conflict

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    The rise of environmental conflict

    November 6 marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, an issue which has been become increasingly more relevant since the day was declared in 2001. The day aims to raise awareness about the effect war has on...
  • “Fighting is a way of life”

    Tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where loyalty to tribe trumps loyalty to country, and an attack on one is viewed as an attack on all, is certainly not new. While PNG has not kept official records of deaths as a result of tribal conflict, conflict is regularly...
  • Forgotten or ignored: the conflict in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

    Mohamed Adam stared at the burnt rubble in front of him, oblivious to the heat of the noonday sun as he surveyed all his hard work, his home and food storage preparations, destroyed in a matter of minutes. A melted cassette can be seen peeping out of the ash...
  • Striving for progress in the shadow of a civil war

    The conflict Sierra Leone’s civil war was a long and brutal affair.  In addition to rebels and military combatants, over 50,000 civilians died between 1991 and 2002, and numerous others were maimed and abused.  Formed out of discontent following the country’s independence in 1961, the rebel group Revolutionary United...
  • “We are slaves on our own land”

    Every oil palm plantation stretches over a ‘forest graveyard’. Of those ‘gravediggers’; Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have the lead in palm oil production, as well as world’s highest deforestation rates. Oil palm is a tropical tree, so the optimal level of moisture, soil type, and climate for it to...
  • The call of Yemen and the deafness of the world

    The conflict in Yemen is complex because on the one hand, it involves political, social, humanitarian, military and cultural issues that directly and violently affect civil society. On the other hand, the diversity of actors that are part of the conflict have antagonistic interests, as well as shifting ones,...
  • Jaded

    The failure to effectively regulate the extraction of a country’s natural resources is a policy problem which has ignited and fueled numerous conflicts throughout history. To this day, failure of effective governance remains a major source of human rights abuses and environmental degradation. From Sierra Leone’s blood diamonds to...
  • What Happens After Freedom?

    Recently, in mid-May 2016, the Colombian rebel group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC, announced that they would release children younger than 15, that had been fighting for them as child soldiers, as part of a deal that the group is about to sign with the government. The exact number...
  • Poetry from a Refugee Camp

    On the edges of Europe, in a small town 20KM from the FYROM border lies a gas station. This station, which two months ago was simply a place to refuel and get a coffee, is now ‘home’ to over 2000 people fleeing conflict. EKO has become a village all...
  • Sudan, Rebel Forces Clash in Fighting Season’s Biggest Battles yet

    Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) are attempting to reach the rebel-held capital Kauda with multiple units moving west and north through South Kordofan State. As of March 30, fighting continued in Karkaria, Um Dorain County, one of the main routes westwards to Kauda, according to Nuba Reports journalists. Fighting is also...
  • Lives for Sale: Saudi Arabia and the Arms Trade

    In January this year a leaked UN report by a panel of experts on the situation in Yemen confirms that at least 119 airstrikes by the Saudi forces have been targeting civilians. Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have been first hand witnesses as a number of their medical facilities have been attacked repeatedly. The fact...
  • From the Musket to the Drone

    Picture the image of opposing armies charging each other in a muddy field during the Napoleonic Wars and it’s easy to see that there has been an evolution in the way that we fight wars. It is now inconceivable to think of soldiers lining the miles of trenches that...
  • Have You Forgotten About Yemen?

      Proximity and novelty are two fundamental elements of making a subject newsworthy. The refugees crisis in Europe, and related to it, the situation in Syria, or the upcoming election in the United States, seem to dominate the headlines these days. However, another important element to newsworthiness is impact...