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The Cost of 'Wait and See' -- Three Things the World Needs From the World Humanitarian Summit

A View from the United Nations | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
A View from the United Nations

The premise is simple: investing in national and local skills, systems and knowledge to build resilience and preparedness will save lives, cut costs and preserve hard-won development gains.

Thought the War in Syria Was Just About Over? Think Again

Kicker | Posted 05.02.2016 | World

Your own government bombing the hell out of your city, including a children's hospital: This is the horror of life in northern Syria.

Small Nonprofits, Big Nonprofits: The Where to Give Dilemma

Melissa Kushner | Posted 07.30.2016 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

According to Giving USA, donations reached nearly $360 billion in 2014, the highest amount since the 2007 recession. With text to donate, high-profile endorsements, and online crowdfunding, it's never been easier for individuals to choose and contribute to a cause.

150 Years After the First Geneva Convention, Switzerland and the ICRC Call for Greater Respect for International Humanitarian Law

Didier Burkhalter | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Didier Burkhalter

150 years ago to the day, the first Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field was adopted, declaring that even in times of war, a certain degree of humanity must be preserved. We are now calling for stricter compliance with this principle.

Militants Hold Red Cross Workers Hostage Overnight In East Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

KIEV, May 10 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian militants held several Red Cross workers hostage for seven hours in the rebel eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk...

Is Assad Winning Hearts and Minds?

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 08.08.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

A year ago, when the death toll stood at 14,000, the Assad regime proved to be the bully while the international community responded in five stages. Now the death toll stands at 94,786 and the international community has entered the sixth stage: a return to denial.

Syria Is Now a 'Civil War.' Does That Matter?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Lionel Beehner

The trouble with the civil war distinction is its rhetorical baggage: Does a civil war label prompt action by outsiders or inaction?

Medics In War Zones Increasingly Under Attack

Posted 10.10.2011 | World

GENEVA (AP) -- Attacks on medics in war zones are becoming more frequent and drawing less outrage, despite being explicitly forbidden under internatio...

Haitian Hospitals Awash With Supplies, Struggle to Pay Staff (Part 2)

Sarah Ryley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Ryley

Organizations seem unwilling to donate the one thing Haitian hospitals say they desperately need: Money that can be spent at their discretion, for things like salaries, fuel for the generator, and oxygen.

Jump Starting the First Amendment

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

In February, 2009, the Pentagon allowed the International Red Cross to photograph detainees at Guantanamo Bay for the first time. They had been barred from doing so for eight years prior to that.

James Harrison: Australian Man With Special Blood Type Saves 2 Million Babies

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Australian man James Harrison was just 14 years old, he received a life-saving blood transfusion during an invasive chest surgery. Grateful for t...

Aid Agencies In Chile Say Much More Help Is Needed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has revised its appeal for emergency aid in Chile, asking for a further $13 milli...

U.N. Ambassador Kohona: Sri Lanka Refugee Situation Improving

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Fourteen years after the civil war in Rwanda, refugees are still living in mud huts. In Bosnia, following Balkanization, people lacked heat and elect...

In Sri Lanka: A Look at the Refugee Camp

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The Sri Lankan government has moved mountains to accommodate more than a quarter million displaced people since the war ended ten days ago. But they have many more to move.

In Sri Lanka: A U.S. Congressman Gets It

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Congressman Heath Shuler's visit was the first time I have heard an American elected official seem to understand what has transpired here in Sri Lanka.

Obama Asks Tamil Tigers To Surrender, Sri Lanka To Mind Civilians

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama, speaking this afternoon, made a direct statement to both the Tamil Tigers as well as the Sri Lankan government regarding the enduring...

Sri Lanka-Tamil Tigers Conflict Root Causes Explored (AUDIO)(VIDEO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

* Scroll down for video and audio. The Red Cross is warning of a catastrophe as the Sri Lankan government launches a "final" assault against the rebe...