News about Conflict
Syrian government agrees to attend Geneva conference, says ally Russia
Guardian.co.uk - 2013-05-24
Rebels debate their position that Assad must step down as a precondition for talks.
Congo has chance for peace, U.N. ready to enforce: Ban. M23 rebels call ceasefire for his visit
Reuters - 2013-05-23
One day after the World Bank pledge $1 billion, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said that Congo now has its best chance in many years to achieve peace.
Peak oil, climate change and pipeline politics drive Syria conflict
Guardian.co.uk - 2013-05-13
Syria, once self-sufficient in wheat, has become dependent on imports.
Suspected rebels kill 26 elephants in Central African Republic: WWF
Reuters - 2013-05-10
Syria Blames Israel for Fiery Attack in Damascus
NYTimes.com - 2013-05-05
Israel launches second airstrike in Syria, targeting weapons shipment
The Washington Post - 2013-05-04
Lebanon questions whether shots were fired from Lebanese airspace.
Has Nigeria's Niger Delta managed to buy peace?
BBC News - 2013-05-02
Syrian government suspected of using sarin gas as weapon
Associated Press - 2013-04-25
Hagel: White House has told Congress Syrian government probably has used sarin gas
EU set to buy oil from anti-Assad rebels after lifting Syrian embargo
The Independent - 2013-04-23
Damaged infrastructure expected to complicate the deal.
Bitter Battle Over Water Rights on Montana Reservation
NYTimes.com - 2013-04-22
Congo bans exports of unrefined cobalt, copper to force companies to add value to exports
The Washington Post - 2013-04-20
Britain, France claim Syria used chemical weapons
Washington Post - 2013-04-19
Soil samples and witnesses bolster case that chemical weapons have been used in conflict
Syria oil industry buckling under rebel gains
AP - 2013-04-06
Syria's typical production of 380,000 barrels a day has been cut in half.
UN general assembly passes first global arms treaty
The Guardian - 2013-04-02
A 145-to-3-vote (23 abstentions) approves a treaty that regulates arms trade against human rights abusers. Some say it is full of loopholes, but proponents point out its global reach is a good precedent. Before it goes into effect 50 nations must ratify it.
March was 'conflict's deadliest month' in Syria crisis
BBC News - 2013-04-01
More than 6,000 died in fighting in March.
Did climate change cause the Syrian uprising?
CSMonitor.com - 2013-03-27
Syrian Opposition Group Takes Seat at Arab League
NYTimes.com - 2013-03-27
The League had suspended the Assad government. The opposition asks for broader support.
How Brown Moses exposed Syrian arms trafficking from his front room
Guardian.co.uk - 2013-03-25
British blogger uses Web to keep tabs on weapons in conflict.
John Kerry asks Iraq to stop arms to Syria
Reuters - 2013-03-24
Overflights from Iran fuel conflict, Kerry says, seeking Iraqi cooperation.
Hundreds of rebels attack Congo mining hub, 15 killed
Reuters - 2013-03-24
Mai Mai use machetes and bows and arrows to attack in Lubumbashi in mineral-rich Katanga province.
U.N. to Investigate Chemical Weapons Accusations in Syria
NYTimes.com - 2013-03-22
Ban Ki-Moon: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and W.H.O. should lead.
Nuclear-related North Korean ship cargo confirmed, seized in Tokyo
The Japan Daily Press - 2013-03-20
The discovery of aluminum alloy rods suitable for centrifuges was the first seizure since passage of a 2010 law permitting Japan to inspect ships susppected of transporting nuclear-weapons technology from North Korea.
First conflict-free tin metal from Congo due in March
Reuters - 2013-03-18
The Conflict Free Tin Initiatives is due to deliver 200 tonnes.
Embassy surrender is end of line for Congo's Terminator
Reuters - 2013-03-18
Syria rebels seize security compound near Golan
Reuters - 2013-03-17
Conflict moves into sector about five miles from Israeli-held territory.
Libya's oil sector makes quick recovery after 2011 revolution
The Washington Post - 2013-03-16
Signs of Strain on Syria's Army Build
NYTimes.com - 2013-03-13
Map with article shows extent of Syrian rebels' reach.
Report: Syrian Rebels Capture Most of Key City
VOA - 2013-03-04
Raqa, on Euphrates 50 miles south of Turkey, could be first city the rebels take, some say.
Over 4 million South Sudanese food insecure, says UN
- Sudan Tribune - 2013-03-03
U.S. considers direct aid to Syrian rebels
The Washington Post - 2013-02-26
Opposition groups could receive nonlethal help such as body armor and humanitarian aid.
