Middle East

Canada is at War in Iraq

Feb 16, 2015
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Paul H. Chapin

Afghanistan Election

Afghanistan diary: The making of Afghanistan’s fragile new leadership

Jan 22, 2015
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Omar Samad

The following is the first in a series of occasional reports on developments in Afghanistan by one of that country’s most distinguished former public officials.  June 9, 2014 On Friday, a well-planned suicide bombing targeted presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah’s convoy in Kabul. The candidate escaped unharmed, but ten people were killed including three of his bodyguards and a young campaigner.

5 Books for 2015 Current Events

Five books to explain the world in 2015

Sometimes it takes more than the morning paper and the evening news to understand what’s going on. Herewith five books The Vimy Report recommends to its readers to provide context for today’s fast moving events. Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties, by Paul Johnson, Harper Collins, 1991 There’s nothing like a good history of the last

Obama-ISIS

Hold on, Mr. President: The American rescue of the Yazidis that never was

Oct 30, 2014
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The Vimy Report

On a Thursday in mid-August 2014, President Obama held a press conference in a place called Edgartown, Massachusetts, and declared “We broke the ISIS siege of Mount Sinjar, we helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped save many innocent lives”. Americans, he said, should be “very proud of our efforts”. If he were still around, Sam Donaldson, the ABC

Middle East

Let war be the road to peace in the Middle East

Oct 30, 2014
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Paul H. Chapin

Summary There has been a bloody war in the Middle East since 1947, and obtuse Western policy bears a large measure of responsibility for keeping it going. The carnage of killed and injured has been dreadful and should have ended years ago. The Arab states quit the war in the 1970s, after they realized they were never going to succeed

Glyn Berry

One who never came home: The death of Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry in Afghanistan

Oct 01, 2014
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Paul H. Chapin

Introduction Part One: A death in the afternoon Part Two: The right man for the job Part Three: The consummate professional In March 2014, the last of Canada’s soldiers in Afghanistan arrived home. Since the beginning of operations after 9/11, some 40,000 Canadian soldiers served in the Afghanistan theatre of operations. More than 6000 came back wounded in mind and body, and 158

Syria Chemical Weapons

Syria’s chemical weapons are being destroyed

Jul 08, 2014
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The Vimy Report

This week the Pentagon reports that Syria’s chemical weapons are being destroyed by the U.S. While there has been some speculation that Syria hasn’t been completely forthcoming with handing over the chemicals, the ones received are being handled accordingly. The chemicals, including mustard gas and the raw materials for sarin nerve gas, are being put through special Field Deployable Hydrolysis

ISIS and America

ISIS is a weekend festival for some

Jul 01, 2014
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The Vimy Report

Predictably, the U.S. mainstream media has figured out a way to put the country in the middle of the ISIS conflict. It’s always just a matter of time before the American media feels left out of conflicts a world away. In this case, CBS has found its willing contributor to frame the conflict in a way viewers can relate in Juan

ISIS declares Islamic State

ISIS declares a new Islamic State

Jul 01, 2014
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The Vimy Report

On Sunday, the Islamic State in Iraq and Iraq (ISIS, sometimes called ISIL) declared a new caliphate simply called the Islamic State. This area includes the territory gained in northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq. With the heaviest fighting coming in only the past two weeks, the extremist group seems ready to announce that is has achieved its primary goal: the

Syrian airstrikes on Iraq and ISIS

Iraq declares Syrian airstrikes a win for everyone

Jun 29, 2014
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The Vimy Report

After another wave of airstrikes by Syria on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki considered the action good for both countries. “There was no coordination involved, but we welcome this action. We welcome any Syrian strike against Isis because this group targets both Iraq and Syria … But we didn’t make any request from