Author: Julia Jacobson

Protest In Sudan Broken Up By Tear Gas

This week, security forces in Sudan used tear gas to break up a demonstration in the capital supporting a civilian-led transition to democracy. Al Jazeera reports that 20,000 protestors chanted “the army is Sudan’s army, not Burhan’s,” referring to General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the leader of Sudan’s military and its

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Tunisians Protest Presidential Power Grasp

This week, several thousand demonstrators gathered in Tunisia’s capital in protest of President Kais Saeid’s government usurpation, which began in July. While the majority of protestors reject Saeid’s power grab, chanting “shut down the coup,” a few dozen showed support for the president in a counter-demonstration, chanting “the people want

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Iran Defies U.S. Sanctions Sending Fuel To Lebanon

Iranian officials confirmed this week that they will send more fuel to Lebanon as needed, despite U.S. sanctions, to help alleviate Lebanon’s extreme fuel shortage. On Sunday, Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said the first vessel shipping Iranian fuel had already sailed from Iran. Yet, those who oppose Hezbollah, a

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Iran Says U.S. “Defeat” In Afghanistan Offers Chance For Peace

Following the collapse of the Afghan government and Taliban takeover of Kabul, Iran looks to Afghanistan’s future with optimism, claiming there is a chance for durable peace. Earlier this week, the Taliban took control of the presidential palace and capital city of Kabul after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

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Pakistan’s Necessary Role In Afghan Peace Negotiations

The Afghan government has arrived at a pivotal moment in the war against the Taliban. As the U.S. hastily prepares to depart from Afghanistan, violent conflict has escalated between an emboldened Taliban and the Afghan government. Since May—just one month after President Joe Biden announced his plans to withdraw all

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War Crimes Trial Overshadows Iran’s Inauguration

A Swedish war crimes trial, beginning August 10th, may reveal further details regarding Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi’s role in the mass executions of 1988. Hamid Noury – former assistant to the deputy prosecutor at Gohardasht Prison – was charged with “war crimes and murder” last week for the killings of

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Turkey Detains Nearly 1,500 Migrants At Iranian Border

This week, Turkish officials confirmed that 1,456 undocumented migrants have been detained near Turkey’s southeast border since July 10—the majority of which are Afghan. Those detained by security forces are but a small sample of the hundreds of Afghans crossing Turkey’s borders each day in what is becoming a mass

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Thousands Flee Homes as Fighting Intensifies in Afghanistan

This week, thousands of Afghan civilians were forced to flee their homes as fighting intensified between the Taliban and the Afghan government in northern Kunduz City. TheTaliban infiltrated the city early in the week, waging coordinated attacks against local security forces in nearly every neighborhood. Although the Afghan Air Force has retaliated

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