· July, 2012

Stories about War & Conflict from July, 2012

Kenya: Call for Unity Amid Terror Attacks

  8 July 2012

Only few days before the opening of Global Voices Summit 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya experienced bloody blasts and kidnapping in Mombasa and in the town of Garissa. On 1 July, 2012 masked attackers killed 17 people and wounded 45 in a gun and grenades attacks on two churches in Garissa.

A Weak African Union for 53 Member States

  6 July 2012

2011 was a tumultuous year for the African continent with revolutions, attempted coups and violent political crises. Unfortunately the union of 53 African states that has as its mission to help strengthen regional peace and development has proved its own shortcomings in dealing with these situations.

Israel: Defense Budget Vs. Social Justice

  6 July 2012

One of the major results of the social justice protests in Israel has been a renewed debate about the budgetary priorities of the state. The social justice movement (also known as #j14) demands a more equal distribution of wealth in Israel, including funneling a greater share of the budget to welfare services, instead of current budgetary priorities- namely, the defense budget.

Philippines: ‘Save Bondoc Peninsula’ Campaign

  6 July 2012

Human rights advocates and various people’s organizations are using the internet to expose massive rights violation in Bondoc Peninsula, Quezon in northern Philippines. The social media campaign aims to pressure the military to pull out its troops in the province.

Koumintang Army in Thailand

  6 July 2012

Ian Manley interviews a veteran of Kuomintang’s 93rd Division which left China in 1950 to settle in Burma and then finally in Thailand. The interview sheds light to the history of China's ‘forgotten army’ which continued to fight in other countries for several decades.

India, Pakistan: Working Towards Thawing the Siachen Conflict?

  5 July 2012

On April 7, 2012, a deadly avalanche hit a Pakistani military camp in the Gayatri Sector, 30km west of the Siachen glacier, killing over 130 people, most of them military personnel. The scale of the tragedy once again brought into focus a long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan over Siachen, often referred to as "the world's highest battlefield".

Southeast Asia: Home to the World's Longest Ongoing Civil Wars

  2 July 2012

Southeast Asia is more than just white sand beaches, temples and resorts: it’s not often mentioned that the region is actually home to the world's longest ongoing civil wars, the most heavily bombed countries in the world, and the world’s longest communist insurgency.