16th September

  • Two Libyan oil ports held by forces loyal to the UN-backed government were taken by the rival Libyan National Army.
  • Long read: A two-year investigation by The Sentry found that the “top officials ultimately responsible for mass atrocities in South Sudan have at the same time managed to accumulate fortunes, despite modest government salaries.”
  • Meanwhile, the rest of South Sudan struggles with shortages and inflation.
  • US sanctions on the Ivory Coast, in place for a decade, have been lifted.
  • Kenya is using intimidation tactics in its repatriation program for Somali refugees.
  • Long read: It takes a village to kill a child.
  • Zimbabwe banned opposition protests for a month.
  • Gabon, in the midst of an election crisis, has beenconducting systematic internet blackouts since September 5.
  • Leader Abubekar Shekau was noticeably absent from Boko Haram’s Eid video
  • The US signed a major deal to provide Israel with $38 billion in military aid over the coming decade.
  • Turkey is planning to build new prisons to accommodate the post-coup rise in the incarcerated population.
  • Analysis: How should militaries factor in the possibility of International Criminal Court scrutiny into their strategic choices?
  • In the Yemeni coastal city of Hodeidah, already the poorest city in an impoverished country before the outbreak of war, a malnutrition crisis threatens children.
  • Two oil tankers have been seized at a Houthi-controlled port in Hodeidah, risking an even greater import crisis for Yemen.
  • 75,000 refugees are trapped along the Syria-Jordan border.
  • A Syrian ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia beganon Tuesday. Russia is alleging that the US is covering upopposition breaches of the deal.
  • Despite the ceasefire, the Syrian government is stillpreventing aid from reaching Aleppo.
  • Human Rights Watch says that Turkish strike on US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in late August in northern Syria killed 24 civilians.
  • Analysis: Chlorine’s dark history.
  • The Islamic State says it has conducted more than 700 suicide attacks since the beginning of the year.
  • The Pentagon says it had no part in the death of Syrian rebel leader Abu Omar Saraqeb.
  • The US will pay €1m to the family of Giovanni Lo Porto, a hostage killed in a US air strike on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2015.
  • A watchdog report says that the US invasion and involvement in Afghanistan caused corruption to become “pervasive and entrenched.”
  • Pakistan’s coercive and abusive behavior toward Afghan refugees is forcing them to return home.
  • Police arrested rights activist Khurram Parvez in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as months of violent protests and crackdown continue.
  • The US will lift sanctions on Myanmar, and watchdog organizations are nervous, especially about the derestriction of the jade industry.
  • China and Russia are in the midst of war games in the South China Sea and Japan is promising to increase its activity there.
  • A week-long ceasefire was agreed upon in eastern Ukraine, and is proving unsurprisingly fragile.
  • The IMF finally released the $1 billion dollar loan to Ukraine.
  • The White House is considering legal action against Russian hackers.
  • Long read: How Russia often benefits from Julian Assange’s leaks.
  • A Swedish appeals court has upheld the detention order for Assange.
  • Tanks debuted on the battlefield 100 years ago this week––first put to use by the British in an attack on German positions at Flers-Courcelette during the Somme offensive.
  • Britain’s inquiry into the highly suspicious death of a Russian whistleblower in 2012 is being hamstrung by political calculations.
  • France is set to open the first of 12 de-radicalization centers.
  • Eight refugees are seeking legal redress over their expulsion from Macedonia earlier this year.
  • The US will take in an extra 25,000 refugees in 2017.
  • Long read: A report on war algorithm accountability by Harvard Law School’s Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.
  • Controversy has arisen at UC Berkeley after a class titled “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis,” was suspended after protest from Israel advocates.
  • Edward Snowden and advocacy organizations like the ACLU, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watchhave made a public case for his pardon.
  • At the same time, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence unanimously approved a report saying that Snowden did serious damage to national security and released its executive summary.

    Photo: Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir. An Indian paramilitary fighter walks past graffiti. Dar Yasin/AP.

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