Archive for January, 2011

January 31st, 2011

At a time of great hope, southern Sudan remembers

A team from the US Holocaust Museum collected testimonies of armed struggle as southern Sudan prepared to achieve independence through the ballot box.  See and hear their incredible stories at the Guardian.

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January 19th, 2011

Conflict Resources

You’ve no doubt heard about blood diamonds by now and are vaguely familiar with this concept. What you may or may not be aware of is that several other products have blood on them as well.

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January 17th, 2011

Celebrity Activism

By Alexa Huffman

As Southern Sudan ended its independence referendum on Saturday, it was clear that this was a humanitarian situation that gained some exposure partly because of celebrity activism.

Comedian Jon Stewart recently brought up Sudan during a segment on his late night satirical television program the Daily Show. He used comedy to inform an audience of the importance of the referendum. George Clooney was a figure in one of Stewart’s quips. This related well because George Clooney attempts to use his fame to help those in need, particular those lives that are threatened in Sudan.  He has been a commanding presence in promoting the birth of South Sudan as a nation.

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January 9th, 2011

A historic vote has begun in Sudan: now is the time to share your thoughts!


Today, Sudan will undergo a historic vote that will change the future of their country. Experts agree that the referendum beginning today will result in approval for independence for southern Sudan. Yet the vote is only the first step in splitting this vast nation. Violence in border regions between the North and South have already been reported in the lead up to the vote, and many fear that voting stations in the north or in other countries, including Canada will be rigged and tampered. In addition, indications that the results will not be revealed until February raise legitimate concerns about transparency. Sudan will have a long road ahead in the next few months to ensure a peaceful secession.

While the Canadian government has said little publicly about the vote, the Canadian media has only started to print articles about it within the last week.  Very few have discussed Canada’s role in the shaping of this new country, yet the presence of international support is deemed necessary for a peaceful succession. Today, as the Sudanese population begi ns takes their turn at the polling booth, I ask that you let Canada’s media know that you want our government to increase its involvement in the region. Take a few minutes to leave an online comment on a recent news story about Sudan or write a letter to the editor of the newspaper.

Not sure what to say? The January Stand Digest provides a great overview of the lead up to the election as well as Canada’s current role in Sudan. Here are some suggested talking points to draw from:

“Canada should push Sudan to repeal prohibitions on freedom of speech and assembly, increase transparency in the referendum, process, financially support voter education programs, and remove logistical and technical barriers.”

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January 2nd, 2011

STAND Digest – January 2011

This month we continue to look at the issues facing the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Southern Sudan, and continue to explore developments in three areas: The Negotiations and Peace Process, Humanitarian Affairs and Security, and Darfur in Canadian Politics.

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