Commentary

By Farah Bogani, STAND Canada Blog Writer   Gender has played a central strategic role throughout ISIS’ genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people. However, news coverage has often neglected this wider aspect of the destruction of the Yazidi population. If international legal and humanitarian responses are to deal effectively with the ongoing genocide, it is… Read More


By Liam Nolan, STAND Canada Blog Writer   The United Nations has declared that South Sudan has an impending risk of famine, marking the first time that a country has faced this sort of catastrophe in six years. Approximately 5.5 million people are at risk of not having a reliable food source by July. People… Read More


Special Guest Post by STAND Canada Policy Director Maria Simeonova   Prior to the January 20th inauguration, the Trump administration had already begun talks on suspending or altogether dismantling former President Obama’s Dodd-Frank Act, specifically section 1502 responsible for addressing conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Section 1502 of the rule… Read More


Blog shared with permission. Original post appeared January 27 on STAND USA website.   By Francesca Freeman, STAND USA’s National Student Director for the 2016-2017 school year.   “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I… Read More


By Liam Nolan, Blog Writer   On December 23rd, 2016, the UN Security Council voted on a resolution to place embargoes on arms sales to South Sudan in order to prevent ethnic violence in the country from escalating. However, eight countries (Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Venezuela, Angola, Egypt and Senegal) abstained from voting on the… Read More


By Htay Tint, Blog Writer   Justin Trudeau addressed newly arrived Syrian refugees in 2016: “First of all, thank you for being here. And thank you for the gorgeous smiles I see. This is a wonderful night where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we… Read More


By Tasha Simpson, Blog Writer   When individuals immigrate to Canada relying on the ILP, known as the Immigration Loan Program, they face many challenging barriers, including but not limited to, familiarization with the language, culture shock, obtaining a job, finding schooling or finding a respectable place to reside. Some individuals may face more challenges… Read More


By Nicholas Boland-Cairney, Blog Writer   The world has witnessed Syrian pro-government forces make significant advances on rebel-held Eastern Aleppo throughout October and November, increasing the strain on the already limited amount of emergency services and infrastructure available. Between the shelling and numerous casualties, the rebels have managed to muster the will to launch counter-offensives… Read More