Colombia Peace Process: Lurching Backwards

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Bogotá/Brussels  |  ICG Colombia’s peace process faces its most serious crisis yet, after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspended a five month old unilateral ceasefire. Instead of more measures to de-escalate the conflict ahead of a final peace agreement, there are now new risks that the confrontation will escalate, causing fresh humanitarian damage, crippling trust between the parties and ... Read More »

Leaders of Luhansk and Donetsk republics likely to be assassinated in near future

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Political and military leaders of the two breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are likely to be assassinated in the nearest future, a veteran of the Special Operations Group of the KGB, Valery Kiselyov said. According to him, the attack on Alexei Mozgovoi had been meticulously organized. Mozgovoi was killed by high class professionals, he said. “Without a doubt, it ... Read More »

Remembering the victims of the Kurdish massacre of 1937

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The fourth of May is a day of mourning for the Kurdish people. JPost - By UZAY BULUT * The fourth of May is a day of mourning for the Kurdish people. On that day, Kurds commemorate the victims of the massacre attempted against the Kurdish province of Dersim in 1937 and 1938. The Turkish armed forces bombed houses, forests and caves, ... Read More »

Drone Warfare’s Costs and Benefits

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Lethal drones are President Obama’s weapon of choice in striking at suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists in remote areas, but – as with any weapon of war – there must be a cost-benefit analysis, including whether drone strikes create more enemies than they kill, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. Consortiumnews – By Paul R. Pillar * President Barack Obama’s announcement last month that earlier ... Read More »

Humanity, Police Violence, and Being Black on the Internet

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Awareness of violence against black bodies by the hands of the civil servants charged with our protection has reached critical mass on the internet. It feels like every few days another black man, woman, or child is replaced by a hashtag. And while it is draining to traverse from anger to sadness to resignation and back on a weekly basis, ... Read More »

Argentinian Falklands veterans take ‘torture’ case to international arena

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Veterans of the 1982 conflict recount their ordeal and the anti-Semitic abuse they faced in a press conference, including instances of beatings and sexual violence The Telegraph – By James Badcock, Madrid – Comments Argentinian Falklands War veterans who accuse military officers of torture during the 1982 conflict will take their case to an international appeal court after Argentina’s highest court ruled ... Read More »

Is the Egyptian state using sexual torture against women?

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The Arab spring promised freedom and justice to the 2011 protestors in Tahrir Square, but a damning new report claims that women are being brutalised by police, military and security forces at an unprecedented level The Guardian – Shereen El Feki Four years ago, Cairo was a giant billboard for human rights; the words “freedom”, “justice” and “dignity” were graffitied across ... Read More »

Will Pakistan Provide Saudi Arabia With Nuclear Weapons?

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From 2013, we have read headlines from the BBC that say “Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan” and a couple days ago we read the same type of headlines that say “Saudi Arabia has taken the strategic decision to acquire off-the-shelf atomic weapons from Pakistan”. Shoebat Foundation, By Walid Shoebat So for a couple of years, this off the shelf nuke must ... Read More »

As violence spirals, Salvadorans look to Archbishop Romero as example

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — If there’s a place in need of salvation at this moment, it’s this country named after Jesus Christ. Even as it gets ready to mark one of the biggest events in its history — the May 23 beatification of slain archbishop Oscar Romero — El Salvador, which in Spanish means “the savior,” is in ... Read More »

Iran won’t be allowed to have nukes, US assures Gulf states

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has pledged America’s “ironclad commitment” to Gulf nations to help protect their security, pointedly mentioning the potential use of military force and offering assurances that a potential nuclear agreement with Iran would not leave them more vulnerable. Arab News - Agencies At the summit-closing news conference, Obama said Gulf leaders hadn’t been asked to “sign on the ... Read More »