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Why Counting Casualties in Gaza Is So Hard

This article was produced in cooperation with analyst Jose Garcia. The images of destruction in Gaza have been hard to forget. The juxtaposition of bright sunlight, sun-faded palm trees, and ocean-washed beaches, alongside crumbling, black charred buildings and debris-lined streets. Turn a corner, and you might find rows of bodies, wrapped in white sheet cloth and sometimes partially covered in...

How Qatar Is Cementing Its Role as Diplomatic Peacemaker

Earlier this week, Central Intelligence Agency Director Bill Burns arrived in Qatar to meet with his Qatari, Egyptian, and Israeli counterparts in the hopes of finalizing the framework for a ceasefire deal and hostage negotiations under building pressure to end the nearly ten-month-long conflict. The growing clamor for a negotiated solution comes as the region is attempting to restrain...

The Fragility of the Global Lithium Trade

Global access to lithium is in a precarious position. It's resourced mostly from a few concentrated locations, meaning the supply chain is limited upstream to key chokepoints. Not only that, but alternative emerging sources are fraught with political risks of their own. The West, nervous of geopolitical threats in countries like China, partially seeks to onshore its production. The International Energy Agency has...

How Sudan Could Become a Gulf Proxy War

This article was produced in coordination with Deputy Africa Desk Chief Sebastien Gray. The UK is facing accusations from human rights activists of attempting to suppress criticism of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for allegedly supporting the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), one of the primary belligerents in the Sudan War. Accusations have also surfaced against Iran and Russia for their support of Sudan's...

Taliban Presence at UN’s Doha Talks Sparks Controversy Over Exclusion of Afghan Women

Yesterday, the two-day Doha conference hosted by the United Nations (UN) concluded in Qatar, the first meeting with Taliban participation. Although an invitation was sent to the Taliban for the last Doha meeting in February, the Taliban failed to appear when it became clear that civil rights activists had also been invited. The Doha process was started by UN...

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EU, UNICEF Complete Airlift of 200 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Niger

Five days ago, the diplomatic service of the European Union (EU) announced the completion of a humanitarian airlift to Niger, in collaboration with the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF). Two flights carrying 200 tonnes of...

(UPDATED) SITREP: Tel Aviv Drone Attack

In the early hours of Friday morning, an explosive drone struck a building near the United States Embassy branch office in Tel Aviv, Israel, resulting in at least one fatality and wounding several others. The...

Geolocated: Drone Strike Reported in Tel Aviv

Footage and reports from Tel Aviv, Israel show a large explosion having occurred in the city. Local and security sources report the explosion to have been caused by a 'suicide drone,' with a photo...