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Climate Change ‘Makes Violence Likelier’

Climate is helping to increase political instability and violence, scientists say, in studies that reinforce a key conclusion by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



A New World Order?

Increasingly, the unitary status of states is being called into question. Civil war, violence, and internecine struggles of various sorts are visibly on the rise. In many cases, state power seems to be draining away to no other state’s gain. So here’s one question: Where exactly is power located on our planet right now?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



Viktor Yanukovych Addresses the World

“I am the legitimate president of Ukraine,” the deposed Ukrainian president said Friday at a news conference in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Study: Climate Change Means More Violence

As planetary temperatures rise, so does the likelihood of murder, rape and domestic violence, as well as civil war, ethnic bloodshed and invasion, the collapse of government and even the collapse of civilization, a new exhaustive study shows.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The Lily-Pad Strategy

Unknown to most Americans, Washington’s garrisoning of the planet is on the rise, thanks to a new generation of small, secretive, inaccessible bases with limited numbers of troops, spartan amenities, and prepositioned weaponry and supplies.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pete Muller

South Sudan Vote on Secession Begins

Jubilant residents of war-torn southern Sudan lined up outside polling stations on Sunday, the first day of a weeklong referendum on the question of seceding from the northern half of the country.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE


The Belts

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iRape

The dirty little secret of the consumer electronics boom is that a lot of the sexy little gadgets you use every day are made from minerals that help fund what this video says is “the deadliest conflict in the world since the holocaust.”

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE


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UNICEF Yemen

150,000 Yemenis Displaced in Conflict

An escalating conflict between Shiite rebels and Sunni government forces has displaced at least 150,000 people in the northern part of Yemen. Aid agencies are struggling to absorb the stream of civilians as a lack of supplies and internal politics exacerbate the problem.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


UN Sudan
fresh.co.il

War Is Over! (If You Say So)

The U.N. military commander in Sudan has announced that the war in Darfur—which has killed more than 300,000 people—is over. Three million Sudanese remain displaced as the conflict ostensibly shifts from full-blown war to mere “security issues.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistan Conflict Map
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Taliban Gain Ground, Color on Map

A new map produced by the BBC succinctly demonstrates the weakness of the Pakistan state in combating Taliban militants in the country’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP). The map shows only 38% of Pakistan’s NWFP to be under government control, while the balance of the region experiences either Taliban presence or control.

Posted on May 13, 2009 READ MORE


Ciudad Juarez Troops
csmonitor.com

Mexico Militarizes Border Town

The confrontation between the Mexican state and violent drug gangs is escalating, with the Mexican government moving to stomp out the bloody drug-related conflict in the border town of Ciudad Juarez. The first of some 7,000 troops have moved in to try to take control of the city.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


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abcnews.com

Sri Lanka’s Civil War Takes a Toll

The toll in the recent spate of clashes in the decades-long battle between Tamil Tiger rebels and the Sri Lankan government has been officially estimated: 40 civilians are being killed every day, with more than 100 wounded, as artillery shells and gun battles between the two sides devastate the Sri Lankan northeast.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Amir Farshad Ebrahimi, file photo

Israel Sends Tanks Back to Gaza

Israel launched an airstrike and ground assault into Gaza after a bomb on the Israeli side of the border killed a soldier. The troops pulled back into Israel soon afterward, according to the BBC. The raid was of a smaller scale than the fighting that ended just 10 days ago, but shows the difficult work ahead for George Mitchell, the new U.S. envoy, who is headed to the region.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza Protest In West Bank
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Gaza’s ‘Critical Emergency’

The United Nations marked Israel’s seventh day of aerial attacks by warning of a “critical emergency” in the Gaza Strip, as Palestinians endure food and medical supply shortages and distribution problems even as estimates of dead and wounded Palestinians continue to rise.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Believe It or Not, 2008 Was Relatively Nonviolent

Peace is not at hand, at least not as Americans define it. Yet peace has been breaking out all over.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Musa Khan

Amid Tensions, Pakistan Moves Troops

In a rebuke to U.S. interests in the region and amid growing tensions between two nuclear powers, Pakistan is moving its forces from its border with Afghanistan—where Pakistani troops are fighting against the Taliban—and restricting soldiers from going on leave, as fears of conflict with India continue to grow.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


Tutu, Obama and the Middle East

As President-elect Barack Obama focuses on the meltdown of the U.S. economy, another fire is burning: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 READ MORE


DRC Camp
bbc.co.uk / Kate Eshebly

Congolese Ethnic Violence Worsens

The chaos in the Democratic Republic of Congo escalated Friday as a refugee camp of 50,000 people reportedly was looted and burned, probably by Tutsi rebel groups. The violence is rooted in the colonial ethnic divisions that led to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Posted on Oct 31, 2008 READ MORE


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Georgia Conflict Primer

For those who never heard of South Ossetia before fighting between Russians and Georgians erupted there, the BBC’s Paul Reynolds provides some needed background and analysis, including this pearl of wisdom: “Do not punch a bear on the nose unless it is tied down.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


BBC Crew Survives Russian Rockets

A BBC team in Georgia was busy reporting on the conflict there when a Russian plane turned toward the journalists and opened fire.

