Archive for 'U.S. politics'
The good folks at IRIN have published this chronology of Somalia’s political history leading up to the famine. It’s a terrific explainer of what has kept the Horn of African nation in such turmoil all these years. It covers some of the who, though mainly those within Somalia who have tormeted their fellow citizens. Left out [...]
This report from Refugees International advocates for such an important point — that a U.S. transition strategy for its involvement in Afghanistan must include a plan for people who have been displaced in all the fighting. The mainstream media has done a fairly lousy job of examing the humanitarian issues that have bubbled and blown up in both Iraq and [...]
Posted: July 15th, 2011 under Asia, Foreign policy, NGOs, U.S. politics, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues.
Tags: Afghanistan, displaced people, refugees, Refugees International
Here’s an interesting story in the Wall Street Journal on the politics behind a Harvard professor’s effort to have the Pentagon embrace “a new a handbook that details, step by step, the options for sending in the cavalry to protect civilians.”
Today’s Miami Herald editorial page makes a strong case for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to put Haitians at the top of the immigration line. Read the first few paragraphs below and the full editorial here. With the first anniversary of the earthquake coming next week, be prepared for lots of stories and programs on [...]
Posted: January 6th, 2011 under Caribbean, Disaster aid, Foreign policy, Natural disaster, U.S. politics, human rights, humanitarian.
Tags: earthquake, Haiti, Haitian earthquake, immigrationm, Miami Herald, U.S. immigration policy
This just in from the group, ECPAT, an NGO that’s trying to protect children from prostitution, sex trafficking and pornography.
ECPAT- USA, Inc .
End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for sexual purposes
ECPAT-USA applauds passage of anti-trafficking bill in U.S. Senate, urges House to immediate action
Brooklyn, New York (December 13, 2010) – On [...]
Posted: December 13th, 2010 under Foreign policy, NGOs, U.S. politics, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues, slavery.
Tags: child sex trafficking, pornography, prostitution, trafficking, U.S. Senate
I don’t think I can overemphasize the need for those who work in or care about humanitarian crises to be able to multitask responding to emergencies. Decent people cannot say to those caught in a civil war, “Oh, you have to wait until we are done dealing with these massacre victims” or “Your natural disaster [...]
Posted: October 31st, 2010 under Disaster aid, Foreign policy, NGOs, Natural disaster, Pakistan, U.S. politics, Uncategorized, civil wars, humanitarian.
Tags: disaster relief, emergencies, floods, neglected crises, Pakistan floods
The news that Swiss authorities are freeing film producer and child molester Roman Polanski is simply sickening. The LA Times looked at the important question as to how Polanski’s original sentence for having sex with a 13-year-old girl compared against the sentences of others who committed the same crime and had the same plea deal, in which a person admits to [...]
I got the following press release this morning from the International Crisis Group, which points out the continued, bloody existence of the Lord’s Resistance Army. As much as I respect the crisis group, the conclusions in its new report aren’t new at all. The LRA has been a regional menace for years. Think tanks and humanitarian groups [...]
Posted: April 28th, 2010 under Africa, Central African Republic, Foreign policy, U.S. politics, United Nations, civil wars, human rights, humanitarian, international children's issues, slavery.
Tags: child soldiers, Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kony, Lord's Resistance Army, northern Uganda, Uganda, UN peacekeepin mission
I couldn’t find a live link to this USA Today story that was in Monday’s edition. So here it is:
Aid Frustration: ‘We’re racing against the clock’: Thousands waiting for food, water, medical care
By Marisol Bello and Donna Leinwand
PETIONVILLE, Haiti — Haitian physician Reginald Lubin wanted to help earthquake victims at a hospital in this suburb [...]
Posted: January 20th, 2010 under Disaster aid, Foreign policy, NGOs, Natural disaster, U.S. politics, United Nations, humanitarian.
Tags: disaster, earthquake, food aid, Haiti, medical care, water
I mentioned in a previous post that NGOs should work and play well with the US military in Haiti relief operations because it has the capacity to do certain parts of the work, such as logistics. NGOs have reservations about this, as outlined in this 2006 article from Doctors Without Borders. Some concern is understandable, [...]
Posted: January 20th, 2010 under Disaster aid, Foreign policy, NGOs, U.S. politics, United Nations, humanitarian.
Tags: disaster, earthquake, Haiti, humanitarian aid, humanitarian crises, relief operation