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Humanitarianism

Fight Against Ebola Outbreak Is 4 Months Behind Where It Should Be: Aid Expert

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact

National governments and health organizations around the world are scrambling to overcome lapses in leadership and logistical issues to turn around a ...

Assaults On Aid Workers Have Spiked 66 Percent Since 2012: Survey

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A survey released on the eve of World Humanitarian Day shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on civilian aid workers around the globe. ...

Homeless Man Tearfully Watches As Police Destroy His Shelter

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

Sam had just one request for police about to destroy the makeshift shelter in the woods he'd built: "Can I watch?" The video above, showing a visib...

Selective Humanitarianism: #LookImHelping...?

His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud

The Internet, social media and mass mobilized movements have not only defiantly displayed our ability to care, but also, that we can act upon it. But when it comes to war, have we truly organized ourselves beyond the sporadic stunts of protests and popular retweets?

Reunion Between Volunteers And South African Orphans Causes Biggest Smiles We've Ever Seen

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

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U.N. Reaches 'Breakthrough' Resolution In Getting Aid To Syria

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Wednesday it has already positioned supplies for the first convoys that will deliver aid from several ...

Foreign Aid Is Not Charity. It's Smart Investing.

BloombergBusinessweek | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

One of the few bright spots of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill of late has been in global development. The House recently passed a bill to support Pres...

Meet The Man Who Coined The Term 'Genocide,' And Fought To Stop It From Happening

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact

Raphael Lemkin, a lawyer who coined the term "genocide" and advocated tirelessly for global peace, felt the heartache of World War II acutely: He lost...

Survivors Face 'Long Road' To Recovery 6 Months After Typhoon Haiyan Slammed Philippines

AP | TERESA CEROJANO | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Six months after the strongest typhoon to hit land killed his mother and tore down much of their house in the eastern Phi...

You Can't Love Without Giving

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Halamandaris

The impulse to give to those we love is irresistible. What we call humanitarianism is nothing more than a healthier extension of this basic instinct and a broader, more inclusive love. We give to each other out of love, but the gifts we give pale by comparison to the gift of love itself.

Struggling to Save a Generation of Syrian School Children on the Second Shift

Keith David Watenpaugh | Posted 05.21.2014 | College
Keith David Watenpaugh

Even if the war in Syria ends soon, the lost generation of Syrian children won't have the basic skills like literacy needed to rebuild their country.

Through a Humanitarian Lens: An Unusual Year

Chris Herlinger | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

If we look at 2013 through a humanitarian lens, what do we see?

Remembering Sergio Vieiro de Mello

Eric Schwartz | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Eric Schwartz

August 19 marks the tenth anniversary of the 2003 attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, and the assassination of Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was serving as UN envoy to Iraq.

The Power of Women

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Roberta Gately

Whoever the woman was who influenced you the most, remember her, carry her in your heart and pass on the light she shared with you to another.

It's Time for a World Savings Initiative

William Horden | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
William Horden

Self-governance begins somewhere. It must have the resources to enact its will. We have the means of changing the worst of things while letting the best of things stay the same. If not now, when? If not us, who?

Humanitarian Assistance at the Crossroads

Adam C. Levine | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

Humanitarian providers of the future need to develop a far broader perspective on the complex array of issues involved in order to ensure that their good work actually does some good -- or at the very least does no harm.

Creating the Future: Through Engagement, Openness, and Compassion

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Last summer, I responded to a call for volunteers from Creating the Future. Having read The Pollyanna Principles, and having loved every single page, I applied to become the new board recording secretary and documentarian.

Dewey Dare

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Following an election that feels much like a bitterly fought, hard-won vindication of those earlier transformative contests of 1932 and 1964, we might do well to reacquaint ourselves with this great American mind.

The Shifting Morass of Morals

Garry Gilfoy | Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Garry Gilfoy

Morals arise from our values. They are personal, having to do with the people and environment in which we were raised and the experiences that shaped our growing up. As adults, our morals are still shifting and changing.

The Human Element

Anthony D'Ambrosio | Posted 10.17.2012 | Teen
Anthony D'Ambrosio

In 2011, my little sister was diagnosed with a virtually unknown genetic disorder that will plague her for the rest of her life. She is one of only a handful of humans known to harbor the disorder.

Haiti: Seeding "Reconstruction" or Seeding Destruction?

Jane Regan | Posted 07.01.2011 | Green
Jane Regan

About a month ago, a team of journalists in Haiti released a nine-article study of a massive seed distribution that took place after the earthquake la...

Empowering People In Need By Donating Cash, Not Goods

Cormac Staunton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cormac Staunton

There are differences and debates as to the extent to which these should be provided, but most people agree that the best way to provide this assistance is through money, rather than goods.

Zafen: Redefining "Interest" in the Changing World of Microfinance

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Microfinance has taken a beating lately for shifting far afield from its humanitarian origins. It's become a good idea gone bad. But all is not lost.

The Human Stain on "Sustainism"

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

In its infancy, our little blue orb was a perfect place serenaded by little more than the swoosh of winds and the ebb of ocean tides. Enter humans.

Not enough colère against cholera

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

Now they are saying we have 3,481 killed by cholera. It is doubtless many more... But in any case, these are just numbers to newspaper readers and ra...