Posted on Aug 11, 2008 READ MORE


Syria Refugee Camp
UNHCR / John Wreford

Refugees on the Rise

A U.N. report Tuesday estimated the number of the world’s displaced refugees in 2007 at 11.4 million, a majority of which the U.N. says come from the U.S.-led conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Analysts also say the number of refugees threatens to grow even more due to new concerns such as climate change, environmental degradation and increasingly scarce resources.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Does Obama Need a Reality Check?

Barack Obama’s statements about the city of Jerusalem before AIPAC’s annual policy conference have Mosaic wondering if the candidate just slipped up or truly doesn’t understand the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Perhaps for a change,” suggests hosts Jamal Dajani, “he should stop pandering to interest groups and take a hard look at the facts on the ground.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 READ MORE


Iran Wins in Lebanon

Hezbollah was the obvious winner of the recent fighting in Lebanon, but the conflict reflected a broader trend in the Middle East. For all of President Bush’s bluster, Iran is stronger and more influential than when he took office.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


Sadr Cuts a Deal

Moqtada al-Sadr, after reaching an agreement with several Iraqi officials, has ordered his followers to stop fighting. Basra has reportedly quieted, but fighting continued in Baghdad despite the announcement. Underscoring Iran’s influence over the affairs of its neighbor, the deal was apparently brokered by the head of Iran’s Quds force, which the U.S. Congress has branded a terrorist organization.

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama’s Teachable Moment

As the controversy over remarks by his former pastor continues to get play in the media, Barack Obama escalated the damage control by giving a major speech on the subject of race and politics. His ability to distill the conflict and character of America into moving rhetoric is as impressive as ever, but will it be enough to weather this storm?

Posted on Mar 18, 2008 READ MORE


The Invisible War

It’s the deadliest conflict since World War II. More than 5 million people have died in the past decade, yet it goes virtually unnoticed and unreported in the United States.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

A Declaration of Independence From Israel

The former New York Times Mideast bureau chief warns that America’s foreign policy, particularly under the Bush administration, has been subverted by an aggressive and dangerous Israeli agenda that could launch a nightmarish regional war.

Posted on Jul 2, 2007 READ MORE


Gaza violence
nytimes.com

Gaza Truce Collapses

Violence has erupted in Gaza after a three-day cease-fire between rivals Hamas and Fatah came to an explosive end. At least 10 people have been killed and 120 wounded since the latest round of fighting began on Thursday.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Israeli Attack Threatens Cease-Fire

Despite the tenuous cease-fire, Israel has launched an attack some 60 miles north of its border in Lebanon.  Israeli officials said they were trying to halt a weapons transfer to Hezbollah, and will continue to engage targets until a peacekeeping force can take its place to prevent Hezbollah’s rearming.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


Lebanon Postpones Crucial Cease-Fire Meeting

The Lebanese cabinet has indefinitely postponed talks on the implementation of the impending cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah.  According to the BBC, ?the issue of Hezbollah’s disarmament and its military presence in southern Lebanon continues to cause major tensions within the fragile government.?

Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE


Jon Stewart interviews Vali Nasr

Jon Stewart’s Plan for Peace in the Middle East

During an interview with Vali Nasr on Tuesday, “The Daily Show” host grew frustrated with the increasing violence in the Middle East and offered his own plan for peace in the region.

Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE


Tony Blair

Blair on Lebanon

Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell challenged Tony Blair?s stance on Lebanon during the last ?Prime Minister?s Questions.?  Blair defended his government?s position regarding the conflict, despite growing pressure in Europe to take a harder line toward Israel.

Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


Israel Will Accept Hezbollah Alive, but Not Kicking

In a reconsideration of its goals, Israel has deemed a disarmed (as opposed to destroyed) Hezbollah an acceptable outcome to its actions in Lebanon.

Posted on Jul 23, 2006 READ MORE


Israeli Soldiers Near Lebanese Border
AP

Israel Will Call Reservists for Possible Expansion of Ground Ops

Reservists called for duty will most likely be sent to Gaza in order to free soldiers in compulsory service for deployment in Lebanon. This is definitely not a good sign of things to come. Hezbollah continued to fire Katyusha rockets while Israel rained down missiles on cities in southern Lebanon. 

Posted on Jul 21, 2006 READ MORE


Some Religious Fanatics Joyous Over Middle East Violence

Apparently some religious fanatics see the Rapture as a silver lining to the current turmoil in the Middle East and can barely contain their joy. Read some truly frightening messages posted to a Rapture Ready/End Times message board. (Harpers via BoingBoing.net)

Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


Militia With Fatah Ties Deploys in West Bank

Fatah has links to the milita forces in the West Bank while Hamas has forces on the ground in Gaza. Tensions between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Fatah) and Hamas (click here for profiles) continue to mount in the small and economically devastated Palestinian territories.

Posted on Jun 4, 2006 READ MORE


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From ThinkProgress.com

Three Years of War in Iraq: a Timeline

The blog ThinkProgress has put together a stellar walk-through of the major events of the conflict. (Above: Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard an aircraft carrier.)

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE



From Paramount Pictures via Yahoo.com

Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Iraq War Movie

The versatile 57-year-old actor will play an Army medic who struggles to resume his normal life in “Home of the Brave.” | story
This is one of the first big-budget films to deal with the ongoing conflict.

Posted on Feb 13, 2006 READ MORE


The photo of the
From Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Battle Scars: The War Within

A Marine in Iraq who became the poster boy of the assault on Falloujah returns home to Kentucky, where he battles the demons of post-traumatic stress. | story
Powerful stuff.

Posted on Jan 30, 2006 READ MORE


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