Intercross the Podcast: Episode #17 Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #17 Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, , Sara Owens and Guest Host Trevor Keck sit down with ICRC in Washington's Policy Advisor Marcia Wong and Hugo Slim, Head of Policy. They discuss how humanitarian diplomacy helps catalyze ICRC's policy work, how the organization is using evidence, experience and expertise in moving the needle on policy, and the recent urban warfare report that details what happens when cities fall apart because of conflict. Hosted by Sara Owens.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Combat & Cholera in Yemen

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Combat & Cholera in Yemen

Earlier this week, authorities in Yemen declared a state of emergency due to a sharp rise in cholera deaths. Director of Global Operations Dominik Stillhart spoke with NPR's Morning Edition about the crisis and called for the unconditional and immediate access to people detained in relation with the conflict. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Yemen, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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Intercross the Podcast / Episode #16 Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

Intercross the Podcast / Episode #16 Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens is joined by two delegates who have paved the way for the ICRC to adopt sport and inclusion as a priority for the physically disabled communities in conflict-affected countries. Alberto Cairo, one of the ICRC’s most revered delegates, has been in Kabul, Afghanistan with the ICRC’s orthopedic and physical rehabilitation program for 27 years. He was recently joined in Kabul by Jess Markt, an avid wheelchair basketball player and coach, where together, they built the ICRC’s first and largest wheelchair basketball program. Jess and Alberto have not only established an incredibly successful program, but have also cultivated a dynamic friendship. In this episode, learn more about the background and personality behind these inspiring individuals. Hosted by Sara Owens.

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Intercross the Podcast/Episode #15 They Have Names: Photographing Refugee Children in Berlin

Intercross the Podcast/Episode #15 They Have Names: Photographing Refugee Children in Berlin

With this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to host the second iteration in our new cultural series where we  explore the intersection of conflict and culture.  In this episode we sit down with Photographer Daniel Sonnentag, Penny Eifrig and her 17 year old daughter Saede. They are the minds behind They Have Names, a social media and photography campaign that began after the Eifregs met Sonnentag in a refugee camp in Berlin where they all volunteer. In the debate around migration and flight, people usually talk about the abstract term "refugees." In this conversation, we talk about the individual stories of some of the people our guests have met in Berlin, how volunteering and working with refugees has changed previously held perceptions and prejudices and why photography can help us see 'others' as 'us.'  Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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In Conversation with Alberto Cairo, Head of ICRC's Rehabilitation Program in Afghanistan

In Conversation with Alberto Cairo, Head of ICRC's Rehabilitation Program in Afghanistan

In this edition of our “In Conversation” video series, Intercross Editor Niki Clark speaks with Alberto Cairo, head of the ICRC's Rehabilitation Program in Afghanistan. Twenty-seven years ago, Alberto arrived in Afghanistan for his first ICRC mission. He never left. Instead, he has dedicated his life to helping the disabled dealing with the consequences of nearly 40 years of conflict. He and his team have taught nearly 150,000 people to walk again and through positive discrimination schemes--90 percent of those employed at the orthopaedic center are disabled themselves--has helped return a sense of dignity and pride to those he serves. In this interview, Alberto speaks about what gives him hope, how a "crazy American" changed his perception of play and the lifetime of lessons he has learned from the disabled. 

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Watch the Power of Humanity and Innovative Thinking with ICRC's Alberto Cairo and Jess Markt

Watch the Power of Humanity and Innovative Thinking with ICRC's Alberto Cairo and Jess Markt

On May 8, 2017, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and swissnex Boston launched the ICRC Collaborative Platform – a new, Boston-based hub where innovation meets humanitarianism with the aim of solving some of today’s most pressing challenges linked to war and armed violence. 

During the launch event, NPR's Tom Ashbrook sat down with ICRC's Alberto Cairo and Jess Markt to discuss the role sport plays in helping the victims of landmines, disease and other tragedies recover physically and emotionally. Read more about the event here. Watch the panel. 

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In Conversation with Jess Markt, ICRC's Sport and Inclusion Advisor

In Conversation with Jess Markt, ICRC's Sport and Inclusion Advisor

In this edition of our “In Conversation” video series, Intercross and Online Communications Editor Niki Clark speaks with Jess Markt, ICRC's Sport and Inclusion Advisor. Injured following a spinal cord accident at age 19, Markt teamed up with the ICRC in 2011 to bring one of America's best loved-sports, basketball, to wheelchair-bound men and women in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, South Sudan and elsewhere. In the process, these players, whose once primary identity was 'disabled', now see themselves as 'athletes' first. In this interview, Markt talks about his new position, the role sport plays in helping the disabled recover both physically and emotionally and how sport is bringing joy to countries like Afghanistan after decades of conflict. 

