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By Danny Hirschel-Burns

Manohar or Basawan, “Mother and Child With a White Cat,” 1598. Via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Manohar or Basawan, “Mother and Child With a White Cat,” 1598. Via The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The New York Times has a multimedia article detailing the extent of lawlessness on the High Seas, which has tragic human consequences.

In the Monkey Cage, Laura Seay interviews Alex de Waal on the best and worse ways to alleviate suffering in foreign conflict zones. In the same vein, how neoconservatives have linked to the Iran Deal to suffering in Syria and how human rights advocacy can be a slippery slope to militarized agendas.

Jason Cone, Doctors Without Borders’ Executive Director in the US, writes on just how bad the humanitarian situation is in the West Bank and Gaza.

Agadez, Niger was previously one of the poorest cities on the planet. But huge numbers of Africans trying to pass Europe now use Agadez as a stepping stone to Libya, and the city’s experiencing an economic boom.

Those fighting the War on Terror have had to contend with religion, but have often failed to understand it in a productive way (and that’s partially the fault of political scientists), argues Elizabeth Shakman Hurd.

The Rwandan government seems to understand the value of a free press, but cannot escape its authoritarian tendencies to allow it. Christian Caryl writes on how a journalist tasked with opening Rwanda’s press by the government was forced to flee the country.

In light of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s escape from prison, frequent PVG guest contributor Brian J. Phillips takes at look at the evidence of the effectiveness of decapitating terrorist and criminal groups. Relatedly, why El Chapo’s escape is unlikely to affect cartel dynamics.

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