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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.'

Why We Don't Care About Syria

Richard Stearns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Richard Stearns

'We fear you are forgetting us.' This is what Haya, a 10-year-old Syrian refugee who lost her father, told me last week. I was visiting refugees in the Jordanian city of Irbid and spent time with a group of children attending a school supported by World Vision.

A Tale of Two Cyclones

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Jeremy Konyndyk

While much now remains to be done to help bring relief and recovery to those affected by the storm, Cyclone Phailin has shown India's ability to address a major disaster using its own disaster management institutions.

Saving Syria's Girls

CARE | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact
CARE

As families struggle to get by financially, girls are often pulled out of school to help care for siblings or to work for extra income. Schools can be overcrowded or non-existent for refugee children -- the very situation Hanan faced.

Chasing Misery or Unleashing Hope? Transforming Poverty in Africa

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Recent research in Ethiopia suggests that a very simple and extremely low-cost approach to development is transforming poverty. And the approach represents a paradigm shift in the way that we deliver aid, by changing our view of the poor from helpless victims to agents of positive change.

Why the Millennium Development Goals Need the Church (and Vice Versa)

Richard Stearns | Posted 11.29.2013 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Christians care intensely about ending poverty, yet too many care little or are completely unaware of history's most significant--and perhaps successful--efforts to end global poverty.

Meet the 'Invisible' Urban Syrian Refugees

Rep. Lois Capps | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Rep. Lois Capps

While we debate over how to appropriately respond to the actions of the Syrian government, there should be no doubt that the United States needs to assist in ensuring the welfare, protection and safety of refugees, particularly women and children.

Ban Ki-Moon Accused of Union-Busting at UN

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

United Nations workers spend their time on the front lines of the global struggle for human rights, but now they are battling for rights in their own ...

America Can Aid Syrians Without Military Intervention

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Alex Nowrasteh

The United States could help avoid an even worse humanitarian crisis in Syria by guaranteeing Temporary Protected status to all peaceful Syrians who make it to the U.S.

Not Since Rwanda: Will Six Million Syrians Be Forgotten in Geneva?

Tom Andrews | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

While there was division over the question of the launching of a military strike, there should be no debate over the need to lift the barriers that stand in the way of life-saving relief and the millions under siege who have lost everything in Syria.

No Time to Be Silent

John McCullough | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
John McCullough

While we debate the future of President Bashar al-Assad, the most urgent issue is the protection of millions of Syrian people who are already being victimized. The international community must act to prevent the displacement or even worse, the deaths of women, children and men.