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Rough guide to Islamic rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), There is a renewed interest in translating classical texts about Islamic rules of war into English, adding to the increasing body of work on the intersections between Islam, international humanitarian law (IHL) and the protection of civilians. IRIN provides this study guide to get you started.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99990/Rough-guide-to-Islamic-rules-of-war
Islamic law and the rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), Islamic law contains a rich, but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians which can be difficult to understand, given the range of sources and interpretations available. IRIN walks you through the basics.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99987/Islamic-law-and-the-rules-of-war
Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99988/Jihadi-jurisprudence-Militant-interpretations-of-Islamic-rules-of-war
Can Islamic law be an answer for humanitarians?
24 April 2014 (IRIN ), In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99989/Can-Islamic-law-be-an-answer-for-humanitarians
Remittance rip-offs
22 April 2014 (IRIN ), All over the world migrant workers are sending money home to their families. The money pays hospital bills and school fees, buys land, builds houses and sets up small businesses. The cash goes from the US back to Mexico, from the Gulf back to India, from the UK back to Somalia, and from South Africa back to Malawi, Zimbabwe and the rest of southern Africa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99977/Remittance-rip-offs
Ethnic Somalis under pressure in Kenyan capital
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of ethnic Somalis have been arrested and detained in an ongoing security operation dubbed Usalama Watch mainly in Eastleigh, a suburb of Nairobi often known as “Little Mogadishu” because of its predominantly Somali population. Usalama means security in Swahili.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99927/Ethnic-Somalis-under-pressure-in-Kenyan-capital
A mother’s death costs the family dear - Kenyan study
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), While the death of a mother during childbirth has obvious emotional and personal implications, a new study in Kenya that quantifies the precise economic burden on households has found that it can be debilitating for a family and push them into poverty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99921/A-mother-s-death-costs-the-family-dear-Kenyan-study
Kenya’s Sharia-friendly livestock insurance
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), A mutual insurance scheme based on Islamic Sharia law has been launched to reduce the impact of extreme weather events on pastoral livelihoods in Kenya’s arid northern regions where perennial drought often decimates thousands of livestock.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99909/Kenya-s-Sharia-friendly-livestock-insurance
Pneumonia vaccine shows promise in Kenya
28 March 2014 (IRIN ), Better uptake of the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in children under five alongside more robust health monitoring systems at community level could help stem pneumonia related-deaths in children in Kenya: 20 percent of deaths in children under five are attributable to the disease, according to the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99858/Pneumonia-vaccine-shows-promise-in-Kenya
Cattle-rustling and the politics of business in Kenya
27 March 2014 (IRIN ), Cattle raiding in Kenya is often viewed in the legitimizing context of tradition, climate change and resource conflict, but increasingly it has much more to do with organized crime meeting a rising demand for meat, and political violence resulting from a new devolutionary constitution.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99846/Cattle-rustling-and-the-politics-of-business-in-Kenya
Regional interests at stake in the South Sudan crisis
19 March 2014 (IRIN ), Uganda’s military intervention in South Sudan has prompted warnings that the crisis in the world’s youngest state could escalate into a regional conflict. But what are the interests of South Sudan’s neighbours? What are they doing to further them? And how will their actions affect efforts to end the fighting?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99802/Regional-interests-at-stake-in-the-South-Sudan-crisis
Pastoralist aspirations versus policy in the Horn of Africa
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), Since the Horn of Africa drought of 2011 aid agencies have been working to understand the changes taking place in the drylands, hoping to better anticipate people’s needs. Recent research shows these changes go beyond climate and environment to encompass social and economic factors. The findings have important policy implications.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99698/Pastoralist-aspirations-versus-policy-in-the-Horn-of-Africa
Breaking the cycle of youth unemployment, poverty
10 February 2014 (IRIN ), Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99620/Breaking-the-cycle-of-youth-unemployment-poverty
Helping Africa’s urban poor gain from modernization
4 February 2014 (IRIN ), Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99590/Helping-Africa-s-urban-poor-gain-from-modernization
Kenyan irrigation scheme offers solutions but raises questions
29 January 2014 (IRIN ), One of the largest irrigation schemes in Kenya’s history, the recently launched 400,000-hectare Galana-Kulalu Food Security Project, will focus on the production of crops, livestock and fish for both domestic consumption and export.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99555/Kenyan-irrigation-scheme-offers-solutions-but-raises-questions
Analysis: Turning to ancient diets to alleviate modern ills
23 January 2014 (IRIN ), Unprecedented levels of chronic non-communicable diseases are prompting health experts and indigenous activists to highlight a need to revert to the diets of our ancestors to regain lost nutrients. This would also assist in improving society's relationship with the earth, and to restoring both human and environmental health.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99524/Analysis-Turning-to-ancient-diets-to-alleviate-modern-ills
Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high
23 December 2013 (IRIN ), Following approvals in the US and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99381/Life-saving-hepatitis-C-drug-approved-but-cost-is-high
Briefing: Escalating clashes in northern Kenya
11 December 2013 (IRIN ), A fresh outbreak of violence between communities in northern Kenya’s Moyale area – in Marsabit County - has displaced tens of thousands and led the government to take the almost unprecedented step of deploying its troops domestically in an effort to quell the unrest.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99312/Briefing-Escalating-clashes-in-northern-Kenya
The hidden crisis in urban slums
4 December 2013 (IRIN ), In Mathare, a sprawling slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, children in tattered clothes play with raw waste flowing from a burst sewage pipe. In the alley, crowded with tin-and-wood shanties, a food kiosk filled with people feasting on smoked fish stands on the burst pipe. Close by, a woman fries chopped potatoes on an open fire.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99263/The-hidden-crisis-in-urban-slums
Is Africa ready for GM?
27 November 2013 (IRIN ), Even as food insecurity continues to afflict impoverished and disaster-affected populations around the continent, African policymakers and consumers remain deeply divided over the potential harms and benefits of genetically modified (GM) foods, which advocates say could greatly improve yields and nutrition.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99218/Is-Africa-ready-for-GM

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