Critical State

Civilian decision in conflict: Part I

Critical State takes a deep dive into one of the most fundamental choices civilians make in wartime: whether to stay in their homes and live under the control of an armed group that has conquered their city — or to abandon their homes and flee to somewhere they hope will be safer.

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DHS faces whistleblower claims; new fire at Beirut's port; second blaze rips through Moria camp

An official from the US Department of Homeland Security, Brian Murphy, said in a whistleblower complaint that senior officials pressured him to suppress facts in intelligence reports. Barely a month after a massive blast tore through Beirut’s port, a large fire has engulfed the area once again. And little remains of Greece's overcrowded Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos after a second fire overnight destroyed almost everything that had survived the initial blaze.

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Devastating fire destroys Moria refugee camp; AstraZeneca vaccine trial paused; Thwaites Glacier seafloor survey identifies possible vulnerability

A massive fire burned overnight destroying much of Greece’s largest refugee camp amid the coronavirus. And a joint coronavirus vaccine effort by pharmaceutical maker AstraZeneca and Oxford University hit a bump in the road as late-stage studies were put on hold. Also, scientists appear to have identified a major vulnerability in Thwaites Glacier.

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