Public events: On women, peace, security and South Sudan

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Monday November 27 in Waterloo, Ontario 10:00 a.m. to noon Round Table: Women, Peace and Security: The Case of South Sudan Location: Boardroom • Balsillie School of International Affairs • 67 Erb Street West 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Welcome to the Kindred Centre for Peace Advancement Location: CPA Gallery • Centre for Peace Advancement • Conrad Grebel University College • 140 …

NO MÁS II: END Violence against Women NOW!

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Public Event: South Sudanese Women Speak Peace Sunday, November 26 All Saints Anglican Church 400 Northfield Drive West Waterloo 2:30 -3:00 Refreshments, Meet and Greet 3:00 -4:00 A Panel discussion with: Agnes Wasuk Petia, National Women’s Program, South Sudan Council of Churches Awak Hussein, Youth Coordinator, South Sudan Council of Churches Henriette Thompson, KAIROS Activist and Educator This event is part …

Outer Space Security: Statement to the 72nd Session of the UNGA First Committee

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Chair, Today is an auspicious day to address this Committee on the security of outer space. On this very date, October 10th, the Outer Space Treaty—the bedrock of international space law—entered into force exactly 50 years ago. Outer space now provides vast social, scientific and economic benefits to humanity. But the sustainability of this critical domain also faces critical challenges. …

Autonomous Kalashnikovs?

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The Russian manufacturer is developing weapons that can identify targets using artificial intelligence Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov is best known as the producer of the infamous assault rifle, the AK-47. The AK-47, as journalist C.J. Chivers (2010) notes, has “fundamentally rewritten the rules of modern warfare,” mainly due to the “ease of use, cost, reliability, and readily available parts and …

Aid as a weapon? The politics of humanitarianism in Syria

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In 2011, forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad occupied the public hospital in the Syrian town of al-Qusayr. When suspected rebels arrived at the hospital in need of medical attention, regime forces detained, interrogated, tortured, and often executed them. In response, private citizens established an underground clinic to provide medical care in secret. Dr. Abd ar-Rhim Amir provided care …

Q&A:The journey of an ‘irregular’ refugee claimant to Canada

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‘Mary” is a mother of three and a refugee claimant currently living in Toronto. Originally from Guinea, she went to the United States with her mother as a teenager, but never gained legal status there. After some years, she paid a smuggler to bring her and her children to Canada, to escape an abusive partner. She is currently awaiting a …

On Elon Musk, AI and killer robots

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Last month, 116 robotics experts, including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, signed a letter calling on the United Nations to take action on lethal autonomous weapons systems or killer robots. Musk has become the chief figure warning about the military uses of artificial intelligence (AI), and has brought increased media attention to the issue. Recently, Musk pointed to remarks …

Yemen In The Time Of Cholera

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The country is experiencing the world’s largest epidemic, and it has everything to do with the Arms Trade Treaty. A sudden onset of severe diarrhea is usually the first symptom. Rapid fluid loss often leads to life-threatening dehydration. If left untreated, certain strains can cause death within hours. Those who survive initial symptoms must endure repeated vomiting, low blood pressure, …

The costs of Canada’s indecisiveness on peacekeeping

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In Vancouver on November 14-15, Canada will host the United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial forum —a key event for UN peacekeeping. One goal of the forum is to “elicit new pledges from Member States to close key capability gaps for UN peacekeeping operations.” Another is to build on the “3Ps (pledges, planning, performance) with an added emphasis on partnerships.” According …

Canadians among experts calling for UN action on killer robots

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On August 21, 116 robotics experts from 26 countries, including Canada, signed a letter calling for the United Nations to take action on the issue of lethal autonomous weapons systems, commonly known as killer robots. The letter comes at the start of the 2017 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Melbourne, Australia. An open letter signed by more …