Ethiopia
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Iraq reconstruction effort looms large

International | Nations pledge $30 billion, but many needs remain
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 2/20/18, 02:40 pm

A recent conference held to raise funds for Iraq’s reconstruction secured about $30 billion in loans and investment pledges, a start toward the financial needs of a nation devastated by war and terrorism. But it will take more than money to rebuild after Islamic State (ISIS) beat down Iraqis through persecution and genocide.

“Recovery and reconciliation will be vital to prevent a new cycle of public frustration, radicalization and the risk of new violent extremism,” wrote Ahmed Twaij with the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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Israel moves to strengthen control of Jerusalem

International | Recent legislation highlights the stalemate between Israel and Palestine
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/09/18, 02:32 pm

The Israeli parliament last week passed a law that will require a supermajority vote to cede control over any part of Jerusalem.

The move is Israel’s latest attempt to exert full control over Jerusalem since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized it as the Israeli capital. The new law shows how far away peace between Israel and Palestine remains.

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EU, U.S. Senate pressure Ethiopia to investigate political repression

Ethiopia | More than 26,000 people have been arrested since the country enforced a state of emergency last year
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/19/17, 11:15 am

The European Parliament Thursday passed a resolution calling for an independent investigation into reports of abuse and killings against opposition groups and activists in Ethiopia. Some members of the US Senate introduced a similar resolution earlier this week, signaling mounting pressure against the Ethiopian government to end political repression.

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