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Earthquake in Nepal: “Our Nightmare Scenario,” Says UN Official

An earthquake in Katmandu may become the world’s deadliest natural disaster event, perhaps ever. This has all the markers of being far worse than Haiti.

Humanity Can — and Will — #DefeatMalaria

Believe it or not, humans are winning the millennia old fight against Malaria. Last year about 500,000 people died from the disease, mostly in sub-saharan Africa.

Kidnapped Aid Workers Killed in US Drone Strike

The Obama administration said today that a drone strike in Pakistan in January intended for al Qaeda targets also killed an American and Italian aid worker.

Will Kenya Shut Down the World’s Largest Refugee Camp?


In the wake of the horrific Garissa University attacks, which took the lives of 148 people, Kenya’s Deputy President delivered an ultimatum to the United Nations Refugee Agency: move nearly half a million Somali refugees out of a huge Kenyan refugee camp in three months or we will “relocate them ourselves.” He was was referring to the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab, which sits along the Kenya-Somali border.

Inside the Winning Fight Against Malaria

Humanity is winning the fight against Malaria. Since the advent of the Global Fund, the Millennium Development Goals and the President’s Malaria Initiative, death and illness rates have dropped precipitously around the globe.

Huge Water Shortages in Vanuatu One Month After Cyclone Pam

100,000 people — about half the population — lack access to clean water. This has totally dropped off the international community’s radar.

Why Europe is Dithering as Migrants are Dying

The dramatic deaths of hundreds of individuals, drowned in the Mediterranean, over the course of the last week, have shaken up global consciousness about the plight of asylum-seekers and migrants.

Saudi Arabia Ends Yemen Bombing Campaign. A Political Solution Near?

Riyadh is stressing that military operations may resume, but for now, the campaign of airstrikes is over.

Yemen is Fast Becoming a Humanitarian Disaster on Par with Syria and South Sudan

Yemen is a humanitarian disaster. And as the Saudi-led airstrikes enter its 27th day, things are only getting worse.

UNICEF Staff Killed in Al Shabaab Attack

This was a rare attack in the Puntland region of Somalia. “Somali militant group al Shabaab bombed a minivan carrying staff to a United Nations office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Monday, killing six people including four from the global body’s children’s fund UNICEF, officials said.

The Economic Roots of Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

Following attacks on several foreign-owned shops in Durban and Johannesburg, South Africa that left seven people dead, several other African states have called for evacuation of their citizens and issued warnings of retaliatory action on South African businesses unless South Africa does something to curtail the rising xenophobic sentiments in the country.

Episode 61: Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem is a practitioner and scholar of security studies. She’s a former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, civil right attorney, Harvard professor and self described “security mom.” She even recently ran for governor of Massachusetts.

Was This The Deadliest Migrant Ship Disaster Ever?

An untold hundreds of people are feared dead in the latest disaster at sea. “The fatal shipwreck may prove to be the Mediterranean’s deadliest migrant disaster ever and is only the latest tragedy in Europe’s migration crisis.

Meet a 2015-er: Arelys Bellorini


“We’re hoping the Declaration includes a vision of the child as it was included in the Millennium  Goals declaration, in the Rio+20 declaration, and in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Top UN Officials Warn of Ebola’s Stubborn Persistence in West Africa

Today, at the IMF-World Bank Group Spring Meeting leaders of the three Ebola-affected West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, will share their plans for early recovery and efforts to rebuild resilient health systems.

Congress “Fast Tracks” Pacific Free Trade Bill

A rare moment of unity that could have profound global development consequences. “A deal reached by lawmakers Thursday would pave the way for President Barack Obama to conclude a major Pacific trade agreement with rare Republican help, but the measure is triggering a fight within a Democratic Party increasingly opposed to liberalizing trade.

Why We Should Be Paying Attention to Burundi Right Now

Ahead of June presidential elections, times are tense in Burundi. This has never been the most stable of countries in the region–far from it.

Palestinians in Syria are Stuck in “The Deepest Circle of Hell”

When the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus was overrun by ISIS, a bad situation got much worse. Ban Ki moon called it “the deepest circle of hell” and UN humanitarian agencies are struggling to help people escape from the encampment.

A Pogrom in South Africa

At least five African immigrants in Durban have already been killed in a vicious spate of violence that threatens to spread to other cities.

Tragedy in the Mediterranean

Update: I first posted this podcast interview with John Dalhuisen of Amnesty International in early February, after the year’s first migrant boat tragedy claimed nearly 300 people.


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