News in the Humanosphere: US imposes aid sanctions against Uganda

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The White House announced that the US would impose visa restrictions on Ugandans it believes have been involved in human rights violations, including gay rights. The US will halt $2.4 million in funding for a Ugandan community policing program in light of a police raid on a U.S.-funded health program at Makerere University and reports of people detained and abused while in police custody. (Reuters)

The number of Syrians who are housed in refugee camps and cities in neighboring Turkey has reached 1.05 million. (Reuters)

Ten bodies showing signs of torture have been found this week in a river in the troubled Central African Republic, a security official said Thursday. (AFP)

Africa

Across a swath of South Sudan, fields where green shoots should be poking through the wet soil lie untilled and overgrown; herds of cattle that would sustain communities through the lean season have been lost or stolen; food stores have been looted or burned. (IRIN)

Chronic shortages of antiretrovirals across Mozambique are endangering the health and the lives of tens of thousands of HIV positive people on treatment. (IPS)

Some residents of the South Sudanese capital are heeding the call of health officials and taking extra measures to fight cholera as the number of cases of the diarrheal disease continues to rise. But others are ignoring messages from health officials and continue as before — not washing their hands and not treating the water they drink. (VOA)

Police fired teargas and rubber bullets on Thursday in Kenya’s main port city of Mombasa to disperse a demonstration about poor security called after gunmen killed about 65 people in attacks on the coast this week. (VOA)

As Ivory Coast strives to put more than a decade of bloody conflict behind it, courts in the agrarian west African nation are overwhelmed by quarrels over land ownership. (AFP)

A United Nations human rights investigator says 4,000 Eritreans flee the country every month — almost double from just a year ago. (AP)

MENA

President Obama announced  that he is sending up to 300 U.S. troops to Iraq to help Iraqi military forces deal with an onslaught by radical Islamist fighters inspired by al-Qaeda. (WaPo)

Sunni refugees from northern Iraqi towns overrun by jihadists and other militants say they are afraid to return because of Iraqi air force bombing runs and the threat of U.S. airstrikes. (VOA)

Syrian warplanes Thursday launched 23 air raids on Mleiha southeast of Damascus, a key rebel bastion President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has struggled for weeks to recapture, a monitor said. (AP)

Asia

India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting industries. (AP)

Thousands of refugees poured out of Pakistan’s North Waziristan on Thursday, terrified by both state troops and Taliban insurgents fighting for control of the troubled region. (Reuters)

China’s Communist Party crackdown on dissent and freedom of expression appears to be intensifying. (VOA)

Tensions are rising as the deteriorating humanitarian situation and limited access to livelihoods for Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar’s largely Buddhist Rakhine State lead to accusations that some are smuggling drugs across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh. (IRIN)

The Americas

After declining for some years, the number of Indian students heading to the United States for graduate and undergraduate studies is surging. (VOA)

A severe water crisis in the financially bankrupt city of Detroit in the US state of Michigan has prompted several non-governmental organisations and activists to appeal for U.N. intervention in one of the world’s richest countries. (IPS)

The US Treasury Department lifted economic sanctions on Thursday against 308 people and entities with suspected links to a now-defunct Colombian drug cartel. (AP)

Opinion/Blogs

And here’s what the Iraq crisis looks like from the perspective of the United Nations. (Global Dispatches Podcast)

Providing Aid in Conflict Zones Keeps Getting More and More Dangerous (VICE News)

No More Excuses for Africa at World Cup (The Daily Vox)

Is the UN turning its back on the human right to water? (Guardian)

First Development Impact Bond Is Launched (CGD)

Why we made a film about the images and myths that cast a continent as a victim (Africa is a Country)

Nicholas Kristof wants to save the world with his New York Times columns. Why are so many of them wrong? (Slate)

The danger of free artistic expression in Belarus (Humanosphere)

Epidemiologists now feared to have spread worldwide (The Allium)

Research/Reports

Rebuilding governance for natural resources vital for long-term peace (UNEP report)

What political economy factors affect funding decisions in protracted humanitarian emergencies? (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre )

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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.