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An Argument for the Prosecution of Crimes against Persons with Disabilities

An Argument for the Prosecution of Crimes against Persons with Disabilities

With more than one billion [or 15% of] people in the world living with some form of disability, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), there is little doubt that they are especially affected by armed conflicts. Indeed, it is estimated that the prevalence of disability “is likely to increase to 18-20% in conflict-affected populations.” Contributing Author William Pons writes an argument for the prosecution of crimes against person with disabilities. 

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Mélange du Mercredi: Tackling Weapon Contamination

Mélange du Mercredi: Tackling Weapon Contamination

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 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 #14 Celebrating World Red Cross Day with Lynn Levine

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #14 Celebrating World Red Cross Day with Lynn Levine

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Lynn Levine, Director of Communications for the American Red Cross in Boston. With the launch of the ICRC Collaborative Platform happening on what would had been Red Cross founder Henry Dunant's 189th birthday, we took the opportunity to have a conversation about what it means to be a Red Crosser, Lynn's path to the Red Cross, the Boston chapter's role in reconnecting families around the world and some of the stories that as a communicator with one of the largest humanitarian networks in the hold she holds most dear.  Hosted by Niki Clark.

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The Power of Humanity & Innovative Thinking

The Power of Humanity & Innovative Thinking

On Monday, May 8th, one of the ICRC's longest-serving delegates is coming to the U.S. to help launch the ICRC Collaborative Platform in partnership with Swissnex Boston.  Alberto Cairo, who runs the ICRC's rehabilitative orthopaedic program in Afghanistan, has helped more than 150,000 disabled people learn to walk again. In this photo gallery, a glimpse into the help and hope the ICRC strives to bring to the people of Afghanistan.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, May 5, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, May 5, 2017

On May 8th, we celebrate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, an annual celebration of the principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. This year the ICRC in DC will be launching the ICRC Collaborative Platform in partnership with Swissnex Boston. The day marks the birth of Henry Dunant (born 1828), the founder of the ICRC and the recipient of the first Nobel Peace Prize.  In total, as part of the larger Red Cross movement, which includes the ICRC, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and National Societies, we operate in more than 190 countries, with the help of more than 17 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers. In that spirit, in this week’s roundup, we take a look at the work of the Global Red Cross around the world.

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Mélange du Mercredi/Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing

Mélange du Mercredi/Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing

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 Dr. Dr Bill Boothby looks at Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing. 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 #13 Colombia after Conflict with Christoph Harnisch

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #13 Colombia after Conflict with Christoph Harnisch

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Christoph Harnisch, head of delegation in Bogota, Colombia. With more than 30 years working for the ICRC, Harnisch brings a rich and storied perspective of complex and protracted conflicts. We discuss how reaching a peace deal is really just the first step for the country, the ICRC's role in negotiations, the challenges Colombians still face, and the single most important experience that has impacted him as a humanitarian. Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Livestream: Launch of the Updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention

Livestream: Launch of the Updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention

On May 4, 2017, on the occasion of the online launch of the Updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention, the ICRC will convene a panel of experts at the Humanitarium to discuss the Commentary's main findings. This livestreamed event will discuss how international humanitarian law (IHL) protects wounded, sick and shipwrecked members of the armed forces in case of an armed conflict at sea. The event is part of the Conference Cycle on "Generating Respect for the Law", which aims at addressing the importance of IHL and prevention efforts.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Nepal Earthquake, Two Years Later, April 28, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Nepal Earthquake, Two Years Later, April 28, 2017

Two years ago this week, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, bringing devastation and heartache to the Himalayan country. This tragic disaster—which was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks— took more than 8,800 lives and damaged or destroyed more than 800,000 homes. The earthquake’s effects were far-reaching: collapsed schools, broken water systems, and lost sources of income among them. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at Nepal’s recovery, two years later, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Mélange du Mercredi/The Contours of International Prosecutions: As Defined By Facts, Charges and Jurisdiction

 Mélange du Mercredi/The Contours of International Prosecutions: As Defined By Facts, Charges and Jurisdiction

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 Sarah Swart looks at The Contours of International Prosecutions:As Defined by Facts, Charges and Jurisdiction. 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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