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Human Rights Observatory
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image People displaced by conflict walk with their belongings in Wad Madani, the capital of al-Jazirah state, Sudan, December 16, 2023. © 2023 AFP via Getty Images Last week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that 10.7 million people have been uprooted from their homes in Sudan, including 9 million displaced internally—two-thirds since the conflict broke out in April 2023. Sudan now has the highest rate of internal displacement in the world, even surpassing Syria’s 7.2 million. This grim record should be a wakeup call. Behind these figures are many… (Full Story)
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image People line up for bread at a partially collapsed but still operational bakehouse in Nuseirat refugee camp in Deir al Balah, Gaza, November 4, 2023. © 2023 Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images (New York) – Governments should continue funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), given its vital role in averting a humanitarian catastrophe and the risk of famine in the Gaza Strip, while the agency investigates allegations that 12 of its staff were involved in the Hamas-led October 7, 2023, attacks in southern Israel,… (Full Story)
By Zita Zage
"... a staggering 90 percent of African cultural property is currently housed in European museums. Calls for the repatriation of these stolen artifacts displayed in Western museums have intensified ..." (Full Story)
By Tracie McKinney, Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, University of South Wales
Wildlife tourism thrives on our fascination with animals and primates are particularly attractive animals to tourists. With their human-like faces, complex family dynamics and acrobatic antics, they are a joy to behold.

But recent stories have emerged that portray monkeys in a more sinister light. Reports of “monkey attacks”, “devil monkeys”,…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Joost de Moor, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po
Protests against massive water reservoirs and new skiing infrastructure are some of the events in 2023 that have thrust climate adaptation politics into the limelight. Here’s why it matters.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Geoffrey Smith, Researcher, University of Kent
Dorothea Mylopotamitaki, Doctorante, Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en biologie (CIRB), Collège de France
Karen Ruebens, Researcher, Paléaoanthropologie, CIRB, Collège de France
Marcel Weiss, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
New discoveries of bone fragments at Ranis cave in Germany prove the early presence of cold-adapted Homo sapiens in northern EuropeThe Conversation (Full Story)
By Jade Gilbourne, PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of York
In between her record-shattering Eras tour and cheering on her NFL-star boyfriend Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift may be gearing up for a history-making legal battle over AI pornography. Swift is reportedly preparing to take action against distributors of “deepfake” images of her.

Obscene images of Swift began circulating on X (formerly Twitter) on January 25. The images, which fans describe as “disgusting”,…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Linda Ferrell, Professor of Marketing, Auburn University
O.C. Ferrell, Professor of Ethics, Auburn University
Marketers are increasingly focused on reaching narrow audiences – but when it comes to mass appeal, the Super Bowl doesn’t miss.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Aoife Granville, Lecturer in Béaloideas (Folklore), University College Cork
The traditional start of spring in Ireland on February 1 is now marked with celebrations of women, empowerment, food, sustainability and craft.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Michael Kehler, Werklund Research Professor, Masculinities Studies, University of Calgary
Gabriel Knott-Fayle, Postdoctoral Scholar of Masculinities Studies in Education, University of Calgary
We are witnessing an overdue shift towards normalizing male athletes seeking help and gradually speaking more openly and vulnerably about mental health.The Conversation (Full Story)
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