South Sudan is the worlds newest country and has been on the brink of Civil War for the better part of the last 2 years. Last year the United Nations failed to pass an international arms embargo on the country, an opening that countries like the UK have gone on to exploit.
As the lucrative global arms trade “business” continues to soar in our modern times, here is a look at the troubling statistics fueling armed conflict all around the world.
A new report from Amnesty International goes on the ground inside the Battle for Raqqa, including a breif summary of events over recent weeks/months and eye witness interviews with civilians caught in the cross-hairs of the battle.
29 years after Iranian officials brutally executed 30,000 political prisoners in the Iranian uprising of 1988, many people are beginning to publicly speaking up about the horrible conditions modern political prisoners are still forced to live in. To draw international attention and press to the issue, political prisoners throughout Iran have staged a massive non-violent hunger strike.
4 years to the day, not a single Government official has been held accountable for their role in the Rabaa Massacre of 2013, during which Government forces led by President al-Sisi, whom had assumed control of the country through military coup 2 weeks earlier, literally slaughtered over 1,000 protestors in the streets of Cairo for opposing his rule. In the years to follow, as many as 1,700 people have been “disappeared” by Sisi’s regime, hundreds more have been incarcerated and journalists whom report on these events continue to be imprisoned without trial.
Another day and more internet freedoms have been stripped away from the people of China. This past weekend, Apple made international headlines after the company pulled all its VPN services from their App store in China.
Whether it be Yemen or Syria, neither of these Civil Wars could have ever been fought to begin with or continue on to this day without the direct funding of the United States and United Kingdom, whom have each literally made billions of dollars selling bombs, weapons and vehicles for people to kill one another in these countries. Despite lawsuits and objections to this behavior however, Government courts continue to defend their countries War machine.
As the military of South Sudan is re-capturing land from “opposition control,” from January to May 2017, tens of thousands of people have been displaced, countless more have died and the humanitarian crisis facing the country at large continues to escalate.
According to a 2015 report which spurned the investigation, over 20,000 young men were arrested without trial and 8,000 more were killed, suffocated or tortured under the orders or senior members of Nigeria’s military.
After forcing further power cuts upon the residents of Gaza, Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations and international community to condemn Israel’s actions. Amnesty has taken the occasion to remind the world that Israel’s continued blockade of the region is illegal, that Israel is directly responsible for the humanitarian crisis which has ensued there and has been violating international law on this matter for decades.
Since May 24th, at least 63 websites or web services have been blocked by the Egyptian Government, including 40 different news agencies. President Sisi maintains he is doing this to crackdown on terrorism and the spread of political misinformation. Human Rights groups warn that Egypt is erasing years of progress and the country is headed back towards the “dark days” of Government censorship once experienced under Hosni Mubarak not so long ago.
Amnesty International has won a declassified version of the US Department of Defense audit from September 2016. The documents go on to explain how oversight across several military programs ultimately resulted in the US military supplying terrorists on the ground in Iraq, including ISIS, with weapons and artillery.