Archived posts from category ‘NGOs’

U.N.: Darfur Peacekeepers Still on Hold

“Deploying a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force in conflict-wracked Darfur will take many more months, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday, citing growing insecurity and logistical difficulties.” As of July 31, the force had just over 8,100 military personnel and fewer than 1,900 police on the ground. This according to The Associated Press. Had the so-called “hybrid [...]

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War & Health: A Day in the Life on Kearsarge

What is it like working in Nicaragua as part of the USS Kearsarge‘s contingent of medical personnel? Chris Albon at the excellent War & Health has the answer. A sample: 06:00 – Reveille, get up, get dressed, pack a bag, go to the Wardroom / Mess and eat a full breakfast. 06:15 – Head down [...]

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World Politics Review: Central African Refugees Video

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Kearsarge‘s Bad Day

When you work with the military, you expect to “hurry up and wait.” Sometimes complex operations just can’t be rushed. But when you’ve got hundreds of impoverished Nicaraguans depending on you for medical care, you can’t afford to wait forever. After a great start on Tuesday, the Navy assault ship Kearsarge — on a four-month [...]

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Kearsarge Bombards Nicaragua with Free Health Care

Lizzie Mae Morris, 58, has problems with her eyes. But in her hometown of Puerta Cabezas on Nicaragua’s eastern “Mosquito” coast, any doctors — not to mention optometris — are scarce. When the USS Kearsarge amphibious ship pulled up along the coast loaded with hundreds of doctors, nurses and aid workers, offering free health care [...]

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Kearsarge‘s Medical Mission = War by Radically Different Means?

The USS Kearsarge assault ship (pictured right) is just two days from the first stop on its four-month tour of South America doling out free medical care. It’s all part of the Pentagon’s new strategy for effecting “generational change” in the world’s neglected, unstable coastal zones. But for the hundreds of military doctors, dentists and [...]


Iraq War’s Refugees in Crisis

With combat and politics hogging the spotlight, the plight of Iraqi refugees has gone largely unreported. Since the 2003 American-led invasion, several million of Iraq’s 25 million people have fled their homes, crowding into neighboring countries or, more often, finding new homes elsewhere in Iraq. The BBC explains: About 2m Iraqis live in increasingly difficult [...]

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