The place in which I have lived for over 22 years, as an academic immigrant, has voted against membership of the EU on Thursday 23rd June 2016. The same village is now festooned with Union Jack flags as part of its festive 1940s memories weekend – the event is a celebration of the spirit of the war during which the good folks dress in second-hand … Continue reading Internationalists in the age of Nationalism
During the night of Friday to Saturday 3rd of October 2015 the US airforce bombed a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz. The attack destroyed the hospital and killed (as of today, 5th of October) 13 Médecins sans Frontières staff and about 10 of their patients. The US military soon recognized their responsibility in this attack, MSF has been prompt to denounce the attack … Continue reading The Oldest War Crime in the Book?
By Bertrand Taithe, Juliano Fiori and Michaël Neuman on 14 April 2015. View existing comments or leave a new one! In November 2014, The Guardian published an article which considered the role played by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) in response to the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Although complimentary of MSF’s reflective approach in response to a ‘new’ medical event, the article quotes a … Continue reading The critical role of humanitarian critique (published on the site of ALNAP – http://www.alnap.org/blog/131)
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Today I watched a clip of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott effectively admitting that Australian refugee policy is counter to human rights. His government was the one for the job, Abbott claimed, because any other would ‘quickly succumb to the cries of the human rights lawyers’ and fail to police the border properly – that is to say, to… Continue reading Boats
Róisín Read & Bertrand Taithe On 12 February at the Dutch Humanitarian summit held at Humanity House in The Hague, an event run by 10 leading Netherlands NGOs in preparation for the World Humanitarian summit, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation Lilianne Ploumen raised a forceful challenge to the humanitarian sector and pointed to a potential solution. Her main point was … Continue reading Should Humanitarian Intelligence exist?
The current Ebola crisis will end one day and we will have to think about its significance for humanitarian aid. There are many questions which cannot be considered at this stage when the emergency is rife but which will come to haunt the humanitarian system: Is the Ebola crisis a turning point? What does it reveal for the societies where it has run out of … Continue reading Humanitarian aid after Ebola (originally published on the blog site of ALNAP, www.alnap.org.)
The Poverty of Humanitarian Critique? Bertrand Taithe Médecins sans frontières has just released a short critical report on the absence of humanitarian aid in critically endangered regions of the world. Its title, Where is everyone? is in many ways the full extent of its message. This document is not without merits even if many will find its tone difficult to fathom. MSF does have the … Continue reading The Poverty of Humanitarian Critique?