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How Young Canadians Become Jihadists

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

So many young Canadians are looking to make their mark on the world. Some pick up a shovel to build a school or a ladle in soup kitchens to serve the homeless. A small number choose a different way, traveling to Syria to pick up an AK-47. Where does the road diverge between the youth who choose the path of helping and those on the path of harm? And for those on the road toward extremism, are there points along their journey where they might be set on a positive path?

As a Syrian Refugee, I Think Destroying ISIS Means Destroying Assad

Eiad Hererra | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Eiad Hererra

Syria was intolerable long before ISIS existed. It was so intolerable that brainwashed Syrian schoolchildren like me -- Christians, Muslims, and all other faiths -- have grown up to free their minds and sacrifice their lives by the thousands for a free Syria. The international community ignored our cries. Now that the Islamic State is in the picture, the world is paying attention to Syria again. As the world fights the radical presence of ISIS, they must keep in mind that Assad and the Islamic State are two sides of the same coin. They are both brutal, bloodthirsty murderers. If we destroy ISIS now, another ISIS will quickly emerge. I believe that the only way to destroy ISIS is to destroy Assad too.

Michael Bolen

Harper Says Canada Will Bomb ISIS In Syria If Murderous Despot Asks Him To

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Bolen | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Politics

Stephen Harper said Friday that Canada will bomb ISIS in Syria if it receives permission from the government of Bashar al-Assad, the same government t...

Ottawa Blocks Canadian From Getting Syrian Husband Out Of Danger

CBC | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Politics

A Canadian woman and her Syrian husband are speaking out from a Damascus suburb because they're frightened and desperate to flee the escalating...

Don't Give ISIS the Reaction it Wants

Blake Bromley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

We must move beyond being revolted by the beheadings because that is the singular reaction ISIS seeks from those who do not respond by becoming recruits. Young radicals leaving Canada are individuals. We must see them as individuals and not just caricatures.

Connecting the Dots: Hamas, ISIS, and the Assault on Human Rights in the Middle East

Sheila Copps | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Sheila Copps

Zahar and Baghdadi, Hamas and ISIS share the same final goal: democracy must give way to theocracy, plural religions to a single Islamist belief, freedom to submission and social equality to the dictates of Sharia rule. Standing against Hamas and ISIS terrorism transcends politics and party lines. The rights and freedoms that comprise the very heart of our way of life are under direct attack in the Middle East from these and other groups seeking to build a radical, theocratic mega-state across the region, and, if they can achieve it, even beyond.

Are the Deaths of Two Westerners Worth More Than Thousands of Syrians?

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Western interest in dismantling the Syrian regime was motivated by two factors. First, the Syrian regime had proven to be a sustained source of discomfort for Israel. Containing Syria meant additional operational space for Israel. The second factor had to do with the Arab regimes' interest in containing Iran's rising influence in the region.

Platitudes From Politicians Will Not Fix World Problems

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

For decades we have heard how we are becoming a global family. There is little trace of that now, as division and selfish pursuit better characterize what is happening to our fragile globe. We require new leaders who can put the health of the globe above their own parochial and partisan concerns.

Liberals Want Hearings On Canadian Islamic Radicals

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - MPs should urgently study the issue of Islamic radicals returning to Canada from foreign battlefields, says the Liberal public safety critic....

Ordinary Muslims Part 1: There Is No Islam In ISIS

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Recent news that several young Canadian men, including two Calgary brothers, died fighting for ISIS has shocked Canada's Muslim community -- the vast majority of whom scoff at the notion that the terrorists who have overrun Syria and Iraq are acting upon authentic Islamic teachings, much less a compose a "caliphate."

Continued Cronyism Is the Arab Spring's Worst Enemy

Fred McMahon | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Fred McMahon

The violence that spun out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria grabbed the headlines but the real problem received little attention -- lack of opportunity. This lack of opportunity for the people of the Middle East is an issue the West largely ignored and partly caused.

