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· January, 2015

Stories about War & Conflict from January, 2015

30 January 2015

Kurds of Kobane Declare Victory Over ISIS

After 133 days of bloody war against ISIS, the Revolutionary Kurds of Kobane have finally declared victory.

25 January 2015

Yemen, a Country Without a President and Government

Yemen, often described as a “failed state”, has become a country without a president and a government. Even Yemenis living inside the country are perplexed by the latest dramatic developments.

23 January 2015

Japanese PM's ‘Triple Disaster’ Response to ISIS Ransom Demands

The prime minister dispatched a notably pro-Israel Japanese lawmaker to Jordan to deal with the crisis and delivered his response to ISIS's demands standing in front of an Israeli flag.

Israel's Arab Sector on Strike Over Alleged Police Brutality

The "unintentional" deaths of two men from the Bedouin city of Rahat has brought to the fore tensions over "the conduct of the police in confronting Arab citizens."

20 January 2015

One Month on, Pakistanis Pledge to ‪#‎NeverForget ‪the Horrific Peshawar School Massacre

Campaigners urged overseas Pakistanis to join “not just by sending funds, but by going to Pakistani embassies wherever they live” to send a strong message to the government.

19 January 2015

How Muslim and Christian Women in Nigeria Banded Together to Fight Violent Extremism

Pastor Esther Ibanga and local Muslim religious leader Khadija Hawaja founded Women Without Walls a few years ago in a bid to return safety and security to their communities.

16 January 2015

Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?

Advox

European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.

Why Hasn't the Baga Massacre Made as Many Headlines as the Charlie Hebdo Attack?

The Bridge

Is it because of Western media's skewed news priorities? The Nigerian government's own tight-lipped response? Local Nigerian media's ineptitude? The answer is all three, argues Nwachukwu Egbunike.

15 January 2015

Outspoken ‘Israeli Zionist Arab Muslim’ Teen Emerges from Hiding in the US

"I had to leave Israel...for trying to show the world the real face of regular Arabs and Muslims who're simply sick of their leaders' corruption and unlimited hate..."

14 January 2015

Saudi Arabia to Erect a 600 Mile “Great Wall” to Fend off ISIS

Last week, two Saudi guards and a general were killed when ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Suweif border post, 80km from Al Nukhayb, Iraq.

Is Syria Ready for TEDx Damascus With Its Free Thinkers Dead, in Jail or Exile?

Innovation can hardly flourish while innovators like Bassel Safadi remained imprisoned, and when the majority of Syrian free thinkers have been killed, detained or forced to leave the country.

The French Media’s ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Narrative Isn’t for Everyone in France

One schoolteacher pushes back against the French mainstream media's coverage of minority attitudes about the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo.

Nigerians Blast Government's Response (or Lack Thereof) to Boko Haram's Baga Massacre

Those politicians who have responded to the massacre are busy quibbling over the death toll, which ranges from 150 to 2,000 people. Netizens are furious.

13 January 2015

ISIS Claim Their Kazakh Children Are Murdering Russian Spies [UPDATED]

Radical group ISIS released footage today of what it says is a Kazakh child assassinating two agents of Russia's Federal Security Service. Should we believe it?

Pro-Russian Forces in Eastern Ukraine Apparently Fire on Another Civilian Vessel by Accident

RuNet Echo

This is not the first time separatists have boasted of an attack online, quickly followed by an assertion that the attack was actually carried out by the Ukrainians.

What Do Twitter Users in Ukraine and Russia Say About Their Presidents? An Introduction

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo collaborates with MITH to investigate how Russian and Ukrainian Twitter users talk about their presidents—Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko.

Twitter Mocks Anti-Muslim Comments with #FoxNewsFacts after ‘Expert’ Says Birmingham, England is ‘Totally Muslim’

Twitter users quickly got into the game, trending #FoxNewsFacts globally. Social search engine Topsy reports that the tag has been tweeted more than 400,000 times this week.

9 January 2015

Panamá Calls for Reconciliation, 25 Years After US Invasion

The US invasion of Panama in 1989 left an irrevocable mark on the psyche of the Panamanian people and now the government is calling for reconciliation.

How #EuroMaidan and War with Russia Have Changed Ukraine's Internet

Global Voices takes a look at how #EuroMaidan and Russia's interventions in Crimea and the Donbas have changed Internet use in Ukraine.

Russia Investigates VKontakte User for Posting Ukraine-Related Content

RuNet Echo

Russian authorities are investigating a Yekaterinburg woman on charges of "inciting hatred and violence" for posting links to content about Ukrainian Euromaidan protests on the social network VKontakte.