Illustration by Bram Vanhaeren

Borderland power plays

Q&A | A geopolitical tussle for dominance is behind China’s recent aggression with neighboring India
by June Cheng
Posted 10/08/20, 04:09 pm

After a month of skirmishes over their disputed border, Indian and Chinese soldiers fought hand-to-hand and with rudimentary weapons on June 15 high in the Himalayan Mountains at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh. The deadliest conflict between the two countries in 45 years, the clash—gunless due to a previous agreement—left 20 Indians dead along with an unknown number of Chinese casualties (Indian sources estimate 40 Chinese soldiers were severely injured or killed).

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Associated Press/Photo by Falume Bachir/World Food Program (file)

Mozambique’s brewing humanitarian crisis

International | Extremist violence displaces thousands of people
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/02/20, 01:05 pm

The population of Pemba, Mozambique, has doubled since 2017. Islamist insurgency in the country’s far north has driven some 80,000 refugees south into the city to join relatives in overcrowded homes or to seek shelter in displacement camps, said Marina Mariane Vilela of the Christian aid group Iris Global. “Every day you see more people walking the streets with their belongings on their head,” she said.

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Associated Press/Photo by Aziz Karimov

Nagorno-Karabakh, again

International | Turkey threatens to widen the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed territory
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/30/20, 02:24 pm

AZERBAIJAN: Dozens are dead as a border conflict with Armenia dating to 1990 has revived in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is located inside mostly Muslim Azerbaijan but is home to mostly Christian Armenians. Both countries have declared martial law and declined talks, as Armenia claims Turkey shot down one of its fighter jets.

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