World Poli

December, 2020

  • 15 December

    #WorldPoli: Syrian Kurdish Farmers Accuse Turkey-Backed Militias of Seizing, Taxing Olive Crops – #WorldPolitics

    WASHINGTON – In late October, Farhan and his two sons finished packing up their olive harvest to transport it to the city center of Afrin in northwestern Syria. But before doing so, they pondered the possibilities waiting for them. “Would we be able to sell our olives at a good …

  • 13 December

    #WorldPoli: Government Troops Target Rebels, Jihadists in Syria’s Idlib – #WorldPolitics

    Syria’s government forces and allied militias have continued their assault on targets belonging to rebels and jihadist factions in the northwestern province of Idlib. Government troops Sunday fired artillery and missiles to target their opponents in Idlib’s southern countryside, according to local news media. Nearly a dozen rebels and jihadists …

  • 11 December

    #WorldPoli: Libyan Women Seek Greater Participation in Peace Talks – #WorldPolitics

    Libyan women played an influential role in the country’s popular protests that led to the downfall of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in October 2011. Nine years later, as Libya’s warring parties discuss a road map to end a civil war and hold elections, female activists say the role of women is …

  • 9 December

    #WorldPoli: Tajikistan Accused of Intimidating Activists Abroad by Targeting Relatives Back Home – #WorldPolitics

    Sharofiddin Gadoev, 35, a Tajik political activist from the Netherlands, was arrested in February 2019 during a visit to Moscow and forcibly deported to his native Tajikistan. About two weeks later, the Tajik government, under pressure from human rights organizations and European countries, released him from prison in the capital, …

  • 8 December

    #WorldPoli: Shadowy Turkish Ultra-Nationalist Group Under Scrutiny in Europe – #WorldPolitics

    WASHINGTON – A shadowy Turkish ultra-nationalist group is under increasing scrutiny in Europe after French officials banned them for violent actions and inciting hate speech in November. The Grey Wolves have been operating inside Turkey for decades and have been accused of politically motivated violence mainly against left-wing leaders, ethnic …

  • 7 December

    #WorldPoli: Iraqi Kurdish Government Raids and Suspends Broadcaster – #WorldPolitics

    A prominent Iraqi Kurdistan television network that has been covering anti-government protests that are taking place across the autonomous region was taken off the air Monday. The Kurdistan Regional Government has suspended Nalia Radio and Television (NRT) broadcasts for one week, according to an order issued by the Ministry of …

  • 7 December

    #WorldPoli: Kurdish Families Pay Islamic State Ransom to Free Loved Ones – #WorldPolitics

    WASHINGTON – For more than six months, a frightening thought often kept Kurdish farmer Mofaq Haji Rashid up at night: he might never see his 23-year-old son again. The nightmare begun during the Muslim holiday of Eid in late May when Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapped Dilan Mofaq Rashid, and …

  • 6 December

    #WorldPoli: Turkish-Backed Rebels Intensify Attacks on Syrian Town   – #WorldPolitics

    A town in northern Syria has increasingly been under attack from rebel groups backed by Turkey amid fears of a new Turkish offensive into the region. On Sunday, Syrian rebel fighters supported by the Turkish military carried out artillery attacks on the town of Ain Issa and several nearby villages, …

  • 4 December

    #WorldPoli: Afghan Activists Cautiously Optimistic About New Protection for Rights Defenders – #WorldPolitics

    Afghan human rights monitors are sounding the alarm over a spike in attacks against them by unknown assailants, as they cautiously welcome the formation of a new government body to protect rights activists. In a presidential decree Tuesday, the government in Kabul announced the Joint Commission for the Protection of …

  • 3 December

    #WorldPoli: History of Assassinations of Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientists – #WorldPolitics

    WASHINGTON – The assassination of Iran’s nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by unknown assailants last week is the latest in a string of targeted killings of figures behind Tehran’s atomic program. Since 2007, six of the country’s top nuclear scientists and researchers have been killed and one has been wounded under …