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When I Was 3, the Same Age as Alan Kurdi, I Became a Refugee

Tasneem Jamal | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Tasneem Jamal

My family did not face the choices Alan Kurdi's family faced. My story had a different ending, a happy ending. It did because the government of Canada responded to a humanitarian crisis by putting human beings -- and their need for shelter and safety and comfort -- above everything else.

Let's Use the Syrian Refugee Crisis to Reconnect Politics With Purpose

Reva Seth | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Reva Seth

It's something the majority of Canadians intuitively feel: politics and politicians no longer seem like a channel for change or action, and so we tune them out. People and even partisans are disconnected from purpose beyond the election cycle. But in an election framed on change, maybe there's an opportunity here to reconnect politics and purpose.

'Aylan Should Be Here': B.C. Protester Arrested At Harper Event

The Huffington Post B.C. | Rhianna Schmunk | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"Seeing the images of that boy was heartbreaking."

We Need a Lasting Solution for Syrian Refugees

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

The searing images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi have moved through cyberspace and galvanized reaction around the world. For Canadians, there are layers and hard questions that go further than our basic human response of sorrow. That's because Alan Kurdi's family could and should have been in Canada by now.

Harper: Boy's Image Heartbreaking, But Doesn't Change Need To Fight ISIL

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics

Harper says he and his wife Laureen saw the tragic photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi on the Internet and that it evoked images of their own son, Ben, frolicking at that age.

The Politics of Resettlement: Migrants vs. Refugees

Heather Roff | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Heather Roff

We are witnessing the horror of war. We see it every day, with fresh pictures of refugees risking their lives on the sea, rather than risking death b...

Syrian Family Was Desperate, Say B.C. Relatives

CP | Liam Casey and Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Like countless others around the world, Tima Kurdi and Rocco Logozzo had seen the horrifying image — that of a little boy, his body limp and lifeles...

Escaping ISIS: The Underground Railway Out Of The Islamic State

CBC | Posted 07.19.2015 | Canada

A group has so far helped 20 ISIS foreign defectors to escape, including one young Canadian man.

Our National Security Depends On Climate Action

Andrew Leslie | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrew Leslie

It is next to impossible to develop an appropriate plan for dealing with security threats unless you understand what has caused them. And it may seem counterintuitive, at first, to link Canadian national security concerns with international climate change. However, recent negative trends affecting our already fragile climate, and the associated impacts on weather and the global ecosystem, are a real and present danger to our national security.

Thinking Twice About Syrian Children This World Refugee Day

World Vision | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

On this World Refugee Day almost four million Syrian refugees, equivalent to the populations of Toronto and Montreal combined, are far from home and wondering if they will ever return to the life they knew. The Syrian crisis is the largest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, and its impact is being felt disproportionately by the millions of affected children.

Obama's Well-Intentioned Rhetoric Is Disconnected from Reality

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

The human rights-interfaith dialogue rhetoric employed by President Obama on May 22, 2015 at the Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington DC was wonderful and made people feel warm inside. But this type of rhetoric is, in fact, messianic -- it is for tomorrow, for a time when there is no more war. That day has not yet come, I am afraid. And to speak as if it has is very dangerous.

The History and Culture I Saw in Syria Is Now Scarred by War

Rebecca Ananda | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Rebecca Ananda

Years ago, when I was young and reckless, I backpacked solo through Syria. One morning, at the bus station in Homs, I had to make a spur of the moment decision; I could go west, towards the sea and Lebanon, or I could go east, to the ancient city of Palmyra. I turned west. I never saw Palmyra. The 2000 year old city is now in the hands of ISIS.

The Mediterranean Has Become a Morgue for Migrants. Canada Must Help

Alex Neve | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Neve

The number of deaths have been mounting over the years. The International Organization of Migration estimates that somewhere in the range of 20,000 women, men and children have drowned in the Mediterranean between 2000 and 2014, while trying to reach safety and new lives in Europe. Canada can and should be central to international efforts to address the underlying crises in Syria, Eritrea and other countries, propelling the displacement that leads to the Mediterranean. This is not a crisis that Canada should simply observe and lament.

There Can Never Be a Humanitarian Component to Military Action

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Cornish

There is simply no compatibility between humanitarian action and the use of military force in combat. One has as its singular objective the alleviation of human suffering, regardless of the sufferer's identity or affiliation; the other, by definition, involves taking the side of one group against the other. That's also why it is very worrying to hear that humanitarian assistance is being used as strategic tactic in military action.

Canada's Battle Against Extremism Should Involve More Aid Instead of Bombs

Toufic Adlouni | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Toufic Adlouni

Bombing only marginally degrades a group like the Un-Islamic State, who take their strategies from the Hezbollah and Hamas playbook: make equipment highly mobile, and positioning them deep underground or among residential areas. To put it bluntly, fighting ISIL is less effective than tackling the humanitarian crisis from which much extremism originates.

Canada Pushed To Join Record Syria Aid Drive

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada urged international donors on Tuesday to swiftly deliver on their aid promises to Syria because the devastated country will need help ...

House Of Commons Votes In Favour Of Extending, Expanding ISIS Mission

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA -- Canadian fighter jets will soon be launching airstrikes in Syria now that the House of Commons has approved the federal government's plan to...

Analysts Question Whether Canada Can Stomach 'War' Against ISIS

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has declared "war" on Canada, the Harper government is fond of saying.With Parliament poised to emba...

Vote Coming Tonight On Launching Canadian Airstrikes In Syria

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The Conservative government wants to extend its military campaign in Iraq for up to one year and authorize airstrikes in Syria.

ISIL Mission Will Need More Than A Year, MPs Told

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The training of Kurdish peshmerga fighters has been a slow undertaking that could mean Canada's mission in Iraq and Syria will take more than...

Althia Raj

Canada's Plan To Bomb Syria Has Dubious Legal Basis, NDP Charges

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Politics

“This is not Canada’s tradition. Canada's tradition is to uphold international law," said NDP defence critic Jack Harris.

One Of Harper's Top Critics Backs Expanding Fight To Syria

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada's former UN ambassador Paul Heinbecker says Canada and its allies cannot afford to turn its back on the threat posed by ISIL.

5 Things To Know About Syria As Tories Aim To Expand Mission

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is seeking Parliament's blessing to extend and expand its mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan...

For Syria's Child Refugees, 4 Years With No School Can Be Devastating

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

An eight-year-old girl, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, is someone I know only from a photograph. I was captivated by the girl whose schooling was so critical to her, that she grabbed her report card while fleeing the rocket attacks on her home town. That was two years ago. I've been unable to find any recent updates on Jouri.

The Syrian Crisis' Catastrophic Impact on Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The Syrian conflict is entering its fifth horrific year of escalating violence, with little sign of ending. More than 200,000 people have been killed, 10,000 of them children. Today over 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 5.6 million children. Almost 11 million Syrians have been displaced within and outside Syria, including 3.3 million refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. More than half of the refugee population are children, and 114,000 children have been born as refugees.