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. 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.
From all of us at ICRC DC, Happy 4th of July!
Writing for Al Jazeera’s opinion page, Patricia Vieira, an associate professor at Georgetown University, asks if it’s wrong to use the expression “women and children” when reporting on disasters or war zones?
Foreign Policy reports that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said on Thursday that the Pentagon is weighing airstrikes in Iraq because of a growing belief that Iraqi security forces will be unable to take back territory seized by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham on their own.
Politico says 238 years after its first birthday, America is in deep denial. “Like a dysfunctional family writ across a continent, we Americans have learned to look away from some of our hardest problems, such as inequality and climate change, and, when confronted with them, wring our hands and pretend there’s nothing we can do—even when we pretend to be making a fuss about them.”
The Washington Post reported on a new Pew Research Center poll, which shows that the number of Americans who think the United States "stands above all other countries" has declined from 38 percent three years ago to 28 percent today. A strong majority of Americans (58 percent) say the U.S. is merely "one of the greatest countries."
*A small but important 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.