#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Staggering Suffering of South Sudan August 18, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Staggering Suffering of South Sudan August 18, 2017

South Sudan may be the world’s newest country but in its short existence, the ongoing civil war has left behind mostly devastation. In a country of 12 million, in three residents have been displaced and one in every two South Sudanese are severely hungry and in need of food assistance. The ICRC President Peter Maurer visited the country this week and said in a news release that the numbers associated with South Sudan's violence reveal the level of brutality being carried out against civilians. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the current situation in South Sudan, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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ICRC in the News: The Situation in Raqqa

ICRC in the News: The Situation in Raqqa

ICRC's Ingy Sedky, spoke with Fox News and NPR's Morning Edition recently from her base in Damascus on the worsening conditions in Raqqa, Syria. While hundreds of thousands have managed to escape Raqqa city since April 2017 (205,000 people according to the UN), the fate of tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the city remains unknown. Ingy speaks to the  harrowing reports coming out of the city – of civilian casualties; houses, hospitals and schools being targeted; while the sick and the injured remain unattended to for lack of functioning health structures.

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Meet ICRC in Washington's New Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

Meet ICRC in Washington's New Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

ICRC in Washington is happy to announce Marc Kilstein, an experienced journalist and radio producer, is joining the team. In his role, he'll be taking over from head of Communications Anna Nelson to serve as the official Spokesperson, working closely with U.S. media markets. With his strong newsroom background--Marc has worked for NPR, the BBC World ServiceThe Nation Magazine and most recently as a founding producer for NPR's newest national news program, 1A--Marc has spent his career fine tuning his craft for journalism and is excited to bring his experience and talent to the ICRC. 

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Mélange du Mercredi: New Technologies and the Modern Battlefield

Mélange du Mercredi: New Technologies and the Modern Battlefield

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. As you may know, since 2014 the Law and Policy Department of ICRC has run an annual research and debate cycle around selected themes of the International Review with the aim of generating research, new ideas and new publications. The outcomes of the cycles are composed of a series of publications and multi-media resources. They form a wealth of up-to-date resources on the selected themes. This week we take a look at the New Technologies and the Modern Battlefield cycle.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #27 Unpacking Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis with Ret. Ambassador Stephen Seche and Oxfam's Scott Paul

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #27 Unpacking Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis with Ret. Ambassador Stephen Seche and Oxfam's Scott Paul

In this episode of Intercross the PodcastICRC Deputy Communications Director Trevor Keck speaks with Stephen A. Seche, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 2007 to 2010 and current Executive Vice President at the Arab Gulf States Institute, and Oxfam's senior humanitarian policy advisor, Scott Paul. In this fast paced conversation, our guests discuss the Yemen crisis, the origins of the crisis and current state of play. They also discuss the humanitarian problems, including the cholera epidemic and how the situation got so bad. Finally, they address possible policy solutions and potential steps that parties and the international community can take towards a political settlement and to help better protect civilians. Hosted by Trevor Keck. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Battle for Raqqa August 4, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Battle for Raqqa August 4, 2017

Since April, more than 200,000 civilians have fled from Raqqa, Syria to avoid the violence. But according to the UN, “an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 people remain inside Raqqa city, which is now encircled, and their situation is perilous - there is no way for them to get out.” In late June, ICRC’s Regional Director for the Near and Middle East Robert Mardini put out a statement. In it, he appealed to all sides of the conflict to protect civilians and respect the rules of war, saying “if not, a new generation will grow up in a conflict incubator and the vicious cycle of violence will continue.” In this week’s roundup, we take a look the battle for Raqqa, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Afghanistan's National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team Featured on NPR's Goats and Soda

Afghanistan's National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team Featured on NPR's Goats and Soda

The Afghanistan's national women's wheelchair basketball team, trained by ICRC's Sports and Integration Advisor Jess Markt, were featured on NPR's Goats and Soda Blog. The team won their first championship--and their first international tournament--at the 4th annual Bali Cup International Tournament in Indonesia. They played against women's teams from India, Indonesia and Thailand

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Intercross the Podcast: Check Out Our New Playlists!

