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Rebuilding Gaza was seen as a ‘Herculean’ task before Oct. 7; six months of bombing has led to crises that will long outlive the war

Palestinians look for survivors after a Israeli strike in Gaza on Oct. 31, 2023. AP Photo/Doaa AlBaz Dima Nazzal, Georgia Institute of Technology Over a decade ago, a United Nations report described the Gaza Strip as virtually unlivable, adding that it would require “Herculean efforts” to change that. Today, after six months of bombardment, mass displacement and siege by Israel, the task of rebuilding Gaza seems practically unimaginable. I’m a […]

todayApril 9, 2024 9

South Africa

South Africans fighting for Israel in Gaza: what does the law say?

    By Michelle Nel, Stellenbosch University   South Africa’s foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, said the country’s citizens fighting for the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza faced prosecution upon their return. This statement followed tension between South Africa and Israel amid the “humanitarian catastrophe” resulting from Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza. There is a history of South African citizens of Jewish descent fighting for Israel, but the number fighting […]

todayMarch 26, 2024 10


Cameroon’s rebels may not achieve their goal of creating the Ambazonian state – but they’re still a threat to stability

    By Manu Lekunze, University of Aberdeen   Cameroon’s separatist insurgency is an armed conflict in the country’s North West (NW) and South West (SW) regions that began in 2017. It pits government forces against several non-state armed groups, locally known as “Amba rebels”. The rebels seek to create a state called Ambazonia out of Cameroon’s English-speaking regions. The conflict has killed over 6,000 people and displaced 765,000. Over […]

todayMarch 18, 2024 1


Enemy collaboration in occupied Ukraine evokes painful memories in Europe – and the response risks a rush to vigilante justice

A suspected Russian collaborator arrested in Kharkiv, Ukraine. AP Photo/Felipe Dana By Ronald Niezen, University of San Diego   Collaboration with the enemy is a common and often painful part of armed conflict. It is also an issue in which I have both a professional and personal interest. The war in Ukraine is, in many ways, a transparent conflict, with cellphone images, drone cameras and satellite imagery feeding a flow […]

todayFebruary 6, 2024 2