Happy International Women's Day: Check out Intercross the Podcast's New Playlist Celebrating Women Humanitarians!

Happy International Women's Day: Check out Intercross the Podcast's New Playlist Celebrating Women Humanitarians!

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe. (We over here at Intercross personally feel we should do this every single day, but there you are.) So just for our listeners, we've rounded up all of our podcast interviews that feature the incredible work and challenges facing women humanitarians, lawyers and otherwise brillant minds. From Juba, South Sudan to Boston, Massachusetts, cheers to the fabulous women we've had the priviledge of speaking to over the past year+!

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When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

When War Hits Home: ICRC’s Devastating New Augmented Reality App

On Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) unveiled “Enter the Room” – an augmented reality experience for iOS app users.  The app was designed by the digital innovation agency Nedd using Apple ARKit technology and is free to download from the App Store.

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Best of Intercross 2017

Best of Intercross 2017

As we approach the end of 2017, we look back on a year that saw the largest cholera outbreak in recent history, continued crisis around migration, protracted conflict and famine. This year, Intercross celebrated its 6th birthday, we launched Intercross the Podcast and shared nearly 200 pieces of content. We have lots of new and exciting things planned for 2018, but in the meantime, let's take a look back on our most popular blog content from 2017. 

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Summer Vibes 2017: What to Read, Watch & Listen To

Summer Vibes 2017: What to Read, Watch & Listen To

As apparent by the rising temperatures, summer is now in full swing here in Washington. Which means it’s the perfect time to relax with a good book that has been waiting patiently on the shelf or to catch up on some good music or podcasts. Have the time but need some inspiration for what to dig into? Find out what some our colleagues here at the ICRC in Washington are diving into in our annual Summer List. (Program Liaison Rachael Dollar even created a special Summer Vibes music playlist just for you!) You'll also find a list of recommendations by others, including NPR Music's Songs of the Summer, Foreign Policy's The Bookshelf, Podcast suggestions, and Bill Gates. Enjoy!

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What You Need to Know About Urban War

What You Need to Know About Urban War

“I Saw My City Die,” a new report released today captures the experience of civilians living in cities impacted by devastating urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The report includes testimony from civilians in Mosul, Taiz and Aleppo – three cities that have been subject to intense fighting – as well as some powerful statistics that illustrate the deadly nature of urban war in the Middle East. Through some analysis of statistics, the report clearly shows that modern urban wars can be far more deadly for civilians than when wars take place in more rural areas.

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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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Best of Intercross 2016

Best of Intercross 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on a year that saw the fighting in Syria approach its sixth year, a migration crisis in the Mediterranean, severe malnutrition in the Lake Chad region and a U.S. presidential election. This year, Intercross celebrated its 5th birthday, hired its first full time editor, and shared nearly 150 pieces of content. We have lots of new and exciting things planned for 2017, but in the meantime, let's take a look back on our most popular posts from 2016. 

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ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

ICRC Launches Global Survey on People on War 2016

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) commissioned WIN/Gallup to carry out a global survey on public attitudes towards war and the rules of war, including 17,000 people from 16 countries. Survey participants were living in countries in conflict, such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as powerful countries fighting wars, like the United States and Russia. They were asked questions on a variety of issues such as the protection of civilians, attacks against hospitals, treatments of detainees and the role of the international community in ensuring respect for the rules of war. Check out the full results as well as more about the survey, launch events and media here.  

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Obama Praises ICRC's Indispensable Role in Protecting the Most Vulnerable

Obama Praises ICRC's Indispensable Role in Protecting the Most Vulnerable

The ICRC’s President, Peter Maurer, was in Washington, DC this week for a series of meetings with senior officials from the outgoing U.S. administration and other foreign policy figures representing various political perspectives.

During the visit, Mr. Maurer received a letter from President Obama, expressing his gratitude for the continued and significant work of the ICRC. Mr. Maurer returned the gesture, extending his appreciation for the support extended to the ICRC by the US government.

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What You Need to Know about Humanitarian Airdrops

What You Need to Know about Humanitarian Airdrops

Humanitarian airdrops are one of the many ways aid can be delivered to those in need. But for many reasons, it is not ideal and is not a long term solution. Discover how the ICRC decides whether or not a humanitarian airdrop is appropriate in a certain context and why unimpeded ground access in Syria is crucial to effectively deliver aid to those most in need.

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A Reminder That Rejecting Torture is the Right Thing To Do

A Reminder That Rejecting Torture is the Right Thing To Do

The topic of torture and questions as to whether it works, whether it should be used, and whether techniques like waterboarding constitute ill treatment have started to resurface in recent days. Given the renewed rhetoric around this subject, we’ve decided to repost an opinion piece written by ICRC President, Peter Maurer, and originally published by the Huffington Post in December 2014.

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The Obligation to Prevent Violations of International Humanitarian Law

The Obligation to Prevent Violations of International Humanitarian Law

Contemporary armed conflicts – like those in Syria, South Sudan or Ukraine, to name but a few – illustrate how lack of respect for the law has become one of the biggest challenges facing IHL today. It is against this backdrop that the obligation to “respect and ensure respect” in all circumstances, enshrined in Common Article 1 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, and Article 1 of the 1977 Additional Protocol, becomes of critical importance. In a recent article in the International Review of the Red Cross, we discussed this legal obligation in detail; this blogpost provides a snapshot of our argument.

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Migrant & refugee crisis: How the Red Cross & Red Crescent is responding

Migrant & refugee crisis: How the Red Cross & Red Crescent is responding

The conflict in Syria has created one of the most daunting humanitarian crises in decades, generating needs across the region that are beyond description. As was widely reported in the media this week, the resulting refugee crisis stretches well beyond the Middle East, with European nations, in particular, struggling to cope with the influx of tens of thousands of desperate and vulnerable children, women, and men. Learn how the Red Cross & Red Crescent is responding.

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The Battles of Gettysburg and Solferino: catalysts for change

The Battles of Gettysburg and Solferino: catalysts for change

Today we're re-posting an article written by the ICRC's Anna Nelson in 2013 about the Battle of Solferino, which took place on June 24, 1859. Anna examines the similarities between that bloody European clash and the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred just a few years later here in the US. 

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Joint series: Where IHL and IHRL intersect - Part II of Ken Watkin's guest post

Joint series: Where IHL and IHRL intersect - Part II of Ken Watkin's guest post

Throughout the month of September, Intercross, along with two other blogs - Lawfare andEJIL:Talk! - is running a series of articles following up on this summer’s 2nd annual Tansatlantic Dialogue on International Law and Armed Conflict, which took place in Oxford in July. Today, Brigadier General Kenneth "Ken" Watkin brings us the second of a two-part article on the overlap between IHL and IHRL. Ken, who served as a JAG with the Canadian Armed Forces and is an expert on military law, offers his take from a North American perspective. The views expressed in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the ICRC or the other blogs taking part in this series.

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