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Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Italy migrant crisis: Charities ‘colluding’ with smugglers

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An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers. Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels. Organisations involved in rescue operations have rejected accusations of collusion, saying their only concern is to save […]

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Pentagon Hints at Deploying a Limited Number of Ground Troops in Yemen – How is this Going to Affect the Current Political Landscape in the Horn of Africa?

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Pentagon Hints at Deploying a Limited Number of Ground Troops in Yemen – How is this Going to Affect the Current Political Landscape in the Horn of Africa?

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London – The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) hinted at deploying “limited forces” in Yemen, within the framework of its war against al-Qaeda terrorist group. Pentagon Spokesperson Jeff Davis told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that his country was still concerned over the activities of al-Qaeda and other extremist organizations in Yemen, noting in this regard that […]

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The Long Arm of Government of Eritrea: Refugees are forced to flee, then face extortion

By   /  March 31, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on The Long Arm of Government of Eritrea: Refugees are forced to flee, then face extortion

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MARLEEN VAN WESEL Eritrean human traffickers force their victims to donate organs, as Mirjam van Reisen discovered. The top of the Eritrean regime is heavily involved. “Extortion as part of human trafficking is becoming more and more extreme and even includes organ trade,” says Eritrea expert Mirjam van Reisen. “We always assumed that they were […]

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Hundreds feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat.

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Hundreds feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea More than 250 migrants are believed to have drowned after two partially submerged dinghies were found by a rescue boat.

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About 250 people are feared drowned in the Mediterranean after two partially submerged rubber dinghies were found off the coast of Libya. Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, said its boat, Golfo Azzuro, recovered five floating bodies on Thursday close to the dinghies, about 30km off the Libyan coast. She said […]

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Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of torture

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of torture

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Eritrean refugees in Sudan accuse traffickers of abuse and torture. There are calls for Sudan’s government to do more to stop human trafficking. The African nation is used as a transit point by thousands of people from neighbouring Eritrea that are trying to reach the West. They face a tough journey, often falling victim to smugglers on their way […]

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The skills that matter in the race between education and technology

By   /  March 5, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on The skills that matter in the race between education and technology

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Depending on to whom you listen, automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) will either solve all our problems or end the human race. Sometime in the near future, machine intelligence is predicted to surpass human intelligence, a point in time known as “the singularity.” Whether the rise of the machines is an existential threat to mankind […]

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of a strategic submarine underwater ballistic missile (not pictured), in this undated photo released May 9, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea evades sanctions with network of overseas companies – U.N. report North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of a strategic submarine underwater ballistic missile (not pictured), in this undated photo released May 9, 2015. REUTERS/KCNA By James Pearson North Korea is evading international sanctions with a sophisticated network of overseas companies, […]

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In Eritrea, a Diver’s Dreamscape

By   /  February 18, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on In Eritrea, a Diver’s Dreamscape

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The coral wall rose from the depths of the Red Sea, a vast and multicolor canvas brimming with sea life. I swam alongside it for 200 feet, past tangled branches, swaying ferns and brain-like spheres, and then dove toward the ocean floor. A school of black-and-yellow-stripe angelfish darted around me, while a grouper the size […]

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6 Years, 8 Countries: A Refugee Couple’s Harrowing Search for Safety

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on 6 Years, 8 Countries: A Refugee Couple’s Harrowing Search for Safety

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Daniel and Kedijah’s story reveals everything wrong with the response by wealthy nations to record-high global displacement. By Caitlin L. Chandler Daniel joined the line of people and followed the smugglers under cover of darkness to the sea. In the humid evening, he waited to board a boat docked off the coast of Libya. Over the past six […]

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Faith and money from the Middle East fuelling tensions in the Horn of Africa

By   /  February 10, 2017  /  English, Insight  /  Comments Off on Faith and money from the Middle East fuelling tensions in the Horn of Africa

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A squadron of UAE Mirage fighter planes such as this one at the Dubai Airshow are stationed in Eritrea for Yemeni operations. Reuters/Caren Firouz Relations between the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula go back centuries, with trade playing a key component in binding their people together. Religion has also played a part. The […]

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