29th January 2016

  • Human Rights Watch released its World Report 2016 in which it raised many concerns – among them the Trudeau government’s need to address the human rights problems of its predecessor, the failures of the Afghan government to rein in abuse, the risks to Somali civilians, the EU’s failures in its refugee response, and an overall politics of fear affecting human rights across the globe.
  • Hunger affects millions across the Middle East’s war-torn countries, and civilianscontinue to starve and freeze in the Syrian town of Madaya.
  • Two displaced persons camps in Libya were hit by rockets as civilian suffering in the country’s conflict is on the rise.
  • A Libyan lawmaker was kidnapped in Tobruk after being sworn in.
  • Libya’s internationally recognized parliament voted against a unity government.
  • The trial of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and his deputy, Charles Blé Goudé, began on Thursday. Gbagbo pleaded not guilty.
  • Nigeria’s former air force chief is being questioned as part of an investigation into corruption in the country’s fight against Boko Haram.
  • Suicide bombings in a village in northern Cameroon on Monday killed 28.
  • Up to six more cases have been unearthed of child sexual abuse by EU and French soldiers in the Central African Republic.
  • Amnesty International says it has found five potential mass graves near Burundi’s capital. Satellite imagery is a match to witness accounts of security forces killing civilians in December.
  • A French and a British journalist have been arrested while reporting in Burundi.
  • Thousands flee renewed violence in Mozambique.
  • Four Malian soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion and an attack in the north.
  • Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed the kidnapping of a Swiss woman in Mali.
  • Sudan claims the defeat of a rebel group in Darfur.
  • Sudan opened its border with South Sudan for the first time since the 2011 secession.
  • Poachers in Africa’s wildlife preserves may have ties to terrorists.
  • Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp is 25 years old and a city unto itself.
  • At the five year anniversary of the start of Egypt’s January 25th revolution, very little feels like it has changed.
  • Five years later, leading writers from the Arab world re-evaluate their initial reactions to the Arab spring.
  • A suicide bombing at a checkpoint near the presidential palace in the Yemeni city of Aden killed eight.
  • The UN says Palestinians are losing hope under Israeli occupation.
  • UN-brokered Syria talks are set for today (Friday) in Geneva, though attendance is unclear and breakthroughs are all but off the table.
  • Turkey’s problems with the Kurds are a challenge for the strategy to defeat the Islamic State.
  • A rare look inside Aleppo.
  • Saudi money is keeping the CIA’s support for Syrian rebels afloat.
  • The US has requested NATO surveillance aircraft for the fight in Iraq and Syria.
  • An Islamic State propaganda video shows the Paris attackers executing captives in the months prior to their assault on France’s capital.
  • Mosul Dam is a risk of collapse.
  • Islamic State attacks killed more than 30 Iraqi troops.
  • Matthew Trevithick, released this month from Iran’s Evin Prison, describes his experience.
  • The White House nominated Lt. Gen. John “Mick” Nicholson Jr. to take over as the next commander of US Forces Afghanistan.
  • The Afghan Army’s National Engineer Brigade is unable to operate independently despite US training.
  • The Washington Post visits Kabul’s car bomb junkyard.
  • Faheem Qureshi, who at 14 suffered serious injuries from the first drone strike under the Obama administration, speaks about his suffering to The Guardian.
  • Terrorism continues to threaten Pakistan, despite an 18-month goverment offensive.
  • China jailed three activists for “inciting subversion of state power.”
  • North Korea appears to be preparing for a launch, possibly of a satellite.
  • The US European Command lists Russian aggression as a chief security concern.
  • European countries face mass expulsions of asylum seekers.
  • The International Criminal Court authorized prosecutors to investigate the 2008 Russia-Georgia war for alleged war crimes.
  • Russia says it will reset relations with the West on its own terms.
  • Ukraine will not grant eastern regions autonomy without a ceasefire.
  • The Navy’s intelligence chief has not had access to classified information since November of 2013 because of a corruption investigation. It’s as much of a roadblock as you might think.
  •  A new report highlights the Pentagon’s vulnerabilities in space.
  • The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday. Adolf Eichmann’s request for clemency after his conviction for his role in the murders of millions of Jews was made public, along with other historical documents.

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