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Analysis & Commentary - Sheryl Saperia

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4th January 2018 – The Hill Times

How Canada should respond to the Iranian protests

Sheryl Saperia

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in cities across the country. At the time of writing, Iranian security forces have killed at least 21 protesters, and hundreds have been arrested. more...

2nd January 2018 – Co-authored by Danny Eisen - Huffington Post

Why Canadians Should Care About The Body Of A Kidnapped Israeli Soldier

Sheryl Saperia

It is not surprising that hostage-taking is a favoured weapon in the terrorist arsenal. more...

22nd November 2017 – Canadian Jewish News

Ottawa’s Takeaway From U.S. Decertification of Iran Deal

Sheryl Saperia

Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump chose not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal on the grounds that its terms fail to accomplish their objective of stopping Iran’s illicit nuclear program. Like most areas of Trump policymaking, the decision got caught in the haze of controversy surrounding the president. Canadians must see through that haze. more...

30th January 2017 – The Hill Times

Using SEMA to advance the Canada-Iran relationship

Sheryl Saperia

When Parliament reconvenes on Jan. 30, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development will continue to review the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA). SEMA enables Canada to impose targeted sanctions against a foreign state in response to a decision by an international organization of which Canada is a member, or where a grave breach of international peace and security has occurred that has resulted or is likely to result in a serious international crisis. more...

3rd October 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe? Answer: Both

Sheryl Saperia

An American media spotlight on Saudi Arabia re-appeared with the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Did the kingdom play a nefarious role in that terrible day? If so, should 9/11 victims be able to sue the Saudis in American courts, as proposed in the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act? While President Barack Obama wrestles with Congress over this bill, it’s worth considering what Canada’s own foreign policy on Saudi Arabia should look like. more...

20th September 2016 – The Huffington Post

Greens Should Follow Germany’s Lead And Reject Israel Boycotts

Benjamin Weinthal, Sheryl Saperia

While Iran's regime continues to expand its nuclear facilities and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's war has caused a half million deaths, the Green parties in North America are bizarrely preoccupied with boycotting the Jewish state. more...

9th September 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

No Panacea for Radicalization

Sheryl Saperia

The case of Aaron Driver, the 24-year-old Muslim convert killed by police before he could carry out a terrorist attack against a major urban centre, has again focused public attention on Canada’s capacities to combat radicalization. more...

4th August 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Is Terrorism Really ‘Senseless’?

Sheryl Saperia

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn’t the only politician to describe terrorist violence as “senseless,” the frequency with which he draws on that particular adjective is striking. Consider some examples of his official statements. more...

25th July 2016 – The Hill Times

Should Canada reopen its embassy in Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

The embassy must be tasked with the immensely difficult job of protecting Canadian citizens and Canadian security interests in the region, not with lining the pockets of those with little regard for these imperatives. more...

4th July 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Our Next Man (Or Woman) In Tehran

Sheryl Saperia

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion recently confirmed that preliminary official contact between Iran and Canada has begun, toward the goal of restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries. more...

8th June 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Confronting Genocide In Our Time

Sheryl Saperia

In my last column, I wrote about my grandmother, a Holocaust survivor who built a life in Canada full of love and optimism despite having experienced the depravity of the Nazi genocidal apparatus. more...

6th May 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Mein Bubbie

Sheryl Saperia

As the last generation to have known Holocaust survivors personally, it falls on us to tell their stories. more...

11th April 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

The Rushdie Affair and the Outsourcing of Murder

Sheryl Saperia

The recent attacks in Brussels, for which ISIS took credit, reminded the West that no country is immune from Islamist terrorism. more...

10th March 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

When It Comes to FGM, No Compromise on Women’s Rights

Sheryl Saperia

A UNICEF report released last month estimates that 200 million girls and women in 30 countries have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). While FGM is most prevalent in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, immigrants have imported the practice to North America and Europe. more...

1st March 2016 – National Post

The real roadblock to better relations is Tehran

Sheryl Saperia

The Islamic Republic of Iran must take delight in commentators in the West who advance the regime’s public relations agenda free of charge. more...

12th February 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Canada Must Not Cave to Iranian Demands

Sheryl Saperia

Over the last several weeks, terror victims have squared off against the Islamic Republic of Iran in a Toronto courtroom, seeking to hold that regime civilly liable for its sponsorship of terrorism. In court, Judge Glenn Hainey wondered aloud whether the legal proceedings were “academic,” given Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion’s recent comments about restoring Canada-Iran relations. more...

28th January 2016 – National Post

What to do about Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has confirmed his government’s intent to lift Canada’s sanctions against Iran, as the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 world powers begins to be implemented. Yet the Canadian government has not released the details of this pending change of policy and the public remains largely uninformed about what is implied by the removal of sanctions. more...

14th January 2016 – The Canadian Jewish News

Focus on ISIS is Obscuring Iranian Threat to Israel

Sheryl Saperia

Palestinians are stabbing, shooting and ramming cars into Israelis on a daily basis. According to a recent survey by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, two-thirds of Palestinians back the current wave of terror stabbings against Israelis, while the same percentage support a larger armed uprising. more...

11th November 2015 – The Canadian Jewish News

How Canada Can Help Stem The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Sheryl Saperia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing the complexities of implementing his laudable campaign pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year. more...

16th October 2015 – The National Post

Cracking Down on Human-Rights Violators

Sheryl Saperia

Federal election campaigns are often characterized by negativity, but they are also a unique platform to present new policy ideas. Two recent Conservative pledges are worthy of consideration. more...