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White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Exploring ‘Full Range of Options’ on Libya

President Obama took a moment Thursday, during a news conference at the White House with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, to discuss the crisis in Libya and to indicate somewhat vaguely that he’s exploring “every option that’s out there” in terms of the U.S.’ possible responses.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Flotilla Raid Deemed Legal

In a result sure to spark intense debate, Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last May has been declared by a government commission to be a legal use of force for self-defense. Israeli commandos killed nine activists attempting to break the blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Cholera Threatens Haiti

A cholera outbreak that has killed about 200 people in rural Haiti is threatening to spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, potentially endangering the hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors crowded into squalid camps around the city.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ramon Espinosa

Haitians Protest U.N. ‘Occupation’

A crowd of about 100 protesters has blocked the entrance to the U.N. military headquarters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, spraying anti-U.N. slogans on vehicles and carrying banners saying “Down with the occupation!” while news comes that U.N. peacekeeping forces will remain in the beleaguered country for an additional year.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Dropping the G-Word

Seven years after a decade-long spate of violence in the Congo, a leaked U.N. draft report on the slaughter of tens of thousands of ethnic Hutus by Rwandan soldiers tepidly says that the horrific mass killings may possibly constitute genocide.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Aaron Favila

Now Hear This: U.S. Aids Pakistan

The U.S. is providing the largest humanitarian response of any country to the devastating flooding in Pakistan, but its goodwill isn’t altogether altruistic. Part of the motivation is to clean up the American image in a country where 68 percent of the people have a negative view of the U.S.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Gaza-Bound Aid Ship Unloads in Egypt

Avoiding the kind of confrontation that led to the flotilla fiasco in May, a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship has docked and unloaded its cargo in Egypt after the Israeli navy forbid it to sail directly to Gaza.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Israel to Loosen Up on Gaza Blockade

Responding to mounting international pressure in the wake of its bloody raid on an aid flotilla in May, Israel announced it will ease its three-year-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, forbidding only weapons and related material.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Adel Hana

Congressman Walks Gaza, Urges Massive Aid

U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., has criticized the White House, Israel and even his congressional colleagues after three trips to the Gaza Strip, commenting on the lack of action by the international community and the ignorance that most U.S. politicians have toward the plight of the Palestinians.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Daniel Morel

Surge, Humanitarian Style

The horrors of the Haitian earthquake continue, but so does the outpouring of international support. Along with hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private donations, the U.S. has announced it will send up to 10,000 troops to Haiti to assist in the relief effort.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

U.S. Pledges $100 Million in Haiti Quake Aid

President Barack Obama, declaring that “[t]his is one of those moments that cries out for American leadership,” announced a $100 million aid package for quake-ravaged Haiti. Other nations, meantime, were also jumping on the humanitarian bandwagon.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Angelina Jolie: Now’s the Time to Help Iraqis

For those inclined to ask “who cares?” every time a celebrity-and-politics news item makes the rounds, consider it asked already. For everyone else, The Washington Post published an opinion piece by actress Angelina Jolie on Thursday about the problem of Iraqi refugees fleeing to Syria, Jordan and “a vast and very dangerous no-man’s land” within their own borders. Now, Jolie says, is the time for Americans to “do some of the good we always stated we intended to do.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqi Renaissance?

The head of the Iraqi Red Crescent has a plan for Iraq, one that could test the theory that a few hundred million dollars spent on humanitarian aid would be more effective than a few hundred billion spent on bombs.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Red Cross: Iraqis Face ‘Unbearable and Unacceptable’ Suffering

A new report from the Red Cross says living conditions in Iraq, from healthcare to general safety, continue to worsen. One woman interviewed by the ICRC said it would be helpful if someone removed the bodies piling up in front of her house so her children wouldn’t have to look at them on the way to school.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Sri Lankan Government Accused of Aid Worker Massacre

Cease-fire monitors in Sri Lanka have blamed government security forces for the slaughter of 17 humanitarian aid workers earlier this month.  Although government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels both claim to be sticking to the cease-fire, violence has escalated in recent months.

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq War Costing $5.9 Billion per Month

That’s according to the Wall Street Journal. Also, progressives in Congress want to divert $60 billion in defense spending to humanitarian assistance, social programs, energy conservation, homeland security and deficit reduction.

Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


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