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Let's Get Clear On What Pacifism Really Means

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

I'm tired of pacifists. I'm not going to be polite around them anymore. I'm not going to be accommodating in polite society and pretend that while I differ, I respect the pacifist opinion. I don't. Pacifists are wrong, and this is why. Pacifism tolerates, even abets, terrorism and fascism -- and the war and violence that come from them.

There Is No Justification For Trump's Illegal Militarism

Jeff Wheeldon | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Jeff Wheeldon

Let's be clear: while a sarin gas attack is a disgusting breach of international law and of humanity itself, in responding with military force outside of any formal war the United States has breached more international laws than the gas attack did. We should not be lulled into some sense that unilateral military action is OK.

For Displaced Syrian Mothers, Times Of Hardship And Determination

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Impact

Continued violence and insecurity in Syria have driven 6.8 million people from their homes. Amid the severe deprivation and uncertainty that come with displacement, mothers like Nada, 28, draw on whatever support they can get to meet their children's basic needs while aspiring for a better future.

Children Of Besieged Madaya Trapped Between Two Realities

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Impact

Until all sieges across Syria are lifted, Madaya and the many other besieged areas just like it remain a two-sided reality aspiring for peace and normality. "We only need peace," a young man told me. "We need to feel safe and lead normal lives again."

Trudeau's Simplistic Approach To Syria Needs A Dose Of Reality

Thomas Woodley | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

If only it were so easy. The leader of a war-torn Middle Eastern country commits an atrocity; the West removes him. Problem solved. At least, that's the way Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to see the future in Syria. The only problem is that Trudeau has forgotten the many other players who have a stake in what happens in Syria.

Canada Lays Sanctions On Top Syrian Officials

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2017 | Canada Politics

"Canada is working with its allies to end the war in Syria and hold those responsible to account.''

Our Leaders Need To Shed The Corrupting Influence Of Weapons

Harith Chaudhary | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Harith Chaudhary

We have a problem, rather, a preoccupation with power. It is human nature to want and crave it, but the ways we get it and keep it are usually inhumane. The simplest, most base feeling of power is that of physical might. The ability to defeat one's foes in combat.

Russia Partly Responsible For Chemical Attack In Syria: Trudeau

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Politics

The prime minister called on the international community not to repeat the "terrible mistakes" of the past.

Trump Once Said Striking Syria Was A Terrible Idea. What Changed?

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2017 | Canada Politics

It's not even clear if Trump wants regime change in Syria.

Syrian Conflict Leaves Us With Nothing But Hope

Jason Najum | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Jason Najum

I write this with the crippling cries of a small child playing in my earphones, nerve gas choking him literally to death, his desperate rasping gasps for breath ringing in my ears and unnerving my insides, his agony repeating over and over in the background as a foaming espresso machine steams beside me at the counter.

'Say Goodbye, Baby': Syrian Father Parts With Twins Killed In Attack

CP | Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada

The attack killed 22 members of his family.

Facts Behind Syria Gas Attack Needed Before Assigning Blame: Freeland

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Politics

"It is extremely important to hold accountable, at an individual level, the people responsible for this heinous attack."

Horrifying Video Shows The Moment An Airstrike Hit A Syrian Hospital

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Rieger | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada

The regional health agency called it a "war crime."

Dozens Dead After Suspected Gas Attack In Syria

CP | Philip Issa And Sarah El Deeb, The Associated Press | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada

It's being called one of the worst attacks in six years of war.

Syria's War Is The Shame Of A Generation

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada

Forget geopolitics that make it all too easy to declare ourselves powerless. Think instead of the Syrian children and teens, of the millions of internally displaced persons and millions of refugee children whose journeys have been much too perilous. We all have a role to play in ensuring a better future for vulnerable children in Syria and in the neighbouring countries that have so generously opened their doors to nearly five million Syrians.

How Aleppo's Orphans Find A Place To Call Home

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Impact

The shelter in Aleppo seems plucked out of a fairy tale. Mohammad and his siblings stepped through the welcoming green door and walked into a safe place for the first time in months. They were surrounded by a tiny garden filled with Jasmine flowers and olive trees and a big house filled with children laughing and playing.

Even After 6 Years Of Violence, Syrian Children Won't Be Forgotten

Megan Radford | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

After six years of violence, Syrian children need us to believe in them more than ever. We must to ensure that an entire generation of children with dreams for the future doesn't get lost in the rubble. I have been allowed to grow up in peace into a future that allows me to work for my dreams. Syrian children deserve the same.

6 Years Into War, Syria's Children Are Still Dreaming

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, World Vision has released a report, comparing the fears and dreams of Syrian children with those from other countries. We wanted to get a better understanding of how violence might affect a child's view of the world.

Children's Suffering In Syria Is At Its Worst

UNICEF Canada | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Impact

Challenges in access in several parts of Syria stand in the way of assessing the full scale of children's suffering and of urgently getting humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable girls and boys. Beyond the bombs, bullets and explosions, children are dying in silence often from diseases that can otherwise be easily prevented. Access to medical care, lifesaving supplies and other basic services remains difficult.

6 Years Of War Have Given Syrian Winters A Chilling New Meaning

UNICEF Canada | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada Impact

For children and their families across Syria, winter used to bring joy. But after six years of conflict, childhood memories of getting cozy around the heater, playing in the snow and warm winter clothes are all but forgotten.

International Community Must Demand Safety For Syrians In Wadi Barada

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Genevieve Zingg

In a flagrant violation of the agreed-upon ceasefire, the Syrian government launched a heavy offensive on rebel-held Wadi Barada valley in the final days of December. Residents have been deprived of running water and electricity and are being bombarded by hundreds of missiles and barrel bombs.

Children Suffer As Taps Run Dry In Syria's Capital

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Impact

An estimated 5.5 million people, including two million children, have been cut off from running water for over three weeks in Damascus and its surroundings, the longest cut Syria's capital has seen. Intense fighting damaged the water infrastructure for the two main drinking water sources for Damascus.

How One Syrian Family Is Settling In To Their New Life In P.E.I.

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Impact

The brutal Syrian conflict has forced over 2.2 million children to flee to neighbouring countries and beyond. Basel Alrashdan, 11, and his family were the first Syrian family to be resettled on Canada's Prince Edward Island.

Fake News Will Become Old News In 2017

Jon Packer | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

In this bizarre, post-truth world, digital media has been called out for creating an epidemic of fake news. Facebook, in particular, has drawn the ire of many for hosting fake news items, while continuing to claim that most of its content is authentic.

Globe And Mail Columnist Demonizes Israel

Mike Fegelman | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

They "... are humiliated, terrorized, abused, insulted, evicted, demolished, confiscated, dispossessed, expropriated, beaten, wounded or killed by Gol...