Of Irish Alamos, UN interventions and imperialistic aestethics

On a lazy Saturday evening, I happened to watch on Netflix a 2016 war movie, The Siege of Jadotville. The movie focus on a true episode of the UN intervention in Congo in 1961, when a company of Irish soldiers managed to successfully defend for six days their outpost, with no causality, against the attack …

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Two sad news

A sad day in Maban A few days ago, the compounds of the NGOs and UN organizations working in Maban County, in the north east of South Sudan, have been attacked and looted by a mob of local youth, allegedly enraged by the lack of employment opportunities with international organizations. That’s pretty much all I …

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The end of the Bronze Age, complexity theory and international aid.

I have recently read 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, by Eric Cline. I am totally ignorant about ancient history, and perhaps because of this it made for a fascinating, if mildly disturbing, reading (as I guess any account of a civilization collapse would be). Cline, professor of ancient history and archaeology at George Washington …

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IRIN on PSEA and standards

On IRIN, an interesting article on the role of standars and certification schemes in the aftermath of Oxfam scandal and the #MeToo movement. I wrote about it in a couple of entries a few weeks ago: On sexual abuse in humanitarian contexts. What can the sector learn from forest management? Going back to humanitarian standards. …

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