Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

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President Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #durbin-richard-j, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #jayapal-pramila, #office-of-refugee-resettlement, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nemam Ghafouri, Doctor Who Aided Yazidis in Iraq, Dies at 52

Dr. Ghafouri helped survivors of an ISIS genocide and reunited formerly enslaved women with children taken from them. She died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #ghafouri-nemam-1968-2021, #humanitarian-aid, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #syria, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Syrian Refugees in Rebel Controlled Idlib Are Stuck in Limbo

Millions of people displaced during Syria’s 10-year war are impoverished, insecure and crowded into an area of the country’s northwest controlled by a rebel group once linked to Al Qaeda.

#assad-bashar-al, #civilian-casualties, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #terrorism, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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‘We Are Doomed:’ Devastation from Storms Fuels Migration

Honduras has barely begun to recover from two hurricanes that hit late last year. With relatively little disaster relief from the U.S., many are heading for the border.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #chamelecon-honduras, #hernandez-juan-orlando, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #immigration-and-emigration

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Oxfam Suspends 2 Workers in Africa After Sexual Abuse Claims

The accusations in the Democratic Republic of Congo came three years after the British charity’s government assistance was suspended over sexual exploitation in Haiti.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #humanitarian-aid, #oxfam, #sex-crimes

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‘I Have No Money for Food’: Among the Young, Hunger Is Rising

In France and across Europe, more students are facing food insecurity as the pandemic enters its second year, and job cuts in their families take a widening toll.

#colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #food-aid, #food-banks-and-pantries, #food-insecurity, #france, #humanitarian-aid, #les-restaurants-du-coeur, #paris-france, #youth

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President Biden Takes 1st Tentative Steps to Address Global Covid-19 Vaccine Shortage

Under pressure to play catch-up on “vaccine diplomacy,” President Biden says he will help finance vaccine manufacturing capacity but is still resisting exports of doses.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Takes First Tentative Steps to Address Global Vaccine Shortage

Under pressure to play catch-up on “vaccine diplomacy,” President Biden says he will help finance vaccine manufacturing capacity but is still resisting exports of doses.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shortages, #stockpiling, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How to Help Endangered and Impoverished Peoples

Séverine Autessere’s “The Frontlines of Peace” is a biting account of the humanitarian aid industry by a worker who was on the ground.

#autesserre-severine, #books-and-literature, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #somaliland, #the-frontlines-of-peace-an-insiders-guide-to-changing-the-world-book, #united-nations

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4 Aid Workers Are Shot Dead in Pakistan

The attack could portend a resurgence of militant violence in the former tribal areas of Waziristan, once a hub of the Pakistani Taliban.

#defense-and-military-forces, #federally-administered-tribal-areas-pakistan, #human-rights-commission-of-pakistan, #humanitarian-aid, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #taliban, #tehrik-e-taliban, #terrorism, #waziristan-pakistan

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How to Help Winter Storm Relief in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana

These organizations are providing food, supplies and shelter to devastated communities. If you want to give aid, here are some research pointers.

#blood-donation, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #homeless-persons, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #winter-season

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Turkish Forces in Syria Protect 5 Million People

Three years ago, Turkey’s intervention in Syria was widely criticized. But today Turkish forces are all that protect five million vulnerable people.

#afrin-syria, #akar-hulusi, #assad-bashar-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #free-syrian-army, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kurds, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #turkey, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Foreign Aid Is Having a Reckoning

The Black Lives Matter movement has given leaders from the Global South new traction for change.

#africa, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #foreign-aid, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #humanitarian-aid, #philanthropy, #united-states-agency-for-international-development

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U.S. Prepares to Lift Terrorist Designation Against Yemeni Rebels, Despite New Attacks

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said the designation of the Houthi rebels would be formally revoked next week, in “recognition of the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen.”

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #houthis, #humanitarian-aid, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Biden Reverses Trump Terrorist Designation for Houthis in Yemen

Critics of the Trump administration action said the penalties would punish the millions of starving people in Yemen more than the Houthi rebels.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #houthis, #humanitarian-aid, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yemen

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Margaret C. Snyder, the U.N.’s ‘First Feminist,’ Dies at 91

Inspired by her liberal Roman Catholic upbringing, she refocused the organization’s development efforts to include women’s empowerment.

#africa, #deaths-obituaries, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #humanitarian-aid, #snyder-margaret-c, #united-nations, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Biden to Free Up Billions in Delayed Puerto Rico Storm Aid

The administration plans to release $1.3 billion that was meant to help Puerto Rico rebuild after Hurricane Maria in 2017, and will remove restrictions on another $4.9 billion.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #environment, #federal-aid-us, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricane-maria-2017, #puerto-rico, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Blacklisting of Yemen’s Houthis May Cause ‘Large-Scale Famine,’ U.N. Warns

U.N. officials say that the designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization could choke food deliveries to Yemen, where millions face starvation.

