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Russia - Ukraine Conflict 2022

After months of NATO and Russian posturing, Russia’s invasion into Ukraine began on February 24th 2022. Following NATO’s relentless push for eastward expansion, and massive military support for Ukraine by the West, we are now seeing widespread destruction and millions of civilians fleeing Ukraine. The West has responded with even more weapons, and un- precedented sanctions on Russia, as well as boycotts on Russian products - including oil. We are currently witnessing a brutal war of attrition in Ukraine and so far, diplomatic efforts for a ceasefire appear non-existent. The ramifications of the Ukraine War are being felt on a global scale. Yet again we endure a military only approach, whilst nonviolent solutions and peace negotiations remain an underfunded afterthought. - ➡️ betterworld.info/Ukraine with 10,000 links - Please help us to share and spread the word of peace.

Russia - Ukraine Conflict 2022
Profile of a woman with flowing hair, painted in the colours of the Iranian flag, holding a hijab in her fist.
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Women, Life, Freedom!

Anti-government protests erupted across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody after Islamic religious police arrested her for "improper hijab". The regime of Ali Khamenei has tried to suppress the demonstrations since they began, using metal pellets, tear gas and water cannons against protesters, as well as limiting internet access to make it harder for them to organise, but the demonstrations have not stopped.

Women, Life, Freedom!
Houthi demonstrators protesting the refusal of the Saudi-led coalition to pay compensation for victims of an airstrike in Yemen
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Yemen - A two-month truce

The UN brokered a long-awaited agreement allowing a truce between the Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition. It is the first ceasefire since 2016 in a conflict that has caused one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in modern times, due to mass starvation, extreme poverty and nearly 400,000 deaths. It is hoped that this pause will be the opportunity for a humanitarian response and much-needed peace talks.  

Yemen - A two-month truce

Tigray Conflict

The Ethiopian army has been at war against the TPLF and the regional government of Tigray since early November. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered the military campaign after Tigray elected a regional administration in defiance of the central government and attacked an Ethiopian military post in their regional capital Mekele. Since then, reports of attacks on civilians in the region have increased and many have fled to the neighboring state of Sudan. The central government denied targeting civilians but we see a humanitarian crisis that could get even worse in the next few weeks.

Tigray Conflict
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Taliban Takeover (2021)

After the collapse of the Afghanistan government, the Taliban flooded the capital with heavily armed fighters ready to take control. Signifying the failure of the 20-year U.S. campaign to stabilise the country. With plans to form an Islamic government, Afghans and foreigners alike are rushing to leave the country. Many fear the elimination of women’s rights, and the harsh penalties of previous Taliban rule.

Taliban Takeover (2021)
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The Forever War

After 20 years of war, the US-led coalition has decided to withdraw from Afghanistan because, as President Biden said, "the United States had to end its presence in another country's civil conflict". The Taliban were ousted from power by US-led forces in 2001, but after the foreign military withdrawal, they have been rapidly regaining territory, with Kabul being the latest city to fall, prompting Afghan President Ghani to flee abroad, causing chaos among the Afghan population, who fear Taliban human rights abuses.

The Forever War

Western Sahara

Recently, there were armed clashes in the Western Sahara between the Moroccan military and the region’s independence movement Polisario Front. Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony that was occupied by Morocco in 1975. The Polisario Front fought against the occupation and in 1976, with the support of Algeria and Libya, proclaimed the Democratic Arab Republic of the Sahara. Since 1991 there has been a truce between the two sides, that now seems to be over.

Western Sahara

US-Iran Crisis 2020

On January 3rd, 2020 U.S. President Trump assassinated a famous Iranian military commander in Iraq and in the USA the drums of war are clearly to be heard again. In May 2018 U.S. President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal and reinstated drastic sanctions on Iran 6 months later. In May and June 2019 oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman by an unknown entity. The U.S. Government has immediately accused Iran. A false flag operation as a pretext for war? Find out more about this ongoing crisis.

US-Iran Crisis 2020
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Venezuela

In the name of “democracy defence”, U.S. government has imposed sanctions against Venezuela’s PDVSA, the real reason being to take control over the huge oil market. The Venezuelan people are suffering the consequences of these crippling sanctions. Food and medicine shortages have triggered one of the largest migrant exodus in the world.

