Author: James Pacino

Afghan Talks Stall As American Commitment Wavers

Less than a month after the signing of an historic peace accord in Doha between the Taliban and the U.S., hopes of lasting peace in Afghanistan are fading. The Islamist group continues to reject entreaties to negotiate a deal directly with the Afghan government. Even if they were prepared to

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The Anglophone Crisis Demands A Real Dialogue In Cameroon

The Anglophone Crisis has ravaged an area of Cameroon that is home to more than 3.5 million people – approximately a seventh of the country’s population – and yet it remains one of the world’s forgotten conflicts. General strikes and protests beginning in 2016 gave way to a formal declaration

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Protests Engulf Guyana Following Disputed Election

Last Monday’s disputed general election has set off protests across Guyana as opposition supporters forced road closures, shuttered businesses and clashed with police. Reuters reported that a teenager had been shot by police, and that law enforcement officials had surrounded the offices of the country’s elections commission, GECOM. The ballot

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“We Haven’t Achieved Anything Yet”: Chile’s Protests Continue

Tear gas filled Santiago’s Plaza Italia last week as protesters clashed with Carabineros, the latest outbreak of violence amid months-long anti-government demonstrations. Dissidents countered the use of water cannons, rubber bullets and gas by the country’s military police with makeshift firebombs and laser pointers. More than four months after Chileans

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Dozens Killed In Mali Massacres

At least forty people have been killed in a series of attacks in central Mali, an escalation of the ethnic tensions that have plagued the West African country in recent years. The worst of the violence left thirty-one people dead in the village of Ogossagou, which is largely inhabited by

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Israel Lobbies US To Recognise Moroccan Sovereignty In Western Sahara

Israel is pushing for the U.S. to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara territory in exchange for the normalisation of Moroccan-Israeli relations. The proposed trilateral agreement has been under consideration since at least September 2018, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly met with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser

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US Expands Travel Ban To Six New Countries

The United States has announced the imposition of new immigration restrictions on six countries in Asia and Africa, an expansion of the travel ban introduced in the first week of the Trump presidency. Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania will be affected by the ban’s expansion, a move which

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Looming Elections Exacerbate Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

The separatist Ambazonia Governing Council (AGC) has declared Cameroon’s upcoming parliamentary and municipal elections illegal, announcing a six-day “lockdown” in the country’s West in the lead up to the 9 February poll. Preparations for the vote have been met with fierce resistance by separatists, as the AGC – which, in

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