#famine, #houthis, #humanitarian-aid, #security-council-un, #united-nations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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Rohingya Camp in Bangladesh Struck by Fire

The blaze comes as officials in Bangladesh look for longer-term solutions for the refugees from Myanmar, who fled anti-Muslim violence.

#bangladesh, #coxs-bazar-bangladesh, #fires-and-firefighters, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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Many Migrants Still Stranded in Bosnia as Freezing Cold Sets In

Local authorities have refused to reopen an E.U.-funded housing facility for the migrants, bringing criticism that Bosnia has failed to provide basic humanitarian assistance required by international law.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-organization-for-migration

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U.S. Rush to Declare Houthis Terrorists Threatens to Halt Aid to Yemen

The Trump administration did not wait to put in place legal protections for aid workers, a lapse that officials said could halt shipments of food, medicine, gasoline and other assistance.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #houthis, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yemen

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U.S. to Declare Yemen’s Houthis a Terrorist Group, Raising Fears of Fueling a Famine

The State Department’s terrorist designation may be more symbolic than searing for the rebel movement, but it could aggravate Yemen’s human catastrophe.

#famine, #houthis, #humanitarian-aid, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yemen

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Hundreds of Migrants Stranded in Freezing Weather in Bosnia

Up to 700 people lacking winter clothes, sleeping bags and tents have slept outside after a temporary camp was dismantled. Local hostility has blocked efforts to relocate them.

#bihac-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #croatia, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-organization-for-migration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

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As Aftershocks Rattle Croatia, Earthquake Recovery Is Slow and Perilous

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless after the powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked central Croatia, killing seven and injuring dozens.

#croatia, #earthquakes, #european-union, #humanitarian-aid

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From Shelled Ethiopian City, Doctors Tally Deaths and Plead for Help

Ethiopia’s prime minister promised a swift, surgical military campaign in the restive province of Tigray. But doctors in the regional capital reported civilian deaths, looting and a looming crisis.

#ahmed-abiy, #civilian-casualties, #ethiopia, #hospitals, #humanitarian-aid, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Venezuela Raids Food Charity, Interrupting Meals for Children

The charity, Feed the Solidarity, often provides the only meals children receive each day. The government accuses it of subversion, with no evidence.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #feed-the-solidarity-charity, #food-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #maduro-nicolas, #nonprofit-organizations, #roman-catholic-church, #save-the-children, #united-nations, #venezuela

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As Fighting Rages in Ethiopia, Aid Groups Plead for Access to Refugees

Blocked roads, cut communications, intensifying combat: Aid groups say they stand ready to help people caught in the Ethiopian fighting, if only they could.

#ethiopia, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tigray-ethiopia, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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How Trump and Bolsonaro Broke Latin America’s Covid-19 Defenses

The two presidents drove out 10,000 Cuban doctors and nurses. They defunded the region’s leading health agency. They wrongly pushed hydroxychloroquine as a cure.

#amazon-river-basin, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuba, #ecuador, #epidemics, #florida, #foundation-for-human-rights-in-cuba, #guayaquil-ecuador, #humanitarian-aid, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #medicine-and-health, #pan-american-health-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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W.H.O. Workers Are Accused of Sex Abuse During Ebola Response in Congo

The U.N. health agency, already grappling with the challenge of leading the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, vowed it would investigate the allegations that women were exploited in return for jobs.

#congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #ebola-virus, #humanitarian-aid, #sex-crimes, #united-nations, #women-and-girls, #world-health-organization

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2 Men Working to Map World War II Bombs Are Killed by One

The aid workers had taken the device to the home they were sharing in the Solomon Islands, a country littered with unexploded ordnance.

#bombs-and-explosives, #deaths-fatalities, #humanitarian-aid, #solomon-islands, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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How to Pack an Emergency Bag

The first step toward a solid evacuation plan is pulling together all the gear you need, before you need it.

#content-type-service, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #university-of-delaware, #wildfires

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Bill Gates on Coronavirus, Vaccines and Global Health

The Covid-19 pandemic has set back public health efforts by years. But in an interview, the tech philanthropist expressed hope about new avenues for foreign aid

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-aid, #gates-bill, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #humanitarian-aid, #philanthropy, #stimulus-economic, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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At U.S.A.I.D., Juggling Political Priorities and Pandemic Response

Aggressive oversight of the aid agency by political appointees at the White House and the State Department has delayed humanitarian aid when the world needs it most.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barsa-john, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-budget-us, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela, #ventilators-medical, #xinjiang-china

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North Korea, Fighting to Hold Back Virus and Floods, Says No Thanks to Outside Aid

The country has reported extensive flood damage. But its leader, Kim Jong-un, says that humanitarian aid might bring in Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #floods, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #shortages

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Lebanon Faces Humanitarian Crisis After Beirut Explosion, U.N. Says

The United Nations warning came as President Michel Aoun said the investigation into the deadly explosion in Beirut would examine if “external interference” played a role.

