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Pakistan Doesn't Need Martial Law Again, But Thanks

Iman Sheikh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Iman Sheikh

Splintering the TTP from the middle is a major coup, and analysts say that breaking up the TTP over the issue of talks was always part of the government's strategy. Things may get worse before they get better but Prime Minister Sharif needs to keep the lines of communication with TTP open. Taliban insurgents have been attempting to destabilize the government for over 10 years. Peace will not come overnight, but it will come only through a democratically elected government, however self-serving.

Couple Captured By Taliban Pleaded For Help In 2012 Videos

CP | Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last y...

Boko Haram-Type Groups Exist in Every Muslim Society

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Boko Haram may seem like a remote African tribe that abducts girls, threatens to kill them, and marries them off against their will. Some introspection would reveal that the same tendencies are alive and instrumental in all Muslim societies.

Why the Afghanistan Mission Was Worth It

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

I have seen firsthand the incredible transformations that have taken place in Afghanistan over the past decade. Wherever your views stand on Canada's participation in NATO's mission in Afghanistan, the available evidence shows that without a doubt, life for most Afghans is dramatically better today than it was under Taliban rule

Taliban Claims 'Defeat' Of Canadian Army

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - A round of goodbye messages are following the last Canadian troops out the door in Afghanistan and some of them are rather nasty.The Taliban's...

Canada Must Do More to Protect These Persecuted Christians

Farzana Hassan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Farzana Hassan

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, stating it was taking revenge for US drone strikes. This comment is telling. Taliban schooled in a medieval worldview do not see past religious identities. Instead of viewing their Pakistani Christian citizens as fellow countrymen, they see them as an extension of the Christian West and therefore "the other."

Afghanistan's Real Tragedy

Lauryn Oates | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is how little much of the world knows about the tremendous progress made in Afghanistan over the past decade, and just how much is at stake. This is not yet another chapter in an unending story of a country perpetually on the brink of self-implosion.

Afghanistan Rising: Why the Taliban Must be Kept Out of Kabul

Roberta Staley | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Roberta Staley

In Afghanistan, the key to personal security is to stay a moving and elusive target: never stick to a routine, move quickly and unobtrusively. This was not only for our safety, but the safety of those we met. Fraternizing with Westerners can draw the wrath of local Taliban -- members recently beheaded two children in Kandahar province to warn citizens of the danger of collaborating with the Afghanistan government.

Canada Should Join the U.S. in Taliban Peace Talks

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Yesterday, they were called terrorists. Today, the Taliban are a force the Americans are ready to recognize in public. Talking with, and not merely to, the Taliban will be the first step towards giving Afghans, Pushtuns and others, a chance to heal and rebuild a state and a society of their choice.

Taliban Captures 11 Foreigners

AP | Thomas Wagner | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban took 11 civilians prisoner, including eight Turks and a Russian, after their cargo helicopter made an emergency land...

Pakistan: A Bloody Terror to Itself and the West

Tarek Fatah | Posted 03.14.2013 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

An unprecedented protest is unfolding in the Balochistan city of Quetta in Pakistan. Thousands of people have staged a sit-in, and are using 93 coffins to block a road to protest the slaughter of Shia Muslims by Sunni Muslim terrorists allied with the Taliban. In their demise is a warning to the rest of us. A nuclear power is about to collapse.

For Malala: The Girl who Brought Canada Together

Tarek Fatah | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Tarek Fatah

We did it! After tens of thousands of Canadians and even more people from around the world signed my petition on Change.org, we got every single party leader to get behind the campaign to unanimously nominate Malala Yousufzai for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. I had never imagined that not one, but all of our federal parties and leaders would end up supporting the campaign to support a girl halfway around the world.

With Only a Pen in Her Hand

Munir Pervaiz Saami | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada
Munir Pervaiz Saami

There are times in human history when a single person becomes a metaphor for philosophy, morality, humanity, poetry, literature, and human stature, all rolled into one. Such persons lead by example, at times sacrificing their own lives for their convictions. We live in the times of Malala Yousafzai.

Saving Rimsha: Religious Intolerance is the Real Blasphemy

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

An 11-year-old Pakistani girl with Downs Syndrome might be put to death for blasphemy. Killing people for expressing negative and/or dissenting views on religion, for burning Qurans, for writing letters -- is this Islam? No. In Islam, a law that penalizes a person for challenging or disparaging the religion -- is blasphemy itself.

'Divine Intervention' Needed To Win Afghan War: Taliban Leader

CBC | Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada

A veteran leader of the Taliban has expressed strong doubts the group can win the war in Afghanistan, adding he's relieved Osama bin Laden is dead and...

Obama's Vietnam?

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.05.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

In Afghanistan, Obama is all but conceding defeat. We saw it in Vietnam when then-President Richard Nixon assured that the withdrawal of American troops meant "peace with honour." But it's still a country where, if the Taliban have power, Sharia law will flourish, women will continue to be persecuted, niceties like amputations, stoning, honour killings and such will blossom.

"Peace with Honour" is Another Way of Saying Defeat

Peter Worthington | Posted 03.20.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

Regardless of one's outlook, it's pretty hard to see anything emerging from Afghanistan or the Middle East that doesn't represent defeat for America's foreign and military policy.

Canadians Lose Important Ally to Afghan Suicide Bomb

Murray Brewster | Posted 03.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Murray Brewster

The death of Haji Sayed Fazluddin Agha as the victim of a suicide bombing last week could have more impact on U.S. efforts to keep a lid on Kandahar than just about anything else since the surge.

Pakistani Taliban Leader Reported Dead In U.S. Strike

Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada

Zarar Khan, AP -- Intercepted militant radio communications indicate the leader of the Pakistani Taliban may have been killed in a recent U.S. drone s...

As the West Leaves Afghanistan, Who Will Pay for Peace and Quiet?

Murray Brewster | Posted 03.05.2012 | Canada
Murray Brewster

I was standing in the marble, columned portico of the Kandahar governor's palace when three rough-looking characters made their way across the neatly manicured lawn. These guys had the look, if there is any such thing as a Taliban look...

Canadian Immigration Turns its Back on Afghan Translator

Peter Worthington | Posted 01.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

Now that Canada's combat role in Afghanistan has ended, it is tempting for some to turn their back on what went before. That's both foolish and wrong. Canada has a duty to make it easier for Afghan translators and such to enter Canada. Otherwise we are probably sentencing them to death.

Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Saw U.S. Failure, But Not Defeat

Conrad Black | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada
Conrad Black

At least no one will be able to claim that the U.S. has suffered a military defeat. But it has suffered a period of extended strategic incapacity, which has fanned defeatism and exaggerated notions of imminent loss of world leadership.

Is a Palace Coup Unfolding in Pakistan?

Tarek Fatah | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

A palace coup could be in the offing in nuclear-armed Pakistan as pro-Taliban army generals try to undermine democratically elected civilian government of President Asif Ali Zardari.

Remembrance Day: Standing on Guard for Freedom

Avi Benlolo | Posted 01.06.2012 | Canada
Avi Benlolo

If those who forget the past are destined to repeat it, remembrance is integral to ensuring a more peaceful world for future generations.

Afghans Who Risked Their Lives for Canada Deserve Citizenship

Peter Worthington | Posted 11.13.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Some Afghan translators were killed by IEDs, but it's safe to assume that every single Afghan translator or interpreter is on a list somewhere, marked for reprisal. They know this, and knew it when they volunteered. We, as a country, owe these young people, just as we owe our soldiers who served in our name in Afghanistan.