Syrian Civil War

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.

Re-Election?

CP | Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad said it's still too early to say whether he'll run for re-election next year, but that he would refrain from se...

Putin's Op Ed Flips Obama the Bird, Tells Americans Not to Feel Special

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

The thuggish Putin thinks that Obama and the U.S. are so weakened, that he had the chutzpah to pen a highly critical Op Ed Piece in the New York Times, criticizing, among other things, America's view of itself as exceptional and unique. And criticizing hypocritically the U.S. for contemplating a military action, when Russia has been supplying arms to Assad to assist his regime in killing and gassing 100,000 of his own people. According to liberal CNN on Wednesday night, all the panellists agreed that Putin's Op Ed piece in the New York Times, was Putin's way of flipping the bird to Obama and the American people. This is what happens to the U.S. when its President leads from behind, or worse.

'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...

Syrian Children Were Always "Defenceless"

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Earlier this week, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden decried the use of chemical weapons on "defenceless men, women and children" in Syria. As someone who works for an international aid and development agency looking out for children, something is deadly certain to me: Those children have been defenceless ever since the war in Syria began.

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 ...

"Syria Today Is Afghanistan Circa 1998"

Bessma Momani | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada
Bessma Momani

Syria today is Afghanistan circa 1998. We don't need a crystal ball to see how it will end up if left to its own fate. If, or rather when this war explodes and threatens the regional balance of power, the West will recalculate its current standing of staying on the sidelines.

A Tale of Two Syrian Moms

World Vision | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Muna recalls the day that changed her life forever. "There was a sound like a plane, and then the house shook," she says. Realizing that her Syrian village was under rocket attack, Muna rushed her five children into the stairwell to get them down from the roof where they'd been.

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.

August Was Deadliest Month In Syria: Activists

AP | Bassem Mroue, Jamal Halaby | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada

BEIRUT - Activist groups said Sunday that about 5,000 people were killed in Syria's civil war in August, the highest figure ever reported in more than...

10 Steps to a Peaceful Syria

Irwin Cotler | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

I have been writing for over a year now of the need to affirm and implement the Responsibility to Protect doctrine to help save Syrian civilians being massacred by the Assad regime. Everything that was predicted would happen in Syria as a result of international action has in fact resulted, but from international inaction. It is now as timely as it is necessary to increase pressure on Assad, and those loyal to him.

Dispatches From Damascus: The Syrian Army Arrives in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The atmosphere in Damascus' old city became just a little bit tenser at the start of the last week of Ramadan when Syrian army soldiers were deployed here for the first time since the revolution began in March last year. The soldiers were seemingly under orders to search various houses, especially those in which the few remaining foreigners live. The house I was staying in was one of them.

Dispatches From Damascus: Syrian Civilians Are Armed and Nervous

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

In recent weeks the government has started to provide weapons to Syrian civilians from minority groups that they trust to remain loyal, such as Christians and the Druze, in order for them to defend their local areas against possible opposition attacks.

In Syria, Simply Replacing al-Assad is Not Enough

Sally K. Gallagher | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Sally K. Gallagher

Replacing Bashar al-Assad in Syria is not sufficient. Shedding known problems for ones that are unknown is difficult. In Damascus, the ancient capital, or Aleppo, the nation's economic hub, exchanging a known set of difficulties (even terrible ones), for an unknown state of affairs is a fearful choice. But after the killing of four senior security officials in the very center of Damascus, the shelling of Damascus and the wholesale bombardment of Aleppo, perhaps the risk of doing nothing will finally outweigh the risk of the unknown.

It's Their Revolution, They'll Cry If They Want To

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Pragmatically, there is no need for outside intervention when it comes to Syria. Yes, a lot of people are being killed, but perhaps more would be killed if outside forces were used to despose Assad. And unlike conventional war, a revolution is a personal thing for those involved. When outsiders participate, the dynamics change. And revolutions never turn out the way those who lead them expect, or even intend.