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· December, 2016

Stories about War & Conflict from December, 2016

The Best of Latin American Info-Activism in 2016 (Part 1)

The best of Latin American info-activism did not fit into one post, so this will be the first of two articles discussing initiatives that sparked online fire throughout the region.

There Were Many Bright Spots to Be Found Amid the Doom and Gloom of 2016

Here's a list of 41 Global Voices stories about the strength and creativity of the human spirit, proving that 2016 wasn't an annus horribilis through and through.

‘Painting on Death': One Syrian Artist's Mission Under Siege in Douma

"We will make a Christmas tree from your shells and bombs, and light it for peace in our wounded Ghouta."

‘Learning to Live with the Narco in Mexico’, Stories from Survivors of the War on Organized Crime

"We must urgently portray the faces of those who face fear."

Japanese Prime Minister Observes Pearl Harbor Anniversary

When Prime Minister Abe Shinzo didn't really mention the war when he visited Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of Japan's surprise attack against the United States.

Five Things Tearing Afghanistan Apart and the Local Proverbs That Help Explain Them

"The goat worries about his life, the butcher worries about the fat.”

Syria's War May be the Most Documented Ever—And Yet We Know So Little.

With the end of the devastating siege of eastern Aleppo, the world watches, parses and argues over the meaning of the media messages being shared by those remaining within it.

Saudi Arabia Promises to Stop Using British-Made Cluster Bombs in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has promised to stop using British-made cluster bombs, which are prohibited by the Convention on Cluster Munitions, in its air strikes in Yemen.

Empathy Was All Around in 2016 for the French-Speaking World, Too

It would be a shame to ignore 2016's less publicized, but still important events, so here goes our look back at the good stuff this year in the French-speaking world.

Argentinian Politician Calls for ‘Denouncing an International Genocide’ in Syria

Argentinian politician Juan Carlos Giordano of the 'Socialist Left' party called on the government of Argentina to cut all diplomatic ties with the Assad regime.

What Christ Is Born Among Us Today?

"Yes, we are Christians, but we don’t want a Christ that doesn’t look like us...."

Morbid Propaganda in Macedonia Takes Aim at Western Ambassadors

"The xenophobia has terrible consequences, doesn't it? Therefore, please stop spreading it!"

Russian Ambassador to Turkey's Assassination: A Bullet from Aleppo?

A Russian opposition politician fires a rare volley of dissent regarding his country's involvement in the war in Syria.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 6: Do Not Forget Them

"There are others who haven’t had the chance to bring their stories to an end, but are at this moment still stuck in them. Do not forget them."

Ode to Fallen Dreamers: Syria's Young Revolutionaries

Palestinian revolutionary Budour Hassan remembers the Syrian Revolutionary Youth who chanted for bread, freedom and social justice.

A Ceremony of Reconciliation in Colombia Shows How Peace is Made by People, not Treaties

"We want there to be peace and we're going to construct it. We're betting on the construction of peace. "

Syrian Women Thank Russian Soldiers in New Sexy Calendar Funded by the Kremlin

Thanks to Kremlin grants, there's now a glossy calendar featuring a dozen beautiful Syrian women, posing beside flirty captions that praise Moscow’s armed intervention in the Middle East.

Syrian Media Activist: ‘It Is Terrible and Scary, Aleppo Has Become a Horror City’

Gnaid, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center, and his wife recently welcomed their second child, a baby girl, in the midst of a deadly siege on their city.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 5: This Farce Called a Homeland

"You’re lucky, as some were transferred out today, before we had shifts for standing and sitting....we are managing by squatting and sleeping on each others’ shoulders.”

A Decades-Long ‘Conversation’ Between Yugoslav and Polish Rockers

Rock music available online shows how a peculiar bridge, bringing the people of former Yugoslavia and Poland closer together, developed over the last four decades.

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