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Humanitarian Aid

Leave Sean Penn Alone

Michele Langevine Leiby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michele Langevine Leiby

The gotcha culture of the media in Washington and elsewhere is occasionally mildly entertaining. But at an event where many people have gone to such great lengths to do something good, what could be more unseemly?

Israel's Gaza Blockade Criticized By UN Humanitarian Chief

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. humanitarian chief says Israel's blockade of Gaza is not helping its security or weakening Hamas' hold on the territor...

Licensed to Steal

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

If democracy is a government of the people, kleptocracy is a government of thieves. Last week the secret world of Meles Zenawi's kleptocracy, famine...

Don't Overlook People With Disabilities in Haiti

Dale Buscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dale Buscher

The emergency response and reconstruction efforts in Haiti are opportunities to amend past neglect and discrimination, and assist persons with disabilities to live richer, more dignified lives.

Project Oatmeal Revisited: Feeding NYC's Hungry

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

For just 17 cents per meal, you can fund high quality oatmeal for those who need it most. It is inexpensive, highly nutritious and light to transport.

Replacing International Oppression With International Aid

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Suppose wealthy nations pumped billions into programs for the world's hungry, sick, and illiterate, not on an ad hoc, crisis basis, but long-term through the UN. Isn't this the ethical thing to do?

Thinking of a Haitian Man Named Junior

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia DeSanctis

Junior was one of the most handsome twenty year olds I had ever seen. He was removed from his home and family in Haiti, but he told me of his dream to play professional soccer.

Uganda Heads Toward Humanity in Security Council

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

Uganda reminded us that the distinction between lawful and unlawful harm shouldn't give warring parties an excuse to walk away from civilian suffering.

Open Minds, And Warm But Troubled Hearts In Closed Gaza (Pt. 1)

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

Sitting in the circles of our small groups we move more deeply into each others' minds and hearts. Experiences and feelings that are rarely if ever publicly revealed in tradition-saturated Gaza are shared.

To Iraq and Back

Lisa Haisha | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haisha

Sometimes returning to our roots inspires us to revisit ourselves within the concentric circles of shared destiny. In search of my own heritage I journeyed to Iraq after the first Gulf War.

Supporting Relief Efforts in Haiti

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

Technology is playing a key role in mobilizing support for the victims of the Haiti earthquake and also in coordinating relief efforts.

The War Stampede

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

After 30 years of war, Afghans do not need more ingenious war efforts by the latest batch of best and brightest in Washington.

Oprah and the Power of 10

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

In volatile, fragile environments in the developing world, the margins separating life from death can be razor thin.

25th Anniversary of Ethiopian Famine: Has Anything Changed?

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

During the years since the 1984 famine, things had begun to change in the area around Korem, and these changes made it possible for a young woman like Merzeneb to think about pursuing new options in life.

Mind-Body Training In Gaza: Humanitarian Aid On The One-Year Anniversary Of War

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

We have been on a journey," says the psychologist who is leading the final session of Mohammed's mind-body skills group. "Men and women speaking together from their hearts, all finding new friends."

Building Confidence Between the US and Pakistan

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Schirch

In Pakistan, the United States must ensure that policies, actions and resources focus on population-centric security and a community-based approach to policing.

Day One in Padang, Indonesia: Aid Worker Arrives in Earthquake Zone

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

In all my years of working in the aid world, starting in 1978 in Indonesia, I have never witnessed such a rapid and relentless series of crises as I've seen this week.

Counterinsurgency Is a Mental Illness

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

From top to bottom, the U.S. effort in Afghanistan commits the fundamental sin of domination: the valuation of people as means instead of as ends.

Disorder on the Border: Trashing the Law in the Name of Immigration Deterrence

Randall Amster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randall Amster

The strategy of deterrence that drives both border enforcement and crackdowns on humanitarians is fundamentally flawed.

A Fast For Human Rights In Gaza

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David A. Love

There are many opinions on the Mideast conflict, but one thing is certain: the situation in Gaza is a humanitarian and human rights disaster, and it cannot continue.

The Reality of Aid (II)

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Only five countries (Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) have met the United Nations' target of providing 0.7 percent of their gross national income in aid to poor countries.

World Humanitarian Day: Life 'On the Ground'

World Vision | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
World Vision

I've met amazing people, who in the midst of disaster themselves, give the little they have. In Pakistan we met a man who took 30 displaced strangers into his house and looked after them until his own finances ran out.

World's First Humanitarian Day Honors Aid Workers (SLIDESHOW)

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

The UN has designated August 19th the inaugural World Humanitarian Day, to honor aid workers and the jobs they do in difficult and dangerous environments. Here is a slideshow to mark the event.

Oil and Coal Companies to Begin Huge Scuba Giveaway

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

After years of climate change denial, a consortium of energy industry giants led by ExxonMobil and Massey Energy are launching a global campaign to provide island nations with equipment to combat rising sea levels.

Why Refugees Need to Make a Living

Dale Buscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dale Buscher

It is time to implement interventions that are tailored to the local context, that build on the refugees' existing skills, and that match local market demand.