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Newsletter - October 2017

October 16, 2017
Source: MIGS


On 28 September Dr. James Orbinski was presented with the Loyola Medal, Concordia University’s highest non-academic award. Dr. Orbinski is a long-time humanitarian and human rights activist, and the former International President of Medecins Sans Frontieres, who accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization.
Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Mario Silva published a new book, titled Privacy versus Security in the Age of Global Terror (Mosaic Press).


September 28

MIGS, along with 87 other human rights NGOs, launched an urgent appeal to the United Nations and the UN Security Council to put pressure on Myanmar to stop the crimes against humanity the against Rohingya people.


September 14

MIGS Project Manager Nicolai Pogadl participated in the 7th webinar on Memorialization of the Holocaust for the Global Diplomacy Lab.

September 18

Nicolai Pogadl participated in a Tech Against Terrorism workshop, held at the offices of Facebook in New York.

September 20

Nicolai Pogadl participated a Tech Against Terrorism Event at the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism at the United Nations. The event was covered by the New York Times.

Latin America Fellow Andrei Serbin Pont moderated the panel “Challenges of the Indo-Pacific” at an event held by the Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales (CRIES) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, titled, Latin America facing the New World Order and the Crisis of Globalization.

September 24

MIGS Distinguished Senior Fellow Romeo Dallaire spoke at TedX Concordia, where he delivered a presentation titled, “Next Generation’s opportunities, responsibilities and involvement in humanity and global community”

In the media - News

September 1
MIGS Digital Fellow Anne Speckhard published an article for The Daily Beast, alongside Ahmet Yayla, titled “She Doesn’t Regret Torturing Women for ISIS”.
September 8
MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski for The Hill Times, titled “Terrorism is a Public Safety Issue, not National Security Threat”.
September 8
Marie Lamensch was quoted in the article “Exactions Contre la Minorite Rohingya: Faut-Il Enlever le Prix Nobel A Aung San Suu Kyi” for La Presse.
September 9 
Kyle Matthews’ op-ed “Revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s Canadian Honour” was published in The Ottawa Citizen.
September 11
MIGS’ Digital Fellow Andre Gagne had an op-ed titled “9/11 anniversary: Understanding extremist motives could stop further violence”, featured in The Conversation.
Marie Lamensch wrote an op-ed for Huffpost Quebec on the situation facing the Rohingya in Myanmar titled “Aung San Suu Kyi, un symbole d’espoir democratique failli a son devoir”
September 13
Distinguished Senior Fellow Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire was mentioned in an article for the Toronto Starentitled “Canada pushes back decision on UN peace mission”
September 14
Dr. Mario Silva’s op-ed titled “Withdraw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Honourary Canadian Citizenship” was featured in the Toronto Sun.
September 18, 2017
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by CTV News on the Atrocities committed against Muslims.
September 19
Kyle Matthews appeared on Global News about Myanmar’s leader’s lack of fear from the International Community’s Scrutiny
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by The Concordian on his thoughts concerning the crisis in Myanmar.
September 21
Anne Speckhard wrote an article for the Clarion Project titled, “The Making of Monsters”.
September 27
MIGS’ Digital Fellow Humera Khan was interviewed by PBS NewsHour in a segment titled, “How to fight Extremist Ideology with Social Media”.
September 29
Kyle Matthews appeared Global News to discuss reports of a Canadian UN official thwarting efforts to help the Rohingya.
Phil Gurski published an op-ed in The Hill Times titled “The Role of Torture in Counter Terrorism”.

Video interviews

September 28
MIGS Journalist-in-Residence Benjamin Dooley conducted an interview with former Premier of British Columbia and former Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh on the situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar.
Benjamin Dooley conducted an interview with Burmese Human Rights activist and genocide scholar Dr. Maung Zarni on the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

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