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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.

Why Isn't Canada Doing More to Help Lebanon Deal With the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

The Syrian conflict has passed two sobering milestones. The civil war -- now entering its fourth year -- has now claimed more than 200,000 lives and forced more than three million people to flee the country. The Canadian government can and should be playing a more direct role in addressing the refugee crisis in Lebanon by immediately increasing our humanitarian assistance.

Will the Minister Personally Attend the Syrian Donor Conference and Pledge?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

When I asked in question period on February 20th whether the Minister of International Development would personally attend the donor conference, pledge, and champion 5.6 million Syrian children, Canada's Parliamentary Secretary replied that: "We are still in consideration of whether or not the minister is going to attend that."

Kayla Mueller Is Free

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada
Glen Pearson

"We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it," said Ernesto Guevara. If indeed true, then Kayla Mueller would have spent her final hours in deep assurance and firmness of conviction.

A Long, Burdensome Road for Syrian Refugees and Their Canadian Sponsors

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Militias set fire to homes with families still inside. From her safe refuge here in Canada, Dahlia heard the horrific reports and knew she had to get her family out of Syria. But to sponsor them as refugees in Canada would take an agonizing 18 months of bureaucracy and cost tens of thousands of dollars. Dahlia's ordeal raises the question, Are the demands of sponsorship too great for Canadians to bear?

Tories Vow To Take In 10,000 More Syrian Refugees

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A promise to 10,000 Syrian refugees that they will be able to find safe haven in Canada in the next three years needs to be backed up by a be...

Small Glimpses of Humanity In a Year of Large and Daunting Crises

Stephen Cornish | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Stephen Cornish

The number of major crises taking place around the globe this past year has been unparalleled in recent history. In fact, 2014 often seemed filled with intractable emergencies that were simply too big, too complex and too daunting to fathom, let alone solve. This felt particularly true when it came to humanitarian action.

My Humanitarian Holiday Wishes for the World

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.07.2015 | 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.

Canada Will Not Join U.S. Airstrikes In Syria: Baird

The Associated Press | Adam Schreck | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics

MANAMA, BAHRAIN—Canada has no plans to follow its neighbour the United States in expanding airstrikes against the Islamic State group into Syria, th...

Canada Must Do More To Help Syrians Abroad

Dana Wagner | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Despite government statements that Canada has done "more than any of our allies," our allies have introduced smart humanitarian policies that have moved far more Syrians abroad than anything Ottawa has yet introduced. Canada can look to them - Germany, Sweden, Norway, Brazil and more - for inspiration.