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· February, 2015

Stories about War & Conflict from February, 2015

Libyan Kids Have Been Out of School for Months, so One Woman Is Bringing the Classroom to Them

Haifa El-Zahawi, a Libyan who lives in New York, has given kids in her home country access to education for the first time in months thanks to a Skype connection.

Anonymous Twitter Account Blows the Whistle on Wounded from Ukraine in Russian Military Hospital

An anonymous account on Twitter claiming to be a Russian soldier at a military hospital in Russia is providing undercover reports on the wounded brought from the frontlines in Ukraine.

Banksy Visits Gaza, Calls on World to Act

Famous British street artist Banksy went undercover in Gaza and released a series of thought-provoking graffiti as well as a mini documentary, calling on the world to act.

ISIS Destroys 3,000-Year-Old Sculptures at a Museum in Mosul, Iraq

Armed with sledgehammers, drills and pickaxes, militants belonging to the ISIS are videotaped destroying 3,000-year-old ancient artefacts in a museum in Mosul, in Northern Iraq.

Lawrence Maxwell, the Chilean Man Who Came Face to Face With Mexican Police Brutality

Lawrence Maxwell was in downtown Mexico City to take part in a peaceful demonstration in support of the missing Ayotzinapa students when he was arrested and threatened by Mexican police.

ISIS Burns Mosul Library in Iraq, Destroys Thousands of Valuable Manuscripts and Books

While reports on the attack on Mosul Library have just made the headlines, UNESCO says attacks on libraries, museums and universities have been going on for several months.

Remembering Ukraine's ‘Heavenly Hundred’

"It's dangerous and frightening, and today one must be [in the east], like one had to be in Kyiv a year ago. Maidan has moved. It's now at the frontline."

The ‘Spy Cables’ Reveal Inconvenient Truths about Israel's Mossad

Al Jazeera and The Guardian newspaper have released leaks from spy agencies across the world. Here are the first few stories pertaining to Israel's Mossad.

‘Ministry of Truth’ Recruits Ukrainians for ‘Internet Army’

Ukrainian Ministry of Information Policy has launched a website to recruit Ukrainian social media users for a government-run "Internet Army."

Cameroon Bloggers Rally Behind #StopBokoHaram Campaign

"My words, my pen, and the ease with which I express my feelings, choices and ideas in my writings, are my weapons."

Read First-Hand Accounts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Translated to English

August 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

A Love Letter to Jailed Syrian-Palestinian Bassel Khartabil

As the ongoing strife in Syria fades from international headlines, Leila Nachawati writes an appeal inspired by a love letter to jailed blogger Bassel Safadi written on Valentine's Day.

How Children in Egypt Are Playing Out ISIS Execution Videos

Should children watch ISIS crimes shared on video? This question was raised after children from Egypt's El Mahalla El Kubra have been video-taped "slaughtering" other children ISIS-style.

Lebanon's Storms Add Insult to Injury for Syrian Refugees

Lebanon's latest storm highlights plight of Syrian refugees living in poor conditions.

Japan Seizes Syria-Bound Photographer's Passport Amid ISIS Fears

This follows the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals by ISIS in January. There is now a vague sense in Japan that some places that are not acceptable for travel.

The Russian Military Commander Allegedly Leading Ukraine's Separatists

OSCE photos on Twitter indicate Lentsov was about 35 miles from Debaltseve on February 16, where he met with separatists in an official capacity as head of the Russian Representation.

Cyber Sex Did Not End Well For These Syrians Fighting Assad's Regime

Cyber sex is changing the war grounds in Syria as a Fireeye report reveals. Hackers have stolen 7.7 GB of opposition data via malware installed during chats on Skype.

35 Years Later, Óscar Romero’s Martyrdom Is Recognized

The Vatican has formally canonized Salvadoran priest Monsignor Romero, who was murdered in 1980 for speaking out against the police.

Trolling Russia's Hearts and Minds

Last week, users of the image-board 2ch.hk launched a campaign to test Russians’ gullibility, when it comes to information about the Donbas separatists’ “fallen heroes.”

The African Union is Failing South Sudan

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