globalvoices
globalvoices:

Despite the sparse knowledge of the Brazilian population on the issue of refugees, the question of war is always present. It will astonish no one to say that we live in an era of generalised conflict around the world. In contrast to the two Great Wars of the last century, in which blocs of countries confronted each other generating mass displacements of populations, today we see numerous conflicts scattered all over the globe.
Brazil’s Evolving Relationship With Refugees

globalvoices:

Despite the sparse knowledge of the Brazilian population on the issue of refugees, the question of war is always present. It will astonish no one to say that we live in an era of generalised conflict around the world. In contrast to the two Great Wars of the last century, in which blocs of countries confronted each other generating mass displacements of populations, today we see numerous conflicts scattered all over the globe.

Brazil’s Evolving Relationship With Refugees

ajfaultlines
ajfaultlines:

unicef:

Today, #WorldRefugeeDay, the number of people who are refugees or displaced is at its highest level in 18 years.

Our December 2011 episode on refugees in Somalia: 


Somalia’s weak Transitional Federal Government, the Obama administration, and the United Nations have all blamed the anti-government group al-Shabab for restricting international aid operations in the areas they control. But is al-Shabab the only reason a drought and food crisis has turned into a deadly famine?
In the first of a two-part series examining the US response to drought and hunger in the Horn of Africa, Fault Lines travels to Mogadishu to meet refugees who have fled to the most war-ravaged city in the world to escape a worse fate, and the aid and medical workers struggling to help them. We examine the legacy of US engagement in Somalia and its efforts to address the current crisis.

And the second part of the series is here. 

ajfaultlines:

unicef:

Today, #WorldRefugeeDay, the number of people who are refugees or displaced is at its highest level in 18 years.

Our December 2011 episode on refugees in Somalia: 

Somalia’s weak Transitional Federal Government, the Obama administration, and the United Nations have all blamed the anti-government group al-Shabab for restricting international aid operations in the areas they control. But is al-Shabab the only reason a drought and food crisis has turned into a deadly famine?

In the first of a two-part series examining the US response to drought and hunger in the Horn of Africa, Fault Lines travels to Mogadishu to meet refugees who have fled to the most war-ravaged city in the world to escape a worse fate, and the aid and medical workers struggling to help them. We examine the legacy of US engagement in Somalia and its efforts to address the current crisis.

And the second part of the series is here

RIP Michael Hastings

brooklynmutt
The information the NSA is collecting is metadata, not content (like a wiretap), and not account names. Uncovering personally identifiable information would require separate warrants to do so. This was a pattern analysis, not really mass surveillance as we traditionally understand it. Anyone who calls this a “wiretap” is probably stupid or didn’t read the order.
globalvoices
At 7:15pm, the low buzz of a drone was heard overheard. Seconds later, an enormous explosion engulfed the area, destroying the boat and several nearby homes. Sources say 46 Watertown residents were killed in the missile strike, including 12 children.

A hypothetical narration of a drone targeting the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in Watertown by an American Facebook user based in San Francisco, has gone viral amongst Pakistani Facebook users. Within 24 hours the post was shared more than 5000 times and generated hundreds of comments.

What if Watertown was Droned?

(via globalvoices)

theatlantic

theatlantic:

In Focus: North Korea Puts Its War Machine on Display

Despite massive international pressure, North Korea has been moving ahead with its long-range missile and nuclear ambitions, launching a rocket in December and conducting a nuclear test in February. International sanctions tightened in response, and even China, a longtime ally, stepped up inspections of North Korea-bound freight. Responding to the crackdown, North Korea’s government has been issuing new threats of war nearly every day over the past month, cutting ties to South Korea and ordering military units to prepare for attack at any moment. Over the past month, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea’s official media division, has been issuing a stream of images of military exercises, soldiersk in training, and, of course, supreme leader Kim Jong Un inspecting and inspiring the troops. (At least one of these images appears to be digitally manipulated). Gathered here are recent KCNA photographs of North Korea’s war machine, as the country wishes the world to see it. The photos were distributed by Reuters, AFP, and AP as a service, and cannot be independently verified or authenticated.

See more. [Images: Reuters/AP/Getty]

breakingnews
breakingnews:


North Korea threatens to cancel Korean War cease-fire
AP: North Korea has vowed to scrap a ceasefire with the South that has been in place since the 1950-1953 Korean War over new sanctions meant to punish Pyongyang for its latest nuclear test.

North Korea’s Korean People’s Army Supreme Command made the statement Tuesday amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of punishing resolutions that is expected to be circulated among UN Security Council members this week.
Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a gun during an artillery firing drill of the Korean People’s Army (AFP/Getty Images)

breakingnews:

North Korea threatens to cancel Korean War cease-fire

AP: North Korea has vowed to scrap a ceasefire with the South that has been in place since the 1950-1953 Korean War over new sanctions meant to punish Pyongyang for its latest nuclear test.

North Korea’s Korean People’s Army Supreme Command made the statement Tuesday amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of punishing resolutions that is expected to be circulated among UN Security Council members this week.

Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a gun during an artillery firing drill of the Korean People’s Army (AFP/Getty Images)