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Amnesty International Says "War Veterans" in Zimbabwe Are Forcibly Recruiting Youths to Attack

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Amnesty International Says "War Veterans" in Zimbabwe Are Forcibly Recruiting Youths to Attack Supporters of Opposition Leaders

(New York) -- Amnesty International today warned that the violence in Zimbabwe is reaching crisis levels, and revealed that "war veterans" are forcibly recruiting local youths to attack perceived supporters of the opposition MDC (Movement for Democratic Change)."Those who refuse to commit violence are assaulted and accused of being MDC supporters by the 'war veterans,'" said Simeon Mawanza, Amnesty International’s Zimbabwe researcher. At least 22 people have been killed and more than 900 have been treated for injuries sustained from the violence since the March 29 elections. Several hundred have been hospitalized and hundreds of families have been forced to flee their homes after they have been burned by gangs of "war veterans" and ZANU-PF youths.


By Amnesty International USA.


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Linking Venezuela and the FARC

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Linking Venezuela and the FARC

Roughly two months after Colombian forces crossed into Ecuador to kill a FARC guerilla leader, INTERPOL certified the authenticity of eight FARC laptops seized by the Colombian government. The finding strengthened Bogota's claims of a link between Venezuela and the FARC guerilla group. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rebuffed the forensic analysis and, with characteristic flourish, called the head of INTERPOL a "gringo policeman." Yet leaked emails (Miami Herald) from the laptops indicate evidence of Venezuelan financial and arms support for the FARC. If substantiated, these reports could deal a serious blow to regional security and further undermine U.S. relations with oil-rich Venezuela.


By CFR, USA.


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Can a Syrian-Israeli Peace Agreement Be Reached?

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Can a Syrian-Israeli Peace Agreement Be Reached?

Joshua Landis, who writes the blog Syria Comment and is regarded as a leading Syria specialist, says a prospective Syria-Israel peace agreement is "very feasible" but is skeptical whether it can be achieved quickly. For there to be a deal, Landis says, Israel would have to return all of the Golan Heights, and Syria would have to rein in Hezbollah and stop aiding Hamas. Landis adds that it will be a "bitter pill" for Syria to stop supporting militant Palestinian groups.


By CFR, USA.


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