Africa, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria
Asia-Pacific, Iraq, Opinion, Politics
The Boko Haram insurgency came to global attention in 2014 when over 200 school girls were reported to be kidnapped by the terrorists. The girls who were in school preparing for a test were attacked at midnight by armed militia who then forced them on to trucks and ferried them away into their forest hideouts. A great public outcry followed with many pointing fingers at the government’s incompetence in providing security.
Asia-Pacific, Qatar, Politics
The Middle-East has been riddled with conflict for decades. Saddam Hussein, the Israel-Palestine conflict, Iranian coup d’états, terror organizations and frequent US interventions have taken their toll on the region. With frequent and violent changes, there are some notable constants in the region though. One of them, especially recently, has been the Kurds.
Human Rights, World
On June 5th, 2017 Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates abruptly cut off their diplomatic relations with the tiny oil-and gas-rich Gulf state of Qatar. They also gave Qatari citizens 14 days to leave their territory and banned their citizens from traveling to or residing in Qatar.
This severing of diplomatic relations included withdrawing ambassadors and imposing a trade bloc. Egypt cut off its diplomatic relations with Qatar but never forced its citizens in Qatar to leave the state.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a militant group operating in Iraq and Syria. The group led by Jordanian leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was formed in April 2003 growing out of the Al Qaeda Iraq. It was formed as a reaction to the American led invasion of Iraq. The group was disowned by Al-Qaeda but despite that it has become the most lethal militant group operating in Iraq and Syria.