Below are CJPME's most recent Factsheets. See complete list of all of CJPME's Factsheets


Tawakkol Karman: Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner

CJPME Factsheet 170, published April, 2013: Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni political activist who, along with two female Liberian peace activists, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.  This factsheet looks at her life leading up to, and following the awarding of the peace prize.   Continue reading


Syrian Refugee Crisis

CJPME Factsheet 166, published March, 2013: After two years of civil war, the Syria refugee problem has become huge.  This factsheet provides the background context to the crisis, describes the overall numbers after two years, and identifies countries hosting the greatest numbers of refugees.  Finally, Canada’s parsimonious aid thus far is examined. Continue reading


Iranian Nuclear Program

CJPME Factsheet 165, published February, 2013: For years, Israel and the West have fretted about how to contain Iran’s potential nuclear ambitions.  This factsheet summarizes the threats – real and imagined – of Iran’s nuclear programs, and whether Israel’s and Canada’s worries are justified.  It also explores the legality of the Israel’s threat to pre-emptively destroy Iran’s nuclear installations. Continue reading


Discriminatory Legislation under Netanyahu

CJPME Factsheet 169, published February, 2013: Following the re-election of Israel’s Likud government, with Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, a series of discriminatory bills were expected to be pursued in Israel.  This factsheet summarizes the most prominent and discriminatory of these laws and bills. Continue reading


Liberal Party: Historic Middle East Policy

CJPME Factsheet 164, published February, 2013: This factsheet provides a historical perspective on how Canada’s federal Liberal Party has reacted to key developments in the Middle East since the Second World War.  There is an emphasis on Liberal policy on Palestine-Israel, but the party’s reaction to other key events is also summarized. Continue reading


Miko Peled: Author & Activist

CJPME Factsheet 163, published January, 2013: This factsheet explores the interesting life and writings of Israeli- American activist and author Miko Peled.  The factsheet introduces Peled as the son and grandson of prominent Israelis, and describes his current opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Continue reading


Robert Fisk: International Journalist

CJPME Factsheet 160, published January, 2013: This factsheets reviews Robert Fisk’s impressive credentials as an author and journalist on the Middle East.  The factsheet also discusses the accusations against Fisk for being “pro-Assad” in that country’s expanding civil war. Continue reading


Protests in the Muslim world – September 2012

CJPME Factsheet 162, published January, 2013: This factsheet was published after the release of an amateur Islamophobic video, Innocence of Muslims, in September, 2012 led to violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world.  The factsheet analyzes the movie and the reactions to it, both internationally, and in Canada.   Continue reading


Bahrain: Rebellion and repression (2011-2012)

CJPME Factsheet 161, published December, 2012: Following the show of unity between thousands of Sunni and Shia in Bahrain in February, 2011, the Bahraini government began a crackdown on dissidents.  This factsheet reviews the facts of this oppressive crackdown since that time, and Canada’s responsibility to address the repression. Continue reading


Illegal Israeli Colonies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

CJPME Factsheet 76, published September, 2012: This factsheet looks at the Israel’s colonies, often referred to as “settlements,” in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Colonies have long been one of the major obstacles to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, since successive Israeli governments have permitted the Jewish Israeli colonists to expropriate land and to create “facts on the ground” that would make the creation of a Palestinian state increasingly difficult. Continue reading