Syrian Civil War

How to Really Help Syrian Refugees and Those in Need

Jason Najum | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada
Jason Najum

Yes the Syrian refugees that briefly broke our hearts are real people living a nightmare, but let's see even more, let us "think with history". Their situation, as any situation, was borne of consequence. They are a living mass of real life repercussions.

Islamic State Destroys Ancient Arch In Palmyra: Activists

CP | Sarah El-Deeb, The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada

The monumental arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia and the East.

Syrian Man Dies Waiting For Quebec Son's Sponsorship Efforts

CBC | CBC | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada

Bassam Katbe and his siblings left Syria nearly two decades ago, but their parents stayed because they were settled there and, at the time, the situation was relatively stable.

Jean Chretien: Putin's Help In Syria Should Be Welcomed By Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics

The former prime minister says Russia's involvement in the Middle Eastern conflict would spark controversy but that the West would do well to accept the support.

Obama And Putin: More Awkward Moments, Few Syria Breakthroughs

CP | Julie Pace, The Associated Press | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada

On the status of embattled leader Bashar Assad — Obama and Putin left their discussions Monday exactly where they started.

Canada Pledges More Humanitarian Aid For Victims Of Conflict In Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal government will match "eligible" Canadian donations up to $100 million under the Syrian Emergency Relief Fund.

Canada Must Take Strong Action to Help Save Syrian Children

Michael Messenger | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Michael Messenger

I am unwilling to shake off the horror of seeing Alan Kurdi lying face down on the beach. If it were just one child, just one death, the story would still be heartbreaking. But the outraged conversations across Canada have quickly expanded to include Canada's wider response to this terrible conflict.

We Are All Responsible for the Safe Passage of Syrian Refugees

Patti Lenard | Posted 09.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Patti Lenard

Alan Kurdi's image has captivated the world's attention and focused it on the ways in which those with the ability to rescue desperate people have failed to do so, to staggeringly horrific effect. It has focused Canada's attention, because whether or not he had hoped to join his family in Canada, he certainly has Canadian family that cared for him deeply. But Canada's government is not alone in being blameworthy; rather, it is in good company.

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.

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.


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.