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Interview – Dr Ahron Bregman on Israel/Palestine: 'The third Intifada is underway'

November 28, 2014

By Isobel Petersen: On June 30th the bodies of three Israeli teenagers were found buried in a shallow grave near Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. On July 2nd a suspected revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager took place in Jerusalem. Since these murders, there has been a renewed escalation of fighting, … Continue reading “Interview – Dr Ahron Bregman on Israel/Palestine: 'The third Intifada is underway'”


Colombia and the 'Small footprint' intervention illusion

November 25, 2014

By Jorge E Delgado:  The challenge posed by ISIS has intensified debates in the West over the possibility of dispatching “boots on the ground” and has, yet again, brought to the forefront the search for alternative modes of military intervention following the recent disillusionment with “Big footprint” counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently practitioners have … Continue reading “Colombia and the 'Small footprint' intervention illusion”


The cartography of conflict in the work of Marcus Jansen

November 19, 2014

By Tom de Freston: Marcus Jansen, solo show at Lazirides Gallery: ‘Whistleblower’ – 11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR. Until Thursday 20th of November 2014 Marcus Jansen is a cartographer of conflict. A number of his paintings map the impact of war on the urban environment. His current solo show at Lazarides Gallery (London), which comes to … Continue reading “The cartography of conflict in the work of Marcus Jansen”


It is time to end World War II: Russia, Japan, and the occupied islands

November 18, 2014

By Jeroen Gelsing: August 9, 1945. The day the “Fat Man” atomic bomb destroyed Nagasaki, and the day that – keeping his promise to the Allies – Stalin entered the war against Japan, creating a territorial dispute lasting to this day. Soviet troops advanced quickly and in a matter of weeks captured Sakhalin, the elongated island … Continue reading “It is time to end World War II: Russia, Japan, and the occupied islands”


Uncovering the truth about the War on Terror

November 14, 2014

By Charlie de Rivaz: At the end of October, buried deep in the middle pages of the newspapers, was a story about the UK Court of Appeal. The Court had ruled that a Libyan man and his wife could sue British officials for their alleged role in the couple’s kidnapping and ‘extraordinary rendition’ to Gaddafi’s Libya … Continue reading “Uncovering the truth about the War on Terror”


The triumph of secularism in Tunisia and the democratic challenges ahead

November 13, 2014

By Beatrice Tesconi: Against the backdrop of dispiriting headlines about the rise of Islamism in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’, recent political developments in Tunisia have been hailed as a beacon of hope for a region wracked by extremism and civil war. On Sunday October 26, Tunisia held its second parliamentary elections since the … Continue reading “The triumph of secularism in Tunisia and the democratic challenges ahead”


Burkina Faso: The downfall of another tyrant in Africa

November 11, 2014

By Albert Mbiatem: The recent popular revolution in Burkina Faso and the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré has emerged as a ‘warning alarm’ to African tyrants who are bent on eternalising themselves in power. The political crisis in Burkina Faso could be seen as a ‘call for attention’ to the presidents of Democratic Republic of … Continue reading “Burkina Faso: The downfall of another tyrant in Africa”


Cyber Security in China

November 7, 2014

By Christy Quinn:  Greg Austin, Cyber Policy in China. China Today. Cambridge, Malden: Polity Press, 2014. Pp. 232. £ 15.99, paperback; £50.00, hardback; £10.99, e-book. ISBN: 978-0-7456-6979-3. * From the emergence of the printing press in Early Modern Europe, to the expansion of global satellite television and the internet,the state has always been on the back foot in … Continue reading “Cyber Security in China”


‘Remember, remember…’ year three: The police, terror and consent

November 5, 2014

By Jill Russell: ‘Murderous Plan to Kill Police Officers Disrupted.’ 27 October 2014 On this the third anniversary of StrifeBlog’s arrival and commemoration of the security ramifications of Guy Fawkes Day, I would like to consider Isil’s recent threats in which the group has called for independent, self-motivated attacks against police officers. [1] Attempting to … Continue reading “‘Remember, remember…’ year three: The police, terror and consent”


Emerging expressions of people’s will beyond elections: The case of West Africa

November 1, 2014

By Myriam Wedraogo: On the 30th of October 2014, large numbers of protesters prevented the Burkina Faso National Assembly from voting on a constitutional review bill that would allow President Blaise Compaore, in power since October 1987, to be eligible to contest the November 2015 Presidential election in a third term bid. This uprising reached … Continue reading “Emerging expressions of people’s will beyond elections: The case of West Africa”


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