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War & Terrorism

A global ceasefire as the pandemic rages: Who will heed the call?

March 30, 2020

As wars and low-intensity conflicts in Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, and many other countries drag on amidst the coronavirus pandemic, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sparked hopes for a global ceasefire. On Monday, March 23, Guterres issued a call for “a global ceasefire in all corners of the world … The fury of the […]

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Islamic moderates are using WhatsApp to battle violent extremism in Mali

January 27, 2020

In Mali, WhatsApp is the weapon of choice for both Al Qaeda-aligned jihadists and peaceful Muslims in their battle for the hearts and minds of the nation.  For centuries, Mali’s nomadic Fulani herders have periodically erupted into violence, fighting against both injustice and what they perceived as violations of the teachings of the Koran.  In […]

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Here’s how the fragile peace in South Sudan could shatter

October 22, 2019

Additional writing by Josh Wilson The great international powers want a permanent peace — now. The opposition promises if that if things are rushed, South Sudan’s bloody civil war will reignite, indiscriminately consuming lives, property, land and hope. The outcomes of that war so far have been horrific — millions of refugees, hundreds of thousands […]

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The ancient treasures of Yemen are being destroyed

October 18, 2019

As the bombs rain down and the war in Yemen enters its fifth year, antiquities are looted and Yemen’s extraordinary cultural heritage of mosques, archaeological sites and ancient castles are razed and pillaged.

According to a report in The Guardian, at least 712 Mosques and more than 200 archeological sites have been affected.

Where these treasures aren’t looted for profit, they are targeted on purpose, to erase history and culture.

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The photos were faked, but Colombia and Venezuela may go to war anyway

October 10, 2019

The relationship between the Venezuelan and Colombia continues to deteriorate, as troops mass at the border between the two nations, and a war of words escalates into a war of images. Adding to Colombia’s list of complaints is photo evidence presented at the United Nations that Colombia’s President Ivan Duque says is proof that Venezuela […]

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Terrorism and military intervention are forcing aid groups to leave Nigeria

October 7, 2019

International aid and service groups are caught in the crossfire of the brutal, decade-long war between Nigeria’s military and the Boko Haram terrorist organization. To date, at least 37 aid workers have been killed in the conflict. While aid workers in Northern Nigeria are predictably targeted by Boko Haram, they are also heavily criticized and […]

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