Media Coverage

4/15/2021

Unleashed by the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein against Kurdish people in the north, the Anfal military campaign, killed at least 100,000 Kurds, mostly civilians, with some estimates suggesting 180,000 people died. Thousands went missing and hundreds of villages were destroyed.

Rights organizations say the Anfal campaign was a systematic ethnic cleansing amounting to genocide.

Kurdish officials say the whereabouts of thousands who went missing during the offensive is still unclear. Families have been trying to identify their bodies in mass graves.

4/15/2021

A Mayan urn, made between 900 and 1600 AD, is returning to Mexico after spending more than 50 years at a college in the United States. The urn, considered to be of high historical value, has been housed at Albion College, Michigan, since 1969.

The Mexican foreign ministry said the urn would now be taken to the Museo de los Altos in Chiapas.

"The actual definition of repatriation is to return someone or something to their own country," Elizabeth Palmer, head of the Albion College Archives, told the Albion Pleiad.

4/15/2021

In Burkina Faso, judges have ruled that exiled former president Blaise Compaoré must stand trial for his role in the assassination of Thomas Sankara, whom he overthrew in a coup d'état in 1987.

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4/13/2021

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the global chemical weapons watchdog, has “reasonable grounds to believe” that Syria’s air force dropped a chlorine bomb on a residential neighborhood in the rebel-controlled Idlib region.

4/13/2021

Armenia on Tuesday accused its historic rival Azerbaijan of fomenting ethnic hatred by displaying helmets of Armenian soldiers killed during the war between the neighboring countries last year.

On Monday, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visited a “park of trophies” showcasing military equipment seized from Armenian troops during the war. “Everyone who visits the park of military trophies will see the strength of our army, will see our willpower, and how hard it was to achieve victory,” Aliyev said in a video address published on his website.

4/13/2021

IA Rehman, an iconic Pakistani human rights defender and journalist, has died in the eastern city of Lahore after a brief illness, his family and friends said. Rehman was 90.

Rehman spent his life defending human rights, opposing military dictators, and fighting for the rule of law and democracy. He was also a strong voice for the country’s minorities, including Christians and Hindus.

4/13/2021

Prosecutors in Mexico have arrested 30 Marines in connection with the disappearance of an unspecified number of people in the northern state of Tamaulipas in 2014, the Navy said on Monday.

Tamaulipas, long marred by violence linked to drug trafficking, has one of the highest rates of missing persons in the country, especially on roads that lead to the border with the US. Most of the disappearances are blamed on drug cartels, but law enforcement officials, especially state and municipal police, have also been charged.

4/13/2021

The small West African nation of Benin has for the past three decades stood out as a model democracy in a region beset by coups and insurgencies. As he seeks a second term in a presidential election on Sunday, its tycoon leader Patrice Talon faces accusations he has tarnished the country’s reputation as a vibrant multiparty democracy.

4/8/2021

Foreign lenders including HSBC and Wells Fargo are cutting ties with Lebanon’s central bank, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters news agency, underlining the country’s international isolation as it reels from economic crisis.

4/8/2021

The Biden administration announced on Wednesday it would provide $235 million in U.S. aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump.

The package, including humanitarian, economic, and development assistance, was detailed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken as part of an effort to repair American ties with the Palestinians that all but collapsed during Trump’s tenure.

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