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· August, 2017

Stories about War & Conflict from August, 2017

31 August 2017

Okinawans Protesting US Military Base Asked If They ‘Understand Japanese’

"Okinawa has historically been discriminated against because of its dialect and has suffered under American occupation. It's hard to forgive such language."

29 August 2017

Thousands of Rohingyas Fleeing Violence Are Stranded on the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border

"Desperate scenes at Bangladesh's border as Border Guard try to prevent entry to fleeing #Rohingya"

Murdered Mexican Journalist Cándido Ríos: ‘Our Weapons Do Not Shoot Bullets. Our Weapons Shoot Truth’

Advox

"His tireless efforts to denounce injustice brought him popularity among readers, but also enemies like the former mayor of Ríos' hometown Hueyapan, who threatened him with death several times."

27 August 2017

Trump's Strategy for Afghanistan: New Hopes and Old Fears

"Finally, President Trump made it clear and said what Afghans were saying in last 15 years: Pakistan hosts terrorists."

25 August 2017

Venezuelan Government Wants to Regulate Hatred on Social Media

Advox

Today, with an all-powerful ANC composed solely of representatives from the governing party, it seems unlikely that anything will be able to stop the law from being approved.

Residents of Ethiopia's Oromia Region Strike to Demand Release of Political Prisoners

Normally crowded streets and shops were empty as Oromos stayed home from work.

24 August 2017

A Look at Some of Syria's Destroyed Heritage

"This is like blowing up the Taj Mahal or destroying the Acropolis in Athens. This is a disaster."

22 August 2017

Is Rio de Janeiro at War? Its Residents Debate

A newspaper decided to create 'war pages' to cover Rio's rising violence numbers and cases. The decision raised questions if it does any good for Rio itself.

Serbia and Macedonia at War? The Headlines Say So, But Citizens Disagree

While Serbian politicians and pro-government media step up war-mongering rhetoric against Macedonia, the common citizens on both sides of the border refuse to get drawn into the fray.

19 August 2017

Afghan Asylum Seekers’ Anti-Deportation Protest in Stockholm Marks Two Weeks

"Stop deporting minors. Or even better, stop all deportation of refugees."

18 August 2017

Seventy-Two Years Later, Japan Remembers the End of a Devastating War

Prime Minister Abe's remarks on the anniversary of the end of World War II did not express Japan's guilt. The emperor's remarks expressed feelings of "deep remorse".

History Repeats Itself, Violently, in Burkina Faso

"Every time, they come to kill our brothers. Those are two restaurants beloved of Burkinabe that have been targeted."

13 August 2017

On Anniversary of Nagasaki Bombing, Japanese Government Criticized For Refusing to Sign Ban on Nuclear Weapons

“Whose country are you leader of anyway?” — a representative of survivors of the 1945 bombing lashes out at Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

10 August 2017

Paddling Against Pollution: One Man’s Mission to Protect Iraq’s Rivers for Future Generations

For the past seven years, Nabil Musa has been traveling around Iraq on a one-man mission to promote the importance of clean waterways for current and future generations.

8 August 2017

Afghanistan's Government Stood by as Militants Unleashed Hell on a Hazara Village

The capture of Mirzaolang by Taliban-led militants is the latest shocking brutality inflicted on the long-suffering ethnic group.

7 August 2017

Syrian Town of Arbin Picks Up the Pieces After Deadly Airstrike During Truce

"This act is in violation of international norms and laws, a breach of the ceasefire agreement."

6 August 2017

Japanese Politician Pressures School Principal About the Use of History Textbook that Explains the ‘Comfort Women’ Issue

‘Why was this textbook selected?’ trended on Twitter after a Japanese politician questioned the selection of a school textbook referencing the ‘comfort women’ issue.

5 August 2017

‘Arepa, the Taco Is With You’ — The Hashtag of Solidarity From Mexico to Venezuela

With a big wave of tweets, hundreds of Mexicans sent messages of solidarity and good wishes to the Venezuelans struggling in the country's current crisis.

In Venezuela, Theater is also Part of the Resistance

"Theater is the way you can take everything that is happening, filter it, see it from another point of view. It connects you with something emotionally, asks you questions."

4 August 2017

Even the Best Dancer Leaves the Dance Floor: African Strongmen and Political Transition

The Bridge

"The fear of challenging leaders who cling to power is, for some Africans, rooted in anxiety about alternatives—alternatives which remain unknown because they are never allowed to emerge and develop."