Author: Saskia Tholen

Humanitarian Situation In Haiti Remains Dire

Weeks after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, the need for humanitarian aid and investment remains urgent. 1.2 million people, including some 540,000 children, lack shelter, clean water, healthcare, and sufficient food, according to UNICEF. On August 25th, the United Nations launched a Flash Appeal calling for $187.3 million to

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Nicaraguan Opposition Leaders Detained Ahead Of November Elections

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s efforts to suppress dissent and cling to power ahead of the November 7th presidential elections have intensified, pushing the country still further toward dictatorial rule. At least six high-level opposition leaders have been arbitrarily detained, including four would-be challengers who had intended to run against Ortega.

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No End In Sight For War In Tigray

For seven months, unrest and violence have rocked Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. Widespread atrocities have been reported, including dozens of civilian massacres, pervasive sexual violence, and alleged starvation crimes. Thousands have been killed, more than two million have been displaced, and the region has been plunged into a dire humanitarian

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Border Tensions Grow Between Armenia And Azerbaijan

A series of incidents on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan has generated fears of renewed violence between the two countries. The escalating tensions have highlighted the fragility of last November’s Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement, which put an end to six brutal weeks of war that killed an estimated 6,000 people.

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Renewed Calls For Withdrawal Of Eritrean Troops From Tigray

Amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Ethiopian region of Tigray, reports of massacres and rapes committed by soldiers have prompted an international outcry. Many of these atrocities have been blamed on Eritrean troops, who aided Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s national forces in the assault on Tigray, and

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Ceasefire Announced Following Deadly Clash On Tajik-Kyrgyz Border

After 24 hours of violence on the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the two countries have reached a ceasefire agreement. More than 40 people were killed in the violent clash, which broke out on Thursday, 29th April over contested water reserves. The fighting began as Kyrgyz and Tajik villagers hurled

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What Future For The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process?

Recent violence in Jerusalem and Gaza—the worst in seven years—has once again turned the eyes of the world to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Two decades ago, hopes of a peace deal were dashed when the Oslo Accords failed. Still, many politicians and international observers continued to favour a

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As Tensions Over Taiwan Increase, The U.S. Must Walk A Fine Line

In recent months, concern over the threat of conflict between mainland China and the democratically self-governed island of Taiwan has been growing. At a Senate hearing last month, Admiral Philip Davidson, the top United States military commander for the Asia-Pacific region, warned of the possibility of a Chinese invasion of

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Biden Officially Recognizes Armenian Genocide

President Joe Biden has officially recognized the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks that took place over a century ago as a genocide. The recognition signals Biden’s commitment to promoting human rights in his administration’s foreign policy. Saturday, April 24th was Armenian Remembrance Day, marking the 106th

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Beijing Tightens Its Grip On Hong Kong With Sweeping Electoral Changes

The National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative body, has unanimously approved a bill of radical changes to Hong Kong’s political system aimed at suppressing pro-democracy opposition. The bill, which passed on March 30th, drastically reduces the number of directly elected representatives in the legislature and gives national security bodies new

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Fire Devastates Rohingya Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar

A massive fire tore through the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on the afternoon of Monday, March 22. The blaze began around 3:00 p.m. local time and quickly grew out of control.  According to officials at the Inter-Sector Coordination Group, the humanitarian organization overseeing the camp, at least

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