Global Discussions- Feb. 23, 2015

From Global Discussions: 

Here is the news from last week.

ISIS Children Fighters: 
This past January, ISIS released footage showing a young boy executing what ISIS claims were two Russian intelligence service agents. Within the past week, they have released another video which depicts children, no older than 10, being trained for combat. The children have been labeled the “Cubs of the Islamic State” and are mainly utilized as suicide bombers, shields, and enforcers. This is a similar tactic the Nazi party during World War II through Hitler Youth. It has also been recently used by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram has also named its child soldiers the “Cubs of the Caliphate” and has recently published photos of children aiming automatic rifles. Although the use of child soldiers is against international humanitarian law, both organizations continue to recruit and train them without any immediate consequences.

Learn more here.


A groundbreaking new test for Ebola has recently been approved for use by the World Heath Organization. The new test, which takes fifteen minutes to complete, allows health workers to identify new cases more easily. As opposed to the current test, which requires electricity and extended lab analysis, the new solution can be “used at lower health care facilities or in mobile units for patients in remote settings.” Dr. Ben Neuman, a professor at the University of Reading, emphasizes that “The new test isn’t about saving the lives of infected people, but it can help in the long run by making it easier and quicker to detect Ebola outbreaks.”

Fore more click here.

Violence in Libya:

Last Sunday, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIL) released a video showing the beheading of 21 members of a Coptic Christian church in Libya, who had been held captive by the group. Since then, many have voiced their support for the 21 victims and their families, including Pope Francis, and others, such as the Egyptian government, have increased military endeavours against ISIL. Moreover, the Christian community has called for prayer and religious empathy for Christians being persecuted all over the world.

Also in Libya, 45 people were killed in a series of car bombs last Friday. ISIL militants have claimed responsibility for the bombings, stating as their motive retaliation for the killing of Muslims in the nearby town of Derna. There has yet to be a strong response from the international community to this tragedy


From BBC: Hundreds of civilians have had to flee the rebel advance.


On February 12, a new truce agreement was reached between eastern and western Ukraine in an attempt to keep the conflict from spiraling out of control. Previous cease fires have been ineffective in maintaining order and peace in the country. The February truce was signed in Minsk by leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia. Despite the agreement, shelling and violence has continued in eastern Ukraine, including heavy fighting in, and Ukrainian forces’ retreat from, the city of Debaltseve. However, the cease fire does not seem to have been completely ineffective because a prisoner exchange between the opposing troops has been carried out on the front line. As violence continues daily in cities located in the buffer zones of Ukrainian and separatist troops, the US considers placing new sanctions of Russia due to their support of separatist troops in eastern Ukraine, as claimed by Secretary of State John Kerry. Meanwhile, this past Saturday Feb. 21st, over 35,000 people marched in Moscow in support of their government’s actions assisting the Separatist forces fighting the anti-Russian government in Ukraine.

Find more here and here.
For those thespians in the crowd and who may have missed it here are some of the big winners at the Oscars on Sunday, February 22. 
Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” 
Best Actress: Julianne Moore “Still Alice” 
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne “The Theory of Everything” 
Best Supporting Actress: Pactricia Arquette “Boyhood”
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
For the full list of winners click here.
Don’t forget that this weekend is the Global Issues Forum! Saturday, Feb. 28 in the Academic Commons, 10 am – 3 pm. Registration is HERE

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