Yemen Conflict Alert: Time for Compromise

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Sanaa/Brussels | ICG | Yemen’s UN-backed transition has unravelled and the country has entered a new, highly unstable phase. On 22 January President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the prime minister resigned after Huthi fighters seized the presidential palace and consolidated control of the capital. This has upended the troubled transition and raises the very real prospect of territorial fragmentation, economic ... Read More »

US A Dangerous Ally: Former Australia PM

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January 26, 2015 “ICH” – “China Times” – – In his new book titled “Dangerous Allies,” Malcolm Fraser, the former prime minister of Australia worries that the Canberra’s dependence on the United States will eventually bring the nation into a direct conflict with China. Information Clearing House - By Staff Reporter His words echo those of Georgetown University professor Amitai Etzioni in ... Read More »

Attorney-General George Brandis says metadata limits jeopardise criminal investigations

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Australian internet firms are wiping some customer “metadata” immediately or within days, causing problems for law enforcement including an investigation into a potential child rape that had to be abandoned. The Age – David Wroe, National security correspondent As it steps up its contentious push to force internet providers to retain metadata, the federal government has provided examples of how metadata is used ... Read More »

Revealed: how Blair colluded with Gaddafi regime in secret

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Libyan government papers pieced together by team of London lawyers show how UK cosied up to Tripoli over dissidents The Guardian - Ian Cobain Tony Blair wrote to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to thank him for the “excellent cooperation” between the two countries’ counter-terrorism agencies following a period during which the UK and Libya worked together to arrange for Libyan dissidents to ... Read More »

Sudanese army bombs MSF hospital in S. Kordofan


(KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese army (SAF) has bombed a hospital in South Kordofan state run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), forcing the organization to suspend its medical activities. Sudan Tribune   In a statement released on Friday, MSF said Tuesday’s incident marks the second time the Sudanese air force has targeted its hospital in the rebel-held village of Frandala since ... Read More »

Syria Calling: Radicalisation in Central Asia

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The Islamic State (IS) is attracting Central Asians to Syria and fostering new links among radicals within the region. Unless the five Central Asian governments develop a credible, coordinated counter-action plan, including improved security measures but also social, political and economic reforms, growing radicalism will eventually pose a serious threat to their stability. The fallout from the conflicts in Syria ... Read More »

UN mediates Libyan talks in Geneva

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Special envoy hopes armed factions on the ground will observe ceasefire to support negotiation process in Swiss city. Talks between rival Libyan factions have started in Geneva with the aim of reaching a peace deal that could lead to the development of a unity government. The UN is hosting the talks in the Swiss city amid warnings they could be ... Read More »

Japan reveals record defence budget as tensions with China grow

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Justin McCurry – The Guardian At US$42bn the budget is another yearly increase but it is still dwarfed by both China and the US Japan has announced its biggest ever defence budget in response to China’s increasing military influence in the region and Beijing’s claims to a group of disputed islands administered by Tokyo. The 4.98 trillion yen (US$ 42bn) ... Read More »

Wikileaks for Africa? Introducing Afrileaks


The Zimbabwean A new service launching today hopes to safely connect whistleblowers with investigative journalists, encouraging a ‘new culture of accountability and justice’ across the continent When Zimbabwean politician Edward Chindori-Chininga died in a car crash in 2013, some believed the circumstances had been “suspicious”. Soon after the death of the country’s former minister for energy and mining, the news ... Read More »