Samuel Oakford

middle east

The Islamic State Is Reportedly Rounding Up Civilians to Use As Human Shields in Fallujah

The move comes after Iraq's prime minister announced an offensive to retake the city as a wave of deadly bombings claimed by Islamic State have killed hundreds in and around Baghdad.
Samuel Oakford
5.23.16
politics

Islamic Countries Are Blocking LGBT Groups From a UN Meeting on AIDS

More than 20 nonprofit groups, most of which work explicitly with gay and transgender communities, are being blocked from participating in a major United Nations session on AIDS.
Samuel Oakford
5.18.16
crime & drugs

Indonesia Is Preparing to Execute More than a Dozen People for Drug Crimes

Last year, the government executed 12 foreign citizens and two Indonesians for drug crimes, sparking international outcry and leading several countries to withdraw their ambassadors from Jakarta.
Samuel Oakford
5.13.16
war and conflict

UN Security Council Reminds the World: Don't Bomb Hospitals or Kill Doctors

As medical centers in conflict areas continue to be assaulted, the UN adopted a resolution demanding that countries comply with their obligations under international law to protect healthcare personnel and facilities.
Samuel Oakford
5.3.16
politics

Puerto Rico Is Defaulting on $400 Million in Debt — And Congress Is on Vacation

Congress was supposed to finalize a bill last month to help the US territory solve its debt crisis, but legislators left for vacation without taking action.
Samuel Oakford
5.2.16
war and conflict

US Claims Assault on MSF Afghan Hospital Isn't a War Crime Because It Was an Accident

A US military investigation found that series of human and equipment-related errors led to the attack in Kunduz, which lasted for a full half-hour and killed 42 people before the gunship stopped firing on the hospital.
Samuel Oakford
4.29.16
africa

Burundi on the Brink: A Year of Violence, and the World Isn't Sure What to Do

While Burundi wallows in political upheaval, the United Nations has watched its government repress protests as dissidents and members of the opposition are tortured, killed, or disappeared.
Samuel Oakford
4.28.16
middle east

Saudi Arabia Reveals How It Will End Its Oil 'Addiction' by 2020

On Monday, the prince in charge of the kingdom's economy unveiled details of an urgent reform plan that will raise capital for public investment through the partial privatization of the state oil company.
Samuel Oakford
4.25.16
crime & drugs

As the US Is Awash in Painkillers, the Developing World Is in Dire Need of Them

Roughly 5.5 billion people — three quarters of the world's population — have insufficient or no access to morphine, codeine, and other controlled substances used for pain relief.
Samuel Oakford
4.22.16
crime & drugs

Jamaica Dropped the Mic on 4/20 and Told the UN to Get Its Act Together On Weed

Jamaica called for the UN to review the status of cannabis, questioning why the drug is still legally considered as dangerous as heroin under international law.
Samuel Oakford
4.20.16
crime & drugs

Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs, From Weed to Heroin

As world leaders meet to consider the future of global drug policy at UNGASS, the UN's special session on drugs, they will look to Portugal as an example of what decriminalization can accomplish.
Samuel Oakford
4.19.16
News

Portugal’s Example: What Happened After It Decriminalized All Drugs, From Weed to Heroin

Samuel Oakford
4.19.16
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