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Many of Today's Wars Have Smaller Soldiers

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Today's conflicts are smaller in scale than the world wars on which we normally focus come Remembrance Day. But tragically, so are many of the soldiers. There are some 250,000 child soldiers in the world today, mostly in Africa. Children the age of my school-aged sons are shoved headlong into a hell that's unimaginable for most adults, let alone a child.

Wearing a Poppy Isn't About Supporting War - It's About Giving Thanks

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Taking this time to reflect on the dedication of our armed forces is not the same as blindly supporting war. Remembrance Day is really about being present to the experiences of those who sacrificed their mental and emotional well-being in the name of our country. It's about expressing gratitude to those who gave up their dreams so that the rest of us can pursue ours. After all, while the poppy historically symbolizes the blood of fallen soldiers, it also represents a flower that was able to grow in land too infertile for much else; transforming from a mere community of poppy seeds while simultaneously converting the land into fertile and beautiful possibility.

Canadian Jets To Strike ISIL Within Days

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Politics

KUWAIT CITY - Canadian warplanes have taken up position in Kuwait, a country straining in its own way to hold back the tide of Islamic extremism from ...

How Young Canadians Become Jihadists

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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?

Canada's War Against ISIS: a Little Less Talk, a Little More Conversation

Jordan Benadiba | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordan Benadiba

This conflict is not Afghanistan post 9/11 nor is it Iraq circa 2004. The fight against ISIS is far more complex, multifaceted and layered than any in which Canada has been involved in recent years. The Canadian government has suggested that the best that can be done is to act now and reevaluate in six months, figure out our goals and objectives as we go. And while the government's arguments against inaction appeal to our moral imperatives doing so basically asks Canadians to support military action with no clear or realistic intentions and with little acknowledgement that this conflict is likely to last longer than six months.

Tory Senator Brings Up Nazis To Take Shot At Trudeau

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada Politics

A Conservative Senator took a shot at Justin Trudeau and his late father after the Liberal leader announced his party would not support the prime mini...

Whichever Side You're On In the Israel-Gaza Conflict, Stick To the Facts

Gabriel Granatstein | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada
Gabriel Granatstein

The tragedy of friendly fire is perhaps the starkest proof that militaries can make deadly errors that are neither intentional nor illegal. In the same vein, civilian casualties are painful, but they do not automatically represent a breach of the international law so long as the distinction, proportionality, and intentionality are observed (and other rules of course).

We Are All Hypocrites About the Gaza Crisis

Sophie Tarnowska | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada
Sophie Tarnowska

I want us all to shut up until we are ready to stop being hypocrites. I ask that we stop justifying pain that in our own lives would be unjustifiable, unliveable, unkind. I am so ashamed of my people -- all of you whom I intersect with on social media, and even myself -- I barely hear anyone with the guts not to answer back, not to justify "their" point of view.

A New Manifesto For a Dangerous World

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It's been hanging over us in impending fashion for years. It creeps in around the edges of consciousness, leaving its effects even when it temporarily...

The Civilian Factor: 4 Things You Need to Know about Gaza

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Civilian casualties are the worst of many terrible events that take place in conflicts. Even in the most just or necessary war, those waged to protect...

Breaking the Silence on South Sudan

Patricia Erb | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

Headlines and news stories keep us updated on the sometimes harsh truths around the world. While we are disturbed by the increasingly horrific situation in Iraq and the ensuing displacement of millions of Syrian refugees, another serious humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in South Sudan in near silence.

SPORTS AND WAR : Pop Philosophy After The World Cup

Kimon Valaskakis | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada
Kimon Valaskakis

After the double humiliation of Brazil by Germany (7-1) and by Holland (3-0) the depression in the host country of the World Cup was almost total: adu...

South Sudan: Don't Look Away

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Three years ago today, there was dancing on the streets of South Sudan. A new nation had just been born. Having voted to separate from Sudan, the people were bursting with dreams for a free and independent future. But the anniversary of independence is not being marked today with celebrations.

