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New Hope for Mindanao: The Bangsamoro Basic Law

Mindanao, the second largest and southernmost island of the Philippines is one of the most diverse sites of the country. It is rich in natural resources, offers an interesting flora and fauna and is home to 18 different tribes, a unique cultural heritage. However, despite its beauty tourists are advised against visiting Mindanao. Kidnappings or even killings of inter...

Written by M. Gahl and published on 18-May-2015

Secret Palestinian Refugee Camp Quietly Suffering in Syria

Yarmouk camp, a two square-kilometer unofficial Palestinian refugee camp in the suburban area of the Syrian capital Damascus, had been already brought to international attention in 2014, when a photo of hundreds of people queuing up for food in the besieged area was released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA.) On April 1st 2015,...

Written by Irene C and published on 17-May-2015

Could a Ceasefire in Aleppo Bring Peace to Syria?

As the 4th anniversary of the Syrian war takes place, a ceasefire negotiation in Aleppo proposed by the special UN envoy for Syria, Staffan De Mistura, who was appointed in July 2014, seems to have stumbled due to its rejection by parts of the Syrian opposition. The proposed ceasefire in the area of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is the masterpie...

Written by Irene C and published on 16-March-2015

Humanity Must not Forget - Revisiting the Baga Massacre

Sometimes, it is inevitable that writing should come from a place of anger and despair. This piece of writing has been inspired by such feelings. From 3rd to 7th January 2015, scores of people were killed and others displaced in what Amnesty International describes as Boko Haram’s “deadliest massacre to date”. The militants destroyed...

Written by N. Wayua and published on 03-February-2015

A Walk Through Shatila Camp

Since arriving in Iraq, I have struggled with new feelings. Longing for the winding, dusty roads of Palestine, I have largely been in mourning for a place I didn’t know I had become so connected to. I feel the rumble of the Israeli jets in my veins, the panic of gunshots still lives under my skin and my stomach still feels the stress of sound bombs. I’m not sure how to match these feelings with my new environment. New friends here have become my lifeboats in a sea of monotony - lesson pl...

Written by H. Miller and published on 02-February-2015

Humanitarian Aid as Conflict Commodity; How Food can Fuel Fighting

It is one of the most prominent principles prevailing in the humanitarian sector since its foundation in the second half of the 19th century: the moral obligation to help those in need. Throughout history, this ambition of doing good has served as a justification for intervening in armed conflicts worldwide, whether to treat the wounded or feed the hungry. Apparently, if your mission is to save lives, no questions are asked as to what impact you really have on the ground. However, there are ...

Written by A. Hooijer and published on 26-January-2015

Latest attack in Chechnya gives Russian authorities a new headache

On 4th December 2014, the eyes of the world turned yet again to Chechnya, the restless region in the Caucasus that fought two bloody wars against the Russian armed forces in a bid to secure its independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In the early hours of the morning, suspected insurgents entered Grozny, the heavily guarded capital of the Chechen Republic, and killed 3 traffic police officers befo...

Written by P. Cummins Tripodi and published on 17-January-2015

The West's Big Problem: Why Does Joining ISIS Appeal To 2,000 Of Its Citizens?

With the continuous growth in ISIS’s strength, there has been a strong focus on the fighters themselves in the media. It is estimated that about 16,000 fighters from over 80 countries have travelled to fight in Syria. Two thousand of these fighters come from Western countries, with at least 500 of them coming from the United Kingdom, 700 from Franc...

Written by M.L. Schwarzenberg and published on 16-December-2014

The Toppled Terrorist; the Death of Ahmed Abdi Godane and Its Impact on Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda Network, and Beyond.

On September 1st, a United States airstrike near Barawe, in south-central Somalia, ended the life of Ahmed Abdi aw-Muhammad “Godane” (also known as Mukhtar Abu Zubair), the 6-year leader, or emir, of the Somali Islamist militant group Harakat Al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (HSM, also popularly known as Al-Shabaab). The United States Pentagon was quick to call the kill a “major symbolic and operational loss” to the militant group. Amidst frightening reports of the rise of Islamic State (IS, ...

Written by Suzanne Van Hooff and published on 24-November-2014

Escalating Religious Conflicts in Africa

Although religious based conflicts are often associated with the Middle East, they also occur in Africa. Such conflicts are more common in northern parts of Africa in countries such as Libya, Sudan and Egypt. It is noteworthy that though Sub-Saharan Africa faces a number of conflicts, for a long time such conflicts have had little to do with religion. Recent news of violence in Central African Republic (CAR), bombings and attacks in Kenya as well as the Boko Haram situation in Nigeria reveal...

Written by Victor Oteku and published on 14-October-2014

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