Syria Civil War

Three Years of Syrian Suffering: Are We Really Doing All We Can?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The international community must strengthen its efforts to work towards a political solution to the Syrian civil war. It cannot afford to lose focus, as the children of Syria cannot afford another year of suffering, another year without education, healthcare, and protection. There are no enemy children, and we must do whatever it takes to save lives.

Are We Witnessing the Break Up of Iraq?

Philippe Labrecque | Posted 03.04.2014 | 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.

Shame on the West for Ignoring Mass Murder

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

What have you heard about Burma, Tibet, Northern Cyprus? Even less than Syria, North Korea, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Don't look. Pretend it's not happening-or pretend that efforts at peace will work-if we just give it enough time. Rwanda took more than 100 days. The Jewish people waited five years. Syria has been in conflagration for three years. Talk. Talk. Talk. Well maybe there will be talk. But then who's listening. The media? There is a certain presence of an absence in far too many hot spots.

PEACE TALKS

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

GENEVA - The U.N.-Arab League's Syria envoy is meeting with senior U.S. and Russian officials to explore prospects of bringing Syria's warring sides f...

He's Getting Stronger

CP | Lara Jakes, The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

PARIS - Violent extremists who seek to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad may instead have hurt negotiations to replace him.That's frustrating We...

Re-Election?

CP | Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad said it's still too early to say whether he'll run for re-election next year, but that he would refrain from se...

Why Obama Will Lose the Syria Vote

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Obama and political strategist David Axelrod are confident that the Congressional Republicans will put aside their personal disdain for Obama and domestic partisan concerns and support Obama's limited military strike against Syria. I predict Obama will not obtain Congressional support and will suffer a humiliating personal and political defeat.

Don't Let Syria Become a Second Iraq

Grégory Kudish | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Grégory Kudish

The use of chemical weapons against civilians is a condemnable act, a crime against humanity. Nevertheless, we need to ask ourselves whether a military intervention is not likely to worsen the situation. The last thing the U.S. wants now, is to see Syria turning into a second Iraq.

Something Western This Way Comes

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada

DAMASCUS, Syria - A U.N. team that is supposed to investigate an alleged deadly chemical attack near the Syrian capital Damascus last week left their ...

5 New Issues In Syrian Conflict

CBC | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada

Syrian rebels have long accused the government they are fighting of using chemical weapons, and this week the claims intensified, as pictures of lifel...

The Truth About Poison Gas In Syria

John E.C. Thompson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada
John E.C. Thompson

The footage of purported victims of recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria shows a distressing number of children's corpses... but then both Saddam Hussein and Hezbollah have been accused of stockpiling such corpses in the past to reserve for media events. The Syrian National Front might be no different.

The Great Conservative Contradiction

Alex Vronces | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Alex Vronces

The White House stated on Thursday that Syria crossed a "red line" with its use of chemical weapons, compelling the U.S. government to intensify the "...

UN Wants More Evidence Of Chemical Weapons

CP | Zeina Karam, The Associated Press | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada

BEIRUT - A U.N. report on Syria said Tuesday there are "reasonable grounds" to believe that limited quantities of toxic chemicals have been used as we...

Syria's Four Wars: What They Mean

Diane Francis | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

Syria is four wars in one that threaten the region, the world's energy prices and the global economy. This conflict is confusing and involves many players and origins. Each fight varies in terms of cause, intensity, possible outcomes and estimated duration so here is the playbook to help understand the headline.

"Syria Today Is Afghanistan Circa 1998"

Bessma Momani | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada
Bessma Momani

Syria today is Afghanistan circa 1998. We don't need a crystal ball to see how it will end up if left to its own fate. If, or rather when this war explodes and threatens the regional balance of power, the West will recalculate its current standing of staying on the sidelines.

Saving Syria Is America's Thankless Task

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada
Yoni Goldstein

There is no discernible tactical benefit to the U.S. getting involved in Syria. In fact, there is every reason to stay away -- to let two enemies continue their war against each other to the bitter end, then re-evaluate how to engage (or not) whomever emerges. The only good reason for the Americans to get involved is humanitarian.

Dispatches From Damascus: I Get Searched In the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

He called me over and took my documents and after looking at them he asked me to wait while he used his walkie-talkie to summon a colleague. He suggested, and then insisted, that I sit on a plastic chair while we waited.

Dispatches From Damascus: the Power's Out In Damascus as the Snow Falls

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The stormy winter weather that affected a number of areas in the Middle East last week also struck Damascus. For people here the inclement weather is especially hard to bear given the drastic shortage of heating fuel and cooking gas, and the worsening situation with regard to electricity.

Dispatches From Damascus: Regime Supporters Keep the Faith

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

As the civil war in Syria continues, a significant number of Syrians remain loyal to the embattled government of Bashar Al-Assad. One Christian friend explained to me that although they didn't like the current regime, they considered it inevitable that, should it fall, Syria would descend into a state of violent chaos reminiscent of Afghanistan or Somalia.

MacKay: Russia Should Work To End Syrian Civil War

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2013 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Defence Minister Peter MacKay called on Russia on Sunday to exert influence to end the Syrian civil war, accusing Russia of standing on the ...

Dispatches From Damascus: A Bomb in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The Sunday before last, a bomb exploded in Bab Touma Square in the middle of the morning, killing 13 people and injuring several others. While bombings of government targets and public spaces have become increasingly common over the last few months, this attack constituted the first of its kind in the old city since Syria's political crisis began in March last year.

Dispatches From Damascus: Escape From Syria

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country as a direct result of the violence that has engulfed the country since the outbreak of the civil war. Meanwhile, many of those that have so far escaped the violence are suffering the economic consequences of the crisis and are thus trying desperately to find a way to escape the country.

Dispatches From Damascus: Silence and Noise in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The sound of violence in surrounding suburbs has become a feature of life in Central Damascus. While the central parts of the capital have, for the most part, been spared the fighting that has beset some outer suburbs in recent months, residents here are frequently reminded of their precarious situation by the sound of explosions and gunfire emanating from surrounding suburbs.

Canada's Turns Up The Pressure On Assad Regime

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Foreign Minister John Baird is turning up the pressure on Syria, adding another 47 people and three entities to a blacklist of parties prohi...

Baird Pledges Millions In Aid For Syrian Refugees

AP | Dale Gavlak, The Associated Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Politics

AMMAN, Jordan — Canada's foreign minister pledged $6.5 million in additional aid to Jordan in its efforts to help displaced Syrians after seeing a r...