March 27, 2015 – Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News
The federal Conservatives have extended Canada’s anti-ISIS campaign to include airstrikes on Syria. This is necessary, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says, because the group “must cease to have any safe haven in Syria.”
But in doing so, Canada may be helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has, evidence indicates, cluster-bombed and gassed his own civilians, contributed to a massive humanitarian crisis and killed hundreds of thousands of people – far more than the so-called Islamic StateCanada has vowed to defeat.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stood shoulder to shoulder with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry shortly after meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday, declaring Egypt an “important partner” in America’s brewing fight against the Islamic State.
Anna Mehler Paperny and Patrick Cain – Global News
Syria’s protracted conflict reached a dubious milestone Tuesday: The number of Syrians who’ve fled the country thanks to 30 months of violence has passed the 2-million mark.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – Globe and Mail
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY
Through private meetings with ministers, rallies online and on the streets, through fundraisers pooling hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, the Syrian-Canadian community has been an active player in Syria’s resistance movement.
But as the violence escalates and spreads, many of the more than 30,000 Canadians who trace their lineage to Syria are calling on the government to act: It’s one thing to pay lip service to Syria’s opposition, they contend; but it’s time for Ottawa to put its money – and its might on the international stage – where its mouth is.