African leaders sign deal to end eastern Congo conflict
Reuters - 2013-02-24
U.S. troops arrive in Niger to set up drone base
The Washington Post - 2013-02-23
Map of insurgencies in Africa and locations of US drone bases.
Syrian opposition says Assad cannot be part of deal
Reuters - 2013-02-22
The Syrian National Coalition said President Assad cannot negotiate and must step down.
Iran to build oil refinery in Pakistan
News.Az - 2013-02-21
The $4-billion refinery would process 400,000 barrel per day in the port city of Gwadar.
Syria's Christians Caught Between Rebels, Regime's Soldiers
NPR - 2013-02-21
Some fear that Islamist radicals could attack them.
Bomb attack in Iraq targets oil 16-inch pipeline near Beiji
AP - 2013-02-18
The bombing in Ninenvah province affected the Iraq's largest oil refinery.
U.N. says has list of Syrian war crimes suspects
Reuters - 2013-02-18
Leaders suspected of engaging in atrocities are identified
Syria Rebels Capture Key Bridge in Deir Ezzor
AFP via Naharneet - 2013-01-29
The capture of the Siyasiyeh bridge across the Euphrates could cut supplies to other provinces.
Fuel shortage affecting different sectors in S. Darfur
Radio Dabanga - 2013-01-25
Algeria army-backed oil security suffers biggest blow
Reuters - 2013-01-17
The attack on In Amenas natural gas field calls into question the security that the country's armed forces have been providing the oil sector. This article lists a number of other oil fields that are most vulnerable to attack by terrorists.
Limits of Algerian Cooperation Seen in Rescue Effort
NYTimes.com - 2013-01-17
Cenovus upgraded, Nexen downgraded at JPMorgan
Financial Post - 2013-01-17
Analyst says that because stock price is near the bid by the Chinese National Overseas Oil Corp. there is little prospect for valuation growth. She also noted that relative weakness in North American oil prices conflicts with the high level of capital expenditures needed to develop.
Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal
Reuters - 2013-01-12
Russia states Syrians must decide own future. Death count of conflict stands at 60,000.
A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa's Wars to Iran
NYTimes.com - 2013-01-11
Unmarked bullet cases puzzled arms investigators until they traced them to a murky Iranian trade in ammunition.
Congolese Peace Talks Threaten to Stall
Nytimes.com - 2013-01-05
M23 says the government has armed affiliated militias at the front along Goma and says this is a sign that the government is more interested in attacking than negotiating.
Central African Republic rebels halt advance, agree to peace talks
Reuters - 2013-01-02
Insurgents said they want to seek a political solution with President Francois Bozize. The Central African Republic is rich in minerals, but not highly developed. Areva (the French nuclear group) mines uranium at Bakouma.
Fighting rages at Syria airbase
Al Jazeera - 2013-01-02
Rebels and pro-Assad forces clash at the Afis air base in Idlib province in the north.
Russia Lukoil to Cut Iraq Oil Production By 30% After Govt Decision
Rigzone - 2012-12-28
Iraq announced its goal of propping up prices of oil and Lukoil said it would reduce West Qurna-2 output from 1.8 million barrels a day to 1.2 mbd.
Syria envoy seeks peace as clashes rage
Reuters - 2012-12-25
Lakhdar Brahimi visits Damascus as fighting that has killed 44,000 in 21 months continues.
Syrian Forces Lobbing More Scud Missiles at Rebels, U.S. Says
NYTimes.com - 2012-12-20
Missile attacks continue north of Aleppo, near Turkish border.
Troops Mass in Fought-Over City, Raising Fear of New Violence in Congo
NYTimes.com - 2012-12-17
Reports say that Rwanda has moved troops over the Congolese border to within 20 miles of Goma.
U.S. plans for possibility that Assad could lose control of chemical arms
The Washington Post - 2012-12-17
Rebel groups with terrorist designations have seized bases that hold chemical caches.
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Conflict Minerals in DRC by International Crisis Group
Updated 18 January 2012
Map of Conflict in Syria, NYT March 13, 2013
Rebels hold much of the north, the government to the west. But many areas are hotly contested.
Interactive Map of 2102 Global Peace Index
Has a pull down menu of the countries listed in alphabetical order.
Congressional Research Service Cost of Wars report
From the Web site: (page 1)
• $806 billion for Iraq;
• $444 billion for Afghanistan;
• $29 billion for enhanced security;
and • $6 billion unallocated
Pakistan Security Reports from Pak Institute for Peace Studies
Gives statistical reports by month of attacks in Pakistan.