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Muslims and Christians work together  to bring refugees to  Canada  


Muslims and Christians formed a partnership to bring refugee families to Victoria.They will work to help families that fled violence  in Syria and Iraq. The partnership  is formed between  Masjid Al-Iman  ,  Oak Bay United Church and St. Aidan’s United Church in Saanich. Ismail Mohamed Nur, the mosque’s imam said “The groups are a good match… the Muslim community is “very …

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UNESCO: Syria Archaeological Sites Looted ‘on Industrial Scale’


The head of UNESCO warned that Archeological sites in Syria are being looted “on an industrial scale,” with proceeds being used to fund Islamic State extremist. Irina Bokova the Director-General of UNESCO said, “Satellite imagery shows that archeological sites in Syria are dotted by thousands of illegal excavations… that show there is looting on an industrial scale,” “Limiting the trafficking in …

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Canada: Government creates emergency relief fund to aid Syrian crisis victims


Canadian International Development Minister Christian Paradis announced a Syrian emergency relief fund that will match donations from Canadians up to $100 million. According to Paradis, The fund will assist conflict-affected people in Syria and neighbouring countries. And will be used to provide basic needs such as food, clothing and healthcare. He said the government will match funds donated to registered Canadian charities, adding that …

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Egypt: Billionaire Offers to Buy Island for Refugees


The Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered to buy an island off Greece or Italy and develop it to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from Syria and other conflicts. The telecoms tycoon first announced the initiative on Twitter. He wrote “Greece or Italy sell me an island, I’ll call its independence and host the migrants and provide jobs …

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American Aid worker raped by ISIL leader while being held hostage


  US officials announced that aid worker Kayla Mueller seized in Aleppo, Syria  in August 2013 and held hostage by ISIL militants, was repeatedly raped by the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. And that she“was the property of al-Baghdadi.” US government officials told Mueller’s parents that their daughter had been raped by al-Baghdadi and tortured during her captivity, family spokeswoman Emily Lenzner …

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Canada : Harper pledges to welcome 10,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria

Stephen Harper

 Stephen Harper is vowing to open Canada’s doors wider to assist refugees displaced by Islamic State fighters Harper used a campaign visit to pledge that a Conservative government would accept 10,000 refugees from Iraq and Syria over the next four years, despite criticism that the government has been slow to welcome the civilians it already promised to take in. he cautioned that …

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Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on ‘IS’  


By : Ramzy Baroud As much of the Middle East sinks deeper into division between competing political camps, the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (‘IS’) continues its unhindered march towards a twisted version of a Muslim caliphate. Many thousands have lost their lives, some in the most torturous ways, so that ‘IS’ may realize its nightmarish dream. Of course, violence meted out …

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Responding to Failure: Reorganizing U.S. Policies in the Middle East


 By : Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)  Middle East Policy Council   I want to speak with you today about the Middle East. This is the region where Africa, Asia, and Europe come together. It is also the part of the world where we have been most compellingly reminded that some struggles cannot be won, but there are no …

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The B Vocabulary: The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

Che Guevara / Marilyn Monroe. (Kate Stanworth, Argentina Independent)

By Ramzy Baroud Over the year, I realized that the term ‘left’ is not exclusive to a political ideology, but a mode of thinking championed mostly by self-tailored ‘leftist’ western intellectuals. I grew to dislike it with intensity. But that has not always been the case. My father was a communist, or so he called himself. He read the translated …

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 UNHCR : Syria is the world’s biggest source of refugees 

(info graph from UNHCR facebook page)

On Thursday, the UNHCR released its latest report ” The UNHCR’s annual Global Trends Report: World at War”.  it said that worldwide displacement was at the highest level ever recorded. And the number of people who forced to displaced at 2014 rose to 59.5 million compared to 51.2 million a year earlier. It also showed that over half the world’s …

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