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  • Thai-Burma border trip photo
    03/23/2010
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    Thai-Burma border trip photo

    The only word I can think of that could encompass our trip to Burma is “overpowering.” Before the trip, I had spent a lot of time researching, learning, and writing about the conflict. I was fascinated by it and compelled to teach others about it, but at such a great distance, with so little contact with actual people affected by it, I had a hard time relating to it on a deeper level than intellectual interest and sympathy for the suffering people whose stories I had read.

  • 03/22/2010
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    The sixth and final chapter of the Genocide Prevention Task Force (GPTF) Report addresses international action. Preventing genocide and mass atrocities should not be a responsibility of the US alone; prevention has the best chances of succeeding when the whole international community is engaged.

  • 03/22/2010
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    Last week's discussion topic was Sudan's elections. The trivia asked what Sudanese will vote for in the upcoming elections. The answer is that they will vote for president of the republic and semi-autonomous south as well as for national, southern, and state legislative assemblies.

  • 03/15/2010
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    Last week's discussion topic focused on the fifth chapter of the Genocide Prevention Task Force (GPTF) Report, employing military options. While the GPTF report emphasizes the immense importance of prevention, to assume that preventive measures will be successful is to be unprepared for the instance of their failure.

  • 03/15/2010
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    TRIVIA 
    Q: What will citizens be voting for in Sudan's April 2010 elections?
     
    DISCUSSION

    In countries emerging from violent conflict, the international community has presented free and fair elections as the mechanism for establishing legitimate and stable government.

  • Weekly News Brief.jpg
    03/13/2010
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    In this week's issue: The Enough Project reports that the LRA may be operating in Darfur to seek protection from the Sudanese military; UN Special Rapporteur recommended the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry in Burma; one of FARDC's most abusive commanders continues to receive supplies from the UN

     

  • 03/08/2010
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    TRIVIA

    What are the challenges to employing military options for genocide prevention? Name two.

    Hint: You’ll find the answer in the following discussion guide. 

  • Weekly News Brief.jpg
    03/08/2010
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    In this week's issue: after JEM rebels and the Sudanese government signed a framework agreement, clashes and instability remain; Tensions are rising between the Burmese military and Karen Independence Organization and troops are being deployed; Global Witness is pushing the EU to exclude imports of Congo's conflict minerals

     

  • 03/05/2010
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    Trivia:When was the last time Somalia had a stable, permanent government? What foreign powers sought influence in Somalia and Afghanistan in the past?  

  • burma map.jpg
    03/03/2010
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    On March 4th, I’m going to the Thai-Burma border, and I couldn’t be more excited.

    Before I applied to be STAND’s Burma education coordinator, I didn’t know much about the country. Even though I’d been involved in STAND for a few years, I hadn’t paid much attention to it, and I don’t think I’m the only one. This was partially because it gets almost no attention in US media, and partially my own fault for not trying to educate myself – it just didn’t interest me.

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