Intercross the Podcast: Check Out Our New Playlists!

Six months after launching and nearly 5,200 listens later, we've now got an even easier way for you to enjoy the great content of Intercross the Podcast: Playlists! You can check them all out on Soundcloud, but today we're featuring our Cultural Series Playlist. In our Cultural Series, we explore the intersection of conflict and culture. Whether its the rules of war as found in Shakespeare's literature of George Lucas's Star Wars, the way we perceive conflict and war is often colored by what we see and read in art, film, television and books. 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC President in Yemen July 28, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: ICRC President in Yemen July 28, 2017

This week, ICRC President Peter Maurer traveled to Yemen in midst of "needless suffering" that he called "absolutely infuriating." Yemen is experiencing what's being called world's worst cholera outbreak with experts predicting that by the end of 2017 more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at Maurer's trip to Yemen, including the besieged city of Taiz, and the situation on the ground, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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ICRC President on NPR's All Things Considered: Life In Yemen's Taiz

ICRC President on NPR's All Things Considered:  Life In Yemen's Taiz

ICRC President Peter Maurer spoke to NPR's All Things Considered live from Yemen. He visited the besieged city of Taiz and described to host Kelly McIvers what he saw on the ground. He arrived in Yemen earlier this week in the midst of what is being called world's worst largest cholera outbreak.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #26 The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #26 The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we speak with Erica Gaston, an international lawyer and project manager at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, to discuss the legal aspects and humanitarian consequences of the use of self-defense in armed conflict. International humanitarian law addresses the rules for soldiers, armies and States, when they conduct offensive attacks, but it does not directly address the rules governing self-defense. So what are the limits on the use of force when individuals and units are defending themselves in combat situations? Hosted by Niki Clark and Andrea Harrison. 

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ICRC President Peter Maurer Speaks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Yemen Crisis

ICRC President Peter Maurer Speaks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Yemen Crisis

ICRC President Peter Maurer spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour live from Yemen on the devastation he's seeing firsthand. He arrived in country on Sunday in the midst of what is being called world's worst largest cholera outbreak. ICRC experts expect that more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera before the end of 2017. Watch the full interview here. 

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News Release: ICRC President Visits Yemen; 600,000 Cholera Cases Expected by End of 2017

News Release: ICRC President Visits Yemen; 600,000 Cholera Cases Expected by End of 2017

ICRC President Peter Maurer arrived in Yemen this morning in the midst of what is being called world's worst largest cholera outbreak. ICRC experts expect that more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera before the end of 2017. Read the full release here

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Venezuela Friday July 21, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Venezuela Friday July 21, 2017

For more than two years, Venezuela has struggled with shortages in food, medicine and basic services, and in recent months, growing violence and daily protests as a result of economic collapse. The country—previously one of the America’s wealthiest nations because of a rich supply of oil—has seen its economy drop by nearly 40% since 2006. NPR's Planet Money calls the disaster, caused by government decisions and triggered by a drop in oil prices, an "economic horror story." In addition, increased violence—fueled by President Nicolás Maduro call for a July 30 vote to bypass the National Assembly and elect a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution, further consolidating his party’s power—threatens to move the country into even deeper crisis. Read about the ICRC’s work in Venezuela here.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look the growing violence and crisis in Venezuela, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War (Foreign Policy Magazine )

The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War (Foreign Policy Magazine )

Foreign Policy Magazine featured an article written by Alexandre Faite, ICRC's head of delegation in Sanaa, Yemen. The piece is accompanied by haunting images by ICRC's Ralph El Hage and reflects the utter chaos that the health care infrastructure and system have become after two years of urban conflict. 

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Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities Highlight

Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities Highlight

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, the ICRC's latest Highlight focused on War in Cities. 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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