Conflict Regions

By Camilla Shearman, Blog Writer The following is an excerpt from STAND Canada’s Roundtable Discussion on Iraq and Syria held on September 10th, 2015. Contributing to the conversation were STAND Canada’s Policy Co-Director Priya Ramesh and UBC Chapter Vice President Julian D’Souza, moderated by Chapter Co-Director Adi Burton. A link to the full discussion can… Read More


By Talha Sadiq, Blog Writer The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued multiple arrest warrants since 2009 and 2010 for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. He has been charged with several counts of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity including torture, rape and murder committed in the Darfur region in western Sudan. He has been president of Sudan… Read More


By Banke Sorinwa, Blog Writer A child soldier is defined as any child under 18 years of age who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including: cooks, porters, messengers, and anyone accompanying such groups other than family members as well as girls and boys… Read More


Special Policy Team Guest Post by Moatasim Tungekar On September 30, 2015, two Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bombers  struck a series of alleged ‘terrorist’ targets near the cities of Homs and Hama, in Syria. This made Russia the eleventh country to launch airstrikes against Syria this year; it was preceded by Canada, the United States, France, Australia,… Read More


Special Guest Post by Policy Team Member Mark Gulla Earlier this year, it was reported that ISIS carried out the destruction of several historical sites in Iraq and Syria that had been deemed World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  In February, the group known as the Islamic State… Read More