Author: Fiona Fenwick

Lebanon In It For The Long Haul: A Crisis Years In The Making

For millions of people around the world, this weekend ought to be a time of jubilation. Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, brings with it joy, festivities, and a renewed sense of faith – usually. This year will be different globally, but particularly in Lebanon.

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Afghan Migrants Tortured At Iranian Border

Reports have emerged of one of the worst human rights abuses on the Afghan-Iranian border within recent memory. It has been reported that last week, between 45 and 55 migrants were remanded by border guards, tortured, and thrown into the river Harirud, between Afghanistan’s Herat Province and Iran’s Khorasan. Abdul

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Nothing Has Happened In Turkmenistan

As of 5 May 2020, nothing has happened in Turkmenistan. On 26 April, the annual National Horse Day show was held near Ashgabat and was a great success. Other than that, people go about their normal business, as productive members of a thriving economy.  This is what the Turkmen government

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Last Shipment Of EU Camels Delivered to Mauritanian National Guard 

The Mauritanian National Guard have received their final shipment of camels from the EU, reported Jane’s on 14 April. The camels were handed over to the Nomadic Group of the National Guard at Achemim, on the border with Mali, according to France’s Management Institute for International Security. The institute had

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Isolation In Isolation: Coronavirus In Abkhazia

On 22 March, Aslan Bzhania was elected President of Abkhazia, winning 56.5% of the vote. Abkhazia – a breakaway Caucasian region recognized by the United Nations as de jure part of Georgia – took its first major steps to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus five days later. Although

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Escalating Violence In Chad Threatens Displaced Populations 

The Chadian army has destroyed five Boko Haram bases in its western Lac region, according to President Idriss Déby. The coordinated assault was in retaliation to a Boko Haram attack on 23 March 2020 that left nearly 100 Chadian soldiers dead.  Déby, who has been the president for 30 years,

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