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Syria: Allies Break Rebel
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Syrian Army, Allies Break Rebel Siege of Shi'ite Towns Roi Kais  February 3, 2016     Assad forces have broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shi'ite towns in northwest Syria, cutting off a main insurgent route to nearby Turkey. The Syrian army and its allies have broken a three-year rebel siege of two Shi'ite towns in northwest Syria, government and rebel groups said on Wednesday, cutting off a main insurgent route to nearby Turkey.

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Israel: Collaboration Against the Islamic State
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Top IDF General Calls Islamic State 'Our Enemy' Aron Heller February 03, 2016   Israel is sharing intelligence with allies battling the Islamic State despite remaining on the sidelines of Syria's civil war, a top Israeli general says, calling the terrorist group 'our enemy.'   A top IDF general said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is "our enemy" and that Israel is sharing intelligence with allies battling the extremists despite remaining

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African Union Says Crisis in South Sudan Is Worsening
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African Union Says Crisis in South Sudan Is Worsening Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times Feb 1., 2016   NAIROBI, Kenya — A new report written for the African Union and made public on Monday presented an especially grim picture of South Sudan’s civil war, blaming government forces and rebels for the declining humanitarian situation in the world’s newest country. The nine-page report, written by an evaluation commission for the African

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Boko Haram Raid in Nigeria Kills at Least 65
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Boko Haram Raid in Nigeria Kills at Least 65 Iliya Kure and Dionne Searchey, New York Times Feb. 1, 2016   Image: The wreckage of Dalori village, Nigeria. The militants set fire to as many as 300 homes in the village, burning some people alive.     Aftermath on Sunday of an attack the day before by the armed group in the village of Dalori, in northeastern Nigeria. By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE on  Publish Date February 1, 2016. Photo

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Syria conflict: Siege warfare and suffering in Madaya
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Syria conflict: Siege warfare and suffering Madaya Marianne Gasser, International Committee of the Red Cross 01 Feb 2016   A cold rain was falling as the men carried the small bundle towards me. They were insisting I should take it.  A crowd had gathered. The only light came from the phones we carried; there had not been electricity for months. The men stopped and slowly, carefully unwrapped the blanket. At first, I could not make out what

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Syria: No Plan B if Peace Talks Fail
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There Is No Plan B if the Syria Peace Talks Fail And, trust me, they will. So what comes next? James Traub, Foreign Policy 01 February 2016     Photo credit: AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images   The Syrian peace talks that were to start last Monday, then Friday, just might get underway this week. But even if the Syrian regime accepts a U.N. resolution requiring an end to the starvation sieges it has imposed — as Syrian rebels are

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‘Welcome to the Hotel Rwanda’
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'Hotel Rwanda' Hero Slams Post-Genocide Rule By Pamela Constable, Tampa Bay Times 28 January 2016   In 1994, a low-key hotel manager in Rwanda became an international hero for sheltering and saving the lives of more than 1,200 people from horrific ethnic slaughter. His display of courage was later portrayed by actor Don Cheadle in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda.     On Thursday, that former manager, Paul Rusesabagina, visited Washington and announced

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Syria Update: A Confidential Memo
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U.N. Says It Can’t Enforce a Syrian Peace Deal Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy 29 January 2016   Lost in this week’s debate about who would attend Syria peace talks was the question of who would enforce a Syrian peace. In a confidential strategy paper exclusively obtained by Foreign Policy, the office of the United Nations’ top envoy to Syria warns that the U.N. would be unable to monitor or enforce any peace deal that might emerge from landmark

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Do you know what the United States should do in the Middle East?
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The United States Should Admit It No Longer Has a Middle East Policy Stephen W. Malt, Foreign Policy 29 January 2016   If the current — and future — U.S. administration wants to battle the Islamic State, save Syria, and keep ties with Israel, it’s got to ditch the Cold War playbook. Do you know what the United States should do in the Middle East? The answer to that question used to be pretty obvious, but not anymore. For most of the past

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Land Grabbing in Ethiopia
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Land Grabbing and Violations of Human Rights in Ethiopia Malkamuu Jaatee, Anywaa Survival Organization 28 January 2016   Introduction Land grabbing is classically known as the seizing of land by a nation, state or organization, especially illegally or unfairly. It is recently redefined as a large scale acquisition of land through purchases or leases for commercial investment by foreign organizations (6). Both micro and macro scales of land

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