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Analysis & Commentary - Sheryl Saperia

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20th July 2018 – The Canadian Jewish News

A Canadian Consensus on Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

During the 2015 election, the Liberals pledged to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, and until last month, the government consistently stuck to that message. However, on June 12, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his caucus voted in favour of a Conservative motion that, although non-binding, signalled an abrupt departure from their previous policy on Iran. more...

12th June 2018 – Toronto Sun

Is Canada a safe haven for corrupt Iranian officials and their money?

Sheryl Saperia, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trudeau government has been under heavy fire lately for its continued pursuit of re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran, but a shift may be underway. On Monday, several members of the Liberal caucus were strongly supportive of a Conservative motion that calls for, among other things, an immediate cessation of any negotiations to restore diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic and a prompt designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code. more...

30th April 2018 – The National Post

Full Comment: Iran lied to get a deal that we can’t enforce anyway

Sheryl Saperia

Israel has just pulled off a spectacular covert mission to extract from a warehouse in southern Tehran 55,000 pages and 183 CDs of secret Iranian files detailing that country’s nuclear program. more...

21st March 2018 – The Canadian Jewish News

Standing up for Iranian Women

Sheryl Saperia

Maryam Mombeini, the wife of a Canadian-Iranian professor who died in a Tehran prison under suspicious circumstances last month, was detained by Iranian authorities while trying to board a flight to Canada on March 8 – International Women’s Day. more...

26th February 2018 – Toronto Sun

Extremist foreign funding in Canada needs to be addressed

Sheryl Saperia

Canada, like its Western allies, is facing the problem of radicalization as both a domestic and foreign policy concern. While the term has yet to be legally formulated, I define radicalization here as the process by which an individual comes to adopt an extremist ideological belief system that overtly or implicitly promotes violence. more...

21st February 2018 – The Canadian Jewish News

Preventing Radicalization at Home

Sheryl Saperia

In furtherance of a 2015 campaign promise, the Liberals recently launched the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence, which “work(s) with youth, communities, academia and stakeholders to help prevent radicalization to violence in Canada.” more...

24th January 2018 – The Canadian Jewish News

Put Iran in Canada’s Crosshairs

Sheryl Saperia

In November, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the first round of sanctions under the recently passed Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act, targeting 52 human rights violators in Russia, Venezuela and South Sudan. more...

23rd January 2018 – National Post

A fast way to keep extremist influence out of our schools

Sheryl Saperia

The Trudeau government says countering radicalization is a foundational component of Canada’s national security policy. Indeed, it has established the new Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence. The government should therefore be pleased with the recent introduction of Bill C-371, the Prevention of Radicalization through Foreign Funding Act, which is an excellent complement to its efforts in this area. more...

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...