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Category: security

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Dam building projects could fuel water stress in Middle East

08/10/2020.conflict.#Iraq

While scientists warn of their negative impact on biodiversity, the autonomous Kurdistan Region is building multiple dams to respond to water insecurity. Local groups fear shortages and raised tensions could follow. Over the last 30 years, Jassim Al-Asadi has witnessed the Mesopotamian Marshes of southern Iraq where he was born undergo dramatic changes. Once the [...]

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A Worsening Water Crisis Is Threatening Iraq’s Future

21/09/2020.conflict.#Iraq

Instability will continue in Iraq so long as its long-neglected water crisis is not addressed The many ongoing challenges in Iraq—from political upheaval and COVID-19 to plummeting oil prices and the resurgence of the Islamic State—often overshadow the precarious state of the country’s water resources, even though water shortages are exacerbating many of those very [...]

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On militarism: In the wake of the coronavirus, are we ready to redefine ‘security’?

23/06/2020.environment

COVID-19 has brought light to the connections between the environment, health, livelihoods, economies, food systems, personal safety, communities and political stability – and how a shock to one can send ripples throughout the rest. Last autumn, a report compiled at the request of UN Secretary-General António Guterres raised the alarm on the “very real threat [...]

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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

27/11/2019.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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Iraqi Kurdistan’s archaeological hotspots revived, but vulnerable

23/11/2017.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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Environmental infrastructure a potent weapon in warfare

30/09/2017.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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Once proud, Iraq’s schools reel from decades of setbacks

07/09/2014.conflict.#Iraq

Schools in Iraq continue to struggle, limiting learning opportunities for the country’s youth. Educational indicators show a marked decline as wars, sanctions and sectarian strife have stripped Iraq’s education system of resources. Eleven-year-old Maryam Bednam from Qaraqosh, Iraq, should have started secondary school this month. Her dream is to become a doctor so she can [...]

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