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Politics, Society

Lack of women soldiers nearly cost Canada a UN peacekeeping mission

Results don’t match rhetoric on women in military Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly called himself a feminist and promoted the idea of more women in all fields of endeavour, including the military. It was also longstanding policy priority »

International, Politics

Refugee advocacy group sounds the alarm on crisis in Mali

Mali is on a perilous course, says Alexandra Lamarche. Nearly eight years after the onset of crisis in the West African country, the international community remains heavily focused on stabilization and counterterrorism, with little to show for its efforts, says »


Canada delays departure from Mali until end of August

Canada will extend its peacekeeping mission in Mali for an extra four weeks this summer in order to smooth the transition for the Romanian helicopter crews that are coming to support the United Nations mission in the war-torn West African »

International, Politics

Romania to replace Canada in Mali peacekeeping mission

Romanian troops will replace Canadian peacekeepers in Mali once Canada completes its year-long mission in the conflict-ridden West African country at the end of July, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Thursday. Ottawa and Bucharest agreed at the sidelines of »

International, Politics

Canadians airlift wounded peacekeepers after another deadly attack in Mali

For the second time this week, Canadian peacekeepers in Mali had to scramble their helicopters to airlift injured UN peacekeepers following another deadly attack against the blue helmets in the country. Two Sri Lankan peacekeepers were killed Friday after their »

International, Politics

Mali peacekeeping mission divides Canadians along partisan lines: poll

While majority of Canadians support the Liberal government’s decision to send about 250 Canadian troops on a peacekeeping mission in Mali, opposition to the dangerous deployment is the greatest among Conservative voters and those who closely follow the situation in »

International, Politics

Canada to join dangerous Mali peacekeeping mission.

The large central African republic of Mali has been beset with bitter internal violence since Taureg uprising in the north in 2012. This was followed by a military coup in 2013, and although an election was held later, infighting among »

International, Politics, Society

Trudeau’s peacekeeping announcement is ‘missed opportunity’: expert

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement detailing Ottawa’s contributions to the United Nations peacekeeping operations on Wednesday was a “missed opportunity for Canada and the international community,” says a Canadian expert and a former government adviser. Two years after announcing Canada’s »

International, Politics, Society

Canada pledges 200 elite troops and aircaft for future UN peacekeeping operations

Two years after announcing Canada’s re-engagement with the United Nations, the Liberal government finally unveiled Wednesday its formal commitments to UN peacekeeping operations, pledging to contribute helicopters, transport aircraft and a 200-strong rapid-response team of elite soldiers. Prime Minister Justin »

International, Politics, Society

Canada expected to finally announce peacekeeping contribution

In 2016, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he would proceed with his election promise of 2015, that Canada would re-engage with U.N. peacekeeping. He promised a contribution of 600 Peacekeepers and 150 police officers to U.N. missions but »