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Investigating Russian War Crimes

The international community has agreed that countries at war must follow certain basic rules of combat, such as not targeting civilians. Violations of these rules can constitute war crimes, and an international court was established in 1998 to bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice. Recently the court has begun to look at evidence from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, where observers say war crimes have been committed. Listen to hear a war crimes expert discuss the rules of war, how Russia has violated them, and what might be done to hold the perpetrators accountable.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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