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Saudi students file for asylum in Canada as deadline to return home passes

As the Aug. 31 deadline for Saudi students to leave Canada passes, at least 20 students are filing asylum claims in an attempt to stay in the country.<p>…

Abdul Aziz

The dilemma Lana Del Rey and others face performing in Israel

Lana Del Rey is the latest musician to pull out of a performance in Israel, likely after facing pressure from activists.<p>In a message posted late …

Israel

How Canada could use the Saudi quarrel to help the Middle East -- and itself

The diplomatic row that erupted between Canada and Saudi Arabia is based on a mild criticism of an autocracy’s human rights abuses that normally does …

The secret app that gives Syrian civilians minutes to escape airstrikes | The Star

Seconds later, Hala’s software compares the new information with that from previous episodes, calculates the chances of an airstrike and arrives at …

Saudi Arabia is using Canada to test a wobbling international order

The unusual fit of rage with which Saudi Arabia reacted to Canada's routine criticism of the kingdom's human rights situation is a reflection of not …

Trudeau government started pressing Saudis to release Badawi long before Twitter flap

The Trudeau government has been bringing up the case of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi​ privately at high levels with Saudi Arabian officials …

The Saudi temper tantrum could land one devastating blow — to Canadian health care

Here's a proposed Canadian reply to the escalating Saudi temper tantrum. Call in the kingdom's ambassador and tell him: Sorry, Mr. Ambassador, but …

Israel passes Jewish nation-state bill after contentious session in Knesset

Israel's parliament approved controversial legislation on Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, but critics …

Can one of the nicest places in the world – Canada – survive what’s to come?

As we celebrate Canada Day, the surveys once again confirm the blessings of living in this land. Canada is the most inclusive and tolerant country in the world (Ipsos), the second best place in the world to live, after Switzerland (U.S. News and World Report). Canadians are among the happiest …

Canada

Real patriotism: Loving your country, flaws and all - and wanting it to be better

<i>Kaleem Hawa is a Canadian Rhodes scholar and PhD candidate at Oxford University. This is an adaptation from a speech Mr. Hawa gave at the Oxford Union, the university’s speech and debate society.</i><p>I awoke on the morning of Oct. 22, 2014, not feeling particularly patriotic. Tired? Yes. A little …

How Will the Election of Doug Ford as Premier of Ontario Affect the Pro-Palestinian Movement?

<b>By Yves Engler</b>In one of his first post-election moves, Ford announced that he would seek to ban an annual Palestinian solidarity event. After the …

Why the West is no honest broker in the world's worst humanitarian crisis

Clarion calls for action on the tragedy that is Yemen sound almost daily from the beleaguered but dedicated community of aid workers stationed on the …

Israel's response in Gaza was 'disproportionate': UN human rights chief

A UN human rights body has criticized Israel for the killings of protesters in Gaza and treatment of the Palestinians, but Washington has come to …

Israel

What you need to know about the Gaza border violence and the global backlash against Israel

The latest<p>Israel will look into the shooting of a Canadian-Palestinian doctor along the Gaza border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, while rebuffing calls from his Canadian counterpart for an international probe of why Israeli forces used live ammunition on a crowd of thousands.<br>• Mr. …

Israel

Absence of a political horizon for Palestinians is what fuels the anger in Gaza

<i>Daoud Kuttab is an award-winning Palestinian journalist and author of</i> Sesame Street, Palestine.<p>Hope is important. A lack of hope and an absence of a future are often the main factors that weaken people’s attachment to life.<p>While this can apply in so many social cases, the situation of Palestinians, …

Israel

Israel should be held to account for killing 60 Palestinians, Gazans say

Hours after Mohammad al-Kher buried his 15-year-old son, he called on the international community to press for justice for the Palestinians who were …

Israel

Hard power long ago eclipsed the pursuit of peace in Israel. IDF bullets in Gaza confirm that

In theory, the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a big deal.<p>In theory. In reality, it doesn't amount to a hill …

Israel

London, Ont., physician Tarek Loubani shot in leg near Gaza border

An Ontario physician who works at the London Health Sciences Centre has been shot in the leg while delivering emergency medicine to protesters on the …

Gaza

Is the Canadian and international media starting to change how it reports the conflict in Gaza?/ Israeli sniper wounds a Canadian doctor

<b>Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian medical doctor, was one of the hundreds shot by Israeli snipers on Monday. Will this influence how the Canadian public</b> …

UN chief 'profoundly alarmed' by escalating violence, Palestinian deaths in Gaza protests

The international community is condemning the eruption of violence along the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, where Palestinians held mass protests …

Israel

Freeland calls on 'all parties' involved in Gaza violence to protect civilians

Canada's foreign affairs minister says she is "deeply concerned" about the recent eruption of violence along the border between the Gaza Strip and …

Israel

U.S. delegation lands in Israel ahead of opening of new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

A delegation that included U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner has arrived in Israel for the official …

Israel

What's next for Mideast and rest of the world now that U.S. is out of the Iran deal

U.S. President Donald Trump, making good on a pledge from the 2016 election campaign, announced on Tuesday he will reimpose sanctions on Iran, …

South Asia

$100 a barrel oil is the last temptation of Saudi Arabia

If you’re seeking signs of inflation, look no further than the rapid escalation in Saudi Arabia’s oil-price targets.<p>Barely a week after Bloomberg News reported Saudi officials pushing to get oil up to $80 a barrel, some are now talking of $100, according to a report from Reuters. It’s just talk, of …

Oil

Syria's Assad is using 'siege and starve' tactics to win the war. Here's what he might target next

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has been waging a brutally effective "siege and starve" campaign for years, military analysts say, a practice his …

Saudi Arabia's 35-year cinema ban ends today with Black Panther screening

Saudi Arabia held a private screening today of the Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther — a stark reversal for a country where public movie screenings …

Call me radical, but journalists should be able to pledge support for Palestinian journalists

Call me radical, but I've always thought there are at least two subjects on which journalists are absolutely entitled to express public opinions: …

Trump's foreign policy approach with Syria, Russia is a 'blunt tool'

Donald Trump tapped out a pair of tweets about Syria on Wednesday morning, proving to his critics that when it comes to his foreign policy …

NDP Shouldn’t let Dominant Media Determine Palestine Policy

<b>By Yves Engler</b>The NDP leadership’s suppression of debate on the Palestine Resolution exposed the hollow nature of its democracy. It also highlighted …