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Cameron Thibos is managing editor of Beyond Trafficking and Slavery.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Uyghur voice: 2009-10, and beyond

The violent protests of July 2009 in Urumchi revealed deep-rooted problems in Beijing’s policy towards the Uyghur people of Xinjiang region in China’s far west. The path to resolution can only be unblocked by acknowledging the Uyghurs’ right to speak, says Henryk Szadziewski.

Iran: remind me now, which are the terrorists?

From an Iranian perspective it is hard to understand what the word ‘terrorist’ means in the American political lexicon. The meaning keeps changing

Afghanistan: one conflict, three faces

The Afghan war is at a critical stage. A longer-term view of its three dimensions - regional, ethnic, and religious - offers some vital lessons to policy-makers, says Valey Arya.

Kyrgyzstan’s flawed referendum

The political atmosphere that surrounded the constitutional referendum in Kyrgyzstan shows that the country’s crisis is not over, says Sureyya Yigit in Bishkek

Israel foreign minister ‘furious’ over being sidelined

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is reportedly furious after being excluded from secret talks between Israel and Turkey. A massive suicide attack in Lahore leave dozens dead and scores wounded. The Taliban attack a US development contractor to welcome the new commander of US and ISAF troops. A Yemeni intelligence officer is assassinated outside his home. All this and more, in today’s security update…

Struggling with Gaza power

As darkness descends on more and more parts of Gaza, and temperatures soar, another kind of darkness is creating havoc with people’s equilibrium

Afghanistan: an impossible choice

The replacement of one United States general by another to lead the war against the Taliban leaves untouched the essentials of a failing campaign.

Privatising Africa's everyday security

Industrial action by guards at the World Cup highlights the growing prevalence of private firms in the provision of security across Africa

Congress blocks Afghan aid as Petraeus steps up

Congress blocks Afghan aid as Petraeus steps up. Recent elections in Burundi are slammed by opposition politicians as unfree and unfair. Both Russia and the US scramble to play down spy arrests in a bid to maintain good relations. 17 combatants left dead in clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish rebels. All this and more in today’s briefing...

UK government to announce torture complicity inquiry

UK government to announce torture complicity inquiry. Taliban attack NATO base in Jalalabad. Nepalese prime minister resigns. ACLU mounts legal challenge against US govenment over no-fly list. Blast in Chechen capital. All this and more in today’s security briefing.

Torture investigation must be full and open and include the role of Ministers

The government is set to announce an investigation into one of the murkiest chapters in recent British history: complicity in the use of torture in the "war on terror". This must be as full and open as possible if all the lessons are to be learned.

Remembering Visegrad

Hikmet Karcic describes scenes in Visegrad on the 18th anniversary of the Bikavac massacre.

The US-Pakistan relationship: towards real accountability

In the wake of the foiled bombing of Times Square and attacks on Pakistan's minorities, Pakistan cannot be given a blank cheque in its fight against extremism.

Politician's assassination raises doubts over Mexico drug policy

Mexican politician assassinated after highlighting cartel violence. Israeli air raid on Gaza kills Palestinian. Ten dead after clashes in Kashmir. Iraq inquiry reopens after election recess. All this and more in today's security briefing.

Israel: the writing on the wall

Successive Israeli cabinets have worked to enforce on the ground in Jerusalem and the Occupied Territories a situation that they could present as irreversible. Have they now reached the point where the biblical book of Daniel’s prophecy is once again relevant?

Kyrgyzstan: components of crisis

The explosion of violence in southern Kyrgyzstan is the result of social pressures, economic hardship and political malpractice. The interim government’s constitutional referendum can do little to address these problems, says David Gullette.

A platform for humanity - The UK's Bath experiment

Positive peace is more than the absence of war. Groups campaigning to advance the causes that are vital to building it would find greater synergy if they recognised their interdependence. A local experiment confirms this.

Tunnels of Opportunity

Our correspondent in the Gaza Strip visits a car workshop that has just got going again

Kyrgyzstan: referendum in a time of upheaval

Judith Beyer observes the run-up to Kyrgyzstan’s constitutional referendum from the vantage point of the countryside, away from the centres of violence. A Kyrgyz majority will ensure that Otunbaeva gets the result she wants, Beyer predicts. But this bodes badly for the future

The Palestinian vuvuzela

Palestinians’ vicarious yet passionate identification with the national teams in South Africa’s football world cup reflects both local concerns and global longings, finds Khaled Hroub in Ramallah.

Afghanistan: the fatal error

The revolving-door experience of United States military commanders in Afghanistan is but symptom of a flawed strategy with its roots in the response to 9/11.

Obama sacks top Afghan war commander, General Stanley McChrystal

Obama sacks top Afghan war commander, General Stanley McChrystal. Southeast European countries denounce Israeli attack on aid flotilla. Refugees returning to Kyrgyzstan. Suspected drug kingpin arrested in Jamaica. All this and more in today’s security briefing.

All eyes on Neda

What do the deaths of protesters tell us about them, their governments, and ourselves?

Central Asia: the erupting volcano

The West turned a blind eye to the potential volatility of Central Asia because it was convenient, in Carlo Ungaro's view. Recent events in Kyrgyzstan show how dangerous this stance is. In adjacent areas of Afghanistan the discovery of mineral riches is likely further to complicate an already fraught situation.

Kyrgyzstan’s angel of death

The explosion of terrifying violence in southern Kyrgyzstan reveals deep-rooted problems in this central Asian state. A provisional map of the crisis, by Sureyya Yigit in Bishkek.

Bomb blast kills five in Istanbul

Four killed by bomb in Istanbul, Israel plans to demolish 22 homes in East Jerusalem, UK death toll in Afghanistan reaches 300 and Belarus threatens to siphon gas.

The ethnicisation of violence in Southern Kyrgyzstan

Media talk of ‘ethnic conflict’ in Kyrgyzstan is misleading, in that it takes ethnicity to be causal. This does not describe the complex, messy process – political, economic, social and structural – whereby this crisis has become ethnicised. What matters now is to understand why and how this has occurred with such destructive speed

Animals in the Courtroom

Ex-Yukos bosses Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev stand accused of a crime that even prosecutors are finding difficult to define, writes Mariana Toroschesnikova. Now foreigners are beggining to understand the real danger in Russia lies not in wild bears roaming its streets but in wild prosecutors ruling the courts.

Stalemate at Camp Victory

The recently released documentary, Camp Victory, gives some indication of the problems faced in creating an Afghan National Army.

Thailand's road to reconciliation

Thailand's proposed course of reconciliation is contaminated by the dysfunctional socio-political system that caused the crisis.

Afghanistan, and the world’s resource war

A new report that highlights Afghanistan’s extensive mineral deposits provides fuel for the United States’s military project. But it also signals the existence of a wider resource-competition that reflects the 21st-century’s emerging geopolitics.

Visegrad, memory and justice

The survivors of a terrible but neglected atrocity in a historic Bosnian town continue to campaign for remembrance and accountability. Peter Lippman joins them on their return to the site.

It tolls for thee

After attacks on mosques last month left almost a hundred Ahmadis dead, Pakistan must decide what kind of nation it wants to be. Choose wisely, implores Zainab Mahmood.

Legitimising violence: India's red scare

India's exaltation of progress has led it to disregard violence perpetrated against its own people, argues Gautam Das

A small point on the end of Thatcherism and the rise of Cameron

A follow up on the author's analysis of Britain's new Coalition government in the light of Cameron's response to the findings of the Bloody Sunday inquiry
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