The exterior of Shifa hospital in Gaza City is seen on Nov. 10, 2023, amid ongoing battles between Israel and Hamas near the facility.
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The Taliban and the Islamic State group are among the militant groups that have been known to use civilians as human shields in the past, in order to try to shift their opponents’ war calculations.
Children sitting near their home at al-Shati camp for Palestinian refugees in the central Gaza Strip on June 20, 2020.
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A scholar who has studied Palestinian refugees for 20 years explains the history of their displacement and the stakes involved for those living in an indefinite exile.
As Israel prepares for a land invasion of Gaza, tensions are rising in the region between Iran and the US.
Countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Qatar all have a stake in the outcome of the war – but none want to be actively involved in fighting.
Devastation: Rafah refugee camp on the border of Gaza and Egypt was targeted by Israeli airstrikes on October 25.
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An architect from Homs in Syria on what happens to people whose homes are deliberately destroyed during war.
An aerial view of the city of Homs in Syria.
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An interview with a Syrian architect about domicide: the deliberate destruction of homes during war. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Survivors search through rubble on Oct. 7, 2023, in western Afghanistan, where a series of powerful earthquakes have killed thousands.
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One way to prevent the destruction wrought by a devastating earthquake – like the one that hit Morocco in September 2023 – is to construct resilient homes and buildings.
Photograph from 2022 shows how buildings in Homs, Syria, remain in ruins years after destruction.
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Wars are no longer fought in the trenches, they’re fought in the streets and civilians are on the frontline.
Face masks depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin displayed at a souvenir shop in St. Petersburg, Russia. Prigozhin reportedly died in a plane crash on Aug. 23.
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Russian mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Group, reportedly died when a private jet he was said to be on crashed on Aug. 23, 2023, killing all 10 people on board.
Kurds and their sujpports demonstrate in Lausanne to protest the 100th anniversary of a treaty which denied them a homeland.
While analysts fret over what Iran and Russia are up to in Syria, Kurdish aspirations continue to be overlooked.
New best friends? Syrian president Bashar al-Assad greets Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi in Damascus, May 2023.
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Despite initiatives which appear to be normalising Suria’s relations with Arab states, Damascus remains isolated and insecure.
Technicians working to destroy the United States’ chemical weapons stockpile at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot on June 8, 2023, in Pueblo, Colo.
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When it comes to chemical weapons, American condemnation, even if hypocritical, is still valuable.
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Waters’ hard and unyielding approach to modern politics has resulted in longstanding elements of his stagecraft becoming contentious.
Music therapy is well-placed to provide support in addressing trauma and promoting wellbeing.
Music therapy offers a flexible and accessible way of supporting wellbeing and addressing traumatic experiences.
Turkey’s Adana Hospital survived February 2023 earthquakes with no damage because of its seismic isolation system.
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February earthquakes wreaked havoc across Turkey and Syria, killing tens of thousands of people. An engineer originally from Turkey describes what kept some buildings functional while others collapsed.
An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night several years ago. Drone strikes are now a major feature of modern warfare, including in Ukraine and Syria.
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As Russia’s war in Ukraine illustrates, the use of lethal automated weapons, or LAWS, can always be justified. Their ability to desensitize their users from the act of killing, however, shouldn’t be.
A woman and a child stand in a detention camp in northeast Syria in 2022. Tens of thousands of ISIS-affiliated foreign nationals are in the camps, including four Canadian men.
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A Federal Court justice ruled four men, suspected ISIS members, must be repatriated to Canada from a Syrian detention camp. Here’s why the decision is flawed and an ongoing appeal is justified.
A woman does laundry at a tent city after the Feb. 6, 2023, earthquake in Turkey.
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When government responses to a natural disaster do not address the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls, women tend to lose trust in the institutions.
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Both proponents and opponents of the war believe the invasion was an act of imperialism. But what does this mean exactly?
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There are big power plays afoot in one of the world’s most contested and unstable regions.