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Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles

man who had been shocked by the carnage in Solferino. Selective indignation has a long history! The final third of the nineteenth century, with its progress in transport and communications, was also a time of accelerating colonial conquest, ‘transformed ipso facto into just wars in the name of natural law, trade, movement, and property’, in the words of historian Enzo Traverso ( Traverso, 2004 ). While humanitarianism by definition refers to a single human species, the concept of the existential equality of all humans is not necessarily included (all humans, but

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the very few who did not. The most prominent among the latter was Norwegian People’s Aid, which used to run newspaper adverts stating that it wasn’t neutral like MSF and others, but that it supported the rebels. It is understandable that mainline humanitarian groups working with migrants don’t want to be so unequivocal. But sooner or later they will have to be, and not just on the personal blogs of individual aid workers. Humanitarianism has weathered many crises, and perhaps it will weather this one as well. I certainly hope it will. But to do so

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Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector

different agencies ( Bradley, 2016 ; Schneiker, 2012 ). Nonetheless there are many commonalities, and this article focuses on general trends, albeit at the expense of some detail. ‘Staff security’ and ‘civilian protection’ comprise two clearly distinguished fields of practice within the broader field of international humanitarianism, with their own sets of handbooks, guidelines and best practices, and managed by their own professional staff. That said, security strategies are often different – and frequently less comprehensive – for national staff as compared with

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From the Global to the Local

, Humanitarianism and Development: Views from the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East ( Oxford : Routledge ). Fiddian-Qasmiyeh , E. ( 2016a ), ‘ Repressentations of Displacement in the Middle East ’, Public Culture , 28 : 3 , 457 – 73 , doi: 10.1215/08992363-3511586 . Fiddian-Qasmiyeh , E. ( 2016b ), ‘ Refugee–Refugee Relations in Contexts of Overlapping Displacement ’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research , www

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Current policy options and issues

include such informal money transfers in AML regimes are ethically problematic. Their inclusion in AML regimes, for example, is linked to unproven beliefs over their links to terrorism and they are counter-productive insofar as they drive legitimate business underground or damage innocent and small actors who are unable to meet the rising costs of compliance (Lindley, 2009; Tsingou, 2010). Blanket attempts to dismantle these informal systems also fail to recognise that money transferred in this way is often a lifeline in terms of humanitarianism and development (Lindley

in Building a peace economy?

Despite the imperative for change in a world of persistent inequality, racism, oppression and violence, difficulties arise once we try to bring about a transformation. As scholars, students and activists, we may want to change the world, but we are not separate, looking in, but rather part of the world ourselves. The book demonstrates that we are not in control: with all our academic rigour, we cannot know with certainty why the world is the way it is, or what impact our actions will have. It asks what we are to do, if this is the case, and engages with our desire to seek change. Chapters scrutinise the role of intellectuals, experts and activists in famine aid, the Iraq war, humanitarianism and intervention, traumatic memory, enforced disappearance, and the Grenfell Tower fire, and examine the fantasy of security, contemporary notions of time, space and materiality, and ideas of the human and sentience. Plays and films by Michael Frayn, Chris Marker and Patricio Guzmán are considered, and autobiographical narrative accounts probe the author’s life and background. The book argues that although we might need to traverse the fantasy of certainty and security, we do not need to give up on hope.

children in warfare, and in the practices of contemporary humanitarianism, including humanitarian interventions. As Michael Barnett ( 2013 : 486) argues, however much humanitarian governance is propelled by an emancipatory ethic and the siren of humanity, it also contains elements of domination. This paper asks whether a global ethic of care – as a normative roadmap for relations

in Recognition and Global Politics
Meanings, Limits, Manifestations

challenging and redefining recognition theory. Part Three explores the myriad sociopolitical manifestations of recognition frameworks, tracing its operation in contexts of contemporary humanitarianism, global social movements and world society. Meanings: Critical interventions The first four chapters of this volume challenge and extend dominant readings of recognition in political

in Recognition and Global Politics
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La gauche de la gauche

situations. In other words, with social criticism no longer able or willing propose alternative solutions, those who oppose social injustice are left with little recourse other than to express indignation in the face of suffering. The humanitarianism of the 1980s, represented by initiatives such as Coluche’s Restaurants du cœur or Bernard Kouchner’s Médécins sans frontières, operated outside the frame of reference of the labour movement, and tended to represent the dispossessed as victims. Hence Beyond the mainstream: la gauche de la gauche 99 the identification of the

in The French party system

without the consent of the country in question, in order to save human lives, protect human rights and to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches its target. 72 The Finnish definition incorporates the related concept of ‘military-civilian humanitarianism’. It suggests that the need to alleviate human suffering resulting from natural disaster, famine or

in The Kosovo crisis and the evolution of post-Cold War European security