Weekly Round Up 2nd – 8th July

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Afghan Electoral Crisis

Who?
Ghanzi Province civilians

What?
Electoral crisis

Where?
Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
Afghanistan is still considered to be in a state of crisis so anything monumental such as an election can be considered as a huge turning point in their political stance. Due to Afghanistan’s ethically diverse population, being careful about these matters also is of utmost importance to keep things as civil as possible. However in the Ghanzi province, the IEC offices were closed prior to the elections, making it near impossible to register for elections. A solution to the overwhelming distress was to split the province into three smaller regions, causing riots this last week. The split discriminates two out of the three ethical groups, causing further harm in the conflict stricken state.

Full Articles:
https://thediplomat.com/2018/07/a-solution-or-the-beginning-of-an-ethnic-crisis-in-the-afghan-parliamentary-elections/
https://www.pajhwok.com/en/2018/07/04/iec-decision-ghazni-termed-%E2%80%98discriminatory%E2%80%99

 

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Manilan Pro-Islamic State Stand Off

Who?
Philippine Army, Pro-Islamic State fighters

What?
12 hour Military Stand Off

Where?
Manila, Philippines

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
In the ongoing conflict between the Philippine Army and Pro-Islamic State fighters, another altercation lasting half a day proves that the problem is not getting any better.  After last years 5 month engagement with the BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters), hopes that the past would stay in the past may not be the case.

Full Articles:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-militants/philippine-troops-retake-town-after-12-hour-standoff-with-islamists-idUSKBN1JV06O?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5b3da26104d3012ca6007460&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

 

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How the Tables Have Turned; Qatar Edition

Who?
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates

What?
A Year on since a heavy maritime and trade embargo

Where?
Middle East

Why is it important, relevant, worth consideration or keeping an eye on?
Despite first impressions, Qatar actually gained a lot more than it’s neighbours in the embargo imposed on Doha in July last year. In efforts to stop Qatar’s influence in the Middle East in the sense that they were behind the growing numbers of the IS as well as false news outlets; the Anti-Qatar quartet – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates imposed an embargo in attempts to suffocate Doha to their will. Yet, somehow this plan back-fired and Qatar is now one of the wealthiest countries in the region.

Full Articles:

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/06/04/qatar-won-the-saudi-blockade/
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2018/05/understanding-blockade-qatar-180530122209237.html

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