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Saudi-led war wreaks havoc in Yemen

Saudi-led war wreaks havoc in Yemen

By Alistair Lyon A year ago, Saudi Arabia and its allies unleashed a Western-backed military intervention in Yemen’s civil war. It has gone horribly, and predictably, wrong. Twelve months of bombing, backed by a naval blockade and some ground troops, have failed...

Saudi bombs cannot pacify Yemen

Saudi bombs cannot pacify Yemen

By Alistair Lyon Yemen’s green terraced mountains, exuberant architecture and proud heritage of music, poetry and Islamic learning, not to mention its inhabitants’ fondness for whiling away the afternoons chewing mildly narcotic leaves, mark it out from its Arab...

Inspired by News Decoder, students in Romania start magazine

Inspired by News Decoder, students in Romania start magazine

They’ve worked with News Decoder for a year. Now students at a school in Romania have launched a magazine — a first in their city. The cover of the second edition of “Transylvania Insights” Inspired by their work with News Decoder, students at...

Ioan Pristavu and Octavian-Anton Ghisa, students at Transylvania College in Romania, launched a school magazine that offers a platform for fellow students to examine meaty issues ranging from the impact of COVID-19 on stock markets to racism in the UK’s royal family. Their initiative illustrates the impact that News Decoder seeks to have on students at our partner schools, who work with our experienced correspondents on the world’s most pressing issues.

Exercise: Ask your students to list issues they would want to explore in a school magazine and how they would report on them.

Conflict in strategic Ethiopia rings global alarm bells

Conflict in strategic Ethiopia rings global alarm bells

A military conflict has broken out in Ethiopia, raising fears of instability and a humanitarian crisis in the strategic Horn of Africa. Tigray refugees in eastern Sudan, 22 November 2020 (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) A military conflict in northern Ethiopia has raised...

Your students may have noticed news stories about Ethiopia of late. But most accounts skip the background and context that enable young people to understand why conflict there matters to them. Barry Moody, one of News Decoder’s most experienced correspondents, explains how fighting between federal forces and rebels is raising fears of a humanitarian crisis in one of the world’s most strategic regions. Can your students think of other repressive regimes that, when overthrown, yielded chaos and conflict? Led by a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ethiopia is a cautionary tale for those seeking quick, democratic reforms in ethnically diverse countries.