Middle East

The Mental Standstill that Cripples the Mideast Peace

Jan 03, 2017
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Paul H. Chapin

Have you ever wondered why “a just and lasting peace” in the Middle East is no closer today than 70 years ago? It was 1947 when the members of the United Nations decided that the only solution to the conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine was for each to have their own state. In other words, a two-state solution.

Remember Afghanistan? Let’s take another look.

Nov 10, 2016
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Omar Samad

Editor’s note: Between 2001 and 2014, Canada fought a war in Afghanistan to help destroy the al Qaeda terrorist organization which had perpetrated the deaths of almost 3000 people on 9/11 including 25 Canadians, to remove from that country the Taliban regime which had harboured al Qaeda, and to protect the burgeoning democracy which followed. It was a long and

Impressive: government achieves its Syrian refugee goal

Feb 15, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

Last fall, the new Canadian government announced a goal to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada before the end of 2015. As the magnitude of the undertaking became evident, the target date was put back by a few weeks, but the goal has now essentially been met. Official data posted on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website as of

The security risks from Canada’s fast-track Syrian refugee plan

Feb 15, 2016
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David Harris

On 3 February 2016, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on “Canada’s Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and Implications for U.S. National Security”. Following is David Harris’s opening statement before the committee. The new Canadian government took office committed to fast-tracking 25,000 Syrian refugees into Canada between early November 2015 and the end of that year.  Complications

Our CF-18s in the desert: What to do?

Feb 03, 2016
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Guy Stanley

Could it be the new government’s got it right? The Huffington Post Sunday quoted Stéphane Dion, the new foreign affairs minister, as saying Canada’s goals in the Middle East go beyond the conflicts in Syria and Iraq to include the stability of Lebanon and Jordan and the region. Let’s be clear: the CF-18s are not the issue. The real issue

No Fight in this Dog

Feb 01, 2016
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BGen (ret) Dr. James S. Cox

The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a pathological mixture of perverse extremism, medieval standards and amoral behaviour whose barbarous practices surpass even Nazi atrocities, if not in scale then certainly in degree. That ISIS thrives is surely an embarrassment to the civilized world. ISIS may not be the only impediment to peace and security in the

Aghan peace talks still going nowhere

Jan 12, 2016
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Vimy Intel Team

Following a remarkably successful few months on the battlefield, the Taliban have recently sustained some military setbacks which have raised hopes they will be more interested in peace talks. Late last year, the Taliban briefly captured the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz before being driven out by government forces with considerable assistance from the United States. The Taliban have also

What is Trump actually proposing and why?

Dec 09, 2015
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The Vimy Report

Donald Trump’s proposal on Muslim immigration has been denounced just about everywhere, its author the object of some of the most scurrilous ad homimen attacks directed at any public person in recent memory. As usual, the mainstream media has led the pack — while carefully avoiding repeating what Trump has actually proposed or providing any explanation of why he might

Putin unloads his wrath on Turkey, promises retribution

Dec 09, 2015
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Vimy Intel Team

On December 3, Vladimir Putin delivered his annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly in St. George’s Hall in the Kremlin, before an audience of more than a thousand invited guests. Putin began by expressing his gratitude to the Russian servicemen “fighting international terrorism” and honouring the memory of the soldiers who had given their lives fighting and the citizens

Britain is also at war

Dec 06, 2015
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The Vimy Report

A week after the ISIL attacks in Paris on November 13 , British Prime Minister David Cameron met with French President François Hollande for what was described as a “war summit”. The following week, the British government tabled in Parliament its comprehensive strategy for dealing with ISIL, including the extension of British military operations to Syria. The Vimy Report provides