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Egypt: The U.S. Department of State Reissues Travel Alert

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel alert for Egypt Dec. 18, just days before a car bomb killed 14 people at a police compound in Mansoura, 80 miles north of Cairo. The Dec. 24 bombing appears to have targeted police, but reports indicated that several civilians were also killed or injured in [read more]

Burma: Violent Clashes in Kanbalu

Date: September 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Simmering tensions between the Buddhist majority and Islamic minority erupted in violence Aug. 25. The conflict began when police in Kanbalu, about 500 miles north of Rangoon, refused to hand over a Muslim man accused in an attempted rape of a Buddhist woman, and spread to at least three other towns. Buddhist mobs rioted, setting [read more]

Mali: Will Tourists Desert Timbuktu for Good?

Date: August 15th, 2012 | No Comments

Caught between a military coup and an ethnic uprising, the legendary city of Timbuktu and its surrounding World Heritage sites are bereft of tourists this year. After capturing the city from the military in April, Islamist extremist groups MLNA and Ansar Dine made a point of destroying some of its most important heritage sites, including [read more]

Israel: Tourist Center to be Built in Tense Neighborhood

Date: February 15th, 2012 | No Comments

The government has given a Jewish group permission to build an archaeological center in Silwan, a tense Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Silwan is near Jerusalem’s Old City, and is the site of clashes between Arab residents and Jewish guards protecting 80 Jewish families who have settled there. Proponents of the plan hope it will [read more]

Bahrain: British Embassy Bombed in Recent Display of Disdain for Western Backed Sunni Dynasty

Date: December 10th, 2011 | No Comments

The British Embassy in Bahrain was the target of a small bomb explosion, prompting the Bahraini government to provide additional security to foreign embassies in the country. Earlier this year, Bahrain was swept by a wave of unrest, and the latest bomb attack confirms that tensions remain. Between February and March of this year, the [read more]

Egypt: Nuclear Power Plant Under Construction as Violence Continues

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Interim-President Adly Mansour announced plans to resume construction on a nuclear power plant in al-Dabaa, 180 miles north of Cairo. Construction on the plant began under ousted-president Hosni Mubarak, but was suspended when locals accused the state of taking their land by force and without payment. Local residents recently abandoned a months-long occupation of the [read more]

Tibet: Lunar New Year Honors Protestors Who Died

Date: February 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Tibetan communities in China chose to forgo their traditional Lunar New Year celebrations this year, opting instead to quietly honor their kinsmen who self-immolated in protest of Chinese rule. Since 2009, nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in public, drawing greater international attention to their plight and severe criticism of China. Most of [read more]

Egypt: Americans Kidnapped by Bedouin Released Unharmed

Date: July 18th, 2012 | No Comments

After three days in captivity, two American tourists and their Egyptian guide were released unharmed in the Sinai Peninsula. The three were taken hostage when a Bedouin ambushed their tour bus, seeking the release of a recently arrested tribesman. Security problems have increased in the remote Sinai region since last year’s political uprising removed President [read more]

Nigeria: Christmas Bombing Sparks Fear of Religious War

Date: December 28th, 2011 | No Comments

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, which is suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda, has claimed a series of Christmas day bombings that left more than 30 people dead as Christian leaders warn of escalating violence and the possibility of religious war. Nigeria is divided roughly along religious lines, with the north being predominantly Muslim [read more]

Mali: Travel Warning in North of Country

Date: October 8th, 2011 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department is warning citizens about traveling to the small African nation, particularly in the northern parts of the country, because of kidnapping threats made against Westerners. Al-Qaida in the Maghreb, a region in northwest Africa spanning many countries, has stated its intent to attack Western targets. This, coupled with a recent military [read more]

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