Yoda: All Female Arab Citizen News

yoda with light saberThese women in Turkey saw the need for a different kind of news, despite the danger

Founded four years ago, Jinha is an all-female, multilingual news agency spread across Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Its coverage is proving increasingly important in a region wracked by conflict and hardly notable for gender equality. Much of the focus is on women and children.

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Apr 3

Berto Jongman: China Penetrates Middle East

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

China’s Xi On Whirlwind Tour to Boost Mideast Trade

China actively promoting a new ‘Silk Road’ which would involve China as the key power of Eurasia

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has embarked on a tour of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Officially, he will not be speaking of politics, but only of economy. China is proposing that the states of the Near East participate in the construction of a new « Silk Road » in order to enhance their development and liberate themselves from Western colonialism.

Originally appeared at Voltaire Network

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Feb 10

Berto Jongman: Academics in the Camps – the Life and Death of the Human Terrain System

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Academics in Foxholes

The Life and Death of the Human Terrain System

Christopher Sims, Foreign Affairs, 4 February 2016

The U.S. government’s controversial effort to harness the social sciences in support of its counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, in an initiative known as the Human Terrain System, was one of the most ambitious and innovative efforts of the post-9/11 era to help warfighters make sense of conflict’s inherent chaos.   . . .   More than 1,000 personnel were deployed during its duration, from 2007 to 2014 at a total cost of nearly $750 million, making the Human Terrain System the largest investment in a single social science project in U.S. government history.

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Feb 7