Venezuela

West Bank Annexation

The annexation of the Israeli-occupied West Bank announced by Netanyahu could already begin in July. The Palestinian leadership strictly rejects the plan while Donald Trump supports the taking of the Palestinian Territories. Critics warn that a Israeli takeover could cause significant unrest and permanently destabilize the area.

West Bank Annexation
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BDS Israel

Israel maintains a regime of colonialism and occupation over the Palestinian people, possible only because of international indifference. BDS Israel is a global campaign, with a growing number of supporters from around the world, that promotes various non-violent forms of international boycott against Israel until it fulfills its obligations to Palestine under international law.

BDS Israel

Staged Fake Douma Gas Attack 4/18

On 7 April 2018, the Syrian army allegedly attacked the population of Douma, a city in Syria, with chemicals leading to 40 to 50 deaths. On 14 April 2018, the United States, France and the United Kingdom carried out a series of military strikes against multiple government sites in Syria. Find out more about why this was likely a staged fake attack by reading our extensive resources on the subject.

Staged Fake Douma Gas Attack 4/18
Syrian refugees wave Turkish and Syrian Independence flags during a protest against Assad at Yayladagi refugee camp
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Turkey Attacks Kurds in Northern Syria

The world witnessed another backstabbing move from Trump, as he announced the end of the U.S. alliance with the Kurds to fight ISIS. Since then, Turkish military forces have launched several attacks in Northern Syria, starting a new deadly chapter in this ongoing war.

Turkey Attacks Kurds in Northern Syria

2019 Iraq Protests

Since October 1st 2019, activists and the social media have been protesting against the 16 years of government corruption, unemployment and inefficient public services. They are now requesting an overthrow of the government. The government has been accused of using unnecessary force against the protesters. Follow the situation here.  

2019 Iraq Protests

Kashmir

Kashmir, a territorial conflict since 1947 between India and Pakistan, has experienced 3 wars and many human right allegations against the Indian and Pakistan government. The conflict is not over. On August 5 2019, the Indian government revoked Article 370 that guarantees special autonomy rights to this Muslim-majority state. Find current news and information here!

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War on Gaza

Another escalation of deadly conflict began in May 2019, after four Palestinians died while protesting along the Israeli border, and two Israeli soldiers were shot by snipers from Gaza. Israel's prime minister responded by ordering massive attacks in the Gaza Strip, marking the start of a three-day battle that became the worst exchange of attacks in recent years.

War on Gaza
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North Korea

Trump and Kim Jong-un met in the Hanoi Summit, back in February, to negotiate the end of North Korea’s nuclear program. But it ended without reaching an agreement, as both sides made demands the other couldn’t accept. After the recent test of a ballistic missile by North Korea, the negotiations fell off on a fragile point.

North Korea
Many people wait for water at the water tank at a refugee camp in the DRC
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DRC Conflict

DRC is a country that has been trapped in a cycle of violence and political instability. With more than 13 million people needing humanitarian aid and 4.5 million Congolese displaced, this conflict threats to outbreak into a civil war similar to the one suffered by the country from 1997 to 2003 in which five million people died.

DRC Conflict

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Hero of the Month

Shireen Abu Akleh

The Al Jazeera journalist reported on the occupation of Palestine for two decades, making her one of the region's best-known journalists. Shireen was killed in the line of duty while reporting on a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin; the shot that killed her was presumably fired by the Israeli Defence Forces. Thousands gathered at Abu Akleh's funeral procession in one of the largest public demonstrations in recent years, and many, including the US government, have called for a transparent investigation into the killing. 

 

Featured Organisation of the Month

World Beyond War

A global non-violent movement to end war and establish sustainable peace. It was founded in January 2014, by David Hartsough and David Swanson, with the aim of finding a way to transition to a global system supported by international law and collaboration between countries, rather than opting for violent conflicts. WBW's work includes education to debunk myths about war, creation of organising resources, global campaigning and non-violent activism.

Featured Online Resource of the Month

Insight on Conflict

Provides information on peacebuilding organisations. Although they make a real impact, their important work is often ignored due to lack of awareness and information. You can find out who local peacebuilders are, what they do and how to get in touch with them.

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