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Posts Tagged ‘War’

Iraq and Afghanistan memorial to mark 25 years of war

Toby Melville/PA   By Hazel Speed When one walks through Central London it is peppered here or there with one type of monument or another; statues of the famous of former centuries, then of more modern times.

IDP carnage and the raging sphere of insecurity in Nigeria

Alfred Davies/MSF   By Ogunniyi Abayomi   “War is war, the only good human is a dead one”             George Orwell; Animal Farm.

Peace or War – Revisiting the Nigerian conundrum

By Madamidola Oladele Developments in the Nigerian State from the beginning of the 21st century to date have called for serious pondering on my part. So much water has passed under the Nigerian bridge; many events and catastrophes; many takes and mistakes; minor improvements and major setbacks.

Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

Negar Mortazavi   By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

The Business of War

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire The superpower ideological divide that previously structured world conflict is now obsolete. Governments in America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East have unconventionally turned to private military companies to intervene in conflict on their behalf.

Moral values, establishment and society

Reuters photo   By Shahper Hassan The fear of being attacked and the country’s overall economic condition were the reasons the establishment in Pakistan wanted to divert the attention of US/NATO forces and the international community to somewhere else.

We will remember them

By Hazel Speed At this sombre time of remembrance for those (in all wars and conflicts) who gave their lives, and still do, and others who suffered life-changing injuries, including mental and emotional scars, not just physical ones, so that you and I might live in freedom and peace, then it is with further great […]

Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail Hybrid Court to try war crimes

Simon Maina/AFP   By Amnesty International Continued fighting in South Sudan must not derail justice for crimes committed during the deadly conflict that began in December 2013, said human rights NGO Amnesty International and FIDH in a joint briefing published yesterday.

Refugee crisis set to get worse, not better

UNICEF photo   By Amnesty International Wealthy countries have shown a complete absence of leadership and responsibility, leaving just ten countries, which account for less than 2.5% of world GDP, to take in 56% of the world’s refugees, said Amnesty International in a comprehensive assessment of the global refugee crisis published.

Poetry

By Penn Kemp

Sudan: Evidence of chemical weapons used to kill hundreds including children in Darfur

Benjamin Lowy   By Amnesty International An Amnesty International investigation has gathered horrific evidence of the repeated use of what are believed to be chemical weapons against civilians, including very young children, by Sudanese government forces in one of the most remote regions of Darfur over the past eight months.

Colin Kaepernick sat down to make all of us consider what we stand for

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP   By Rupen Savoulian The quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand for the American national anthem prior to the commencement of an NFL game. Why should this small act of defiance generate so much controversy and debate?

Horrors of War: Growing violence against women during conflict

Stuart Price/UN   By Anant Mishra   Introduction   Violence against women during conflicts is an issue we have been witnessing for decades, and unfortunately is an issue which we continue to witness even today.

Laos and the long shadow of an American criminal war

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian US President Barack Obama visited the small nation of Laos in early September 2016. He is the first sitting American president to set food in that country. He did so after attending the G20 summit in China, a meeting of the largest economies and central bank officials, the purpose […]

Nigerian army faces new dangers in Boko Haram campaign

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Ulf Laessing Nigeria’s military has liberated large swathes of land from Boko Haram but a ride with an army convoy, all guns firing for fear of ambush, shows how far the northeast is from normality after a brutal Islamist insurgency that has displaced millions.

Poetry

H D Fink   By Shola Balogun

War: Solution to the crisis in South Sudan?

Reuters   By Dukhan Jundit Is War the only solution to the ongoing civil war in South Sudan, rather than peace?

Poetry

Horst Faas/AP   By Paul Summers

The Last Overlapping Generations Of The 20th Century

Roger Mayne   By Hazel Speed Having listened to a broadcast discussion about pensioners of today being the first in history not to have worked until they dropped, but are now enjoying the fruits of their labours while most probably still going to live for another 20-30 years, I was intrigued to digest more of […]

Observations of an Expat: Sticks, Stones and Words

AP photo   By Tom Arms “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” I can remember so clearly the playground chant across the years. It was total rubbish. It was total rubbish when I was seven and it is still total rubbish years later.

Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish

Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters   By Dr. Fadi Elhusseini The Middle East continues to be of major geostrategic importance. Global powers found, in recent developments, an opportunity to chart their way into the region; sending troops and reinforcements, rebuilding alliances and restoring old relations. Amidst this chaotic environment, a number of regional forces opted to adopt a different […]

Children of War: The Most Endangered Species

By Zeeshan A. Shah No social problem is as universal as the oppression of a child – Maria Montessori. Nations are at war as we succumb to casualties around the world. Children living in conflict zones today are being marginalized as countries seek solutions to a problem larger than life itself. The safety and security […]

Terror of the time

AP photo   By Ananya S Guha Instead of continuously harping on the same theme, blaming Pakistan, and playing this game for decades, it is time that the Government seriously tries to resolve the Kashmir issue. And this cannot be done by sending the Indian Army which does not draw any boundaries in dealing with […]

What Will Time Tell?

Ahmed Khan   By Ananya S Guha I have never felt so lacerated, inside I mean. But what does it mean you may ask. I mean torn inside, guilty, angry, hurt all within. But I know life will or must continue, writers will write poems or stories, rave and rant at governments and people. What […]

The Legacy of Underwater Weapons

By Cynthia M. Lardner Wars and hasty post-war dumping through 1972 left oceans, rivers and lakes around the world littered with hundreds of thousands of tons of bombs, mines, torpedoes, grenades, depth charges, and ahead-thrown submarine weapons, conventional weapons referred to as Explosive Ordnance (EO) or unexploded ordnance (UXO), chemical weapons, and munitions debris.

Reflections on Anzac Day: Respect the dead, heal the wounded, end all imperialist wars

By Rupen Savoulian April 25, 2015 marked exactly one hundred years of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (Anzac) offensive against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish empire at Gallipoli. There were many moving, and emotional commemorative activities on the day, as Australians like myself remembered those who fell in what was an ultimately […]

Obama in Vietnam – a view from Australia

EPA photo   By Rupen Savoulian US President Barack Obama made a well-publicised visit to two Asian countries in May 2016 – Japan and Vietnam. Specifically, he toured Hanoi, addressed the Vietnamese national congress and its ruling Communist Party, and then went on a historic tour of Japan.

Northern Nigeria And The Extremist Theory

By Akor Emmanuel It was first envisaged in 1914 that the life span of the then to be created entity called Nigeria was 100 years. In October 2014 that period elapsed and at the time, the problems bedeviling Nigeria were overbearingly large with the issue of the islamist terrorist group ‘Boko Haram’ taking center stage.

Ankara’s loss, another’s gain

Aris Messinis   By Zeravan Barwary Syria has become a headache for Ankara as an aftermath of its official support for the Syrian opposition.

The Cost of an Unending War in Afghanistan: A Lesson to Learn

AP photo   By Ratnesh Dwivedi One of the largest military engagements the United States has been involved in after the second world war is in Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan began on 7 October 2001 as the armed forces of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance) launched Operation Enduring […]