Samantha Power greets Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 21-year-old Iraqi woman of the Yazidi faith and a victim of abduction and torture by the terrorist group Islamic State. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

A Disturbing Look Inside the ISIS Sex Slave Trade

This is an intense investigative report by a team of AP reporters that offers a look inside the economics and politics of ISIS’ sex trade in Yazidi women, facilitated via mobile technology. ”While the Islamic State group is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves. In a fusion of ancient barbaric practices and modern technology, IS sells the women like chattel on smartphone apps and shares databases that contain their photographs and the names of their “owners” to prevent their escape through IS checkpoints. The fighters are assassinating smugglers who rescue the captives, just as funds to buy the women out of slavery are drying up.” (WaPo

White savior backlash of the day…”The real nightmare may be the reception Linton is getting from Zambians and readers across the continent. Her book is being panned as a delusional, patronizing “jungle narrative,” riddled with inaccuracies and racist tropes. According to her critics, Linton—a Scottish actress and film producer whose resume includes CSI: New York and William and Kate, a Lifetime film about the British royal couple—is the latest reminder that the “white savior complex” is far from dead.” (QZ

Stat of the day: It is estimated that approximately 2.8 million people are affected by the drought in Guatemala, with 900,000 at risk of malnutrition and in need of immediate support. (Al Jazeera )

Chilcot report drops…The long awaited inquiry into the British government’s 2003 decision to go to war in Iraq is released today. (Time


Clashes between rival rebel factions have left at least 10 dead and 25 injured in Central African Republic, police said Tuesday, raising fears of fresh unrest in one of the world’s most volatile nations. (AFP

The United Nations human rights office today condemned the killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda, and their taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri, on 23 June, in a context of persistent allegations of extrajudicial killings by police forces. (UN News Center

Suspected rebels hacked to death at least nine people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, the army said, the latest in a string of massacres that have killed more than 500 civilians since October 2014. (Reuters

The United Nations has warned that some 50,000 children could starve to death this year in Nigeria’s Borno state alone if nothing is done. (AFP

Nigeria’s military thwarted suicide attacks Tuesday by two women from the Boko Haram extremist group. (VOA

A shortage of syringes is hampering plans to vaccinate people in Democratic Republic of Congo against a yellow fever epidemic despite the arrival of more than one million doses of vaccine, health officials said on Tuesday. (Reuters

Teachers, doctors and nurses in Zimbabwe began a strike over unpaid salaries on Tuesday, a day after police used force against protesting taxi drivers in the capital, Harare, as the country’s economy deteriorates. (Reuters

Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi said he will return from Europe to fight presidential elections later this year, dismissing an arrest warrant against him as “fake”. (Reuters

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress said on Tuesday the public broadcaster, accused by opposition parties of pro-government bias ahead of local elections, was practicing censorship by not broadcasting violent anti-state protests. (Reuters

The Mandela family reacted angrily after the former South African leader’s voice was used in an election advert for the country’s main opposition. (BBC

Human rights groups are using Ethiopia’s recent election to a non-permanent United Nations Security Council seat to push for a humanitarian agenda inside the east African nation. Ethiopia has a strained relationship with human rights groups which have criticized it for stifling political dissent and jailing journalists and political opponents. (VOA

Women who are former Boko Haram captives, and their children born out of rape, face mistrust and persecution when they return home, according to a report by peacebuilding group International Alert and the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF. (Reuters


Iraq’s interior minister submitted his resignation on Tuesday as authorities sought to contain the fallout from a bombing in Baghdad that killed more than 200 people and triggered widespread anger. (AFP

A Shiite militia that fought alongside Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group may have kidnapped 900 civilians and executed at least 50, some by beheadings and torture, the UN said Tuesday. (Reuters

Shia militants who fought alongside the Iraqi army in Falluja may have seized some 900 civilian men and boys and killed nearly 50, the UN has said. (BBC

While the Islamic State group is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves. (AP

The head of the U.N. Security Council’s counterterrorism agency says the Islamic State group is proving more flexible and adaptable than the governments battling the militants. (AP

A report finds poverty is rising among Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries. A survey carried out by the U.N. refugee agency in five host countries shows Syrian refugees are finding it increasingly more difficult to make ends meet. (VOA

