Stories about War & Conflict from June, 2016
Even Assad Supporters Aren't Immune to Syria's Kings of Looting
Talks of “banal death”, “corruption”, “war profiteers” and “price peaks” are no longer confined to private spheres.
A Toxic Mix of Violent Activism and Police Repression Wreaks Havoc in Mexico's Oaxaca
In a complex and confusing confrontation, teachers disturb the peace in Oaxaca and the government reacts violently.
The Uncertain Future of the Syrian Revolution
With its many factions dispersed, the Syrian Revolution is now staggering between an internationally-planned political solution and the long, lost dream of military triumph.
At Least 42 Dead in Istanbul Airport Violence
The government has blamed ISIS for the attack. Homes and hotels in Turkey's largest city have opened their doors to stranded passengers.
A Children's Book Introduces German Kids to the True Story of Syrian Refugees
Germany has received more than 1 million refugees, many of them children from Syria.
Interactive Security Tracker Maps Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa
A new interactive tool that tracks political violence across Sub-Saharan Africa maps deaths by area, trends over time, and the perpetrators involved.
A Syrian Family in the US Creates Art and Music That They Couldn't Back Home
President Obama is falling short on his pledge to accept Syrian refugees. But some Syrians already have visas and are living in the US, not as refugees, but as professors.
An Online Campaign Seeks to Identify the Authors of Anonymous Prison Poetry From the Argentine Dictatorship
"for all the children who await / the sunrise / for all of you we continue to carry on"
Updated and Translated, ‘Hiroshima Archive’ Preserves Eyewitness Testimony of Atomic Attack
"Few survivors remain today and soon there will be none. Who then can speak from personal experiences of the effects of nuclear war upon humanity?"
10 Athletes From Four Countries Will Compete at the Olympics Under One Banner: Refugee
"In the refugee camp, we have no facilities – even shoes we don’t have. There is no gym. Even the weather does not favor training..."
Migrant Women Confront and Resist Sexual Assault on Journey to the United States
Approximately 80% of Central American women who attempt to cross Mexico are raped, according to some reports.
The Layered Graves of Syria's Douma City
Douma graves have taught us that death has its own art forms in this war.
‘Mother, Don’t Cry If They Couldn’t Find My Body’: Remembering the 4,000 Syrian Refugees Who Died En Route to Europe
A humanitarian agency is working to increase global awareness about the refugees from Syria who have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, releasing a film called “The Sea Cemetery.”
Russia-Trained Civil Militias Along Bulgaria's Borders Are ‘Ready for War With Refugees’
The civilian militias hunting refugees along the country's borders are a major manifestation of the rising tide of xenophobia in Bulgaria. Yet the authorities are mostly silent on the issue.
Helping Refugees in Europe Get Connected to the Internet
"Connecting with family is a top priority for newly arrived refugees who want their loved ones to know they are safe."
Israelis React With Outpouring of Support for LGBTQ Community After Orlando Massacre
"It doesn’t matter exactly which religion made him hate us to death...It’s always the fear of those who are different, those who challenge the existing order."
Mexico, on the Mountaintop, or in the Abyss?
Forced disappearances, mass graves, widespread impunity, a devaluing currency, economic crisis. Does anyone still think Mexico is on the right track?
Surrounded by Rubble, This Flower Seller's Dreams Are on Hold in Syria
"I wish that when the war is over I can return to pursue my dreams."
The Thousands of Mexican Women Who Never Made it Home
The most difficult question is knowing when to stop looking: "Until they give me her body to mourn, but I need to know where my daughter is."
Armed Men Reportedly Attack Colombian Opposition Leader, Jeopardizing Fragile Peace Talks
It's not perfectly clear why, but one of Colombia's left-wing leaders was shot out last month. She escaped unharmed, but the same can't be said for the country's peace talks.
No Apologies, But Most Japanese View Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima Positively
Despite some complaints, most Japanese people appear to have reacted favorably to President Obama's May 27 visit to Hiroshima.