"We are at war," declared French President François Hollande after the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris. In reality, the war has hit home, big time.
The crisis of war and the millions fleeing these infernos has reached levels unseen since the Second World War, prompting the UN to issue an "unprecedented joint warning" for states to end wars.
Those bemoaning the "cost" of bringing Syrian refugees to Canada should ask how much it costs to needlessly destroy the lives of refugees who are already here.
The flood of people fleeing war and misery is swelling daily, reaching the borders of Europe in a desperate bid for safety. There's little hope for a solution as long as massive arms sales continue.
To all the voices opposing the arrival of refugees, labelling them terrorist threats or job-stealers -- think twice about what you are saying. Remember what happened in the history of humanity.
In Canada, the image of Aylan Kurdi, reinterpreted by somber political cartoonists and repeated on site after site in the latter half of last week, wrought political fallout. But will it bring change?
Images can drive a narrative. But how will the story end?
The UN announced that the number of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean this year has exceeded 300,000.
As the leaders of Canada's major political parties continue election campaigning, there appears to be little interest in addressing Canada's role in war crimes and dangerous military escalations. Why?
It didn't take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras.