#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Four Famines, April 21, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Four Famines, April 21, 2017

This week, the ICRC head of Delegation in South Sudan Jürg Eglin visited the Washington office and gave us a unique from-the-field perspective of the dire situation that nearly 20 million people throughout South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen are facing, a crisis that’s being referred to in humanitarian circles as the Four Famines. It’s not from a lack of resources or weather-related drought. As we’ve mentioned before in this roundup, these famines are a result of conflict, and conditions continue to worsen. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the four famines as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #11 The Frontlines of Famine with Jürg Eglin

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #11 The Frontlines of Famine with Jürg Eglin

After 25 years with the ICRC, South Sudan Head of Delegation Jürg Eglin has experienced pretty much everything. But the famine facing the world's newest country is one of the worst in history, even to a career humanitarian. Eglin, along with ICRC in Washington's Trevor Keck sits down with Intercross the Podcast to discuss the situation on the ground, ICRC's operational response and the humanitarian consequences of decades of conflict to the most vulnerable populations. Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens

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Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation Gives 25K to ICRC in Support of Famine Relief and Prevention

Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation Gives 25K to ICRC in Support of Famine Relief and Prevention

This week, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation pledged $75,000 ($25,000 each) to three organizations working on multiple fronts to address the current famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen: Mercy Corps, Oxfam and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

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Mélange du Mercredi/Humanitarian Work Psychology & the Global Development Agenda

Mélange du Mercredi/Humanitarian Work Psychology & the Global Development Agenda

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, reviewers Ashley J. Hoffmanand Drew B. Mallory look at Humanitarian Work Psychology & the Global Development Agenda. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #10 The Intersection of IHL and Islamic Law with Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #10 The Intersection of IHL and Islamic Law with Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody

In this episode, Intercross the Podcast speaks with Dr. Ahmed Al-Dawoody, the ICRC Legal Adviser on Islamic Law and Jurisprudence. What are the connections between Islamic law and international humanitarian law?  Who is protected under both areas of law?  And who is excluded? Join us for a discussion on the interpretation of Islamic law, its historical roots, and its similarities and differences with IHL. Hosted by Tracey Begley. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC Statements on Syrian Missile Strikes, April 7, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC Statements on Syrian Missile Strikes, April 7, 2017

Late Thursday, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Syrian military airfield in Ash Sha'irat near Homs. The U.S. President said the attack was a response to the alleged chemical weapons use in Idlib earlier this week. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at ICRC’s statement on the event as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Sexual Violence against Men and Boys: Breaking the Silence

Sexual Violence against Men and Boys: Breaking the Silence

Sexual violence is a burning issue in the humanitarian response, but what is the impact on men and boys who are victims of sexual violence? Stigma, homophobia, and traditional gender roles make reaching male survivors especially challenging. In this panel, held at ICRC's headquarters in Geneva at the end of March, leading experts discussed emerging approaches to reaching male survivors of sexual violence. Listen to the full audio here. 

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The Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention – A New Tool for Generating Respect for International Humanitarian Law

The Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention – A New Tool for Generating Respect for International Humanitarian Law

International Law Studies, a journal published by the U.S. Naval War College recently featured an article by ICRC authors, The Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention – A New Tool for Generating Respect for International Humanitarian Law. Read the full article here

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Mélange du Mercredi/ the Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach

 Mélange du Mercredi/ the Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, reviewer Jamie A. Williamson looks at The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #9 Influencing Behavior in War with Andrew Bell

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #9 Influencing Behavior in War with Andrew Bell

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, researcher Andrew Bell speaks about The Roots of Restraint, an upcoming ICRC report on the influencing behaviors of war. The report is a two-year research initiative intended to advance the ICRC's understanding of how norms of restraint develop and spread through State armed forces and non-State armed groups. Nine academics, including Bell, investigated sources of influence on the behavior of combatants in eight armed groups, and explored cases of community self-protection. In the podcast, Bell discusses his role in the study and how his background, an interesting intersection of theology, law, political science, security and conflict, brought a unique view to the study. Hosted by Niki Clark and Tracey Begley.

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Call for Entries: 7th edition of the ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or

Call for Entries: 7th edition of the ICRC's Humanitarian Visa d'Or

Every year since 2011, the ICRC has awarded the  Humanitarian Visa d'Or is given out each year by the ICRC's delegation in Paris to a professional photojournalist who highlights, through their reporting, issues women face in war, including sexual violence, as well as detention and the separation of families. The 2017 award will be officially presented in the southern French town of Perpignan in September during the Visa pour l'image festivalThe call for entries is now officially opened and will remain so until June 1, 2017. To download the registration form, click here

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Mélange du Mercredi/ICRC Library & Archives Official Blog: Cross-Files

Mélange du Mercredi/ICRC Library & Archives Official Blog: Cross-Files

Cross-Files is the ICRC Library and Archives - including audiovisual archives - official blog. Its purpose is to highlight and bring out specific items or collections as a whole. We encourage researcher to explore ICRC History, IHL and humanitarian action through these collections and we provide tools to support this exploration.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #8 The Toolbox of Transitional Justice with Claudia Josi

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #8 The Toolbox of Transitional Justice with Claudia Josi

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Professor Claudia Josi from the Santa Clara School of Law speaks with Intercross about transitional justice. From her own experiences growing up during conflict in Peru, Josi speaks about legal dimensions of a society transitioning from conflict to peace. Hosted by Tracey Begley. 

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ICRC in New York is Hiring a Communications Advisor & Spokesperson

ICRC in New York is Hiring a Communications Advisor & Spokesperson

ICRC in New York is now hiring a Communications Advisor & Spokesperson. The main purpose of this position is increase awareness of and support for the ICRC's goals in terms of policy, operations, and public positioning towards the United Nationsand in relation to this with other key stakeholders through outreach to UN accredited media and other influential traditional/social media as well as serve as Spokesperson.  Apply by April 21, 2017. 

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Senators Urge Action to Avert Famine Following ICRC Testimony

Senators Urge Action to Avert Famine Following ICRC Testimony

Folliowing an ICRC testimony by Yves Daccord before the U.S.Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) led and delivered a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in those countries that are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Conflict at the Root of Famine, March 24, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Conflict at the Root of Famine, March 24, 2017

This week, ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the global state of humanitarian affairs. During the hearing, Daccord focused on the urgent need for humanitarian efforts worldwide, but especially in four of the most severely affected countries: South SudanSomaliaNigeria, and Yemen. The humanitarian situation is now verging on catastrophic and in all four countries, the crises are man-made, experiencing years of years of violence and suffering. Protracted conflict lies at the root of these humanitarian crises. For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around protracted conflict at the root of famine as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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