Stuff that caught our eye: June 7 to 20

Copyright: A Nelson/ICRC

Copyright: A Nelson/ICRC

This is a weekly list of articles, podcasts, videos, blog posts, and other online items that have caught our eye here at Intercross. The list is curated from a humanitarian perspective on armed conflict, so you'll discover links to a variety of things - from articles on international humanitarian law and the use of lethal force, to stories about finding dignity and compassion in the midst of conflict.

A small disclaimer: Just because something is featured here, doesn't mean we endorse or agree with it, and the views expressed on the platforms we're highlighting don't necessarily reflect those of the ICRC. 

It's a little bit eclectic and by no means exhaustive, but our hope is that it will open up a window on humanity in war and offer our readers some insight into what we're tracking here in DC. (You might find some light-hearted stuff at the end.) We do our very best to update it each Friday. (Sorry, we were on vacation on June 13 and we've been travelling all week so we're keeping it short and sweet). Feel free to leave comments and point us in the direction of items we might have missed. 

Before we get to the list though, here are a couple of important items from ICRC.org that you might have missed.

ICRC steps up aid operation as conflict intensifies in Iraq

Fifteen years on from mine ban, no time for complacency

Now on to this week's list:

The Washington Post's Editorial Board says Central American families must not be given false hope about immigration.

Foreign Policy's Trita Parsi reports on a possible US "pivot to Persia".

Lawfare's weekend reading list by Paul Rosenzweig recommends the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review.

Paul Eiferman talks to Sebastian Meyer in an interview on roadsandkingdoms.com entitled "This is Kurdistan".

The New Yorker's John Cassidy says the United States' Iraq mission raises more questions than it answers.

NPR's Morning Edition reports on the origins of the Shiite-Sunni Split.

Kim Dozier of the Daily Beast says the US doesn't know who to hit in Iraq.

The Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg reports that World Cup matches happen a day later for Guantanamo detainees.

And because we were off last Friday, here are a few we spotted but didn't have a chance to mention the week of June 9.

Der Spiegel Online International's Susanne Koelbl had an interview with former UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who said "Syria will become another Somalia".

Writing for Reuters Opinion pages, David Rohde said the release of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl reveals the impossible choices faced by hostages' families

The New York Times' Matt Apuzzo reported on how war gear is flowing to US police departments.

Al Jazeera ran an opinion piece by Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah – the Secretary-General of CIVICUS, a global civil society alliance, who examined how protest movements around the world come about.

The Atlantic's Stephen Lurie explored why it matters that politicians have no experience of poverty.

And finally for fun and good measure, John Oliver explains the World Cup (and FIFA) to Americans (thanks to the HuffPost, which reposted the video).