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January 3, 2016

Iran
Iran Sacks Another Embassy

Today the Isamic Republic of Iran decided to sack another embassy building in Tehran, that of Saudi Arabia. According to the AP, "Protesters in Iran, angered by the execution by Saudi Arabia of a pr…

December 17, 2018

Southeast Asia
2018 in Review: Press Freedom Under Assault in Southeast Asia—Maria Ressa and More

2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from an autocratic regime …

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June 16, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria Sacking Senior Military Officers

A Nigerian army spokesman said on June 10 that “quite a number” of senior military officers have been fired, and some have been turned over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for …

Military General's Nigeria

September 26, 2018

South Sudan
Another Hollow Peace Deal Signed in South Sudan

On September 12 in Ethiopia, President Salva Kiir and former vice president and opposition leader Riek Machar signed what was meant to be the final peace deal in South Sudan’s civil war, bringing an end to nearly five years of fighting. The new deal would return Machar to power, where he would serve as the “first” of five vice presidents, and maintain Kiir as president.

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July 16, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Guest Post: The Sack of Timbuktu

This is a guest post by Mohamed Jallow, a former interdepartmental associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and now a program development specialist at IntraHealth International. Mohamed came t…

A Tuareg nomad stands near the 13th century mosque at Timbuktu, Mali, where U.S. Special Forces have been training the Malian army to better police the Sahara Desert, March 19, 2004.

August 24, 2011

Defense and Security
TWE Remembers: The British Sack Washington

  August can be a tough month in Washington, D.C. The temperature can run as high at 107 degrees Fahrenheit, and the mugginess can make it feel even hotter. On occasion, a hurricane batters th…

Sack of Washington

June 25, 2018

Russia
Who Was German Klimenko and What Does His Dismissal Mean for the Russian Internet?

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked his internet adviser, German Klimenko. The dismissal has injected rare optimism into those hoping for a thaw of sorts in the battle for the…

German Klimenko

February 1, 2018

Mexico
Mexico's Voters Have Bigger Problems Than Trump

United States institutions have led the charge against corruption and corporate malfeasance in Mexico. But they can’t replace a working homegrown legal system. For all the strides Mexico has made in …

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto stands during the promulgation of the anti-corruption laws at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico July 18, 2016.

April 25, 2017

South Africa
ANC Leadership Contest Heating Up

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa all but announced his candidacy to succeed Jacob Zuma as the leader of the African National Congress (ANC) at a speech on April 23. The party’s election…

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November 7, 2016

Israel
Understanding the Human Rights Assaults on Israel

Given that Israel is the freest nation in the Middle East, and the only stable democracy there, the steady assault on Israel by human rights groups and by enemies of Israel using human rights languag…