Alberta Politics: Questions without answers: Why are our U.S. allies so ambivalent about ISIS, and what does it mean for Canada?

PHOTOS: U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner. (Screen grab from C-SPAN.) Below: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Conservative interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For all we know, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a fine ophthalmologist with a sympathetic bedside manner. By all accounts, though, he is not a very nice person. ...

Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

PHOTOS: A Russian Su-34 bomber releases a bomb near the provisional ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. (Russian Ministry of Defence photo.) Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war has offered a unique teaching moment for Canadians about the ...

Alberta Politics: Russian boots on Syrian ground create new reality for Canadian leaders, whether they discuss it or not

PHOTOS: Russian President Vladimir Putin – creating new realities for Canadian leaders to talk about … or not. Below: The three Canadian debating amigos, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. As the three principal contenders for the job of running the country were sparring entertainingly over the ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Con War on Syria

Well the day Stephen Harper has been waiting for so long has finally arrived. The day when he can spread his wings again.Puff out his feathered chest, pose as a Great Warrior Leader.And announce that he is inflating or expanding his Great War on Terror. Read more »

drive-by planet: Ghouta sarin attack whodunnit: Seymour Hersh ‘old media’ methods criticized by Brown Moses

In a recent article Whose Sarin? Pullitzer-prize winning investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, makes the case that the Obama administration misled Americans about the August 21 sarin attack outside Damascus. Hersh also raises questions about who might have been behind the attack. We know the neurotoxin sarin was used to devastating effect in the Ghouta attack, ...

LeDaro: Syria: U.S hypocrisy on Syria situation

First it was Assad who was murdering the civilians. U.S was all set to invade Syria. It was a matter of days according to reports in late August and early September of this year. Now the tune has changed. It is the rebels and Al-Qaida who are doing the murdering and forcing people out of Syria. Assad more ...

LeDaro: Bashar Al- Assad will now follow international norms

Power addiction is dangerous as it could turn some of the powerful into a mass-murderer. It is hard to understand this aspect of human nature. Assad is up there with Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. Cartoonist: Matt Bors

LeDaro: Nancy Pelosi and Bashar Al-Assad Entente (video)

Originally I did this post in June, 2010. How circumstances change! In Iraq, Saddam Hussein was a friend of the U.S. in the 1980s and then he was hanged later on after the 2003 U.S. Invasion. Bashar Al-Assad of Syria was a friend of the U.S. in 2007 and now the U.S. will like to hang him ...

LeDaro: Bashar al-Assad’s perception of democracy

In times of tragedy it is refreshing that cartoonists provide the humorous perspective.

drive-by planet: Al Qaeda linked rebels in Syria: Putin accuses Kerry of lying: Syrian rebel atrocities – NYT video footage

Islamist fighters in Syria: Beneath – al-Nusra Front fighters execute Syrian soldiers Given the military excesses the Assad regime has directed against its own people, genuine representatives of the Syrian people would seem like the force to back in the increasingly vicious civil conflict. But maybe not. A rebel force fighting for a future inclusive ...

LeDaro: ‘Pain in the Assad’

A ‘pain in the Assad?’ Syrian cartoonist speaks out from exile. “Things were starting to give [Assad] a pain in the arse,” says Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat.  (Illustration: Ali Ferzat)

drive-by planet: U.S. ‘red line’ on Syrian chemical weapons – a pretext for arming opposition fighters

The Obama administration claims that the Syrian al-Assad regime has crossed a “red line” by using chemical weapons repeatedly over the past year. Obama has gone ahead and authorized the arming of Syrian rebels. According to U.S. officials the weapons will likely include small arms, ammunition, assault rifles and a variety of anti-tank weaponry such ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: WikiLeaks Begins Publishing The “Syria Files”

At a press conference held today, 5 July 2012, at the Frontline Club in London, WikiLeaks spokesperson Sarah Harrison announced that over the coming months, WikiLeaks will release a database of over two million emails from Syrian political figures, ministries and associated companies, dating from August 2006 to March 2012. This extraordinary data set derives ...

From Orangutan: Dear Asma al-Assad,

As first lady of Syria, do you approve of your country’s continual shelling of the city of Homs, your father’s hometown? If so, I don’t understand why.

Politics and its Discontents: Michael Ignatieff on Syria

The former Liberal leader and professor has a thoughtful article analyzing the situation in Syria with an interesting solution to the problem of Bashar al-Assad’s demonic destruction of his people. Recommend this Post