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November 21, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Amnesty International and Hamas

The current conflict between Hamas (and other terrorist groups) and Israel has brought out the worst  in Amnesty International. Amnesty has taken a position that can only be called anti-Israel, treat…

June 19, 2019

Nigeria
Amnesty Sets Agenda to Address Nigeria's Human Rights Violations

On the occasion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second inauguration, Amnesty International has issued a report, “Nigeria: Human Rights Agenda,” a twenty-page indictment of human rights violations by ”state and non-state actors,” but with the emphasis on the state security services. It calls on the Buhari administration to address perennial human rights abuses and makes specific recommendations as to what needs to be done. 

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October 7, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
New amnesty International Report Profiles Nigeria Police Abuse

On September 21, 2016, Amnesty International (UK) issued a report profiling human rights abuses by Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The elite police unit was established to respond to a s…

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October 4, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Amnesty International on Student and Teacher Killings in Northern Nigeria

The horror of student and teacher killings in Nigeria is amplified by Amnesty International’s almost clinical recounting and enumerating of their deaths at the hands of radical jihadists. Its report,…

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May 28, 2015

Israel
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Question of Hamas, Gaza, and Israel

Amnesty International has just issued a report on human rights violations by Hamas in Gaza during last year’s conflict between Hamas and Israel.  It has garnered a great deal of attention, in part be…

June 4, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Amnesty International Calls for International Criminal Court Prosecution of Nigerian Military

In a long expected report, Amnesty International has claimed that the Nigerian security services have detained 20,000 men and boys since 2009 and that 7,000 of those detainees died in detention under…

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June 11, 2019

Sudan
Sudanese Opposition Needs Stronger International Support

The news out of Sudan, so recently full of fragile hope, is now deeply troubling. For over a week, the Transitional Military Council, or TMC, has been violently suppressing the very protestors whose bravery and persistence created the conditions for the security services to seize power from disgraced former President Omar al-Bashir. Over a hundred civilians have been killed, many more wounded, and the façade of shared goals and commitment to reform between citizens and security elites irreparably broken. 

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May 20, 2019

Space
A New Space Age Demands International Cooperation, Not Competition or Dominance

The United States should work with partners abroad to reduce orbital congestion, resolve ambiguities surrounding space resource utilization, and defend the planet against asteroids and other space ob…

The Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset as seen from the International Space Station on December 14, 2014.

June 26, 2019

Cybersecurity
Will the Future Bring Digital Trench Warfare Between the EU and China?

Four scenarios for the future of digital geopolitical conflicts

An attendant walks past EU and China flags ahead of the EU-China High-level Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China June 25, 2018.

June 25, 2019

Global Governance
The World Order is Dead. Long Live the World Order.

The liberal world order faces a litany of challenges today. Instead of abandoning the world order that has served most of the world well, the United States and Middle Powers should seek to preserve a…

People hold up inflatable world globes during World Environment Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia on June 5, 2009.