14 Feb 2019

Bellingcat OSINT Investigation: An Analysis of Nicaragua’s “Volunteer Police” Paramilitary Arsenal

Open-Source Intelligence Forum Bellingcat has published a report on Nicaragua’s use of paramilitary organizations to quell the country’s protests in 2018, prompting renewed criticism against the uses by NGOs. These open-source data points support widespread reporting from sources formerly within the country’s law enforcement agencies that the paramilitary groups were

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13 Feb 2019

New BBC investigation examines Sudan’s secret hit squads targeting politial dissidents

Did you see the groundbreaking BBC OSINT investigation this past summer on an earlier atrocity in Cameroon? The same research group has just released a new investigation on Sudan’s secret hit squads used by the government security forces to violently repress protests and arrest specific dissidents for detention and torture. Many

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11 Feb 2019

Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 500, vaccinations proving successful

Although the number of cases continues to grow and the number of deaths have passed 500, the vaccination program against the ongoing ebola outbreak in the North Kivu province of the DRC is proving successful, according to health workers. 76,525 people have reportedly been vaccinated, preventing what the government health

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07 Feb 2019

Freedom House World Report: Where did Freedom Decline and Advance in 2018?

In total, 68 countries lost points in their democracy score in 2018, according to the annual Freedom House report. These outnumbered the 50 countries that achieved net gains. In total, 86 (44%) out of a total 195 countries received a “Free” rating, while 59 (30%) were rated “Partly Free,” and

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06 Feb 2019

How U.S. Mission Creep in Syria and Iraq Could Trigger War With Iran

Some analysts and politicians are raising fears that continued U.S. presence in Syria used to keep tabs on Iran could lead to unintended escalation and even trigger a war. In a previously unreported incident in 2017, the U.S. and Russia made an agreement regarding advance notice for use of airspace

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05 Feb 2019

CAR Reaches Peace Deal With Armed Groups

The government of the Central African Republic signed a peace agreement with 14 militant groups after a series of talks, according to the UN. The country has shaken by ongoing violence in recent years, largely pitting Muslim and Christian groups against each other. The conflict erupted in 2013 when Muslim

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04 Feb 2019

ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report

In spite of regular statements from the Trump administration regarding “victory” over ISIS, a draft report from the Pentagon indicates that without continued efforts, the terrorist organization could begin to expand its territory within 6-12 months. Coalition forces have retaken nearly 100% of the land previously occupied by ISIS, with

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30 Jan 2019

Migrant crisis continues: UN says six die every day in Mediterranean crossings

A new UN report estimates that an average of six migrants per day die attempting the Mediterranean crossing to Europe. While the overall number of deaths has declined along with the number of people making crossing attempts, the death rate has spiked dramatically from 1 death out of every 38

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28 Jan 2019

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Philippine Church Attack That Killed at Least 20

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack on a Catholic Church in the Philippines. Two bombs killed at least 20 people, one detonated inside the Church during celebration of the Sunday Mass while another was detonated outside as first responders arrived on the scene. Jolo, the city where the

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28 Jan 2019

Ebola spreads to high-risk area of Congo: WHO

Although over 60,000 people have been vaccinated and 4,000 kept under surveillance, the DRC’s ongoing Ebola outbreak has spread southwards into an area suffering from frequent fighting between various militias and the military. The outbreak recently became the country’s worst ever, with at least 439 dead and 713 infected. Successfully

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