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Humanitarianism

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

Keith David Watenpaugh | Posted 03.21.2014 | 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...

A Rose by any Other Name Would Smell Like a "New Humanitarian"

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Remember when in February 2009 Blackwater changed its name to Xe Services? Didn't do much good, did it? Almost everyone still thinks of it as Blackwa...

Haiti Elections -- Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

2010-11-26-Screenshot20101126at6.19.18PM.pngGo ahead and vote on these photos... since you can't vote in the questionable elections funded by US tax dollars to be held in Haiti on Nov. 28.

Haiti - What "work" are the "cash-for-work" programs really doing?

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Regan

"As Haiti suffers, the world dozes," remarked a recent Washington Post editorial. But not everyone is dozing... All across Haiti, humanitarian agen...

Haiti - Humanitarian Crisis or Crisis of Humanitarianism?

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

The way in which international and national authorities in Haiti are dealing with Hurricane Tomas can teach us a great deal about how the economically...

Kouchner's Lament: Misunderstanding the Net

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The internet today -- despite the occasional bouts of disinformation and invented scandal -- is far more of an effective and immediate marketplace of information than the world for which Bernard Kouchner seems to pine.

Rallying For Harm Reduction In Thailand

Jennifer Winstanley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Winstanley

A few months ago I went to a rally in support of harm reduction services outside a UNAIDS meeting in Chiang Mai. The rally was organized by the Thai A...