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Humanitarian Aid

The Farm Bill and International Food Aid: What You Need to Know

Katie Lee | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Katie Lee

The U.S. remains the largest donor of global food assistance, and it is imperative to maintain robust funding for global food aid programs. But we must also find ways to stretch that funding and get more bang for the buck. That's what the global food aid reforms in the new farm bill do.

It's Time to Assist Our Syrian Brothers and Sisters

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

History has shown us that instability leads to long periods of extremism and violence that affect the global community. This is a lesson the world should have learned over and over again, yet never seems to take to heart.

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Several articles on Afghanistan's worsening hunger crisis, appearing in the Western press, prompt readers to ask how Afghanistan could be receiving vast sums of non-military aid and yet still struggle with severe acute malnourishment among children under age five.

Weeds for Dinner

Roberta Gately | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Roberta Gately

Her plea for cookies and milk went unanswered that day, but it is one that is universally understood, and as hard to forget as it is to imagine.

Standing with the People of the Central African Republic for a Stronger Future

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Nancy Lindborg

With a total population of about 750,000, almost 400,000 people in Bagui are displaced and 100,000 people are now huddled in an encampment by the airport, seeking refuge from a vicious cycle of attacks and lawlessness.

Dying to Cross: Migrants Continue to Perish in Arizona

Leanne Tory-Murphy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Leanne Tory-Murphy

The immigration reform bill currently being proposed would be devastating to the humanitarian crisis that is already occurring on the border.

A Forgotten Refugee From Iraq -- Living Simply, Strongly and Generously in the Face of Alexa and Fireworks!

Nimati Emam | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Nimati Emam

Her name is Um Mohammad. I don't know what her real name is. At the first glance in front of her house which is basically a tent in Amman, you'd think...

Syrian Refugees Plight Goes Beyond Funding

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Whether one was for or against the U.S. strikes supporting NATO strikes on Syria last September, or one believes that the Syria conflict is a civil war rather than a revolution, Syrian refugees remain the consistent symptom of Syria's plight -- however it is described.

An Urgent Need for Peace in World's Youngest Nation

Dominic MacSorley | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Dominic MacSorley

South Sudan is unravelling and at an alarming pace. The longer this conflict continues, the harder it will be to stitch South Sudan's communities back together into a unified nation.

Are Boomers a Drain to Society or It's Biggest Asset?

Tammy Bleck | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

Perhaps it's because I have earned my stripes, know my stuff, have learned and recovered from my failures and I no longer feel the need to take any guff from anyone. That's a tough combination to beat.

7 Things You Need to Know Now About the Escalating Violence in South Sudan

Matthew Leriche | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Matthew Leriche

In the past week, what started as a political confrontation in South Sudan has descended into serious violence with the potential for mass atrocities. But continued fighting and civil war is not inevitable.

U.S. Military Drops Christmas Cheer Over Remote Islands

Posted 12.09.2013 | Good News

This week, hundreds of pallets of toys and holiday decorations will gently drift like snowflakes over some of the most remote Micronesian islands. ...

Rebuilding the Philippines One Family at a Time

Vicki Escarra | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

Blue tarps draped over plywood have replaced more than 1 million homes destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Opportunity International ha...

Shield From the Storm

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

Having witnessed first-hand communities ripped apart by natural disaster and conflict -- from Syria, to Haiti, to the Congo -- the resilience I've seen in the Philippines proves to be a powerful shield against any storm.

Three Weeks Later: An Aid Worker's View of the Philippines

Tyler Jump | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Tyler Jump

Homes have been flattened, school yards mangled and businesses blown away. These are things I'd come expecting to see. After a storm like the one on November 8, it's a wonder anything was left standing.

'Green News Report' - November 26, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

'Green News Report' - November 21, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

As Winter Descends, Syrian Refugees Lack Vital Information

Jamal Dajani | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Jamal Dajani

Technically, there are no "refugee camps" in Lebanon because the Lebanese government, fearing a scenario similar to when Palestinian refugees ended up staying in the county for decades, has decided not to erect them.

'Green News Report' - November 19, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

The Philippines Typhoon Disaster: Heartbreaking Numbers, Heartwarming Images

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dorian de Wind

The numbers vary, depending on the source, and they continue to change as more time goes by -- generally for the worse. But one thing does not change: the horror and the suffering these numbers represent.

Wired Humanitarianism

Robert Muggah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Robert Muggah

The humanitarian community finds itself looking inward as it confronts twenty-first century emergencies. Some of the old guard worry that the explosive growth of relief and development organizations is diminishing their efficiency and effectiveness and in some cases politicizing aid.

The Military's Invaluable 'Soft' Power

Jane Harman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jane Harman

Our military's complete focus can't be overseeing rescue and recovery efforts after a typhoon. However, our extraordinary competence at staging disaster relief gives the U.S. the ability to show the world our better angels. It's a side that -- unfortunately -- many otherwise won't see.

'Green News Report' - November 14, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S R...

Typhoon Haiyan: Global Social Workers Helping for the Long Haul

Trooper Sanders | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Trooper Sanders

Months from now, once the world's media has moved on to other stories and our focus has shifted to new issues, some will wonder how Typhoon Haiyan's victims are faring. Rest assured that there will be social workers in the Philippines and around the world standing by them and working tirelessly for them.

Where Days Are Like Years: Winter Rains Deepen Suffering of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Crystal Wells | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Crystal Wells

His 80 years etched into the deep contours of his face and his sky-blue eyes dimmed with sadness, Abdul raises his voice to be heard over the clatter of rain and says, 'Last night, we were wet and cold. All we have is blankets, nothing else, to stay warm.'