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Sudan: Human Rights Watch reports on another grim and impending fourth anniversary

Khartoum’s Bombing of Children in the Nuba Mountains—Human Rights Watch reports on another grim and impending fourth anniversary Eric Reeves 7 May 2015 Human Rights Watch today released a terribly revealing account of the lives of children in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, and how the relentless and indiscriminate aerial bombardment by Khartoum’s National Islamic Front/National Congress Party has produced over the past four years

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Syria Update: Assad Strikes Back

  Assad Strikes Back The Syrian regime is gearing up for a counteroffensive that relies on Iran’s money and Shiite foreign fighters from as far away as Central Asia to push back against the Islamic State. Phillip Smyth, Foreign Policy  27 May 2015 (posted on Genocide Watch 28 May 2015)     Both rebel forces and the Islamic State are on the march in Syria. Islamist opposition groups have advanced in the south near Daraaand in the north

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Urges Aung San Suu Kyi to Act on Rohingya

Dalai Lama urges Aung San Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya Despite thousands of persecuted Rohingya fleeing by boat from Myanmar, human rights hero Suu Kyi remains silent Al Jazeera America 28 May 2015 The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help Myanmar's persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority amid a worsening migration crisis. "It's very sad. In the Burmese (Myanmar) case I hope Aung San Suu Kyi, as a Nobel

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Malaysia Update: Police detained over links to ‘migrant’ graves
Malaysia Jungle Graves

Malaysia detains police over links to 'migrant' graves BBC News 28 May 2015  Malaysia has detained 12 policemen suspected of human trafficking, two of whom are said to be connected to recently discovered jungle graves. Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the two officers were suspected of transporting migrants. He also clarified that the 139 graves found on the border with Thailand were not mass graves. The route is used by people-smugglers

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Iraq Update: Sunnis Attempt to Flee from ISIS to Baghdad
Iraqi civilians fleeing fighting in Ramadi crossed the Bzebiz Bridge, which offers passage into Baghdad from Anbar Province. Credit Karim Kadim/Associated Press

Sunnis Fleeing ISIS Find Few Doors Open Elsewhere in Iraq Tim Arango, the New York Times 27 May 2015 Image: Iraqi civilians fleeing fighting in Ramadi crossed the Bzebiz Bridge, which offers passage into Baghdad from Anbar Province. CreditKarim Kadim/Associated Press AMIRIYAT FALLUJA, Iraq — On one side of a rickety bridge that spans a narrow stretch of the Euphrates River were panicked families on the run from Islamic State forces, hoping to

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Irak : plus de 450 corps exhumés de fosses communes à Tikrit
Les images de propagande diffusées par l'EI à la suite du massacre avaient déclenché un tollé et alimenté l'esprit de revanche des forces gouvernementales, en particulier des milices chiites (photo), qui ont grandement participé à la reprise de Tikrit. Khalid Mohammed / AP

Irak : plus de 450 corps exhumés de fosses communes à Tikrit Le Monde 28 May 2015     Tikrit vide ses charniers. Depuis la reconquête de la ville par les forces fidèles à Bagdad début avril, les restes de 470 corps ont été exhumés de quatre fosses communes. Les dépouilles des « martyrs de Speicher », selon le ministre de la santé irakien, qui a assuré jeudi 28 mai que « le travail de fouille continue » pour retrouver

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ISIS Seizes Ancient City of Palmyra

Islamic State seizes Syria's ancient Palmyra BBC News 21 May 2015 (posted on Genocide Watch 27 May 2015)   BBC video: Why does IS destroy ancient history? Unesco says its destruction would be "an enormous loss to humanity", but no damage has been reported there yet. IS now controls the nearby airport, prison and intelligence HQ, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says. The militants have previously demolished ancient sites in Iraq that pre-date

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L’Etat Islamique: la chute de Palmyre
LEtat Islamique a Palmyre

L’Etat islamique à Palmyre, c’est l’Etat islamique dans la cour du LouvreMaurice Sartre, Le Monde22 May 2015       En 1691, un groupe de marchands anglais venu d’Alep parvenait à Palmyre et, malgré un séjour bref de quatre jours, en rapportait des images qui stupéfièrent l’Europe. Les fouilles, conduites un demi-siècle plus tard par Robert Wood et James Dawkins pendant une quinzaine de jours, aussitôt publiées en

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Mali: An Imposed Peace?
La Paix

Mali: An Imposed Peace? Joe Penney (Reuters), International Crisis Group 22 May 2015 (posted on Genocide Watch 27 May 2015)     EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS  After eight months of negotiations between Malian parties, the government and some armed groups signed an agreement on 15 May 2015 in Bamako. Fighting has resumed, however, in the north and centre of Mali. Crucially, the Azawad Movements Coalition (CMA) has still not signed

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Other 20th Century Massacres That Go Ignored
People lay flowers at a memorial to Armenians killed by the Ottoman Turks as they mark the centenary of the killings in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 24. Armenians on Friday marked the centenary of what historians estimate to be the slaughter of as  many as 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks, an event widely viewed by scholars as genocide. Turkey, however, denies that the deaths constituted genocide and says the death toll has been inflated. (Sergei Grits/AP)

It Wasn’t Just the Armenians: The other 20th century massacres we ignore Adam Taylor, The Washington Post 24 April 2015 (posted on Genocide Watch 27 May 2015)   This week is being marked as the 100th anniversary of the killings of more than a million Armenians during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. Despite considerable opposition from the Turkish government, the anniversary is bringing renewed attention to an often overlooked historical

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