journalist & photographer

Category: conflict

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Can militant groups be environmentalists?

02/05/2020.conflict.#Iraq

The case for engaging with militant groups to protect the environment Competition over scarce natural resources is often a key driver of the tensions that fuel armed conflict in different corners of the world. Yet in the heat of battle, environmental considerations are often relegated to afterthoughts, as smoke from burning buildings clouds the skies [...]

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On the frontline of war, Yemeni women are building peace

27/04/2020.conflict.#Yemen

The lived experience of those most affected by war, and those working hardest to end it, has led to a tangible understanding that without women, there can be no just peace in Yemen. It was the third year of the war when Muna Luqman heard of a conflict over water in Al-Haymatain, a remote area [...]

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An environmental movement for times of war, too

29/01/2020.conflict.#Iraq

While current global action focuses on the impact of humans and industry on the environment during peacetime, what about during conflict? Oil wells set ablaze in Iraq. Forests pillaged in Colombia. Wildlife populations decimated across the Sahara-Sahel. Around the world, armed conflicts continue to cause significant damage to the environment. In turn, this damage often [...]

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Banned Identity: A history of couscous during the Spanish Inquisition

28/01/2020.conflict.#Spain

For EATEN Magazine No. 7, I wrote about the history of couscous during the Spanish Inquisition - from noble dish to a symbol of a banned identity. Take a peak below, and order a copy here. “Talk to me about kuskusu, it is a noble and distinguished dish,” wrote the 15th-century magistrate of Granada, Abū [...]

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What will it take for Canada to confront its femicide crisis?

26/11/2019.conflict.#Canada

Canada is often perceived as amongst the safest countries in the world, but when you zoom in, rhetoric of a peaceful Canada depends on who is looking - and from where - and whose experience of violence matters As civil society, activists, governments and the United Nations hail 2020 a critical year for advancing women’s [...]

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Hitting nature where it hurts: Iran feels the pernicious effects of U.S. sanctions on biodiversity conservation

18/11/2019.conflict.#Iran

Iran feels the pernicious effects of US sanctions on biodiversity conservation Situated at the confluence of the Mediterranean, arid west Asian and temperate semi-humid Caspian climatic zones, Iran is home to a rich and complex array of biodiversity, including the world’s few remaining Asiatic cheetahs. Efforts to protect its biodiversity, however, have been challenged by [...]

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Wildlife declines in conflict hotspots

02/11/2019.conflict.#Africa

The escalation of armed conflicts has caused dramatic population declines of endangered local species, ultimately putting humans at risk. The escalation of armed conflicts in the Sahara and Sahel – up 565% since 2011 – is accelerating population declines of endangered local species, such as African Savannah elephants and Saharan cheetahs, in areas that once [...]

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Environmental infrastructure a potent weapon in warfare

01/11/2019.conflict.#Libya

The targeting of environmental infrastructure in war has become an end in itself, with long-term implications for human welfare and ecosystems. Warring parties in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have increasingly targeted water and energy infrastructure as tactical weapons, and as forms of collateral damage, with long-term implications for human welfare, ecosystems, and [...]

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Iraqi Kurdistan’s archaeological hotspots revived, but vulnerable

20/10/2019.conflict.#Iraq

Political uncertainty, a protracted economic crisis and rapid development pose challenges to heritage conservation in the archaeologically rich Kurdistan Region of Iraq. In late October, University of Tübingen archaeologists working in the Kurdish region of Iraq discovered a cuneiform archive of 93 clay tablets belonging to the Middle Assyrian Empire and dating from 1250 BCE. [...]

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