Posts Tagged ‘Syria’


Syria’s Disappeared and Humanity at Its Worst – and Best

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[I thank Noor Shakfeh, a Syrian-American who has lost family members to the Syrian regime, and Sara Afshar, who directed and produced Syria’s Disappeared, for inspiring this piece, and for deepening my own understanding of solidarity.] Though they have disappeared from the headlines, the depravities of the Syrian regime during the war that has raged […]

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A proposal for the UN General Assembly: To achieve the SDGs, focus on the refugees

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Last month, the World Food Programme reported that it can only afford $13.50/month for food rations for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon, down from $27/month. This month, September, 200,000 Syrians in Jordan will stop receiving food aid, joining hundreds of thousands of other Syrian refugees in the region who have stopped receiving food vouchers because of […]

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What the World Health Organization Executive Board resolution got wrong on humanitarian assistance

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You may have seen the January 2015 WHO Executive Board resolution on Ebola, which calls for many important things, including a global health reserve workforce, a contingency fund, and human resource management reform. All could help develop a smarter global health system. But did you see this paragraph on humanitarian asssitance, which points decidedly in […]

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Syria, International Humanitarian Law, and Access to Health Care in Non-International Armed Conflict

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This previous Wednesday, The New York Review of Books published on their blog a recent call to the Syrian Government, all armed parties in the conflict, the United Nations, and international donors by doctors and medical professionals to allow and support their “medical colleagues in Syria to … treat patients, save lives, and alleviate suffering […]

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