Global Food Crisis Tests Western Resolve to Retain Russia Sanctions

With a food shortage threatening to create widespread famine, Western countries face a tough choice as sanctions exacerbate the problem.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #food-insecurity, #humanitarian-aid, #international-trade-and-world-market, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shortages, #wheat

‘We Have Nothing’: Afghan Quake Survivors Despair Over Recovery

With the economy in ruins and aid in short supply, survivors of the earthquake in this remote stretch of eastern Afghanistan wonder what their next move could be.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-earthquake-june-22-2022, #earthquakes, #food-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #rescues, #taliban, #world-food-program

Relief Efforts Intensify in Afghanistan After Devastating Earthquake

Aid has been streaming into the rugged regions hit by the quake on Wednesday. Hundreds were killed and many more are missing, with officials saying that they do not expect to find more survivors.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-earthquake-june-22-2022, #earthquakes, #humanitarian-aid, #khost-afghanistan, #paktika-province-afghanistan

‘We Have Not Forgotten Syria’: U.S. Envoy Vows to Protect Refugees

After 11 years of war, Syria has become a cautionary example of what can happen in a conflict with no end in sight, like the one that began 100 days ago in Ukraine.

#assad-bashar-al, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #thomas-greenfield-linda, #turkey, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Why China Is Miles Ahead in a Pacific Race for Influence

To many observers, the South Pacific today reveals what American decline looks like. Even as Washington tries to step up its game, it is still far behind, mistaking speeches for impact and interest for influence.

#china, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #fiji, #humanitarian-aid, #sogavare-manasseh, #solomon-islands, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #vocational-training, #wang-yi, #xi-jinping

Even as Russia Bears Down in the East, Some Ukrainians Stay Behind

The Russian offensive grinds on, but not everyone is leaving the eastern Donbas region.

#donbas-ukraine, #humanitarian-aid, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Diplomats Fear Russia May Use Syrian Aid as Bargaining Chip in Ukraine

Countries in Europe and the Middle East could see a new surge in refugees if Russia shuts down the last humanitarian convoy route into Syria.

#assad-bashar-al, #humanitarian-aid, #idlib-syria, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

On Ukraine, McConnell Tries to Show the World This Isn’t Trump’s G.O.P.

The top Senate Republican traveled to Europe in a bid to show that isolationism hasn’t taken over his party. He has privately lobbied his colleagues to vote that way, and so far, most are.

#finland, #humanitarian-aid, #mcconnell-mitch, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #republican-party, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #senate, #sweden, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Rand Paul holds up $40 billion in aid for Ukraine.

Mr. Paul had sought to alter the bill to include requiring that an inspector general monitor the spending.

#foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #paul-rand, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #senate, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

House Poised to Pass Nearly $40 Billion Ukraine Aid Package

As lawmakers have embraced more than $50 billion to Kyiv within two months, they have largely refrained from raising concerns or questioning the Biden administration’s strategy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #house-of-representatives, #humanitarian-aid, #kyiv-ukraine, #law-and-legislation, #markarova-oksana, #pelosi-nancy, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #trump-donald-j-jr, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Sisters Recount Escape From Mariupol as Russians Closed In

The women say they were forced onto a bus to Russian-controlled territory, then escaped what Ukrainian and U.S. officials have described as “filtration” centers for a system of forced expulsions to Russia.

#donetsk-ukraine, #humanitarian-aid, #mariupol-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

In a Ukrainian School, 12 People Await the War’s End, or Their Own

In the basement of a battered school in Kharkiv, a dozen residents have taken shelter. In a neighborhood not far away, life has returned to some sense of normalcy. But they choose to stay.

#bombs-and-explosives, #europe, #humanitarian-aid, #kharkiv-ukraine, #ukraine

Afghan Restaurateurs Provide Hope to Refugees Fleeing the Taliban

In Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., established Afghan restaurateurs are reaching out to help refugees fleeing the return of the Taliban.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan-war-2001, #baltimore-md, #chefs, #humanitarian-aid, #karzai-abdul-qayum, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #restaurants, #richmond-va, #washington-dc

Don’t Just Freeze Russia’s Money. Seize It.

It’s the only way to signal that the United States is committed to making even the world’s most powerful states pay for their war crimes.

#assets-frozen, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-bank-of-russia, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #humanitarian-aid, #justice-department, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #supreme-court-us, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘This Is True Barbarity’: Life and Death Under Russian Occupation

The town of Trostyanets was occupied by Russian forces for a month before the Ukrainian military liberated it. Residents described weeks of hunger and horror.