B.C. Man Faces Terror Charge For Activity In Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man has been charged under a new anti-terrorism law for allegedly leaving the country to join Islamist fighters in Syri...

The Bizarre, Unintentional Way Obama May Slow Down Iran's Nuclear Development

Conrad Black | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Conrad Black

The Iranians allegedly do not want talks to break down because of a likely Israeli air attack, which though it would not be permanently incapacitating, would do great damage, retard development, and could be repeated as needed at intervals. The Vienna talks will have one more session before breaking for the summer. Though no one seriously expected that they would achieve an agreement, the Iranians have apparently put their program on hold, without rolling it back very far.

A Model Refugee Camp Still Isn't Home For Syrians

Robert Neufeld | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

Azraq Refugee Camp is seen as a model for all future refugee camps. It has schools, a hospital, playgrounds, soccer fields, community centres and even a supermarket. But for the few hundred families already settling in, and for the 100,000 Syrian refugees who will live here when the camp is completed, it's not, and will never be, home.

Seeing Syria's Horrors: A Message for Finance Ministers

Bessma Momani | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Bessma Momani

In the coming weeks, we can hope that finance ministers from some of the world's most developed countries take heed and remember the real victims of Syria's war: its people. As they attend the IMF-World Bank to talk about their budgets, they must not forget their financial commitments to Syria. Political leaders, too, must look at their collective influence and ability to address a conflict that has limped from one tragedy to the next.

Harper, Stop Canada From Entering a Decade of 'Diplomatic Darkness'

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

There was a time when Canada realized that while military security was an important investment, it was the long-term planning involved in relief and development that would ultimately bring greater measures of peace to our world. Somewhere along the way we lost that. We also lost a seat on the UN Security Council, the world's respect through our lack of action on climate change, and our altruism the moment we decided to invest development resources only in those nations that enhanced our own local economy and brought political benefit to the government.

Ukraine Is Another Example of a Dangerous World of Clashing Hegemons

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Errol P. Mendes

When the history of the early decades of the 21st Century is written, it may well be called the era of multiple clashing hegemons. The most recent glo...

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.

After Three Years of War, Syrian Childhoods Are Shattered

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

The war in Syria is about to enter its fourth year. For three years, World Vision staff members have sat with traumatized Syrian refugee children as they struggle to share stories you'll never find in a Canadian picture book. Their hands shake, and the words come out in fits and starts.

Is Canada Failing In The Face Of A Humanitarian Crisis?

CBC | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Politics

The UN agency responsible for refugees is calling on Canada to increase the number of Syrian refugees it is willing to resettle because of the deepeni...

Toronto Photojournalist Killed In Syria

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - The sister of a Toronto photojournalist killed in a Syrian air strike says he worked tirelessly to document for the world "tragedies" carrie...

The Four Global Conflicts That Are Affecting Millions of Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

While the UN Security Council holds urgent talks and Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon urges dialogue to resolve the Ukraine crisis, other areas of crisis fall to the back pages of newspapers. Yet, four level-three emergencies are currently affecting children: the Central African Republic, the Philippines, South Sudan, and Syria. The three conflicts are claiming lives and childhoods.

CSIS: 130 Canadians Support Extremists

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A senior intelligence official says some 130 Canadians are working abroad in support of extremist activities — including about 30 in Syria ...

The Syrians Who Won't Be at This Week's Peace Talks

Tanya Penny | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Tanya Penny

As long-awaited Syria peace talks begin this week, World Vision's Tanya Penny will be watching closely. She has been living alongside Syrian refugees in Jordan for the past two months, telling their stories with words and photographs. Here, Tanya describes the heartbreak that even the camera can't capture.

An Investment Today Could Save a Generation of Syrian Children

David Morley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Impact
David Morley

UNICEF, Save the Children and World Vision are urging the global community to commit US$1 billion to provide the education, protection, and support Syrian children need to fulfill their potential, and to develop the skills their societies need to create a more sustainable future. This investment could well save a generation.