Law & Order

Speaking with the “Bad Guys”: Toward Dialogue with Central Mali’s Jihadists

War between the state and jihadists in central Mali has led to growing intercommunal violence. ICG To spare civilians additional harm, the government should explore the possibility of talks with the insurgents about local ceasefires and humanitarian aid – while remaining open to broader discussions. What’s new? The war in central Mali has reached an impasse, with the state unable to defeat jihadist insurgents by force. The insurgency and military operations against it have exacerbated intercommunal violence. As a result, ... Read More »

Jews are at risk in Germany, says Jewish Council

Germany’s central Jewish council has weighed in on the anti-Semitism debate, saying the security situation for Jews has “deteriorated” in major cities. Israeli President Rivlin has expressed concern over the situation. Deutsche Welle Josef Schuster, the head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told the Welt am Sonntagnewspaper that the security situation for Jews in the country has worsened in the past few years. “On the whole I don’t tend to dramatize, but the situation has by and large ... Read More »

Coast Guard wages battle against illegal fishing boats

Out at sea, this border battle is fought in boats HARLINGEN — In the sun-blasted, wind-riven waters between the South Padre Island jetties and the mouth of the Rio Grande, a different kind of border crossing crisis is playing out. Rick Kelley Valley Morning Star Source: U.S. Coast Guard One side has spotter aircraft, radar and fully crewed patrol craft loaded with the latest technology. The other employs simple 20- to 30-foot boats with outboard motors, capitalizing on speed and ... Read More »

Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for… Ofer Raban The Conversation The new indictment expands an earlier one charging Assange with conspiring with Chelsea Manning, the former soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to… Assange is responsible for the dissemination of troves of classified American documents, including hundreds of thousands of military reports, hundreds of thousands of diplomatic ... Read More »

‘This is about men’s behaviour’, says top police officer after another woman’s murder

One of Victoria’s most senior police has urged men to take responsibility for violence against women after what appears to be the fourth killing of a lone woman in public in Melbourne in less than a year. Michael Fowler The Age Speaking hours after the discovery of a woman’s body in Royal Park on Saturday, Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius was at pains to tell the public that Melbourne remained a very safe place. “Melbourne remains one of the safest cities ... Read More »

EU anti-fraud body considering investigation into Nigel Farage

Former UKIP leader allegedly received gifts worth £450,000 from insurance tycoon and Brexit campaigner Arron Banks. Lili Bayer Politico Former UKIP leader allegedly received gifts worth £450,000 from insurance tycoon and Brexit campaigner Arron Banks. OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, is in the process of determining whether to open a formal investigation into allegations that British politician Nigel Farage received £450,000 from a businessman. The U.K.’s Channel 4 News program reported last week that Farage had received gifts worth £450,000 from ... Read More »

Trump move to declassify Russia intel draws sharp criticism

President Donald Trump is defending his unprecedented decision to give his Justice Department chief unfettered access to the country’s deepest foreign intelligence secrets amid an… WASHINGTON- Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The president said Attorney General Bill Barr needed unilateral power to declassify any top secret material to get to the roots of the 2016-2018 investigation into whether his election campaign colluded with… Barr “will be able to see how this hoax, how the hoax or witch hunt started, and why it started,” Trump said. ... Read More »

Ian Bailey case heading towards miscarriage of justice

The Government has shown an exceptional willingness to cede the prosecution of Irish crime to other states Dermot Walsh The Irish Times The Ian Bailey case is surely the most bizarre and unprecedented case in the history of Irish criminal law. He is about to be tried in his absence in France for a murder in west Cork 22 years ago. The victim was Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French woman who was resident in west Cork at the time. ... Read More »

I feel free: Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon’s journey from horror to hope

Nyadol Nyuon is a commercial litigator at the prestigious Melbourne law firm, Arnold Bloch Leibler. She was born in the Itang refugee camp in Ethiopia, in 1987. Hannie Rayson WAtoday When Nyuon was four years old, there was conflict in Ethiopia. Her mother gave birth to her little sister, Nyanhial, and just two weeks later the family was forced to walk back to South Sudan. Her mother carried the baby in a bucket on her head. That journey took 40 ... Read More »

Behind the unlikely bond between two guys and the yiayia next door, lies a tragedy

Social media is in love with yiayia, the Greek grandmother who gives food across the fence to her young neighbours in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Tom Cowie The Sydney Morning Herald But their story is more than that: it’s an amazing tale of love forged in tragedy. The videos are almost always the same. You never see the faces, or even the old woman’s hands because she’s a bit too short, just the food she has prepared for her neighbours. It ... Read More »

Thai dissidents living in exile fear for their lives after a string of disappearances and murders

A string of mysterious murders and deportations across South-East Asia has Thai dissidents fearing for their lives and members of a controversial folk band say they may be targeted next. Liam Cochrane ABC The band Faiyen, which means “cold fire” in Thai, fled the country after the 2014 coup and has written songs criticising the military government and the monarchy. Late last week, the band posted a chilling message on Facebook. “We … fear for our lives. Many trusted people ... Read More »

General Assembly Welcomes International Court of Justice Opinion on Chagos Archipelago, Adopts Text Calling for Mauritius’ Complete Decolonization

The General Assembly adopted a resolution today welcoming a 25 February 2019 International Court of Justice advisory opinion on the legal consequences of separating the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965, demanding that the United Kingdom unconditionally withdraw its colonial administration from the area within six months. By a recorded vote of 116 in favour, to 6 against (Australia, Hungary, Israel, Maldives, United Kingdom, United States), with 56 abstentions, the Assembly affirmed that doing so — in accordance with the advisory opinion — would ... Read More »

Murder of 86-Year-Old Greek Christian in alleged hate crime puts spotlight on Turkey’s ethnic cleansing

The island of Imbros was once home to an ancient Athenian colony, and had more than 5,000 Greeks living on it as late as 1960 Today there are less than 300 Greeks on the island, the rest having been persecuted in a relentless campaign of ‘Turkification’ Zafiris Pinaris was hog-tied and tortured to death earlier this month in a murder local authorities have not commented on An 86-year-old ethnic-Greek citizen of Turkey, Zafiris Pinaris, was found murdered in his home on ... Read More »

Chagos Islands: UN officially demands Britain and US withdraw from Indian Ocean archipelago

Former Mauritian territory houses Diego Garcia US military base Samuel Osborne Independent The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted for a resolution demanding Britain withdraw its administration of the Chagos Islands. While the resolution is not legally-binding, it carries significant political weight. The Indian Ocean archipelago is home to the Diego Garcia US military base. In February, the International Court of Justice ruled the UK’s decolonisation of the Indian Ocean islands was unlawful. The World Court said the UK acted illegally ... Read More »

Returning from the Land of Jihad: The Fate of Women Associated with Boko Haram

Women are streaming home from Boko Haram’s domain in north-eastern Nigeria, some having escaped captivity and others having left jihadist husbands behind. ICG The state should safeguard these women from abuse, so that they stay in government-held areas and encourage men to come back as well. What’s new? The Nigerian military’s battle with Boko Haram has led tens of thousands of women formerly associated with the group to return to government-held towns across the north east. While prejudice against them ... Read More »

Chad: Avoiding Confrontation in Miski

Risks of an escalation in Tibesti are high as friction is rising between the state, gold miners and the local ethnic Teda population. ICG The government should lift what has become a blockade of the village of Miski, dial back its rhetoric and enter talks with the population. What’s new? In the gold mining areas of Tibesti in northern Chad, friction is rising among the state, gold miners and the local ethnic Teda population. In late 2018, clashes erupted between ... Read More »