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U.N. humanitarian chief urges Security Council action on Syria

by Adriana Brasileiro RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said the measures she proposed to address the current humanitarian challenges in Syria are ambitious and she hopes the Security Council will take an equally bold approach at implementing some of them as soon as possible. “We haven’t been … Continue reading

Among Syria’s children, anger, lost hope and sometimes newfound happiness

SHATILA CAMP, LEBANON, 30 July 2013 (IRIN) – The conflict in Syria has killed more than 6,500 children, turned nearly one million into refugees, and left three million inside Syria in need of aid. Some have been disabled, mutilated, sexually abused, tortured in government detention and recruited by armed groups, at as young as age … Continue reading

Civil Resistance, Transformative Nonviolence and the State

By Iain Atack, Nonviolent political action has played a significant role in achieving social and political change in the last century, and continues to be a vital feature of many campaigns for democracy, human rights and social justice. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King were prominent proponents of nonviolence in the twentieth century, but nonviolent … Continue reading

An Examination of Decisions to Intervene in Libya and Syria

Why did the International Community Decide to Intervene in Libya, yet not in Syria? by Paul Stokes “The Middle East is a region where fools rush in, but wise men fear to tread.” – Leon Carl Brown This essay will explain why two countries, Libya and Syria – and two leaders, Muammar al-Gaddafi and Bashar … Continue reading

The Responsibility to Protect in International Law

by Jay Crush, A Critical Analysis of the Status and Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect in International Law Background The 1990s saw levels of human cruelty and violence comparable to that seen during World War II. In Rwanda 800,000 were slaughtered in 100 days, ‘a faster rate of killing than the Holocaust’,[1] despite there … Continue reading

Behind the scenes of the “most complex” refugee operation in the world

ZA’ATARI CAMP, JORDAN, 9 July 2013 (IRIN) – “This was a bad week,” says Kilian Kleinschmidt, as he begins a weekly camp management meeting at the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees. No week is easy at Za’atari camp, which – with a population of around 120,000 – is now Jordan’s fifth largest population centre. … Continue reading

France’s Hollande praises Tunisia as ‘model’ for region

French President Francois Hollande has called Tunisia “a model in the region” and pledged 500m euros ($640m; £430m) to support its democratic transition. Events in Tunisia showed Islam and democracy were compatible, he said. He was speaking in the capital Tunis at the end of a two-day visit – the first by a French head … Continue reading