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Bill Prosser

5 Nothings in particular Bill Prosser In 1654 a performance about nothing took place more muscular than Beckett’s double-negative Waiting for Godot three hundred years later.1 The seventeenth-century event attracted a similarly expectant yet sceptical audience as that gathered in 1955, but instead of peering at Gogo and Didi it watched Otto Von Guericke pump air from two hollow bronze hemispheres, balanced together rim to rim. With all prepared, two teams of eight shire-horses strained in opposite directions, heaving to pull the sphere apart. It did not move

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Jeffrey Flynn

. Even when humanitarians rely on stock iconographies of suffering, they always do so in light of specific aims and in a particular context coloured by a background culture. For example, in ‘The Limits of Exposure’, Kevin Grant captures how the moral milieu of reformers and their audience colours the content and mode of disseminating images. He focuses on how gender norms affected when and how sexual violence was or was not portrayed in photographs and narratives by the Congo

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Emmanuelle Strub

Naval Group employees were killed) demonstrated the potential legal risk from criminal or terrorist actions. The courts stated that Naval Group should have anticipated the risk and taken appropriate measures to ensure that the attack did not happen: By virtue of the employment contract between it and its employee, the employer has a duty of care toward the latter, in particular with regard to occupational

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The Visual Politics and Narratives of Red Cross Museums in Europe and the United States, 1920s to 2010s
Sönke Kunkel

. Two particular qualities, however, make them distinct from other visual media: the one is their capability to create three-dimensional visual experiences by arranging films, photos, text panels, and other aesthetic objects across a museum space. The other is their ability to shape multisensory narratives that connect various media with each other. A look at the history of Red Cross museums therefore opens a promising window on the ways in which those institutions have

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Sean Healy and Victoria Russell

’. Going Viral The Gefira reports and video were reblogged by several far-right, Islamophobic and conspiracist websites, such as Infowars and Zerohedge, in English and in Italian and began circulating among such audiences. These sources connected the alleged collusion between smugglers and rescuers to much larger themes, in particular to the idea of the ‘Great Replacement’, a white-nationalist conspiracy theory that claims that powerful institutions in

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Lucy Bassett and J. Charles Bradley

Introduction Substantial evidence across disciplines – from neuroscience to economics – indicates that the early years of a child’s life are critical for building the foundation for optimal development. In settings affected by crisis, conflict, disaster and displacement, children are at particular risk. Primary caregivers often have fewer resources and less time to provide children with attention and necessary socio-emotional and cognitive stimulation ( Masten and Narayan, 2012 ). Risk factors for children are often multiplied in crises and conflict

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How Can Humanitarian Analysis, Early Warning and Response Be Improved?
Aditya Sarkar, Benjamin J. Spatz, Alex de Waal, Christopher Newton, and Daniel Maxwell

resources is a less important element in intra-elite competition. In posing and answering these questions, the intention of this paper is not to present the PMF as a ‘better’ or ‘stand-alone’ approach to understanding the dynamics of violent conflict or their humanitarian knock-on effects. Instead, it is to bring a theory of politics, and in particular a theory of elite political actors and the way they behave when violence and loyalties become commoditised, to bear on

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Timothy Longman

opposed to the RPF or showed potential for becoming political leaders rather than because they were thought guilty of involvement in the genocide. (p. 16) In contrast to the violence that was part of the genocide, RPF violence was less systematic and, because it was not aimed at a particular ethnic group with the intent of destroying it, does not constitute genocide. At the same time, RPF violence was not simply the action of rogue soldiers but involved both summary judgment of those believed to be implicated by the genocide and attempts to assert control by

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Why Building Back Better Means More than Structural Safety
Bill Flinn

-development continuum or humanitarian pluralism, this recognises that all humanitarian aid should have an eye to medium to long term development and preparedness for the next event (IASC). The shelter sector, and in particular the proponents of self-recovery, see everything, except perhaps the immediate emergency distribution of tarpaulins, as a step towards eventual permanent recovery. Beyond the immediate imperatives of saving lives, supporting the injured and bereaved and preventing hunger and disease, much of the humanitarian effort is directed towards sustainable recovery

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An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse
Juliano Fiori

In this interview, Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse, discusses search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, in particular those conducted by her organisation. She explains that as a European citizen movement, SOS MEDITERRANEE has adopted a hybrid and politicised approach, which represents a new kind of humanitarian engagement. And she reflects on the challenges of protecting and supporting those crossing the Mediterranean.

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