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ISIL TAKES CONTROL OF SYRIAN HERITAGE SITE

     The arts and antiquity world is on edge now that Islamic State terrorists in Syria have entered the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra after seizing the town next to the ancient ruins.  Unesco says the destruction of Palmyra … read more

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JOLIE AT U.N. PLEADING FOR SYRIAN REFUGEE HELP

United Nations Special Envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with security council members today – to make a visit to millions of refugees from Syria. The Hollywood actress and director appealed for unity and accountability for some 4 million Syrian refugees. The … read more

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SECURITY THREAT FROM CANADIANS JOINING ISIS

                  Canada’s spy service is warning that more and more Canadians are heading to places like Iraq and Syria to fight with the Islamic States and that is becoming a major security threat.  CSIS Director … read more

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ECONOMY TRUMPS TERRORISM BY A MASSIVE MARGIN AS NUMBER ONE FEDERAL ELECTION ISSUE: POLL

The economy appears to be a higher priority than fighting terrorism for Canadian voters,  by a long shot. Ahead of the fall federal election, a new Nanos survey conducted for the Globe and Mail says 90 percent of respondents feel … read more

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VOTE MONDAY NIGHT ON IRAQ MISSION EXPANSION

                              The House of Commons is expected to vote Monday night on the Harper Government’s proposal to extend and expand Canada’s military campaign in Iraq. Prime Minister Harper wants the mission extended by one year and expanded to allow Canadian … read more

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ISIS LOOTING ANTIQUITES TO FUND CALIPHATE

Experts believe ISIS’ looting of precious antiquities and art treasures to help fund their caliphate in Syria and Iraq, represents the biggest threat to artwork and heritage sites since the Second World War. A British MP, who is a former director at … read more

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CANADIAN GOVERNMENT GIVEN MANDATE FOR AIR COMBAT AGAINST ISIL IN HOUSE OF COMMONS VOTE

Six Canadian CF-18 fighter jets will soon be launching airstrikes in Iraq as part of a multi-national effort to combat the Islamic State terror group. The motion, approved by the Conservatives in the House of Commons last night but rejected … read more

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HARPER’S CABINET TO CONSIDER JET FIGHTERS AND SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT IN WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE

Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet ministers are poised to consider the deployment of CF-18 jet fighters and CP-140 Aurora surveillance aircraft in the ever-expanding air war against Islamic State terrorists. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird repeated a pledge by the Prime Minister in … read more

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US-LED COALITION TARGETS ISIL IN SYRIA

The United States has bombed Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time. US President Barack Obama has threatened to expand its airstrikes against ISIL from Iraq into Syria. And he’s doing so as part of a coalition with … read more

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ANTIQUITIES CRISIS UNFOLDING IN REGION CONTROLLED BY ISLAMIC STATE

The Islamic State extremists are not only creating a humanitarian and political crisis in Syria and Iraq. They are also creating a crisis for the region’s antiquities. Temples, palaces, and burial sites stretching back five thousand years from a variety … read more

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