Bashar al-Assad

Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff gets it very wrong on Syria

Ignatieff’s latest writings on the Syria situation make him very difficult to take seriously
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The Interview: Glenn Davidson, Canada’s last ambassador to Syria

Former ambassador Glenn Davidson on leaving Damascus, the civil war, the current peace talks—and what Canada needs to do
A man runs with an injured child at a damaged site after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad on Al-Dubeit neighborhood in Idlib city

Talking Points: Of young heroes and oil zeroes

Speed read the news with our Talking Points round-up, and sound like the smartest person in the room
Center-2015 Military Exercises

Vladimir Putin’s new world order in the Middle East

By entering the Syrian civil war, Russia is asserting itself as a new power in the Middle East—at America’s expense. And everything will be worse for it.
Men carry an injured civilian at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Maaret al-Naaman town in Idlib province

New Brunswick NDP leader argues for intervention in Syria

New Brunswick NDP leader’s proposal for a bigger Canadian role in Syria reflects a division running through the party over how to achieve peace
Michael Petrou

There is nothing hopeful about Russia’s military aid in Syria

The welfare of Syrians is the last thing motivating Moscow’s military intervention in Syria on behalf of Bashar al-Assad, says Michael Petrou
People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes and shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Assad in Douma

A refugee crisis is only half the story in Syria

Michael Petrou on why it’s time to confront our original failure in Syria: allowing Bashar al-Assad’s reign of terror to continue
Michael Petrou

What kind of force for global peace does the NDP want Canada to be?

The NDP sees itself as a party built on international justice and human rights. So on the war against Islamic State, why isn’t it standing up for its values?
Children, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathe through oxygen masks in the Damascus suburb of Saqba

Why we’re failing to hold Bashar al-Assad to account

Michael Petrou on tears at the UN, and the failure of the 2013 agreement aimed at eradicating Syria’s chemical weapons
Hassan Rouhani

The deal with Iran tackles its nukes. It ignores everything else.

Michael Petrou on the West’s framework nuclear deal, why it’s a half-measure, and why it likely won’t mean more freedoms for Iranians