Links to Start Your Week 2/2/15

Middle East

The New Yorker has a primer on the latest flare-up in tensions between Israel and Hezbollah in the larger context of Middle East politics.

Occupied Pleasures is a photo book aiming to undermine the persistent narrative of the Palestinian territories as only a place of suffering. Support their Kickstarter! (For more glimpses of Palestinian life under occupation, check out the documentary 5 Broken Cameras, currently on Netflix.)

Libya’s representative to the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC,) who was kidnapped two weeks ago, has been released. So far reports are that the people behind his kidnapping are still a mystery. Since the death of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has basically been experiencing a civil war between several rival militias.

Cyberspace has been an influential but often overlooked front in Syria’s civil war.

Africa

The first major trials for an Ebola vaccine are beginning in Liberia.

Latin America

Chile’s president, Michele Bachelet, has announced plans to end her country’s ban on abortions. Under her proposal, however, abortion would still be restricted to cases of rape or where the life of the mother was at risk. Currently women who get abortions can be sentenced to five years in prison.

Asia

A fire at a garment factory in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, killed at least thirteen and injured dozens more. This is the latest in a number of incidents that have highlighted the unsafe working conditions in garment factories in Bangladesh.

Europe

The U.S. is considering supplying weapons to Ukrainian rebels.

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