Aggression

Israel launches Gaza air strike on ‘Hamas target’

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Israeli aircraft have bombed a site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August. BBC The air strike was carried out on a Hamas facility in response to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza, a statement from the Israeli military said. Residents of the Khan Yunis area in Gaza reported hearing two explosions, ... Read More »

Stories of Armenian survivors of 1915 compiled in new book

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The stories of Armenians who survived the mass killings of the late Ottoman era have been gathered in a book titled “100 years… Real Stories.” Hurriyet The 47 stories inside the book – which were collected as part of the “Turk Who Saved Me” project supported by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and realized by the Armenia-based Armedia Agency ... Read More »

Erdoğan is a man of strong character: Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised on Thursday his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as a “man of strong character” who refused to keep an energy agreement between Ankara and Moscow a secret to avoid Western pressure. Today’sZaman Answering a question on the Western request for Turkey to join sanctions against Russia during an annual press conference in Moscow, Putin said ... Read More »

Child soldier recruitment soars in Central African Republic: Save the Children

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A new report by aid agency Save the Children estimates there are as many as 10,000 active child soldiers fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) – a four fold increase since a violent civil war broke out two years ago. ABC – Africa Correspondent Martin Cuddihy Recruitment there started when violence broke out in 2012 between majority Christian and Muslim ... Read More »

New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II

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When Japanese soldiers did it to GIs, the United States prosecuted them for war crimes. Mother Jones – Luke Whelan * Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States ... Read More »

Congo: Ending the Status Quo

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A new consensus and strategy are urgently needed to tackle the numerous, brutal armed groups in eastern Congo and to save the February 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) in the Great Lakes region. ICG The M23 defeat by the UN’s Intervention Brigade (FIB) in November 2013 raised hopes that it would mark the beginning of the end for ... Read More »

UN: Tens of thousands dead in S Sudan war

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Security Council says feuding leaders “personal ambitions” fomented crisis, as nation marks one year since start of war. Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of war and the country’s leaders are putting their “personal ambitions” ahead of the young nation’s future, the UN secretary-general has said. Ban Ki-moon called on the country’s leaders to agree ... Read More »

Dick Cheney insists ‘rectal feeding’ was for medical reasons, not torture in defence of CIA

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Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president who was at the forefront of the post-9/11 push towards aggressive interrogation techniques since denounced as torture, has defended the use of “rectal feeding” of terror suspects, claiming it was done for “medical reasons”. The Guardian – Ed Pilkington in New York Dick Cheney Refuses to Call Forced Rectal Feeding Torture – ABC.News Former US vice-president ... Read More »

ICC chief prosecutor shelves Darfur war crimes probe

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Fatou Bensouda prompts triumphant response from Sudanese president and concerns over viability of Hague-based institution The Guardian – David Smith, Africa correspondent The war crimes investigation in Sudan’s Darfur region had already been stagnant for five years when the international criminal court formally suspended it last week, a lawyer representing the victims has claimed. Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced on Friday ... Read More »