Media Coverage

9/11/2018

 

In the last few years, hundreds of thousands of Chinese Uighur Muslims have been taken to internment camps where they are forced into a high-pressure indoctrination program, including forced lectures, singing hymns praising the Chinese Communist Party, and writing “self-criticism essays.” Beijing has been long unnerved by the Uighur minority and, since 2014, the government has escalated a crackdown against Islamic practice and orchestrated an unforgiving drive to turn ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities into loyal citizens and supporters of the party.

9/11/2018

A vocal and controversial senior police officer, Muhammad Kirumira, was shot outside his home in Kamapala, Uganda, over the weekend. Earlier this year, the police court convicted Kirumira of unlawful or unnecessary use of authority and acquitted him on charges of corruption and neglect of duty. He has accused senior officers in the force of working with criminal gangs and hiring out guns to the wrong elements. Kirumira has a large social media following.

9/6/2018

Dozens of villages across central Mali have been looted and torched in the past few months as conflict between armed members of the Dogon and Fulani communities has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced thousands of people. The conflict is being exploited and exacerbated by Islamic militants, who have been expanding their presence in the area, three years after the signing of a peace deal between the government and armed groups in the north.

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9/6/2018

Warring parties in Yemen are scheduled to meet in Geneva today after months of shuttle diplomacy by United Nations diplomats. While it is still unclear if the Saudi coalition, which controls the airspace, will allow the Houthi delegation to fly to Geneva, diplomats and analysts say the scheduled meeting still represents an enormous step forward considering the acrimony between the parties.

9/6/2018

Indigenous activists in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest are reviving the tradition of face tattoos as a form of healing from generations of systematic marginalization. Before the arrival of Europeans, people across the Pacific littoral and the arctic ocean used face tattoos to mark transitions in life and social status. After centuries of colonialism and cultural erasure indigenous tattoo artists are now re-learning some of the old traditions and re-interpreting them in an effort to carry their culture into the future.

9/6/2018

Mariano Blanco, a Philippine town mayor, was murdered by four gunman in his office on Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte had included the mayor in a list of officials allegedly linked to illegal drugs. Last year the mayor was stripped of control over the local police. The killing takes place alongside an anti-drug crackdown that has left more than 4,500 mostly poor drug suspects dead in the last two years.

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9/6/2018

The agreement would make three Serbian municipalities, Bujanovac, Medvedja and Presevo, part of Kosovo — something the ethnic Albanians who predominate in the region voted for back in 1992. In exchange, Serbia would take over part of northern Kosovo populated mainly by Serbs. The leaders of both countries will meet on Friday in Brussels, and they’re expected to discuss the proposed swap for the first time officially. Opponents say it would re-open old wounds, and validate the so-called ethnic cleansing in the 1990s.

9/4/2018

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office (AG) recently charged 13 former Chiquita executives for financing paramilitary death squads. According to the AG, between 1997 and 2004, executives of the US-based corporation paid $1.7 million to the United Self-Defenders of Colombia, a paramilitary group who are accused of killing 4,335 people, disappearing 1,306 people, and forcibly displacing 1,675 others. The charges are a result of Colombian Prosecutor General Humberto Martinez’s effort to investigate and prosecute corporate funding of paramilitary squads.

9/4/2018

Talks organized by Russia and Sudan in Khartoum have resulted in the signing of a preliminary agreement by some rival militias in the Central African Republic (CAR). Since a coalition of majority-Muslim militias overthrew longtime leader Francois Bozize in 2013, CAR has devolved into ethnic and religious conflict, leading to thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people and refugees. This recent initiative in Khartoum marks Russia’s deepening involvement in CAR.

9/4/2018

Since the Arab Spring gripped Tunisia in early 2011, young Tunisians have been increasingly using rap music to talk about once-controversial subjects and engage with a wider audience. In recent years, Tunisian rappers have been bridging the gap between culture and politics in ways that were impossible under the previous dictatorship. While the genre is still not widely played on the radio, many young people have found their way to the sometimes revolutionary lyrics through social media.

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