The Islamic State (IS) militant group is notorious for recruiting, training, and exploiting children and teenagers on the battlefield. But the same practice is also widespread among other militant “jihadi” groups in Syria, including some foreign fighter factions, who have recruited local Syrian “ansar” teenagers. And the sons of at least two Russian-speaking militant leaders […]Read more "Why An Uzbek Militant Commander Got His Son Killed | Small Journal News"
The hundreds of thousands of people who have braved treacherous seas and arduous journeys in search of better lives in affluent Europe — and the many who have lost their lives trying — have prompted soul-searching within the European Union, where views on the acceptance of migrants and refugees vary widely. German Chancellor Angela Merkel […]Read more "Who Gets Asylum In Germany? | Small Journal News"
They’re already using the Russian currency. They may soon be issued Russian passports. And in a couple of months, they plan to vote in a stage-managed referendum to formally join Russia. It sure is beginning to look a lot like an annexation in Donbas. Or at least a well-orchestrated bluff. Separatist officials in the self-styled Luhansk […]Read more "A Soft Annexation In Donbas | Small Journal News"
The good news: There are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth. The bad news: There has been a 46 percent drop in the number of trees since the dawn of human civilization. The tree census was done by a team of researchers, using satellite imagery, forest inventories and technology to map the number of […]Read more "Global Tree Loss – 15 Billion Every Year | Small Journal News"
Left hand on the wheel of his sand-colored taxi, he reached up with his right to open the compartment above the rear-view mirror while driving through the streets of Irbil, the main city in Iraq’s Kurdish region. Glancing at the cars in front, then at the mirror, he grabbed his ID card out of the […]Read more "Hard-Pressed Kurdistan Can’t Pay Security Forces Battling IS | Small Journal News"
BEIJING—South Korea, China and Japan Thursday announced plans to hold a trilateral meeting in October or November, in what could be a diplomatic breakthrough following months of tension. A statement from the president’s office in Seoul said President Park Geun-hye and China’s President Xi Jinping agreed trilateral cooperation would contribute to peace and prosperity in the […]Read more "S. Korean President Uses China Trip for Diplomacy | Small Journal News"
Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda denied being a killer and a war criminal Thursday as he spoke at his trial in The Hague. In a speech to judges of the International Criminal Court, Ntaganda acknowledged being described as “The Terminator” but said, “That is not me.” Ntaganda insisted he is a soldier, not a […]Read more "Former Congolese Rebel: ‘I Never Attacked Civilians’ | Small Journal News"