Stories about War & Conflict from August, 2007
All out war in southern Philippines
War is raging in the island of Basilan, located in the southernmost part of the Philippines. An all-out war was recently declared by the government against the Abu Sayyaf bandit group accused of beheading 14 Marines last month. The military offensives have displaced thousands of families and imperiled the peace negotiations between the government and other Muslim rebel forces.
Iran:Study says US preparing military attack
Iranian Truth writes that here’s a little story in the news that hasn’t been receiving much press circulation but is definitely of concern:According to SOAS,The United States has the capacity for and may be prepared to launch without warning a massive assault on Iranian uranium enrichment facilities, as well as...
Abu Aardvark (Marc Lynch) updates us on the latest news about the insurgency in Iraq.
Afghanistan: Errors of Judgment
In his first roundup for Global Voices, Joshua Foust takes a tour of mostly Western experts on Afghanistan to see where and how things are changing. This week, he focuses on the newly unveiled American opium eradication campaign.
Israel: Arab and Jewish Refugees
Aussie Dave from Israel discusses the difference between Jewish and Arab refugees in this post.
Georgia: UFO in Abkhazia
At Steady State, rindi is amused about conflicting reports of a mysterious object falling from the sky in the breakaway province of Abkhazia. Was it a Russian or a Georgian airplane? Or a US spy drone? Or even a “cosmic object”?
Afghanistan: Hostage deal
Although 11 hostages still remain in the hands of their kidnappers, Carl Robichaud speculates why the Taliban agreed to release the Korean missionary workers who have been held hostage for over a month.
Afghanistan: Uruzgan update
Péter Marton, writing on his My State Failure Blog, has the latest updates from the unruly Afghan province Uruzgan.
Brazil: Gunshots along the border
Altino Machado reports a radio call [PT] from José Meirelles, who coordinates an Etno-Environmental Protection Front at the Brazil-Peru border on Acre state, deep in the Amazon Forest. He tells about gunshots that fortunately missed 2 workers on a canoe yesterday, in an event that can be linked with the...
Afghanistan: Releasing the hostages
Although the Korean hostages are likely to come free after more than a month in custody in Afghanistan, OneFreeKorea is unhappy with the deal struck with the Taliban. In the blogger's opinion, this will “stamp “kidnap me” in fluorescent letters in every Republic of Korea passport”.
Sri Lanka: No return to my village
A poignant testimonial at groundviews of a family who were bombed out of their village, and lost a family member to a mine, and whose village was occupied by the Sri Lankan Army.
Afghanistan: No Chechens
Afghanistanica disarms the widely held belief that there are Chechen Jihadis on the ground in Afghanistan.
Iraq: Fishing and Bombs
Iraqi blogger Sunshine finally managed to go on a fishing trip she has been hoping for for so long. Don't miss the photographs accompanying the post.
Balkan Anarchist writes about his familial ties to and the recent history of Gračac, “a town and municipality located in the south of Lika,” which, before the war, had “a Serbian ethnic majority, the majority of which does not live there anymore.”
Russia: Panyushkin's Detention
Robert Amsterdam writes about a recent detention of journalist Valery Panyushkin under Russia's extremism law.
Albania: Selling Arms to Armenia
Albania is selling arms to Armenia – and more links to media coverage of Albania – at Our Man in Tirana.
Alireza Shirazi says[Fa] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won presidential election thanks to his economic promises but in the last two years, inflation and economic crisis have made life very difficult for many Iranians.The blogger says people are more afraid of economic problems than miltary threats [by USA].
India: Blasts in Hyderabad
The bomb blasts in Hyderabad provoke Thought Process to write about the city and the tragedy.
Japan: Peace Child 2007
Hasan at hasanhujairi[dot]com has posted an outline of his experience at the 10-day Peace Child program at a farm in Chiba, two hours from Tokyo, discussing issues such as war and peace, pollution and the environment. Hasan transcribes and reflects on a speech by a survivor of the atom bombing...
Robert Greenwald's short film, “FOX Attacks: Iran“, outlines “the evidence from the station's own broadcasts, comparing their reporting before the Iraq war with what they are saying now about Iran.”
Ukraine: Another Poisoning?
Foreign Notes writes about an alleged poisoning of the author of “the only book written to date describing the turf wars that took place in the early and mid '90's in Donetsk and their alleged participants.”