Syria Violence

My Humanitarian Holiday Wishes for the World

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

During this holiday season, Canadians come together to care for one another -- we find ways to support our local communities. As we get ready to celebrate the beginning of 2015, I would like to share with you my wishes for the children who are suffering through the world's worst humanitarian crises.

Dear Stephen Harper, Eid Mubarak

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.27.2014 | 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.

Remembering Rwanda's Pain and the World's Shame

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

In the annals of human evil, Rwanda's genocide takes a special place. With a kill rate of about six people a minute for more than three months, it's likely one of the fastest mass slaughters of humans in history. Most were hacked to death by machete, partly because the perpetrators found it cheaper than using bullets.

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

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.14.2014 | 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.

John Greyson -- The Man Syria Needs and Gaza Doesn't

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Professor Greyson and Tarik Loubani, an emergency doctor from London, Ont., went to Egypt despite the unrest. They seemed not to know about the animosity between Egypt and Gaza, between the Egyptians and Hamas. Now, we Canadians will have to get him out of jail where he has been incarcerated since August 26.

Watching the Watchdog: To Bomb or Not to Bomb, Eh Obama?

Tim Knight | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

To bomb or not to bomb: that is the question. If that's the question, what's the answer? U.S. President Barack Obama is desperately trying to find that answer now that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has apparently loosed poison gas on his own people.

'I Don't Know If He's A Terrorist Or Not'

CBC | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Politics

The mother of a young Canadian man currently in Syria has been asking for months how and why her son ended up there among a group of extremist fighter...

Syria In 'Dangerous New Phase'

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The crisis in Syria has entered a "dangerous new phase," Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird warned Monday, as Washington announced it had "...

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.

Gas Attack Kills Dozens, Including Children: Rebels

CP | Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syrian regime forces fired intense artillery and rocket barrages Wednesday on the eastern suburbs of the capital, Damascus, in what two pro-o...

For Some Children, War Is No Video Game

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"But all my friends have them!" implored by 11-year-old son Derrick, arguing once again for the purchase of M-rated video games (for "Mature"). How do I explain that there are children all around the world who don't play games like these -- their actual lives read like an ESRB warning?

Meet the Syrian Activists Recieving Human Rights Training in Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Ariya slips into the car, she must carry two sets of clothes: a hijab, and western garb. Without both, she risks arrest, beating, and rape. Ariya believes the trip is worth the risk -- she counsels some of the estimated 1,500 Syrian women who have been victims of sexual assault in Syria's bloody civil war.

WATCH: Harper: 'It's G7 Plus One'

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.15.2013 | Canada Politics

DUBLIN - When leaders of the world's eight wealthiest countries meet in Northern Ireland on Monday, it's pretty clear how Prime Minister Stephen Harpe...

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...

It's Showtime in Syria -- Will Obama Finally Intervene?

Conrad Black | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

Syria is now a failed state. The fact that Assad used Sarin against a small number of people may indicate panic by local officials, or more likely a considered policy of the gradual introduction of this new escalation. That is why all eyes are again on Washington. This is show-time; the world is watching and many habitual trouble-makers, including perhaps even the mischievous and treacherous gangster thugdom of Putin's Russia, are more amenable than they have been to support an effective intervention by the United States in Syria. If not now, when?

Now, Baird Wants UN's Help

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - There is no reason to doubt reports of chemical weapons being used in Syria, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday.But there still ...

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.

Dispatches From Damascus: The Old City Under Surveillance

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 01.23.2013 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The Syrian government has now established a permanent network of surveillance over the old city. One night recently I was strolling through the souq and saw a figure walking slowly ahead of me in the poorly-lit passage, an object dangling from their arm. When I drew within a few paces, he started and turned quickly to face me, watching me closely as I passed.

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.

Turkey, Syria Continue To Trade Fire

AP/CP | Bassem Mroue, Suzan Fraser | Posted 10.06.2012 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syria's military will "crush" armed rebels, President Bashar Assad's defence minister warned Saturday, as the regime shelled rebel positions ...

Dispatches From Damascus: "Assad! -- Or We Destroy the Country"

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 12.05.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

To the East of the old city there is a busy road that tanks and other military vehicles often drive along as they travel between the nearest base and whichever suburb they happen to be fighting in on a given day. Recently, a friend saw a tank drive down this road in a convoy with some other vehicles. On its side its crew had had spray-painted, in big white Arabic letters, "Assad! -- or we destroy the country."