Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process?
Why is Russia intervening in Syria? What is at stake for Moscow? When did the Russian intervention in Syria start? Get all the facts straight with this week’s infographic!
What is the Arctic? Alternately pictured as a collection of monumental ice cubes floating around a very large pond or as the inhospitable scenery in Fridtjof Nansen’s adventures aboard the Fram, the Arctic is, most of all, an invaluable economic treasure.
On 12 December 2014, after weeks of intensive research conducted by a team of journalists and technical experts, Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten exposed evidence of widespread espionage of Norwegian political and economic actors in central Oslo. On 23 June, Aftenposten presented a new report, based on Delma’s analysis, which confirmed that IMSI catchers were being used all over Oslo, from the Parliament to Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s office, to Aker Brygge and around Parkveien, home to many foreign embassies.
This week: Girls show their pre-match game face; 500 people have already been killed by police this year in the US; a “debate” on fracking turned sour as Stuart Varney was caught in an embarassing lie; Women in Russia face renewed sexism; and Mona Eltahawy argues that it’s high time the Middle East had its own sexual revolution.
“If men could learn from history, what lessons it might teach us! But passion and party blind our eyes, and the light which experience gives us is a lantern on the stern which shines only on the waves behind.” People often burst into the ‘Never again’ emotional song at the twilight of fading conflicts or man-made catastrophes. But it seems that History’s lessons never stay long in our little human brains.
In the fall of 2014, prize-winning political journalist Per Anders Johansen came across a document in a database, titled “Guidelines for the notification of mobile-regulated zones”. Intrigued, Johansen set out to understand the obscure concept of mobile regulation. It was while further researching this topic that Johansen first discovered, and made the connection with, IMSI catchers.