War Crimes

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Facing The Horror Of Child Soldiers

Some 31,000 women are currently pregnant inside the Islamic State. These children born out of conflict will form the future ranks of the group. School curriculum is being altered and reshaped to support extremism and strict adherence to the Islamic State's view of religion and philosophy. Children are desensitized to violence and trained for combat from an early age. This presents a complex, yet vitally important, challenge for any nations engaged with the Islamic State.
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How to Avoid a Victimization Olympics

Scholars, lawyers, and governments will no doubt weigh in on whether or not the residential schools experience in Canada officially constitutes a cultural form of genocide. In the meantime, it is important to create a cultural and intellectual climate in this country that is flexible and sensitive enough to recognize the depth of suffering experienced by traumatized people and their children without ranking it on a destructive hierarchical scale.
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"I Am a Jew. Stop Killing Babies in Gaza."

Shortly after Israel began its bombing campaign of Gaza last week, a fellow Jew emailed me a photo of a guy holding a large sign that read: "I am a Jew. Stop Killing Babies in Gaza." That photo has been burning a hole in my inbox ever since. I feel helpless in the face of all the carnage raining down on Gaza. I, too, want Israel to stop killing babies in Gaza. I want Israel to end its indiscriminate killing of all Palestinian civilians, full stop.

Remembering Rwanda's Pain and the World's Shame

In the annals of human evil, Rwanda's genocide takes a special place. With a kill rate of about six people a minute for more than three months, it's likely one of the fastest mass slaughters of humans in history. Most were hacked to death by machete, partly because the perpetrators found it cheaper than using bullets.
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Women's Rights Made Leaps in 2012, Just Not in Canada

Progress for the world's women has proceeded in fits and starts in the past century, but 2012 saw some clear advancement on numerous fronts and in diverse locations. But while global advancements on gender issues were escalating, at home, in Canada, the record remains decidedly mixed. Canadian women are presently losing ground on everything from pay equity to childcare, from poverty to homelessness. Canadians must come to terms with the irony of witnessing the advancements of women's rights on a global scale while at the same time dealing with the reality that this country has been steadily declining in international rankings of gender disparity.
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Don't Let George W. Bush Cross the Border

News that four former Guantanamo detainees have filed a complaint against Canada with the UN Committee Against Torture for the Canadian government's failure to arrest George W. Bush has caused quite a tempest in our teapot. Evidence of Bush's involvement in authorizing war crimes and torture goes far beyond the reasonable grounds necessary for law enforcement.

Attacks on Schools a Widespread Sight

In recent years, there has been a disturbing escalation in the use of brutal force directed against schools, children and teachers. A new report released by Human Rights Watch's Children's Rights Division attempts to call attention to the increasing number of violent attacks on schools in war zones.

Ottawa Adds To Foreign Fugitives List

The federal government is seeking the public's help again in its hunt for people wanted on immigration warrants, focusing on 32 foreign fugitives believed to be in the Toronto area. Public Safety Min...
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'I Never Even Killed A Cat'

MONTREAL - A Congolese man accused by the Canadian government of being complicit in war crimes, and facing deportation, says he's never so much as killed a cat. Abraham Bahaty Bayavuge says he was a s...