime Minister Stephen Harper's decision to send special forces commandos into northern Iraq.NDP Leader To...

Are the Deaths of Two Westerners Worth More Than Thousands of Syrians?

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Western interest in dismantling the Syrian regime was motivated by two factors. First, the Syrian regime had proven to be a sustained source of discomfort for Israel. Containing Syria meant additional operational space for Israel. The second factor had to do with the Arab regimes' interest in containing Iran's rising influence in the region.

Political Traction: Harper Gets an A+ in International Conflicts

Jaime Watt | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Jaime Watt

While it might sound bizarre to say so, the crises, both in Iraq and Ukraine, are playing to the strengths of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Within all of the uncertainty, Canadians have been largely satisfied with Prime Minister Harper's response.

Platitudes From Politicians Will Not Fix World Problems

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

For decades we have heard how we are becoming a global family. There is little trace of that now, as division and selfish pursuit better characterize what is happening to our fragile globe. We require new leaders who can put the health of the globe above their own parochial and partisan concerns.

Liberals Want Hearings On Canadian Islamic Radicals

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - MPs should urgently study the issue of Islamic radicals returning to Canada from foreign battlefields, says the Liberal public safety critic....

Baird In Iraq To Send Message With NDP, Liberal MPs

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Politics

BAGHDAD - Accompanied by two of his political rivals, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird slipped quietly Wednesday into one of the world's most dange...

Ordinary Muslims Part 1: There Is No Islam In ISIS

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Recent news that several young Canadian men, including two Calgary brothers, died fighting for ISIS has shocked Canada's Muslim community -- the vast majority of whom scoff at the notion that the terrorists who have overrun Syria and Iraq are acting upon authentic Islamic teachings, much less a compose a "caliphate."

AN EXECUTION IN IRAQ

CBC | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada

James Foley, an American journalist who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago, is presumed dead after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militan...

Continued Cronyism Is the Arab Spring's Worst Enemy

Fred McMahon | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Fred McMahon

The violence that spun out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria grabbed the headlines but the real problem received little attention -- lack of opportunity. This lack of opportunity for the people of the Middle East is an issue the West largely ignored and partly caused.

Baird Backs U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government says it fully supports U.S. airstrikes against Islamic extremists in northern Iraq, but a Canadian woman just back from...

A New Manifesto For a Dangerous World

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It's been hanging over us in impending fashion for years. It creeps in around the edges of consciousness, leaving its effects even when it temporarily...

Dear Stephen Harper, Eid Mubarak

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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 09.05.2014 | 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 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.

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...