Africa

New legislation addresses detention of Palestinian children Jarrah Masalmeh was 15 years old when he was arrested at 2 am by Israeli soldiers at his home in the West Bank. Charged with throwing stones, he was locked up for nine months. Unfortunately Jarrah’s story is not unusual. Each year Israel detains hundreds of Palestinian youth, many of whom are subject…

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Amidst all of the headlines these days, little attention is being paid to the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). In August 2016, violence broke out in the Kasai region when the Kamuina Nsapu, a local militia group, engaged in a clash with national security forces. The clash was partly due…

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Funding bills for 2018 moving forward On July 27, the House of Representatives passed a “security minibus” set of spending bills for fiscal year 2018. It includes $1.6 billion for 70 miles of additional physical barriers along the southwest border with Mexico. House leadership added the border wall money in such a way that no separate vote was…

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Globally, violent conflicts are increasing, according to the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, Norway. There are more armed conflicts now than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Unfortunately, many attempts to intervene are themselves militarized, further fueling the violence. Meanwhile, holistic peacebuilding and development approaches are underfunded. President Trump’s budget proposal…

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Welcoming the newcomer June 20 marked World Refugee Day, at a time when a record 65 million people around the word have been forced from home. But the U.S. continues to be less than welcoming to newcomers. Last week the House passed legislation cracking down on “sanctuary cities,” as well as a bill to stiffen penalties for…

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Martina Talatu Garba was looking forward to becoming a mother, in a culture that highly values having children. Unfortunately, her hopes were dashed when she died at childbirth due to complications from malaria and a lack of adequate medical care. Since Refawa, her hometown in Nigeria, lacks a primary healthcare facility and is 15 miles…

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