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50,000 South Sudanese Children Could Die This Year Without Aid

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, did not mark its third anniversary on July 9 by celebrating, but by struggling to survive what the United Nations (UN) recently described as one of the gravest humanitarian and political crises in the world's history. The question that begs to be asked is will the Canadian Government now provide a second round of humanitarian funding? Thousands of children are at risk of dying this year.
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Shame on the West for Ignoring Mass Murder

What have you heard about Burma, Tibet, Northern Cyprus? Even less than Syria, North Korea, Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Don't look. Pretend it's not happening-or pretend that efforts at peace will work-if we just give it enough time. Rwanda took more than 100 days. The Jewish people waited five years. Syria has been in conflagration for three years. Talk. Talk. Talk. Well maybe there will be talk. But then who's listening. The media? There is a certain presence of an absence in far too many hot spots.
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A Year of Independence for South Sudan, a Long Way to Go

On July 8, South Sudan celebrated its first year of independence. Although the independence marked the end of over five decades of conflict, the future of its citizens remains bleak. Individuals living in this country are still unable to access even the most basic of necessities including food, security, shelter and education. As Canadians we must not allow ourselves to be distracted by the comforts that we are so fortunate to enjoy.
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Food for Thought on World Refugee Day

There are an estimated 12 million displaced people on the planet at this moment and most of them are children. News of this came around the same time as the controversy surrounding Bill C-31, and the way the Harper government wants to crack down on immigration and refugees. But this World Refugee Day, let's be careful and conscious in our assessment of exactly who these people are.
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Why is Our Public Discourse Aping Shock Jock Talk Radio?

I was in a meeting recently in which an MP accused the government and Stephen Harper of being "evil" and "the enemy." I have heard the Prime Minister use that language himself on more than one occasion. The hurling of insults across the aisle of Parliament has now become a pandemic -- no respect, no dignity, no results.

George Clooney and al-Bashir 2012

George Clooney reminds the world that the Sudan's Omar al-Bashir is a leopard who spots remain unchanged, a pariah who lives off the devastation of others. He makes Joseph Kony appear like a toy soldier. In this the actor has performed his role with a sense of urgency and acuity.
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Time to Celebrate the UN's Hidden Victories

The real success of the United Nations can never be measured by what it's done or failed to do. I hearken back to former Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold's observation: "The UN was not created in order to bring us to heaven, but in order to save us from hell."
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Sudan Independence Day: Hold the Line

Sudan is either a phoenix rising or Icarus crashing for flying too high. I was there when the peace accord was negotiated and I recall the pessimism in Western officials. But they underestimated the resolve of Sudan's people. Hold the line on hope and a successful outcome.
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Some Advice For Sarah Palin on Sudan

As someone who visits Sudan frequently, here's some advice for Sarah Palin as she plans her visit. Don't be another one of those politicians who did what was trendy and then never returned. Promise the people of Sudan that you're with them, come what may.