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The invisible men: wartime sexual violence against males

December 22, 2012

By Justyna Maciejczak In January 2009 Jean Paul – son of a wealthy Congolese businessman – was abducted by one of many rebel groups operating in the territory of DRC. On the first night of his captivity he was raped 11 times. The rapes continued over the next few days. On the ninth day Jean … Continue reading “The invisible men: wartime sexual violence against males”


The “hoplite revolution”

December 10, 2012

By Ioannis Nioutsikos The 300 movie certainly cannot be considered as an accurate depiction of ancient warfare. However, if we look past the zombie-like Persian warriors whose eyes glowed in the dark, and were armed with samurai swords, there is one historical fact that even this absurd film could not overlook: the Ancient Greek phalanx … Continue reading “The “hoplite revolution””


Images of war at their most raw

November 28, 2012

By: Aaron Paul Taylor VBS, an arm of the VICE media group, have a new internet TV series called Syria, Ground Zero, a run of short reportage films shot by the maverick war photographer Robert King. In the lineage of the ‘Bang Bang Club’ of conflict photojournalists of the 1990s, Mr King is one of … Continue reading “Images of war at their most raw”


Is Lebanon next? The threat of a Syrian conflict spillover

November 24, 2012

By Lorena Fortuno Last month, Wissam al-Hassan, a senior Lebanese security official who had worked to counter Syrian influence in Lebanon, was killed in a large explosion in one of Beirut’s Christian neighbourhoods. The murder of Al Hassan was highly significant as he was one of the main investigators of the car bomb explosion that … Continue reading “Is Lebanon next? The threat of a Syrian conflict spillover”


The dangers of discourse

November 21, 2012

By Ulrikke Agerup Immigration has always been a contested issue in Europe, but in recent years, public discourse on the subject has taken on a rather dark dimension. This has been particularly evident since the financial crisis severely affected the economies and job markets in European countries. Events in Norway over the summer provide a … Continue reading “The dangers of discourse”


Breaking news: M23 Rebels capture Goma

November 20, 2012

By Fred Robarts For the past few days, I have been glued to Twitter  for updates on the situation in Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu in eastern Congo. According to the latest reports, the Congolese national army has now retreated from the city, leaving it in the hands of the Rwandan-backed M23 rebel … Continue reading “Breaking news: M23 Rebels capture Goma”


Morality and war: the cost of dehumanization

November 18, 2012

By Katharine Cornish Around this time last year, Private Andrew Holmes pleaded guilty to murdering an Afghan teenager. He was the second to plead guilty after Jeremy Morlock was sentenced to 24 years in prison on counts of murder, conspiracy, illegal drug use, and obstruction of justice in March of last year. The case, involving … Continue reading “Morality and war: the cost of dehumanization”


Human rights in Azerbaijan

November 15, 2012

By Jane Smith* In the build-up to the Eurovision Song Contest last May, an unusual amount of media attention was paid to the state of human rights in Azerbaijan. For this small country in the South Caucasus, coveted energy supplies have been both a friend and foe. The oil and gas interest has made European … Continue reading “Human rights in Azerbaijan”


The Day After Tomorrow

November 12, 2012

By Maura James Finally, after a brutal campaign season the United States has peacefully re-elected the forty-fourth president of the United States.  From four-year olds in the swing state of Ohio to grandmothers in the red state of Texas there is one fact over which all Americans are rejoicing this week – the campaign, including … Continue reading “The Day After Tomorrow”


Is Mali set to be the next Afghanistan?

November 9, 2012

By Peter Douglas With Mrs Clinton holdings talks with Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika to secure Algeria’s backing for military force against militants in northern Mali the possibility of a serious international intervention in the region is increasing. Reports of new Jihadist fighters flooding into Northern Mali from Algeria, Sudan, and the Western Sahara the destabilisation … Continue reading “Is Mali set to be the next Afghanistan?”


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