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Detained Pakistani Journalist Wazir Released

May 31, 2019           |                                       

Pakistani journalist Gohar Wazir has been released from custody and returned home on May 31. Wazir told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that he was detained by security personnel in plainclothes on May 27 in the town of Bannu after reporting on a protest by a group campaigning against perceived brutality by security forces against ethnic Pashtuns. […]

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Saudi King Opens Summit With Attack On Iran, Call For Unity

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened an emergency summit of Arab leaders in Mecca with a call for the international community to use “all means to stop the Iranian regime from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.” The king, in his May 30 speech, accused Iran of “harboring global and regional terrorist entities and […]

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Pakistan Sentences Three On Spying Charges

May 30, 2019           |                                       

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has approved death sentences for a retired brigadier and a civilian after they were court-martialed on charges of espionage. A military statement said on May 30 that Bajwa also approved 14 years of “rigorous imprisonment” for a retired lieutenant general on the same charge. The three were […]

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JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Thursday urged Muslim nations to confront with “all means of force and firmness” recent attacks in the Persian Gulf that U.S. and some Arab officials have blamed on Iran. Ibrahim al-Assaf made the comments at a preparatory meeting of foreign ministers of the 57-nation Organization of […]

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Migrants, women and LGBTIQ people have not been the sole targets of Italy’s far-right. Salvini, it seems, will crack down on any dissent. A few weeks ago, a teacher from Palermo, Sicily, was suspended for allowing her students to compare Salvini’s security and migration decree to Mussolini’s racist laws in a video they made for […]

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Blast Near Afghan Military Training Center Kills At Least Six

May 30, 2019           |                                       

A suicide bombing at the entrance to a military training center in Kabul has killed at least six people and wounded six, police and security officials say. The attacker detonated his explosives on May 30 outside the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, to the west of the Afghan capital, police said. The explosion occurred as […]

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Sri Lankan Government Responds to Attacks With Surveillance, Curfew

April 22, 2019           |                                       

What Happens If Trump Breaks All the Laws? Zionism Violates the Principles at the Heart of Judaism Pete Buttigieg Trivializes the Impact of Trade on US Job Losses Mueller Report Exposes Campaign Finance Problems Far Beyond Russia Pushing New Oil Sanctions, Mike Pompeo Jokes About Secret Coup Plot Against Iran Dallas Goldtooth: Hold Banks Accountable […]

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It is a Chinese state-owned company that is implicated in disturbing human rights violations. But that has not stopped Hikvision from gaining a major foothold in the United Kingdom. Through a network of corporate partners, the Hangzhou-based security firm has supplied its surveillance cameras for use on the British parliamentary estate, as well as to […]

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Three US Troops, One Contractor Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bombing

April 8, 2019           |                                       

At least three US soldiers were killed, along with another American security contractor, and three more American soldiers were wounded when a car bomb tore through a security convoy near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The Taliban was quick to claim credit, saying it was not only a bombing, but a suicide attack. The Taliban […]

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We are in a radical moment. The planet is burning. Inequality is biting. Nationalism is on the rise. Resurgent but nostalgic ideologies, from statist socialism to the nationalist right, will fail to meet these challenges. The former saps freedom and innovation; the latter is obsessed by vilifying ‘enemies’ rather than providing real answers. At their […]

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Carol M. Highsmith • Public domain I have joined in a lawsuit with four former federal employees to end the government’s censorship of our writings on national security issues. The current publications review system of our military and intelligence agencies is dysfunctional, inhibiting our ability to participate in national security debates. The government has a […]

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Humanitarian Groups Promote Solutions to Extreme Violence in West Africa

April 3, 2019           |                                       

In February 2019, the New Humanitarian published an overview of the “causes and humanitarian consequences of the violent extremism in West Africa.” The group’s report on extreme violence in northeast Nigeria, northern Cameroon, north and central Mali, and southern Niger is the result of a year of fieldwork in those areas, surveying not only the […]

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This article has been published in partnership and cooperation between SyriaUntold, openDemocracy and the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit (CCSR) within the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). I took on the habit of walking through the streets of my city, Damascus, every day, particularly during the night. I love to stare […]

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NATO’s Record of Destabilization

April 3, 2019           |                                       

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will address a joint meeting of Congress today. [See video of RootsAction.org news conference “NATO and U.S. Foreign Policy: Dangers Ahead” at the National Press Club on Tuesday, which included former State Department officials Matthew Hoh and Ann Wright and Martin Fleck of Physicians for Social Responsibility.] This week marks the 70th anniversary […]

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Trump Team Overruled 25 Security Clearance Denials, Worker Alleges

April 2, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON—A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, including concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct. Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee who oversaw the issuance of clearances for some senior White House […]

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