3rd March 2017

  • Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was acquittedby Egypt’s top appeals court in the deaths of protesters in 2011.
  • Three extremist groups in Mali merged and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda.
  • Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is waging war on an independent media, using an intimidation and disinformation campaign to protect himself and stoke ethnic tensions.
  • Nigerians report massacres carried out, not by Boko Haram, but by the military they believed was there to help them.
  • Gambians seek justice for those disappeared under Jammeh’s rule.
  • Politicized humanitarian aid exacerbates and fuels South Sudan’s conflict.
  • Is Somalia ready for the withdrawal of AMISOM?
  • China and the US become wary neighbors in east Africa.
  • Opposition journalists, activists, and members of parliament have been swept up in a wave of arrests in Turkey preceding a referendum that would grant President Erdoğan wide-ranging power.
  • Israel has been detaining Palestinians under a 2002 law that strips them of due process rights.
  • Upcoming Palestinian municipal elections will be held in the occupied West Bank, but not in Gaza, where Hamas reportedly refuses to hold elections.
  • A snapshot of life in rural, famine-burdened Yemen.
  • Pro-government Syrian forces recaptured Palmyra from the Islamic State.
  • Rival groups race for control of Raqqa.
  • Russia bombed US-backed Syrian fighters, apparently by mistake.
  • The Syrian state’s victims and their families are pursuing justice through European courts.
  • A UN report states that the Assad government carried outa number of war crimes in Aleppo in 2016, including chlorine attacks.
  • The Islamic State used a massive sinkhole outside of Mosul as a site of executions and body dumps; thousands of bodies are believed to be there, though the group has filled it in and booby-trapped it.
  • Rival Kurdish group’s clash in Iraq’s Sinjar region.
  • In the final weeks of Obama’s presidency, negotiations took place with Iran for the release of two American prisoners, collapsing days before Trump’s inauguration.
  • An uptick in terrorism in Pakistan is straining its relationship with Afghanistan.
  • Pakistan’s cabinet approved a planned reform package for the tribal areas, including the extension of basic constitutional rights and the ability to vote to those citizens.
  • Philippines police falsify evidence in order justify unlawful killings in the country’s ongoing drug war.
  • A Russian activist recounts his experiences of torture after being imprisoned under the country’s new anti-protest laws.
  • In Syria and Ukraine, Russia positions itself as a solution to problems it created.
  • Blockaders in Ukraine aim to cut off rail traffic from the east.
  • Amid worries about Russian aggression, Sweden reintroduces military conscription.
  • New guidance from the British Home Office callously says that gay Afghan asylum seekers can be deportedback home, where homosexuality is illegal, and pretend to be straight.
  • German firms turn to the US and UK when laws in Germany block them from exporting weapons to conflict-affected countries.
  • Leaked court documents show evidence that the 2016 assassination of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres was an extrajudicial killing carried out by military intelligence specialists linked to the country’s US–trained special forces.
  • Trump’s latest moves to publish lists of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants is drawing comparison to Hitler’s lists of crimes committed by Jews.
  • “Money will not fix what ails our military. We don’t have a supply problem, we have a demand problem created by poor strategy.”
  • In the last days of the Obama administration, officials rushed to preserve evidence of Russian hacking and Trump campaign links to Russia.
  • Two years ago, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the new national security advisor, was investigated by the Army and admonished for allowing two lieutenants to attend Ranger School even though they were under criminal investigation for sexual assault.

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