Commemorating the First World War Through the Power of Art

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
Hon. David C. Onley

As the war recedes even farther into the past, the experience of the Great War risks sliding out of our collective memory. The centenary of WWI challenges us to renew our understanding of the conflict and reconsider its contemporary meaning. In that same spirit, my office is hosting Lest We Forget, an exhibition of WWI-inspired paintings by celebrated contemporary artist Charles Pachter.

Pray for the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

With every day that passes, the Nigerian schoolgirls could be moving further into dangerous territory of all kinds. Exploitation like the kinds they may be facing can have intensely disturbing effects on a child's social, emotional cognitive and spiritual well-being -- as well as their long-term development.

Can the World Do Anything For the Kidnapped Girls of Nigeria?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Wayne K. Spear

As I write this, the swell of a Western grassroots outcry against the Nigerian outfit, Boko Haram, appears to be forming across social media. There's a specific aspect of war crimes which it is necessary to emphasize, and that's the use of sexualized violence against women as a tool of war. Can we all agree to stop using the phrase "the forcible sale of women into marriage"? Church bells and nuptials this is not. It's profiteering from rape in a triple currency which is simultaneously economic, military and psychological in nature.

In Syria, Millions Could Be Destroyed

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Consider what is happening in Syria even as we read these words. Aid agencies have become so desperate for help that they repeatedly call upon the affluent West to step up and assist the 9.3 million people living at risk, and the 3.5 million Syrians living under siege. Surely these people matter to us, right?

Let's Not Forget That Many in the Ukraine Are Genuinely Pro-Russia

Lucy Leiderman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada
Lucy Leiderman

At the end of the day, it will always be the people who suffer, and Ukraine has a long history of suffering. There are enough populations who feel abandoned by a Ukrainian Ukraine to fight for Russia, and enough who are ready to engulf Kiev in flames in order to show their desire to move away from the perceived dangers of an Eastern block and take their place among Western nations.

The West Should Butt Out of Ukrainian Politics

Jackson Doughart | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

The West, and especially the English-speaking West, has wrongly taken sides in the present conflict in Ukraine. Instead of making empty promises or threats, our message should be clear and decisive: "What is happening in Ukraine is a matter that its population has to sort out for itself. But, if asked, we will work with all interested parties to mediate a speedy and peaceful resolution." No more, no less.

Are We Witnessing the Break Up of Iraq?

Philippe Labrecque | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada
Philippe Labrecque

With the improbability of an U.S. intervention in Syria and the last of the American troops out of Iraq, for better or worse, the U.S. and the West may be limited to stay on the sidelines while working through allies in the region while the fate of the region is in the balance.

The War in Afghanistan Made the Country Better

Lauryn Oates | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

The challenges that remain in Afghanistan are significant and they are copiously documented elsewhere and do not require repeating here. But the challenges should not overshadow the progress, and what can be concluded from the state of affairs in Afghanistan today is that Afghanistan is far better off today than it was in in 2001.

Guns and Gems: The True Cost of Your Diamonds

Ramp1885.com | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

If you knew that [Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front] were coming, or if you even heard a rumour that the RUF were on their way, knowing that they cut the hands and feet off babies, you wouldn't hang around very long. And it worked -- it was very successful. It helped them clear the diamond fields, and they could dig diamonds to their heart's content. There are 1.5-million artisanal diamond diggers in Africa -- they produce about 16 per cent of the world's diamonds. So there's a good chance that 16 per cent of the diamonds in any store are part of that problem.

Trying to Teach My Little Boy About War and Remembrance

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Around 10:45 a.m., I decided it was time to turn off Lego Stars Wars and turn our attention to real war, and all those who have fought, or continue to fight, for our freedom. First, I had to get Max Skywalker on board. He really had no idea what Remembrance Day was all about. My super-simplified explanation went something like this...

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

For Some Children, War Is No Video Game

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"But all my friends have them!" implored by 11-year-old son Derrick, arguing once again for the purchase of M-rated video games (for "Mature"). How do I explain that there are children all around the world who don't play games like these -- their actual lives read like an ESRB warning?