War In Sudan Enters Its Second Year
War in South Sudan is worsening with “extreme violence” and growing hunger, rights groups warned Monday, one year since the start of conflict in Sudan, a conflict in which tens of thousands have died and more than 2.5 million are at risk of starvation, the Sudan Tribune reports.
In response, the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is seeking $1.8 billion in aid, which it contends a portion ($600 million) is required for “lifesaving assistance,” including the distribution of food and medical supplies over the next two months, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Germany’s Deutsche Welle interviewed peace and management consultant Martin Petry about the ongoing civil war.
Israel Warns US Against Recognizing Palestine
Bloomberg reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to urge the US to keep its previous policy of opposing Palestinian efforts in the United Nations to put forward a firm outline of peace talks.
Netanyahu said he will tell Kerry that Israel opposes any attempt to impose a two-year deadline under which it must pull back to pre-1967 borders.
“Israel won’t accept any unilateral, time-defined measures,” Netanyahu told reporters. “We will repulse all efforts to bring terrorism into our home.”
Russia Cracks Down On The Internet
Months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Internet is a “CIA project,” and he has moved in the interim, he has moved to crackdown on the Russian Internet and enacted a host of byzantine laws that threaten both providers and users alike, reports Hannah Gais of The Foreign Policy Association.
Remembering Stalin’s Victims In Moscow
Masha Lipman of The New Yorker speaks to how Russians commemorate the victims of Stalin’s murderous regime and how controversial such memorials remain in modern Moscow.
“The perception of mass terror is a controversial affair in Russia, where Stalin is commonly seen, according to a survey published in 2013 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as a “cruel, inhuman tyrant,” but also as the mastermind of the most glorious event in Russian history—the victory in World War II—and as a “wise leader who brought the Soviet Union to might and prosperity.”
“Many cities and towns in Russia have their own, often makeshift, commemoration sites, but there is no official narrative about the crimes of Communism, and no national memorial. Putin’s government does not directly interfere with research or publications about the Communist repressions. (Pro-Stalin books are also plentiful and popular.) Every year, Memorial is allowed to hold an outdoor public commemoration for Stalin’s victims. But Putin’s rule, especially since his return to the Kremlin in 2012, as President, has been marked by substantial empowerment of security élites, and a crackdown on free expression,” he writes.