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Stories about War & Conflict

12 January 2020

Zanzibar mourns the death of Omani sultan who strengthened historical ties with East Africa

Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman was known to many as a "quiet diplomat" who modernized Oman and restored and strengthened historical ties with Zanzibar and East Africa.

11 January 2020

Why is Donald Trump so popular in Nigeria?

Ratings for US President Donald Trump’s handling of world affairs are largely negative around the world. But not in Nigeria.

10 January 2020

Will 2020 be the year of the Nigerian girl and woman? 

The year 2019 saw major movements to advance the rights of girls and women in Nigeria. Will 2020 continue this momentum? 

9 January 2020

Is Taiwan an unrecognized country?

"While today the international community is happy to maintain the current status-quo when dealing separately with Taiwan and China, certain political forces in both places are advocating for a change." 

6 January 2020

Chinese propaganda slogan ‘unifying Taiwan by force’ is losing its threatening edge

Ahead of Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, mainland Chinese propaganda has started to downplay the “unifying Taiwan by force” narrative.

28 December 2019

Death toll reaches 27 in India's citizenship protests

Mass demonstrations have engulfed both large and small cities nationwide.

25 December 2019

Rash of abductions and arrests signals ‘dramatic slide’ in human rights in Tanzania

In recent years, an uptick in abductions, arrests, detentions and trumped-up charges of economic crimes for activists and journalists have amounted to a disturbing trend toward silencing dissent in Tanzania.

24 December 2019

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

16 December 2019

Internet blocked as protests intensify in northeast India against the Citizenship Amendment Act

Advox

"India leads the world in internet blackouts. We all know what fascist governments do in the dark. Don’t be a bystander; speak now & speak loudly."

13 December 2019

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’

"...No one put pressure on President Jammeh to stop his atrocities. ... We don't want others to feel our pain or our fate," said The Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

A new Pacific nation? Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

"I lost 2 brothers during the crisis, and like countless others, reflect on the legacy of the conflict everyday. May we have a lasting peace."

12 December 2019

Ethiopia: Stop hate speech, not free speech

Advox

Ethiopia's new hate speech bill aims to "tackle the erosion of the nation’s social cohesion, political stability and national unity." But digital rights advocates say it threatens democracy.

4 December 2019

Tears with truth: The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission

President Barrow’s triumph at the polls set the stage for "righting the wrongs" of the past. For Gambians, this interim leadership provided a reset button for transitional justice, following years of brutality.

2 December 2019

Greta Thunberg impersonators attempted to dupe Macedonian PM with fake phone call

The government called the incident a "hybrid attack."

‘They call for my slaughter': Somali atheists living in fear

The Somali atheist community spans the globe, while many others remain “in the closet,” hiding their beliefs for fear of repercussions. An estimated 1.2 million seek solace online, using pseudonyms.

25 November 2019

Japanese arms fair generates protest, puzzlement

While arms fairs have been regularly held in Japan in the past, this is the first such event organized in collaboration between government and industry.

22 November 2019

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

Advox

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

12 November 2019

US withdrawal from Syria tests Russian soldiers’ social media use

RuNet Echo

New footage from Syria shows that despite new information security measures, the Russian military is willing to weaponise its soldiers' social media posts when it is timely to do so.

8 November 2019

In Afghanistan, childhoods are lost to war

“The opportunity for their talents to flourish is taken away from them. The war prevents them to develop their potential. Future scientists have no chance to emerge.”

In Pakistan, the Azadi March demands an end to Prime Minister Khan's administration

Large crowds, internet shutdowns, support from opposition parties, hatred against Qadianis, waving of Taliban flags, women discouraged to take part are some hallmarks of the ongoing Azadi march/dharna in Islamabad.