#aoun-michel-1935, #beirut-lebanon, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #corruption-institutional, #geneva-switzerland, #humanitarian-aid, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #united-nations, #world-food-program, #world-health-organization

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Hawa Abdi, Doctor Who Aided Thousands in Somalia, Dies at 73

Dr. Abdi turned her family’s land into a hospital and camp that treated and supported legions of people displaced during a civil war.

#abdi-hawa, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #hospitals, #humanitarian-aid, #somalia

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Trump’s Syria Sanctions ‘Cannot Solve the Problem,’ Critics Say

Without a broader diplomatic effort, the newest and toughest penalties will worsen a humanitarian crisis without forcing a leadership change, experts say.

#assad-bashar-al, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #humanitarian-aid, #national-security-council, #norwegian-refugee-council, #office-of-foreign-assets-control-united-states-treasury, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #syria, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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A Quarter of Bangladesh Is Flooded. Millions Have Lost Everything.

The country’s latest calamity illustrates a striking inequity of our time: The people least responsible for climate change are among those most hurt by its consequences.

#bangladesh, #brahmaputra-river-india, #cyclone-amphan, #dhaka-bangladesh, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #humanitarian-aid, #monsoons, #poverty

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With a U.N. Veto, Russia and China Add to Syria’s Misery

Moscow and Beijing are callously restricting humanitarian aid to Syria’s suffering civilians as part of their campaign to prop up Bashar al-Assad.

#assad-bashar-al, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #syria, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping

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As if Yemen Needed More Woes, a Decrepit Oil Tanker Threatens Disaster

A rusting vessel used for years to store oil off Yemen’s coast poses what the United Nations has called a dire and entirely preventable threat of ecological catastrophe.

#al-hudaydah-yemen, #houthis, #humanitarian-aid, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-spills, #red-sea, #united-nations, #united-nations-environment-program, #yemen

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Meet the Gleaners, Combing Farm Fields to Feed the Newly Hungry

An age-old tradition suddenly has fresh urgency in the pandemic, delivering surplus produce to Americans who can’t feed their families.

#after-the-harvest-nonprofit, #agriculture-and-farming, #farmers-against-hunger, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #harvest-against-hunger, #humanitarian-aid, #new-jersey, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

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At Syrian Aid Summit, a Struggle to Raise Enough to End ‘Downward Spiral’

As the civil war enters its 10th year, Syria’s economy is collapsing and the pandemic is adding to the woes. Donors pledged $7.7 billion in aid Tuesday, an amount not nearly enough to end the misery.

#humanitarian-aid, #syria, #united-nations

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U.S. Limits Virus Aid for Masks, Gloves and Other Medical Gear Abroad

But the U.S. Agency for International Development will allow relief workers to buy personal protective equipment that is produced in the places it would be used.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-relations, #norwegian-refugee-council, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-international-relations, #ventilators-medical

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Despite Big Promises, U.S. Has Delivered Limited Aid in Global Virus Response

The State Department and U.S.A.I.D. have spent a fraction of the humanitarian assistance that Congress approved in March to help curb the coronavirus.

#bush-george-w, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ebola-virus, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #obama-barack, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Coronavirus Slams Broken, Embattled Yemen

Lacking equipment, expertise and authority, a divided, war-torn country bobbles a response to a surging pandemic.

#aden-yemen, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors-without-borders, #houthis, #humanitarian-aid, #sana-yemen, #yemen

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This Chef Has a Michelin Star and a Mission: Feeding Millions in India’s Lockdown

From his home in New York, Vikas Khanna, the TV host, writer and former executive chef at Junoon, is running a relief effort that distributes food to vulnerable Indians.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #khanna-vikas-1971

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Is U.S. Looking for Latest Exit from Global Alliances? Funding Freeze Stokes Concern

The State Department insists the Trump administration is at the fore of the global response to the coronavirus, but worries persist about an American retrenchment.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #humanitarian-aid, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Coronavirus Diplomacy: How China’s Red Cross Serves Its Communist Party

The Red Cross in China seems like any other humanitarian group. But there is one crucial difference: it is funded and directed by the Chinese Communist Party.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hubei-province-china, #humanitarian-aid, #international-federation-of-red-cross-and-red-crescent-societies, #masks, #philanthropy, #propaganda, #red-cross-society-of-china, #wuhan-china

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How to Help Victims of the Coronavirus Pandemic

From charities that support children to organizations that feed families, there is no shortage of ways to get involved.

#blood-donation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-banks-and-pantries, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #quarantines, #shortages

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