Does Trump’s refugee order tie UNHCR’s hands?

Sonal Marwah Featured, News

On January 27, President Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which prohibits entry by nationals of seven Muslim-majority states (Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen) for 90 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely, and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. The new order allows exemptions “when …

Trump, Nukes and Twitter: A Potentially Lethal Combination

Cesar Jaramillo Featured

Tick, tock: the Doomsday clock measured by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved 30 seconds closer to midnight (meaning: global catastrophe) — from three minutes to two minutes, 30 seconds. Not since the 1950s has midnight been so close. Why the move? Scientists point to the growing threat to humanity posed by nuclear weapons, including a potentially lethal Trump-nukes-Twitter …

Despite ruling, many questions on Saudi arms deal linger

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

Two prime ministers and four ministers of foreign affairs later, Canada is still set to ship $15-billion of military equipment to human-rights pariah Saudi Arabia. This in spite of well-documented red flags and numerous unanswered questions about the process by which the deal cleared Canada’s military export controls. And notwithstanding yesterday’s Federal Court rejection of a bid to stop the …

Event: Research for Peace

Tasneem Jamal News

Join the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement as we explore peace research involving both our campus and our world. WPIRG will be highlighting connections between research at the University of Waterloo and military applications, and Project Ploughshares will be sharing findings from their most recent annual Armed Conflicts Report. FREE EVENT WHEN: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday January 31 WHERE: Community …

Global displacement not a European refugee crisis

Sonal Marwah Featured, News

This year is turning into the “deadliest year yet” for migrants and refugees. Deaths and drownings in the Mediterranean have climbed, even though fewer people are crossing to reach Europe. While in 2015, 1,015,078 people crossed the sea, only 327,800 did so in 2016. But, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, “from one death for every 269 arrivals last year, …

Colombia takes historic step toward peace

Cesar Jaramillo Featured

For Colombians of my generation, it is hard to conceive of Colombia at peace. We were born into the longest-running armed conflict in the Western hemisphere, now in its 52nd year. The protracted war between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) became a distressing, yet routine, backdrop to everyday life. Over time, the conflict permeated …

We Need To Ban Nuclear Weapons (In Spite Of Canada)

Cesar Jaramillo Featured, News

Make no mistake: neither North Korea’s latest nuclear weapons test nor the recent high-stakes stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program are the root of nuclear insecurity. They are but symptoms of a nuclear disarmament regime in a severe state of disrepair. While every other category of weapons of mass destruction has been specifically prohibited under international law, nuclear weapons — by …

Promoting and broadening the governance of forced migrants

Sonal Marwah Featured, News

Mobility is a defining characteristic of our time. Worldwide, there are 244-million international migrants—persons  living in a country other than the one they were born in—who have migrated for complex reasons, including a search for safety and a better life and reunion with family. More than 65.3-million of these migrants have been forcibly displaced. Some scholars call all people who leave their country …

On killer police robots and weaponization of autonomous systems

Branka Marijan News

Recent developments in autonomous systems, such as self-driving cars and mobile robotics, are exciting. Proponents promise that they will reduce the number of casualties in car accidents and allow machines to do dangerous jobs. But advances in autonomous technology have still raised concerns. One relates to its weaponization. In early July Dallas police used a bomb-disposal robot to kill a …