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Some Experts Criticize Republican Efforts To Block USAID Administrator Nominee, Say Attempts Weaken U.S. Humanitarian Responses

Al Jazeera: U.S. foreign aid becomes political pickle “…Critics say Republican attempts to block Gayle Smith, U.S. President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are weakening the American response to humanitarian crises in places like Syria and Ukraine…” (Sheridan, 11/6).

MSF Releases Internal Review Of U.S. Airstrike On Kunduz Hospital That Killed At Least 30 People

News outlets report on a Médecins Sans Frontières internal review of the allegedly mistaken U.S. military airstrike on the organization’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. The Atlantic: What Happened in Kunduz? “…At a news conference in Kabul on Thursday, Christopher Stokes, MSF’s general director, said it’s ‘quite hard to understand and…

Media Outlets Report On Cholera Outbreaks, Immunization Campaign In Iraq

Foreign Policy: Cholera Is Coming “…[T]oday’s [cholera] outbreak, which is unfolding in the Middle East and East Africa, is growing during an El Niño climate event that is shifting the planet’s normal rain and drought patterns, spreading the waterborne cholera bacteria. But this year’s outbreak has dangerous added dimensions: Its…

Ethiopia Working To Prevent Famine Caused By Drought; U.N. Calls For Food Aid

Deutsche Welle: Faced with climate change, Ethiopia rediscovers an ancient staple crop “Often dubbed the false banana, the giant enset is a staple crop in certain parts of Ethiopia. As climate change brings increasingly frequent droughts, the plant’s versatility and resilience could help fight hunger…” (Stern, 11/3). The Economist: Ethiopia…

Humanosphere Examines Potential Famine In South Sudan

Humanosphere: Restricted aid access pushes parts of South Sudan back to the brink of famine Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses the humanitarian situation in South Sudan. He writes, “… the fighting forces are limiting the ability for aid to reach some of South Sudan’s most vulnerable people. The situation is…

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