Month: October 2008

I would like to take a moment away from the focus on Darfur to highlight the worrying events of the past week in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. While Stand focuses almost exclusively on Darfur and Sudan in its activities (with good reason), it is important to our fundamental mission of making preventing genocide… Read More

I would just like to highlight a few items from Save Darfur Canada (SDC). 1. SDC just announced the Darfur Challenge, a fundraising competition for elementary, middle and high schoolers. Check it out or get involved here. 2. I just received a mailing from SDC called the Darfur Advocacy News which has the following to… Read More

When studying Sudan, there are a few names that keep appearing over and over again: Omar al-Bashir, John Garang, Sadiq al-Mahdi and Hassan al-Turabi, to name a few. The last one, Hassan al-Turabi, is arguably the father of Sudan as it now looks. It was Turabi who was the force behind implementing shari’a (Muslim law)… Read More

Check out this article in the Jewish Tribune on Winnipeg’s Walk 4 Darfur. While I personally was not in the area to partake, it sounds like it was a great event with some 500 people in attendance. Special shout out goes to Bobbie Whitman for “doing a fan-tab-ulous job with the event.”… Read More

Everyone interested in an in-depth look at Darfur from a counter-insurgency perspective should really check out the commentary over on one of my favorite blogs, Abu Muqawama. It’s really interesting to hear the perspective of someone who was recently “on the ground” in Darfur and Khartoum, talking with rebels, government officials, and Khartoum residents. There… Read More

This (hopefully) should be the first of many posts following up on the elections last month. Stand’ers were out in big numbers all over the country, hosting events with candidates, asking candidates tough questions on Sudan, volunteering with big supporters of Stand, and generally making some noise over Darfur. For some evidence, see some of… Read More

With all the excitement over the elections over the past few weeks, events in Sudan have been a little ignored. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that the situation has improved at all. In fact, it may just be getting worse again. To update everyone on the situation, I would like to highlight an article in the… Read More

As part of the Speak the Name campaign, Stand’ers have offered publicity as well as the occasional volunteers to politicians who talk about the issue of Darfur on the campaign trail. Here’s a picture of Stand’s own Ben Fine with Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the Liberal candidate for Etobicoke, in exchange for his past commitments to Sudan… Read More

Here’s a Letter about Darfur from David McGuinty, the incumbent candidate for Ottawa-South: October 11, 2008 Dear Stand Canada, I appreciate having the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the tragedy in Sudan. The brutality in Sudan has reached staggering proportions. Civilians have starved, been beaten and raped, and hundreds of thousands have died… Read More

This just in from Paul Dewar, NDP candidate seeking re-election from Ottawa-Centre: Thank you for writing regarding Canada`s role in the crisis in Darfur. It is an issue that I have worked hard on in Parliament. New Democrats are united in their support for all efforts to end the violence against civilians in the Darfur… Read More