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  • April 28, 2010
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    An invite from a STAND Alum:

    NOI New Media BootCamp for recent graduates
    July 1-8, 2010, Washington, DC
    All-expenses-paid new media training
    Apply Here by April 30th
    Know someone who should apply? Recommend someone here.

  • April 28, 2010
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     Iraqi refugee, Ihab Basri, is a freshman at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. His life story is a powerful one—a story of war, of family, of survival, and of hope that peace is coming to Iraq once again.

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    April 26, 2010
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    In this week's issue: fifty people were killed reportedly due to cattle raiding south of Nyala; Kachin Independence Organization troops are training opposition groups who refused to join Burma's Border Guard Force; FARDC executed 49 civilians earlier this month in Congo

     

  • April 26, 2010
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    Trivia: Give two repercussions of the UN’s impending withdrawal from Eastern DRC.

    Discussion:

    Why is the UN considering pulling out of DRC?

    What are the likely immediate effects of their withdrawal on the civilian population?

    Will the UN’s withdrawal necessarily point DRC in a direction to peace?

  • April 26, 2010
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    This week's trivia and discussion focused on what happens after genocide--focusing particularly on Rwanda.

    Trivia:
    While the UN established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the national courts in Rwanda were unable to process the large number of cases of accused perpetrators that remained. In light of this, the government adapted the pre-colonial, traditional gacaca courts to handle the remaining cases.

  • April 20, 2010
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    When fellow TerpsSTAND member Rachel Gordon and I went in to lobby House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s office on April 5, we were feeling pretty out of place among the oversized leather couches and solid marble interior. As college students we’re used to the typical college life surroundings of well-worn dorm furniture and condensed spaces. The normal wardrobe of jeans, t-shirts and Chuck Taylor all-stars wouldn’t fly in such a professional setting, so we opted for “business casual”; the advice of no sneakers echoing in our heads.

  • April 19, 2010
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    This past week, my high school STAND chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, put on a benefit gala featuring the poet, positive rapper, and artist Omékongo Dibinga. As many of you are aware, STAND chapters now have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a performance by Omékongo at their schools.

  • April 19, 2010
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    April is Genocide Prevention Month, and a time when we remember the genocides of the past. As anti-genocide activists, we spend our time monitoring current conflicts, educating others, and taking action to ensure that further violence will be prevented and these conflicts end. This year, we have educated ourselves and others on the importance of prevention, ensuring that genocide does not occur in the first place. However, we spend little time thinking about what happens after genocide.

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    April 19, 2010
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    In this week's issue: Elections concluded in Sudan and results are expected on Tuesday, April 20; the Burmese government rejected the latest proposal by the United Wa State Army on the Border Guard Force, indicating it will not compromise; UN officials are reluctant to comply with the Congolese government's request for the withdrawal of MONUC
     
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  • April 18, 2010
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    This weekend, I traveled down to the University of Miami with Mickey Jackson and Jenna Fox, STAND's National Outreach Coordinators, and Daniel Teweles, STAND's National Student Coordinator, for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) conference. CGIU, started by the Clinton Global Initiative at Tulane University three years ago, drew over 1300 student activists, entrepreneurs, and organizers from all 50 states and 83 countries to network and share information about organizing strategies and project development.

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