Aid Agencies' Forced Deals with Abusive Regimes
A new book reveals the uncomfortable, even ugly, compromises that aid organisations are forced to make with groups and regimes which abuse human rights, to continue their work.
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Aid agency Médecins sans Frontières lifts the lid on the often ugly compromises aid organisations are forced to make while working in conflicts. In a new book, it provides disturbing case studies of where it had to negotiate with–and sometimes cede to–groups and regimes which abuse human rights, in order to continue providing aid to their victims.
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Among the case studies in Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed is that of Yemen in 2009, when the government was fighting Houthi rebels in the country's north. MSF put the conflict in its "top 10 humanitarian crises", which saw Yemen suspend authorization for all MSF activities in the country until MSF reluctantly agreed to issue a letter acknowledging its report might have appeared biased.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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