Some Syrian opposition groups have adopted methods of abuse similar to those employed by the government of President Bashar Assad, Amnesty International said in a new report Tuesday that documents a “chilling” wave of torture, abductions and summary killings in insurgent-controlled areas. (AP


A suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up outside an Indonesian police station Tuesday, injuring one officer in an attack officials said was linked to the Islamic State group. (AFP

Bangladeshi police said on Tuesday security forces may have shot dead a hostage by mistake during a siege of a Dhaka cafe on the weekend, believing he was one of the attackers. (Reuters

Thailand’s Justice Ministry says it has no plan to execute rapists who murder their victims, saying such a harsh penalty would provoke more rapists to kill. (AP

China kicked off a week of military drills in the South China Sea ahead of a hotly anticipated and potentially destabilising court ruling on its territorial claims in the region.  (Guardian

Anti-graft group Transparency International is launching a project to encourage young people to combat corruption in Cambodia. (VOA

India’s most controversial minister was shifted in a sweeping government reshuffle. (WaPo

A pioneering method of financing education in India, with returns based on results, aims to tackle the deep-seated inequality faced by millions of girls. (Guardian

The Americas

The leader of Colombia’s Farc rebel group says it will stop charging its so-called “revolutionary tax”. For decades, the Farc extorted money from local people and businesses in areas it controlled. (BBC

A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off of some of Rio de Janeiro’s most stunning beaches, one month before the city is due to host the 2016 Olympic Games. (CNN

Police hit by Rio de Janeiro’s cash crisis have threatened to strike during the Olympics, warning tourists that they are at risk in the city as officers and firefighters are not being paid. (Telegraph

Cubans face tough times in the energy sector in the coming months, official media warned Tuesday amid orders from authorities to implement power-saving measures and some state-run entities reducing hours of operation. (AP

Bolivia has nearly reached its coca crop-eradication goal and the South American country is now mainly a transshipment point for cocaine, government officials said Tuesday. (AP

Feminists in Brazil who were on opposing sides are uniting to support the ousted first female president and protest against growing attacks on women’s rights (Guardian

Authorities in Puerto Rico say a nearly 2-year-old girl has drowned at a government-run home for abused children. (AP

…and the rest

Macedonian police say they have discovered 96 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan in an abandoned truck near the southern border town of Gevgelija. (AP

Moves by the Bank of England boosted London stocks and sent the pound to a new 31-year low, but elsewhere stocks fell, with traders keeping a nervous eye on a brewing Italian banking crisis. (AFP

Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other war-torn states use the traditional Balkan migration route despite its closure in March, rather than tryi the hazardous Mediterranean Sea crossing between Libya and Italy, where thousands daily risk their lives. On the no man’s land between Serbia and Hungary, there’s little to fend off the scorching summer heat. (AP

The European Union’s authority is fraying as governments and politicians in many members challenge EU policies and take aim at “Brussels bureaucracy” in the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the 28-nation bloc. (Reuters

The Maldives’ foreign minister resigned Tuesday saying she has irreconcilable disagreements with the government’s decision to implement the death penalty. (AP

Hungary will hold a government-initiated referendum on Oct. 2 seeking political support to oppose any European Union efforts to resettle refugees among its member states, the office of President Janos Ader said Tuesday. (AP

Thirteen regional lawmakers from the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany quit on Tuesday over what they called the anti-Semitic views of a colleague, causing a damaging split in the right-wing party. (Reuters


We need to fight sexism to get more female surgeons in developing countries (Guardian

Nigeria: Why Twitter Suspended Niger Delta Avengers’ Account (Vangard

Why Nigeria’s military make bad aid workers (IRIN

UK’s Iraq War report could make grim reading for Tony Blair (AP

Secret aid worker: consultants aren’t the problem, it’s the people who hire us (Guardian

Turkish citizenship for refugees: a political ploy? (AFP

The last Journalists in a dictatorship (Africa is a Country

Reading ICAI’s review of DFID WASH results (Public Spheres WB

The Correlation Between Economic Freedom Indexes and Corruption Indexes Tells Us Nothing (Global Anticorruption Blog

A look inside the Educate Girls development impact bond and the first-year results (Devex

How Digital Finance empowers women (From Poverty to Power