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Why ISIS’s treatment of Yazidi women must be treated as genocide
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Why ISIS's treatment of Yazidi women must be treated as genocide By Nazand Begikhani, CNN 30 October 2014 "I was hiding behind a water tank in the front yard and saw them killing my father and brother and [taking] away my mother and sister. I don't know anything about them since," says Dunya, a 14-year-old Yazidi girl. "They put us in trucks and drove us to a big building, before transferring us to a hall across the road," explains Solav, 19 and

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NATO Chief Calls for Russia to Withdraw from Ukraine
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NATO Chief Calls for Russia to Withdraw from Ukraine By Stephen Fidler, The Wall Street Journal 28 October 2014 The new civilian head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said the alliance wants a cooperative relationship with Russia, but that Moscow needed to take “clear steps” first to bring ties back from their post-Cold War low. In his first major policy speech since assuming the role of NATO secretary-general on Oct. 1, Jens Stoltenberg

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UN Investigator, North Korea Meet Again on Visit
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UN Investigator, North Korea Meet Again on Visit By Cara Anna, Associated Press 29 October 2014 A U.N. human rights investigator met for a second time Wednesday with a North Korean official on a possible groundbreaking visit and the North's demand that a U.N. effort to refer the country's situation to the International Criminal Court be dropped. Marzuki Darusman met with a councilor from the North's Geneva office. He said nothing was decided but

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Reinforcements Enter Besieged Syrian Town via Turkey, Raising Hopes
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Reinforcements Enter Besieged Syrian Town via Turkey, Raising Hopes By Anne Barnard, The New York Times 29 October 2014 As the first contingents of Iraqi Kurdish soldiers and Syrian rebel fighters crossed throughTurkey to enter the beleaguered Syrian town of Kobani on Wednesday, officials in Kobani hailed their arrival, saying they hoped it heralded a more cooperative international effort to fight Islamic State jihadists. Syrian Kurdish leaders

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Libya: ‘Rule of the gun’ amid mounting war crimes by rival militias
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Libya: ‘Rule of the gun’ amid mounting war crimes by rival militias Amnesty International 30 October 2014 Lawless militias and armed groups on all sides of the conflict in western Libya are carrying out rampant human rights abuses, including war crimes, according to a new briefing from Amnesty International. Rule of the gun: Abductions, torture and other abuses by militias in western Libya provides evidence that armed groups have possibly summarily

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How Tunisia’s Arab Spring has fueled the Islamic State
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How Tunisia’s Arab Spring has fueled the Islamic State By Kevin Sullivan, The Washington Post 28 October 2014 TUNIS — Tunisian pastry chef Slim Gasmi died on a Syrian battlefield and was lionized with a hashtag: #martyrdomofabuqatada. Gasmi, 28, had been trying to build a life for himself and his new fiancee in a working-class Tunis neighborhood, but a radical Islamist roommate persuaded him to travel to Syria to fight in that country’s civil

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Pressure in Japan to Forget Sins of War
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Pressure in Japan to Forget Sins of War By Martin Fackler, The New York Times 29 October 2014 SARUFUTSU, Japan — More than a half-century has passed since the postmaster in this seaside hamlet on the frigid, northern tip of Japan pulled aside a young man and shared a secret. Somewhere in the village, the old man confided, was a lost graveyard hiding Korean bones. It took years for Koichi Mizuguchi to grasp the significance of that utterance, and

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Uganda Sends Fresh Troops to Somalia
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Uganda Sends Fresh Troops to Somalia By Nicholas Bariyo, The Wall Street Journal 28 October 2014 Uganda has started sending 2,700 new troops to war-torn Somalia, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, as African Union peacekeeping troops continue efforts to stabilize the nation. The fresh troops will reinforce the security of Somalia’s presidency, the parliament, all ministries and the airport, as well as the country’s sea port, Ugandan army chief,

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Sectarian Wedge Pushes From Syria Into Lebanon
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Sectarian Wedge Pushes From Syria Into Lebanon By Anne Barnard, The New York Times 27 October 2014 Recent outbreaks of fighting and growing sectarian tensions in northern Lebanon have heightened fears that the civil war in neighboring Syria is spilling over with new momentum, threatening the country’s fragile stability. Over the past several days, clashes have roiled the northern coastal city of Tripoli, as the Lebanese Army carried out its

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Why Denial Violates the Genocide Convention: The Genocides of Armenians, Native Americans, and Tutsis in Rwanda
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Why Denial Violates the Genocide Convention: The Genocides of Armenians, Native Americans, and Tutsis in Rwanda   The George Washington University Law School Michael K Young Faculty Conference Center 2000 H Street NW Washington DC Thursday, March 19, 2015 4:00 - 6:00 PM Presentation by Professor Gregory Stanton George Mason University   Professor Stanton will speak on the Armenian Genocide of 1915 - 1922, the Native American genocides by European

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