Senegalese troops entered Gambia yesterday in a bid to force President Yahyah Jammeh to relinquish his rule to the democratically-elected Adama Barrow. Jammeh has been given until midday today (Friday) to cede power.
The Ivory Coast’s military mutiny is cause for worry in an otherwise bright post-conflict narrative.
In Somalia, Al-Shabaab is making extensive use of child soldiers. The verifying the recruitment of more than 6,000 children between 2010 and 2016 and estimating that half of the group’s forces were child recruits.
Analysis: the consequences of Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders.
Among his hundreds of acts of clemency as he left office, President Obama commuted the bulk of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence. She will be released in May. For those who might criticize the choice, here’s an essayfrom Lawfare in September arguing the case for her commutation. Also important to note that her pre-trial imprisonment was investigated by the UN and deemed “cruel, inhuman, and degrading” and she has since faced inter-related struggles with gender dysphoria, suicide, and solitary confinement.
Obama also commuted the remaining 35 years of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera’s 55 year sentence for “seditious conspiracy.”