November 1, 2016

For the first time, Iraqi forces are entering the outskirts of Mosul in an attempt to drive the self-proclaimed Islamic State out. As Mosul is encircled, UN officials have expressed concern for the safety of the 1.5 million civilians estimated to be living there.

Anger as Paris Police Launch Surprise Migrant Camp Clearance
October 31, 2016
On Monday, French police carried out identity checks on migrants and refugees sleeping rough in a camp in northern Paris and bulldozed dozens of tents, sparking anger in the city. “We are human, not animals. We need help and you’re treating us like dogs,” one shouted at an officer. “We need homes, we need to be protected, not this,” said another.

In Echo of Arab Spring, 1000s Protest in Morocco After Garbage Truck Fatally Crushes Fish Seller
October 31, 2016
In Morocco, thousands of protesters flooded cities across the country after a fish seller was crushed to death in a garbage truck trying to retrieve fish confiscated by police. His death drew parallels to that of a Tunisian fruit seller in 2010 which helped spark the Arab Spring uprisings. Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman speaks with Nadir Bouhmouch, a Moroccan activist and filmmaker, who participated in the protests in Marrakesh on Sunday.

Russia Say Resumption of Syria Peace Talks Delayed Indefinitely
November 1, 2016
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday a Western failure to rein in violent Islamists in Syria had indefinitely delayed the resumption of peace talks. Shoigu said that rebels backed by Western governments had been attacking civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo, despite a pause in Russian and Syrian air attacks.

Gendered Diplomacy, Human Rights and the Role of Women in Making the Iran Deal
October 30, 2016
Iran Human Rights Review’s Elahe Amani provides a news analysis of the history of the exclusion and underrepresentation of women in diplomacy and talks about the role women took in making and reporting on the Iran Deal.

Nigerian Soldiers & Police Sexually Abuse Boko Haram Victims, Human Rights Watch Says
October 31, 2016
On Monday, a Human Rights Watch reported that Nigerian soldiers and policemen have raped and sexually abused women and girls fleeing the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. According to Human Rights Watch, forty-three cases of sexual abuse were documented in July.

The US and Russia Ensure a Balance of Terror in Syria 
October 29, 2016
The Intercept’s Charles Glass writes in reference to Christopher Phillip’s new book, “The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East,” published by Yale this month. Glass writes, “The deaths of more than 500,000 and the dispossession of almost half of Syria’s estimated 22 million inhabitants testify to the lack of interest these outsiders have in Syria itself and the priority they place on their own competing goals.”