2nd December 2016

  • New legislation in Egypt gives security agencies more power and control over the financing and activities of NGOs and rights groups.
  • Mali’s former coup leader, Amadou Haya Sanogo, began his trial for kidnapping and killing members of the presidential guard, later found in a mass grave.
  • Two airports in northern Mali were attacked by militants, but there were no reported victims.
  • Amnesty International says that Nigerian forces areguilty of killing 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters between August 2015 and August 2016.
  • Rwanda is opening a probe into the possible role played by French military officers and other officials in the 1994 genocide.
  • A high-profile advisor to Burundi’s president survived an assassination attempt.
  • The UN arms embargo on South Sudan, held up by the United States for two years, is likely too little, too late.
  • Famine is an increasingly likely consequence of the Boko Haram insurgency, with tens of thousands or more at risk.
  • The Obama administration has expanded the legal scopeof the war on Al Qaeda, as set out in the 2001 authorization for the use of military force, to include Al Shabaab in Somalia.
  • On Thursday, with the government blocking the Internet and international calls, Gambians went to the polls to determine whether or not President Yahya Jammeh will continue his two decade rule.
  • Rapper Killa Ace is watching from afar: his musical criticism of Gambia’s government forced him to flee to Senegal.
  • Human Rights Watch is already warning of the consequences of the election and the infringement of Gambian rights that may follow.
  • Yemeni families are being forced by awful circumstance to choose which children they save.
  • President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was re-elected as head of Fatah, and is proposing a unity government with Hamas.
  • As the battle for Aleppo continues, Syrian forces are detaining hundreds of men and starvation is loomingover rebel-held parts of the city.
  • Human Rights Watch says that Russia-Syria coalition committed war crimes during their bombing campaign in Aleppo this fall.
  • The Syrian government has taken control of the city of Khan al-Shih, just southwest of Damascus.
  • Saudi Arabia’s aviation agency was hit with a cyber attack last month.
  • Sectarianism undergirds suspicions as forces move in on Mosul and the ever-growing casualty count of the offensive is calling some strategy into question.
  • The Islamic State has dispatched 632 vehicular bombs against advancing Iraqi forces.
  • Iraqi parliament gave official status to militias fighting the Islamic State, including the Iranian-backed groups accused of human rights abuses.
  • A new “counterterrorist nerve center” for JSOC, various three-letter agencies, and foreign partners is being planned for some unknown place in the Middle East.
  • The Islamic State’s mass graves are awful, powerful links back to the country’s Ba’athist past.
  • The US is looking to replace Afghanistan’s fleet of aging helicopters of Russian make with new Black Hawks.
  • Over the last 48 hours, the Taliban have killed 23 civilians in Kandahar.
  • A suicide bombing inside a NATO base in Kabul last month that killed four Americans raises questions about the need to improved intelligence sharing and screening processes for workers.
  • In Pakistan, General Qamar Javed Bajwa will be replacing General Raheel Sharif as the country’s army chief.
  • An attack on an Indian Army unit in Nagrota militants in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, by militants disguised as police officers, left seven soldiers dead and tensions with Pakistan ratcheted up yet again.
  • Fake news, or rather, propaganda, is affecting politics around the globe.
  • Three Chinese rights activists have disappeared, presumed detained by the government.
  • The UN Security Council imposed its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea.
  • Australian parliament passed legislation that will allow authorities to keep terrorism convicts in prison after their sentences are complete.
  • Europol accidentally released more than 700 pages of information about 54 terrorism investigations.
  • Europol warns that the Islamic State is likely to target the EU in the near future.
  • Wikileaks released 2,420 German government documents related to surveillance and German intelligence’s cooperation with the NSA.
  • Peace talks over Ukraine ended without an agreement.
  • Two days of Ukrainian missile testing pushed Russia to deploy warships off Crimea.
  • Cypriot leaders agreed to resume reunification talks next month.
  • Colombia’s congress approved the new peace deal with FARC.
  • What is in store for Cubans after the death of Fidel Castro?
  • 2,000 US veterans are prepared to form a human shield around Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.
  • Thirteen women became the first female soldiers to graduate from the Army’s Armor Basic Officer Leader Course.
  • The next Secretary of Defense will be Gen. James Mattis.

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