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Between humanitarian tourism and moral compromises

Ayesha Ahmad and James Smith (eds.): Humanitarian Action and Ethics

: New and insightful anthology discusses the disaster relief's many dilemmas.

Worst when it comes?

: Emergency aid will save lives and alleviate distress in crisis situations. We will be in place when the need is greatest. Nevertheless, the humanitarian sector is failing time and time again precisely when it comes to the most. Why is it like that?

Furthermore, as if nothing has happened 

: The dilemmas that arise when one is to be a good ally and at the same time promote democracy and more prosperity, cast long shadows.

Nordmann among bombs and casualties in Yemen

: Sissel Overvoll works for MSF in war-torn Yemen: "We constantly hear air strikes, and get patients who are injured by bombing every single day," says the Norwegian nurse. 

Those who provide relief in the firing line

: For five years we have been following the civil war in Syria – from what was an incipient crisis, to the situation we see now. The figures from the crisis are disappointing. But there is still much that can be saved in Syria, and there are bright spots. 

Victim with resilience

: An ex-prostitute woman travels the streets of Chicago. With her own horrific experiences as a means, she helps others out of feelings of inferiority and a life that lasts.

Naivism that characterizes much of global activism

: The new, transnational activism is often about expressing our own conscience, claim the authors of Advocacy in Conflict. It is never innocent – but always political.

«Rare money to spare»

: Norwegian People's Aid says that it is very rare for them to have any of the money that is budgeted spent on welfare for asylum seekers: "As a rule, we use up everything and are dependent on volunteers and to apply for extra money," says Tom Hjertholm, unit manager for refugee and integration in Norwegian People's Aid.

Kosovo is brewing for change

: After seven years of independence, Kosovo remains a society in crisis. A new book places the responsibility on a corrupt elite – and its Western allies.

"We should better"

: Twenty years have passed since the conclusion of the Oslo agreement, which was to mean the start of peace between Israel and Palestine. "It fills me with sadness to look back on the optimism that existed 20 years ago, when the agreement was entered into," says Secretary General of Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland.

The war that changed us

: On the loose tells from the inside about international emergency aid, about the game behind the scenes, and about how it goes when aid organizations take part in a civil war.