24th February 2017

  • Russia signals increased involvement in Libya by inkingan oil deal.
  • The UN has said that Seif Qaddafi should be turned over to the ICC, but who will?
  • Tunisia struggles to deal with returning militants.
  • The US Export-Import Bank has provided $315m in taxpayer-supported financing to a New Jersey company to pursue deals with African mines using slave labor and accused of human rights violations and environmental damage.
  • A car bomb in Mogadishu over the weekend killed 39 and wounded dozens.
  • After first calling it a fake, the Democratic Republic of Congo is now investigating a video that has surfaced showing soldiers massacring civilians.
  • A judge blocked South Africa’s attempt to leave the ICC.
  • Famine looms over half a million Nigerian children.
  • Why 20 million people are on the brink of famine in a world of plenty.
  • In Nigeria’s camps, women who have fled the dangers of Boko Haram now face dangers from the men inside.
  • Israel refuses to issue visas to Human Rights Watch staff, calling the organization “hostile.”
  • A journey through Assad’s Syria.
  • The Syrian city of Al-Bab fell to rebel forces. Following the retaking of the city from the Islamic State, the group killed 42 people in a car bomb attack in Sousian village, north of al-Bab.
  • An investigation commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières shows that Russian as well as Syrian forces were responsible for a February 2016 hospital bombing in northern Syria that killed 25 people.
  • Some background on the latest Syrian peace talks.
  • As Iraq’s offensive for the western half of Mosul begins, videos emerge of men in Iraqi security forces uniforms brutally beating and murdering people inside the city.
  • The US adjusts its rules of engagement for the Mosul fight.
  • Iraqi troops liberated Mosul’s airport and retook Ghazlani army base.
  • The battle for Mosul in maps.
  • The Islamic State is having financial difficulties.
  • In an unusual step, the Iraq Museum of Baghdad is granting permission for 40 artifacts––some of them only recently repatriated after the museum’s 2003 looting––to leave the country and be displayed at the Venice Biennale.
  • A Benedictine monk works to save Christian and Islamic manuscripts under threat from the Islamic State.
  • How you can help refugees around the world.
  • Jamal al-Harith, who spent two years in Guantánamo between 2002 and 2004, became a suicide bomber for the Islamic State.
  • In Bahrain, a constitution amendment making its way through the legislature would enable military courts to try civilians.
  • Three Indian soldiers and a civilian were killed in a gun battle with militants in Kashmir.
  • The global arms trade is at its highest volume since the end of the cold war.
  • The humanitarian situation worsens in Myanmar despite hopes for Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Malaysian police say that Kim Jong-nam, estranged half-brother of the North Korean leader, was killed by a nerve agent.
  • The Muslim member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency has asked the International Court of Justice to reopen a 2007 case in which the court found there was not enough evidence to find Serbia responsible for genocide.
  • Everyone seems to have a peace plan for Ukraine. A reported plan presented to Trump included a provision that Ukraine conduct a referendum on whether Crimea would be leased to Russia for 50 or 100 years.
  • The Kremlin’s fake fake news debunker.
  • The White House reportedly asked the FBI to publicly deny links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
  • Retired Adm. William McRaven, former JSOC commander, called Trump’s anti-press statements “the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”

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