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A global survey claims South Africans don’t trust their police. EPA/Nic Bothma

Why the global survey on safety is deeply flawed

The Law and Order Index says South Africans feel less secure than people in Yemen, the DRC and Libya, countries all affected by violent conflict.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a meeting with the Russian president at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 14, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Saudi Arabia and the Israel-Palestine conflict: between a rock and a hard place

Saudi Arabia portrays itself as a leading supporter of humanitarian aid, especially to the Palestinians, but the country's leadership has an ambivalent strategy towards the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Pro-tolerance march in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2015. Phil Roeder/Flickr

The predicament of diversity: re-boot for diversity 3.0

Diversity is an enormously appealing and powerful concept, yet it can also distract us from the focus we need to face today’s pressing social issues. So what’s the way forward?
Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush’s former secretary of defense during the war in Iraq. DR

‘The geopolitics of risk’: the new age of uncertainty

The question is no longer how to repel all threats. Instead, it's how can we organise ourselves as a society to remain ourselves in the face of these multiple threats.
This photo, provided May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Israeli missiles in the sky as others hit air defence positions and other military bases in Damascus, Syria. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

Israeli rocket experience shows bomb shelters matter as much as interceptors

Flashy interceptor systems attract media and government attention. But bomb shelters and warning systems are at least as important in the midst of missile strikes.
Thousands of schools have been targeted and destroyed as part of the Syrian conflict. Abed Kontar/EPA

Why schools become battlegrounds during conflict

Schools and students are often targeted during times of armed conflict. Abducted children can be recruited as soldiers and schools are ideal locations for military headquarters.
Yemeni women take part in a sit-in and a protest against the ongoing conflict in the Arab country, outside the UN offices in Sana'a, Yemen, 16 March 2017. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

How Yemeni women are fighting the war

Many Yemeni women are not victims of war or just escaping or hiding. In many and contrasting ways they are actively supporting it, and not only on humanitarian grounds.

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