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Diab (right) in 2013 with his wife Rania Tfaily and their daughter Jena.
PHOTO CREDIT: Presidential Communications Operations Office (Wikimedia commons). While the Trump presidency is mired in chaos, another national leader, also accused of being a fascist, is solidifying his rule of the Philippines.
The Yemeni city of Sa'ada has been heavily hit by Saudi airstrikes, as shown in this image from August 2015. Photo credit: Philippe Kropf / United Nations OCHA
Military responds to mining protest in Peru. (Photo by Thomas Quirynen and Marijke Deleu, CATAPA)
First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Oct 11, 2016 As the Syrian refugee crisis continues, so do Canada’s — and Manitoba’s — obligations toward refugee resettlement. With a reported 900 Syrians to arrive in Manitoba before the end of this year, what have we learned since last autumn?
Canadian soldiers discuss a civil-military co-operation project with school leaders in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, September 2013.  “Why did you take my independence from me? Why did I give it up? I'm a slave now, for all my fine clothes.” 
OTTAWA – A new report, entitled Canadians Abroad: A Policy and Legislative Agenda, has just been released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The report, by former Ambassador and long-time head of the Canadian consular service Gar Pardy, analyses fourteen major issues associated with the provision of consular assistance to Canadians traveling and residing abroad. 
This study, by former Ambassador and long-time head of the Canadian consular service Gar Pardy, analyses fourteen major issues associated with the provision of consular assistance to Canadians traveling and residing abroad. It includes a detailed set of recommendations to improve the assistance Canada provides to such travellers and the international legal environment for consular services.
Protesters of Planet Syria wearing masks depicting (from left) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US President Barack Obama, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon serve a siege soup on the start of Syrian Peace talks in Geneva. Photo credit: EPA / Martial Trezzini

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