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Mon, Oct 21, 2019

Invisible in an invisible war

The six women in fatigues sitting around a well-appointed brunch table in suburban Washington give an impression of sincerity and sacrifice. Members of the Ukraine Women’s Veterans Movement, they were in Washington, DC, from October 7-12, to promote their new report, Invisible Battalion 2.0, a national survey of the status of Ukraine’s women veterans. They […]

UkraineAlert by Lauren Van Metre and Steven Steiner

Civil Society Conflict

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Protests in Iraq may unseat the government

The sudden outbreak of protests in Iraq on October 1 was part of a pattern the country has witnessed in recent years. Understanding this context as well as the grievances driving the protestors helps explain the latest unrest. As it stands now, Iraq is in precarious moment in which bold, concrete action from the government […]

MENASource by Rend al-Rahim

Civil Society Corruption

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Seven takeaways from Zelenskyy’s marathon press conference (and one surprise) 

At the press conference, Zelenskyy said he was ready to “sit down and talk” with Kolomoisky.

UkraineAlert by Iryna Matviyishyn

Civil Society Conflict

Wed, Oct 9, 2019

Ukraine’s most vulnerable children deserve a passport, too

In the non-government controlled territories of Ukraine, 57 percent of children were born without proper birth registration by the Ukrainian authorities and may be unable to qualify for a Ukrainian passport at age 14.

UkraineAlert by Anna Babko

Civil Society Conflict

Mon, Oct 7, 2019

Coming into her own

“What I’m seeing now is speed over professionalism,” Suprun said. “I think it’s about time Ukraine started being more mature about what it’s doing.”

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Civil Society Media

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

In solidarity with Sudan: Syria’s graffiti movement

Within this project, local volunteers planned and organized graffiti murals, based off of London artist and social commentator Banksy, reflecting on current events while tying in the Syrian conflict.

SyriaSource by Rana Riziq

Civil Society Resilience & Society

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

Rebuilding Ukraine one house at a time

Five years after Kramatorsk, our volunteer initiative has become the largest volunteer movement in Ukraine with a network of more than 2,500 volunteers. Together, we have restored housing for 220 families and helped 17 cities create their own youth centers.

UkraineAlert by Yurko Didula

Civil Society Conflict

Fri, Sep 27, 2019

Teachers’ protest challenges Jordanian status quo

Teachers in Jordan are starting the third week of one of the longest strikes by educators in the region’s history. Negotiations with the government have stalled, and there is no end in sight.

MENASource by Tuqa Nusairat

Civil Society Economy & Business

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Will Zelenskyy make the same fatal mistake as Poroshenko?

Judicial reform is one of the most anticipated promises made by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during his unorthodox campaign.

UkraineAlert by Kateryna Butko

Civil Society Political Reform

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Gontareva: “Too many have sacrificed and died to let oligarchs run the country again.”

Support for the National Bank of Ukraine and Gontareva from the West has been overwhelming, but if Zelenskyy cannot take on Kolomoisky, then his landmark election and reform agenda will be added to the trash heap of failed Ukrainian presidents and support for the country will erode.

UkraineAlert by Diane Francis

Civil Society Corruption