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Syria: Return of the red line

Syria: Return of the red line

April 26, 2017 0

As Syria’s warring parties take stock of US President Donald Trump’s cruise missile strike and of his warnings against the use of chemical weapons, the dominant theme seems to be one of confusion.

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Threatened attack on Yemen port will trigger catastrophe, aid groups warn

Threatened attack on Yemen port will trigger catastrophe, aid groups warn

April 25, 2017 0

Aid groups in Yemen are warning that an impending assault by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition on the rebel-held western port of Hodeida could tip the country into famine.   “It would be catastrophic,

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Captive IS fighters face extrajudicial killings on fringes of Mosul conflict

Captive IS fighters face extrajudicial killings on fringes of Mosul conflict

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 25, 2017 0

On the main road into east Mosul, a rotting skeleton swings from a post outside a row of bullet-riddled shops. What was once a brain lolls horribly from an eye socket in front

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Decree 66: The blueprint for al-Assad’s reconstruction of Syria?

Decree 66: The blueprint for al-Assad’s reconstruction of Syria?

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 20, 2017 0

With violence in Syria ongoing and even hitting new lows , talk of rebuilding the devastated country might seem premature. But work is already under way, at least in one corner of southwestern

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Techno-utopian solutions to Syria’s refugee crisis fall short

Techno-utopian solutions to Syria’s refugee crisis fall short

dan.rafter@hrc.org April 11, 2017 0

In a dull, pre-fabricated caravan in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, a group of Syrian children marvel at brand-new laptops and tablets, tapping out words. In another corner, a clutch of youngsters, many in

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We are not the world: Inside the “perfect storm” of famine

We are not the world: Inside the “perfect storm” of famine

carolyn.simon@hrc.org March 29, 2017 0

Like the four countries facing extreme hunger crises today, the famine that gripped Ethiopia from 1983 to 1985 struggled for attention until it was far too late. There was conflict.

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Why there’s no need to panic on UN peacekeeping cuts

Why there’s no need to panic on UN peacekeeping cuts

carolyn.simon@hrc.org March 24, 2017 0

Fears are growing that the UN will be forced to drastically cut peacekeeping missions at President Donald Trump’s behest. Fortunately, it's a lot more complicated than that. First, Trump has to get his proposed budget

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Jordan looks to turn refugee crisis into economic boon

Jordan looks to turn refugee crisis into economic boon

dan.rafter@hrc.org March 21, 2017 0

Last February, Jordan and the international community agreed on a radically new approach to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Libyan oil wars and the battle for Tripoli

Libyan oil wars and the battle for Tripoli

March 15, 2017 0

It’s flying under the radar, but the Libyan capital is shuddering through its worst violence since fighting first broke out mid-2014, while oil wars rage out east amidst signs of increased Russian involvement.

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Barefoot flight from Mosul: The long road to safety

Barefoot flight from Mosul: The long road to safety

March 9, 2017 0

A thin, dark column of figures winds across the barren hills on the outskirts of west Mosul, through clouds of dust thrown up by mortars falling around them. With wide, fearful eyes in

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