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Gaza: Gazans are rebuilding after living through wars, but after so many years of isolation, residents of Gaza find themselves ever further from Palestinians in the West Bank, their future clouded by rising doubts that they could ever unite and work toward a lasting peace.

NY Times

  • Two million tons of rubble have been cleared
  • Two-thirds of the 160,000 damaged homes have been rebuilt
  • Half of the 11,000 homes that were destroyed have been rebuilt
  • Roads are better, travel faster.
  • The first real mall, with a food court and 12 escalators
  • Unemployment is high, especially among the many young people graduating from college.
  • 50,000 people remain displaced.
  • Electricity and water supplies are still near crisis levels.
  • Tunnel building goes on

War and economic crisis in Yemen has left an estimated 3.3 million people, including 2.2 million children, suffering from acute malnutrition and 460,000 under 5 have severe acute malnutrition.


Meritxell Relano, UNICEF representative in Yemen:

“Because of the crumbling health system, the conflict and economic crisis, we have gone back to 10 years ago. A decade has been lost in health gains,” she said, with 63 out of every 1,000 live births now dying before their fifth birthday, against 53 children in 2014.

Yemen has been divided by nearly two years of civil war that pits the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Releno later told a news briefing that the rate of severe acute malnutrition had “tripled” between 2014 and 2016 to 460,000 children…..”

Milwaukee, WI: A traffic stop that led to a death, then a night of protest and violence.

Washington Post

“…four officers were hurt, and a 16-year-old girl was hit by what was thought to be crossfire, suffering non-life-threatening injuries…..17 people were arrested, most for civil disobedience but four on burglary charges. Six businesses were burned, and seven squad cars were damaged….”

South Sudan: At Juba’s sprawling displacement camp on the outskirts of the capital, women risk starvation and/or sexual assault.

NY Times


Almost 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home.

Washington Post


Turkey: Did social media and smart phones take down the coup?


Ankara, Turkey


U.S. military operations against the Islamic State group out of Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base came to a halt Saturday afternoon as the Turkish military closed the airspace around the base following an attempted coup

Stars and Stripes

“Forces loyal to Turkey’s president quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left at least 161 people dead and 1,440 wounded Saturday.”


Venezuela’s armed forces will coordinate distribution of food and medicine as part of President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to control severe shortages of staple goods in the crisis-hit OPEC country


“…..a new body called the Supply Command…will issue new regulations governing the purchase, sale and distribution of food, medicine, personal hygiene items and home cleaning products. The body….will oversee government agencies that had regulated such activities. It can force private businesses to sell their production to state entities…..”


Turkey’s PM Binali Yildirim said 161 people had been killed and 1,440 wounded in the attempted coup


Turkey: How would a coup impact the refugee crisis?

NY Times



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