It was without a doubt the interim agreement between Iran and Western countries on curbing its nuclear capability – because it changed many fundamental “givens,” not just in Iran, the Middle East as a whole, but across the world. There is still much work to be done to conclude a permanent arrangement, but the sight […]
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Nahlah Ayed is CBC News The National's correspondent in London. Ayed is a veteran of foreign reportage, specifically in the Middle East, where she spent seven years filing for the CBC's television, radio and online operations. From Riyadh to Tehran, Beirut to Baghdad to Damascus, Ayed covered the region extensively, interviewing key leaders, and reporting from several major conflicts including those in Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza. Most recently, she covered the Arab uprisings in Libya and Egypt. Ayed has also covered major stories beyond the Middle East, in Haiti, Pakistan, the US, the UK and Europe. Ayed's work has been recognized repeatedly, through numerous awards for her print and online work, three Gemini nominations for her television reportage in Iraq, Iran, and Egypt, and an honorary doctorate degree awarded by the University of Manitoba in 2008 for distinguished achievement. Ayed's first book, A Thousand Farewells, will be published in April. A former parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press, Ayed is a graduate of Carleton University's Master of Journalism program, she also holds a Master's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a B.Sc. in genetics from the University of Manitoba. She was born and raised in Winnipeg.
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Not quite prescient nor paranoid, more like predictable. In some quarters there are those who simply aren’t prepared to trust the Iranian regime on its nuclear intentions – no matter how many others (like the P5+1) are willing to take a chance. Ultimately, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, nothing will prove Iran’s […]
Latest out of Warsaw: 133 countries walk out of talks because they “do not see a clear cut commitment by developed countries to reach an agreement.”
Best case scenario would be deterring future use of chemical weapons, while hoping a reaction from Syria or its allies doesn’t take it further than that.
No. It is however in line with a slight but growing anti-Islamist tone taking root in the region SINCE the Arab Spring. In it is a message for the Islamist beneficiaries of those uprisings, and Turkey’s leaders alike: They are not immune either.
Ayed: Would establishing that Syria has used chemical weapons be enough trigger international intervention?
Would the the deaths of 70,000 people be enough? People have strong opinions about red lines, especially where Syria is concerned, but only those with the power to make such decisions can answer such questions. Obama said use of chemical weapons would constitute a red line that would trigger action. The question, now that there […]
Not as much as he used to. In the days of Pope John Paul – he mattered because he sometimes took sides on big issues, because he was the first pope to visit a mosque and the first to visit a synagogue, and to the extent that he was actually able, though mere words, to […]
Here are a few to start. – Beyond public expressions of support, what is he as foreign minister doing to help save Canadian Hamid Ghassemi-Shall from execution in Iran? – How would he have done things differently to avert Canada’s humiliation in its bid for a security council seat? – Who actually has more influence […]
The ideal scenario for Libya would be to try Moammar Ghaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam on Libyan soil. This was articulately argued recently by international lawyers helping the country fend off demands of his extradition by the ICC to answer to allegations of crimes against humanity. It is a “historic opportunity to eradicate the long-standing culture […]
While it’s necessary to apply pressure on the Assad regime “with all possible means” to halt the bloodshed and allow immediate humanitarian aid to those who desperately need it, with Russia and China backing it, the current regime will continue on its present course. Canada isn’t an influential enough player to singlehandedly have sway with […]
For any secular country, like Canada, to use religion as a foreign policy tool would be odd, to say the least, if not counter-productive. *Promoting* religious freedom, on the other hand, could form a plank of foreign policy; similar to (and part and parcel of) promoting freedom of expression, of thought, and freedom of political […]