Top Picks: August 31 to September 4

Photo of the Week: FP published a gallery titled "by land or by sea" capturing the journeys that REFUGEES are making to europe to escape their war-torn countries. In this shot, Syrian and Iraqi refugees sleep on railroad tracks in idomeni, Greece, while waiting to be processed across the macedonian border. © win mcnamee.  

Photo of the Week: FP published a gallery titled "by land or by sea" capturing the journeys that REFUGEES are making to europe to escape their war-torn countries. In this shot, Syrian and Iraqi refugees sleep on railroad tracks in idomeni, Greece, while waiting to be processed across the macedonian border. © win mcnamee.  

This week's Top Picks is brought to you by Laura Burgess, Public Afffairs Officer & Intercross Editor.

The picture of a drowned three-year-old Syrian refugee focused the world's attention on the humanitarian crisis stemming from Syria's tragic conflict this week. That photo sparked countless articles, drawings, and debates on how the international community is responding. Here are just a few that caught our eye.

Syria: The story of the conflict- The BBC has produced an excellent "explainer" on the conflict in Syria through a succinct timeline and narrative - combined with infographics, maps and powerful images - to "tell the story" of the conflict.

When you see that drowned Syrian boy, you should see the United States’ shameful failure- Meanwhile, Vox News takes the United States to task for its "shameful failure" to do more to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis, pointing out that the US has "resettled just 1,434 Syrian refugees over the four years since the conflict began."

Refugees in Hungary flee halted train, begin trek on foot toward Austria- The video in this article shows footage of hundreds of refugees walking 100 miles towards the Austrian border.  

Enforcing International Law in an Age of Seeming Impunity- This week, the Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) released an article discussing the legal and political barriers to enforcing International Humanitarian Law in contexts such as Syria, especially with regard to cultural artifacts.

In other news...

Humanitarian Cash Transfers: Six Things We Know and One (Big) Thing We Don’t-  Theodore Talbot of the Center for Global Development examines the effectiveness of humanitarian cash transfers. His research is partly based on data from the interactive mapping tool Cash Atlas, and shows that "there’s a growing consensus that humanitarian cash transfers can help to bridge the widening gap between needs and resources, empowering people affected by disaster and using local markets to deliver the goods and services we previously thought only aid agencies could provide."

Pentagon eyes more potential sites for Guantánamo detainees - The Hill (and others) reported this week that a Pentagon team is planning to visit approximately a “handful” of additional locations in its search for a site on the mainland to house Guantánamo Bay detainees, risking the wrath of lawmakers.

Editor's note: A small but important caveat: just because something is featured here doesn't mean we endorse or agree with it. The views expressed in the links we're highlighting don't necessarily reflect the ICRC's views.