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Can Turkey be Part of the Solution in Iraq?
Turkey sees high stakes in Baghdad-Erbil reconciliation, but after being part of the problem for so long, it cannot be part of the solution now. Tensions between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) soared after the latter held an independence referendum at t
Warming, water crisis, then unrest: How Iran fits an alarming pattern
UNITED NATIONS - Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran. In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass migration, insurgency or even full-scale war. In the era of climate change, their experiences hold lessons for a great many other countries.
White Men in Bomb Plot Won't Get More Trump Voters on Jury, After Judge Denies Request
A judge on Wednesday said no to three Kansas residents who requested to have Trump voters on their jury as they're tried for attempting to bomb a mosque and a Somali refugee community. Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen were denied their request to include voters from a Trump-voting region
Somalia's al Shabaab denies forcibly recruiting children to fight
MOGADISHU/NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somalia's Islamist militant group al Shabaab on Thursday denied that it was threatening and abducting civilians to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training. Al Shabaab has been fighting for years to topple Somalia's central g
Why the U.S. Considers Parts of Mexico as Dangerous as Syria, Somalia
The U.S. Department of State (DoS) rolled out a level-based warning system and issued "do not travel" advisories to five Mexican states-all for cartel violence. A level down, DoS advised travelers "reconsider" (level 3) Central America's Northern Triangle states, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador
African immigration is America's gain, Africa's loss
Regardless of the exact words that he used, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seatSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrantsGOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's disparaging statement about African immigrants who have come
Somali general shot dead in capital Mogadishu
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A Somali general was shot in the head and killed in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday and a colonel who was his deputy has been arrested for the murder, senior army sources said. The killing of Marine general Saiid Aden Yusuf in what was apparently an internal dispute is a fre
Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death warrants in nearly two decades to create fear among criminals in the East African country, vowing to "hang a few." View all (2) President Yoweri Museveni said he had not ordered executions in 19 years but was changi
US Wary of Islamic Extremism Growth in Africa
With the Islamic State's so-called caliphate almost completely retaken in Iraq and Syria, many American leaders are concerned the group might try to create a new hub elsewhere. Islamic extremism creeps up in impoverished, politically disillusioned populations with masses of young, unemployed Muslim
New Uighur jihadist group emerges in Syria
A child holds the flag of Katibat al Ghuraba. In July 2017, a new jihadist group began advertising its presence in northwestern Syria. The outfit, Katibat al Ghuraba, or Katibat al Ghuraba al Turkistan (KGT), claims to be mainly comprised of ethnic Uighurs, but other ethnicities are represented in i
What the 's**thole' debate gets wrong about Africa
Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Americans from across the political spectrum were quick to respond to President Trump's alleged reference last week to Haiti and nations in Africa as "shithole
Incorporation of Ex-Combatants in Humanitarian Demining: Lessons from Colombia, Somaliland & Southern Somalia
As part of the peace effort between the Colombian government and the FARC, a pilot program was launched in 2015 allowing ex-combatants from the guerrilla to collaborate with Army soldiers in humanitarian demining-an urgent task given the country's estimated 52 million square meters of contaminated l
Fight against acute watery diarrhoea takes to the airwaves
Voice actors gather in a radio studio in Mogadishu to create a public service announcement to help fight outbreaks of diarrhea and cholera. "My wife is the jealous type. Of late, her cooking isn't what it used to be," Ali, one of two male characters, says jokingly to his friend, who is having him ov
Sharp drop in Iraq and Syria terror deaths: study
London (AFP) - Iraq and Syria saw a sharp drop in the number of people killed in terror attacks last year, a report published Thursday by Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre has found. Despite ongoing violence in both countries, there was a fall in the number of deaths in attacks by non-state act
3 Months After The Ambush In Niger, Does Trump Even Have An Africa Strategy?
President Donald Trump faced a massive international backlash after allegedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and several African nations as "shithole countries" in a Jan. 11 Oval Office meeting. But if you look past the cable news hysterics over the commander-in-chief's word choice, the White House
Half of drought-hit Somalia needs aid in 2018: U.N.
NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 6.2 million people in Somalia - half the population - need emergency aid, such as food, water and shelter, due to unprecedented drought and ongoing conflict, the United Nations said on Wednesday, appealing for $1.6 billion. The drought - spanning four co
Somalia: US$1.6 billion urgently needed to save and protect 5.4 million lives from unprecedented drought
Download PDF (50.82 KB) Mogadishu, 17 January 2018 - The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million Somalis, was launched today by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Peter de Clercq. In his remarks, De Clercq said: "Working to
Seven Priorities for the African Union in 2018
In 2018, the African Union (AU) and its new Assembly Chairperson President Paul Kagame of Rwanda have the chance to push ahead with much-needed institutional reforms. But the AU must not lose focus on dire conflicts and defusing potential eOverview 2018 could be a year of dramatic change for the Afr
More airstrikes, less aid not enough to secure Somalia
The end-of-2017 U.S. decision to suspend military aid to the Somali national army until the federal government can demonstrate better accountability and performance of its forces is appropriate. However, as I saw during my December research in Somalia, even combined with the significant increase in
The Southern Poverty Law Center Scam
There are dangerous hate groups in America. So a group called the Southern Poverty Law Center promises to warn us about them. They release an annual list of hate groups in America. The media cover it, but John Stossel says they shouldn't. It's a scam. It lists Ayaan Hirsi Ali-who grew up Muslim in S