Conflicts & Crises

Blue Marble insights into international conflicts, crises, and peace efforts worldwide.

What is the Palestinian Authority?

By Hope O'Dell

The Palestinian prime minister announced on Feb. 26 that he and his council of ministers will resign from the Palestinian Authority amid declining support, which has been weakened by accusations of corruption, withdrawn financial aid, and the slow pace of progress toward Palestinian self-determination. 

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Is the UN doing a good job? Just 33% of Americans think so, new Gallup poll shows

By Hope O'Dell

New polling conducted by Gallup between Feb. 1 and 20 finds that, compared to last year, fewer Americans think the United Nations is doing a good job at solving the problems it has to face.

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What is the land-for-peace principle some hope will resolve conflict in the Middle East?

By Hope O'Dell

The U.S. testified at the United Nations’ court on Feb. 21, saying that Israel should not be “legally obligated to immediately and unconditionally withdraw” from occupied Palestinian territory and instead the International Court of Justice should work within the “land-for-peace” framework to issue their opinion.

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Israel has occupied Palestinian territories since 1967; UN court considers whether that’s legal

By Hope O'Dell

The United Nations General Assembly has asked the organization’s court to give advice on what legal consequences Israel should face for its decades-long occupation of the Palestinian territories. 

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How I went from revenge to reconciliation

By Liza Slutskaya

 

Aziz Abu Sarah grew up in East Jerusalem. When he was 9 years old, his older brother was arrested on suspicion of throwing rocks and died shortly after his release from internal injuries sustained during his time in prison. “For eight years, my life was focused on revenge,” Aziz told Blue Marble. But when he was 18, he decided to study Hebrew. 

My mother's death on Oct. 7th shook me awake

By Hannah Long-Higgins

Activist Vivian Silver dedicated her life to building a path to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. On Oct. 7, she was killed in the Hamas attacks. Yonatan Zeigen talked with Blue Marble about his mother's life and the impact of her death.

Why one ICJ judge voted against every approved provisional measure in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel

By Hope O'Dell

Julia Sebutinde of Uganda voted no on more measures in the ICJ's ruling than the judge Israel appointed to the UN court for this case.

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ICJ rules Israel must take immediate measures to protect Palestinians in Gaza Strip

By Hope O'Dell

The court did not order a cease-fire. In 63% of previous cases, it denied similar requests to stop military action.

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Why is Sweden telling its citizens to prepare for war?

By Hope O'Dell

As the country moves closer to joining NATO, member countries, including Poland and Germany, have said that within the next decade Russia could attack nations that have joined the military alliance. 

 

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From oil to Ikea furniture: Red Sea conflict and Panama Canal drought delay shipments and could increase emissions

By Hope O'Dell

Over 90% of the world's traded goods are transported by ship.

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