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Germany comes to terms with its forgotten Namibian death camps

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Decades before the Nazis, thousands of men, women and children were exterminated on the direct orders of the leadership in Berlin David Olusoga The Guardian One morning last summer, I was ushered into a little office in the BotswanaNational Archives. I’d asked the archivists to… Germany comes to terms with… Read More »

South China Sea: China media warn US over ‘confrontation’

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Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned. BBC News The angry response came after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said the US should deny Beijing access to new islands in the South China Sea. Two state-run papers carry… South China Sea: China… Read More »

Here are six ways to achieve a truly ‘shared society’

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Theresa May has outlined her vision of a ‘shared society’. Frances Ryan The Guardian But truly creating this requires a major culture shift and money where it’s needed When Theresa May set out… Here are six ways to… Read More »

A Sanctions Skeptic for State?

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What Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearings revealed Siddhartha Mahanta The Atlantic Read More »

How their enemies get by with killing Iraqi journalists

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BAGHDAD — Abdul Qader al-Qaisi has become Iraq’s first slain journalist in 2017. Mustafa Saadoun Al Monitor He was kidnapped Jan. 1, and security forces found his body Jan. 5, dumped on the road between Kirkuk and Baghdad. Abdul Qader al-Qaisi was a… How their enemies get… Read More »

Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism and the Gondar protests

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An analysis on what the rising ethnic nationalism among the historically powerful Amhara means for the country’s future. Kalkidan Yibeltal Al Jazeera News Amba Giorgis, Ethiopia – Etenesh* sits alone on a worn cow skin in her mud-walled home in Amba Giorgis, a small Ethiopian market town in the northerly Amhara region. Her husband, a merchant… Ethiopia: Ethnic nationalism… Read More »

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2017

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From Turkey to Mexico, the list of the world’s most volatile flashpoints got a lot more unpredictable this year BY JEAN-MARIE GUÉHENNO Foreign Policy The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our ability to cope with the… 10 Conflicts to… Read More »

Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

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Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

How Istanbul nightclub attack was linked to Turkey’s culture war

People wave Turkish flags and hold a black banner during a gathering in front of the Reina nightclub, which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey January 3, 2017. The banner reads: "We will not give up! For our future". REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTX2XC6K

On New Year’s Eve, many Turks, including myself, were hoping to begin a less bloody and less depressing year than 2016. Mustafa Akyol Al Monitor It took only one hour and 15 minutes, however, for 2017 to present its first carnage. A lone gunman, later… How Istanbul nightclub attack… Read More »

Assassination in Ankara

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Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

The End of Democracy in Turkey

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Following the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul, democracy in Turkey is likely to enter a death spiral. The New Yorker The issue isn’t the attack itself, terrible as it was. On New Year’s Eve, a lone gunman made his way into the Reina dance club, which was jammed with revellers, and… The End of… Read More »

ISIS Ends Its Separate Peace With Turkey

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The group claims the Reina nightclub massacre—making its war of terror official. Read More »

The Assad conundrum

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Some argued that without his rule, radical Islamists such as ISIL would take over Syria. John Bell Al Jazeera News It is safe to say that, until recently, the debate over Syria’s political future came down to one thing: the fate of President Bashar al-Assad. With his victory… The Assad… Read More »

Syria conflict: UN endorses Syria ceasefire deal

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The UN Security Council has endorsed the Syria ceasefire deal and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict in a Russia-led resolution. BBC It also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to be delivered across the country. Syria’s main… Syria conflict: UN… Read More »

End violence in Myanmar, Nobel laureates urge U.N. Security Council

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than a dozen Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Malala Yousafzai urged the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to end “ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State. By Sebastien Malo At least 86 people have been killed in a… End violence in… Read More »

Why ISIL fights in Europe

TOPSHOT - A man (Bottom R) places a candle on the memorial at the Christmas market near the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) in Berlin on December 24, 2016.
Germany hunts for possible accomplices of the suspected Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri, who was shot dead by Italian police in Milan on Friday, December 23, 2016. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for this week's attack on a Berlin Christmas market, in which 12 people were killed and dozens more wounded. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t buy their propaganda of ‘retaliation’ for Western strikes in Syria. Politico Jean-Pierre Filiu The jihadist group has larger ambitions in Germany and France. The so-called Islamic State rushed… Why ISIL fights in… Read More »