#defense-and-military-forces, #humanitarian-aid, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Putin Knows What He’s Doing With Ukraine’s Refugees. This Is the World’s Big Test.

The response to Ukrainian refugees is a test of European solidarity.

#asylum-right-of, #europe, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-relations, #moldova, #poland, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #romania, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #warsaw-poland

Learning From Our Mistakes With Covid

Responses to a column by Zeynep Tufekci about missteps and the lives lost as a result. Also: What Trump didn’t say before Jan. 6; an airlift for Ukraine.

#airlifts, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #humanitarian-aid, #russia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

Afghan Refugees in U.K. Still in Limbo as Ukrainians Arrive

Some 12,000 Afghans who fled to Britain have been living in hotels for months awaiting permanent housing. This has raised questions about the country’s ability to take in many more escaping Ukraine.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #england, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #humanitarian-aid, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Biden Calls Putin a Butcher After Meeting With Ukraine Refugees

His comment came as he visited a stadium in Warsaw where the Polish authorities are assisting the waves of people who are fleeing Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #duda-andrzej-1972, #humanitarian-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Congress Needs to Fund the Fight Against Covid-19

The pandemic isn’t over yet, but Congress seems to have lost interest in funding public health efforts against Covid.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-budget-us, #humanitarian-aid, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Ukraine’s Diaspora

More than three million Ukrainians have fled their country. See who they are.

#humanitarian-aid, #internal-storyline-no, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #supreme-court-us, #ukraine, #united-states, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Ukraine’s Refugees Are Fleeing Brutality. Let Them In.

Readers urge actions to address the refugee and food crises caused by the Ukraine war. Also: Russian soldiers; essential workers; prison time; donating ties.

#assad-bashar-al, #employee-fringe-benefits, #humanitarian-aid, #prisons-and-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Fighting Rages in Mariupol, as Russian Forces Make Gains

Ukraine said it had temporarily lost contact with officials in the strategic port city, while Russia hammered military targets around the country.

#humanitarian-aid, #kadyrov-ramzan, #lviv-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

What Is Our Moral Obligation in Ukraine?

The U.S. should supply aid to Ukraine. But we must be more consistent in determining who deserves humanitarian intervention.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #kosovo, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #rwanda, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Biden Offers Protected Status to Afghans Already in the United States

The program does not provide a path to a green card or citizenship, which many advocates say is warranted for Afghans who risked their lives to assist U.S. forces.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

The U.S. Has Made Big Climate Promises. Where’s the Money?

The latest spending bill in Congress contains far less money to help developing countries than President Biden had pledged. That fits a pattern.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #federal-budget-us, #georgia, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #humanitarian-aid, #internal-storyline-no, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats Strip Covid Aid From $1.5 Trillion Spending Package

Facing disputes over how to cover the cost of the pandemic response effort, Democrats dropped it rather than jeopardize legislation that includes aid for Ukraine and other top priorities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-cigarettes, #earmarks-finance, #federal-aid-us, #federal-budget-us, #foreign-aid, #house-of-representatives, #humanitarian-aid, #law-and-legislation, #mcconnell-mitch, #pelosi-nancy, #smoking-and-tobacco, #united-states-politics-and-government

House Poised to Approve $13.6 Billion in Emergency Aid for Ukraine

Bipartisan backing for the assistance provided momentum for a broader, $1.5 trillion measure to fund the government through September.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-aid, #humanitarian-aid, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pelosi-nancy, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Poles Welcome Ukrainian Refugees, Unlike in Last Border Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Polish families have opened their homes to refugees from Ukraine, a sharp contrast to the country’s response to a different crisis last fall at the border with Belarus.

#humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #poland, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Humanitarian Crisis Worsens for Ukrainians Trapped in Russia’s Onslaught

Two weeks after the invasion began, tens of thousands of Ukrainians are without food, water or power. The Russians are increasingly resorting to indiscriminate shelling to help their forces advance.

#baltic-region, #civilian-casualties, #humanitarian-aid, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Jewish New Yorkers Unite to Raise Millions for Ukraine

New York City is home to some 300,000 Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

#agudath-israel-of-america, #brighton-beach-brooklyn-ny, #brooklyn-nyc, #hasidism, #humanitarian-aid, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-city, #orthodox-judaism, #philanthropy, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

White House Requests $32.5 Billion for Pandemic and Ukraine Aid

The emergency spending would support the federal response to the coronavirus and provide military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #humanitarian-aid, #law-and-legislation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government, #young-shalanda

Russian Invaders, and Ukraine’s Civilian Toll

Readers praise the heroism of the Ukrainian people but worry about damage to civilian infrastructure and the need for humanitarian aid.

#civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #humanitarian-aid, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Russia’s War in Ukraine Is a Moral, Not Just Military, Crisis

All possible outcomes involve sacrifice and suffering on a huge scale.

#humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

For Ukraine’s Refugees, Europe Opens Doors That Were Shut to Others

Thousands of Ukrainians will end up in countries led by nationalist governments that have been reluctant to welcome refugees in the past.

#humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

As Russia Moves Into Ukraine, What Comes Next?

Readers respond to developments in the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Also: A farewell to Jane Brody; the overlooked translator; a tribute to truckers.

#brody-jane-e, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food, #humanitarian-aid, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #secession-and-independence-movements, #translation-and-interpreters, #trucks-and-trucking, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

If Joe Biden Doesn’t Change Course, This Will Be His Worst Failure

“The current humanitarian crisis could kill far more Afghans than the past 20 years of war.”

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #assets-frozen, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #humanitarian-aid

Gail Halvorsen, ‘Candy Bomber’ in Berlin Airlift, Dies at 101

Lieutenant Halvorsen came up with the idea to drop candies, chocolate and chewing gum for the children of West Berlin during a tense Cold War standoff.

#berlin-germany, #berlin-airlift-1948-49, #candy, #children-and-childhood, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #halvorsen-gail, #humanitarian-aid, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Biden’s Decision on Frozen Funds Stokes Anger Among Afghans

“It is a cruel act and a betrayal,” one shopkeeper said of the White House’s move to essentially seize funds held by the Afghan central bank.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #assets-frozen, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #da-afghanistan-bank, #federal-reserve-system, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban

Tonga Is Receiving ‘Contactless’ Aid. There are Pros and Cons.

Covid-era travel restrictions have mostly prevented expatriate aid workers from flying into Pacific island nations after natural disasters. The results are mixed.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #fiji, #humanitarian-aid, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nonprofit-organizations, #save-the-children, #tonga, #united-nations, #vanuatu

Afghanistan’s Health Care System Is Collapsing Under Stress

Hospitals and clinics are struggling to hold up amid a cash shortage and a vast surge of malnutrition and disease. By one estimate, 90 percent may close in the next few months.

#afghanistan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #hospitals, #humanitarian-aid, #malnutrition, #taliban, #united-nations

More Than a Million Afghans Flee as Economy Collapses

Thousands of Afghans are trying to sneak into Iran and Pakistan each day, as incomes have dried up and life-threatening hunger has become widespread.

#afghanistan, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-union, #humanitarian-aid, #international-organization-for-migration, #iran, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #smuggling, #taliban, #zaranj-afghanistan

Myanmar Is Mired in Conflict and Chaos a Year After a Coup

Daily protests, once loud and colorful, have been replaced by an eerie quiet. To mark the anniversary of the military takeover, protest leaders have called for a “silent strike.”

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #humanitarian-aid, #karen-national-union, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #national-unity-government-myanmar

Ash From Tonga Volcanic Eruption Still Poses a Threat

Ash from a volcanic eruption in the South Pacific nation presents risks to drinking water and air quality, experts say. Quantifying them in real time is a challenge.

#air-pollution, #humanitarian-aid, #new-zealand, #tonga, #volcanoes, #water-pollution

Stay or Go? For Myanmar’s Latest Wave of Refugees, There’s No Good Choice.

Hundreds of thousands who fled deadly unrest at home confront an uncertain future abroad. Yet for many who remained, conditions are dire.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #farkawn-india, #humanitarian-aid, #india, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tatmadaw-myanmar

U.S. Eases Pressure of Sanctions on Afghanistan

The Treasury Department issued new “general licenses” to help aid flow as a humanitarian crisis deepens.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #haqqani-network, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban, #treasury-department

How to Help Victims of the Tornadoes

Here’s how to pitch in as local and national volunteers and aid groups mobilize to help hard-hit areas.

#american-red-cross, #americares, #arkansas, #care, #content-type-service, #feeding-america, #gofundme, #humanitarian-aid, #illinois, #international-medical-corps, #kentucky, #kentucky-state-police, #mississippi, #missouri, #philanthropy, #salvation-army, #tennessee, #tornadoes, #united-way-of-america, #volunteers-and-community-service

Taliban and 9/11 Families Fight for Billions in Frozen Afghan Funds

The White House must figure out what to do with the Afghan central bank’s account at the Federal Reserve, now frozen under U.S. law.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #humanitarian-aid, #justice-department, #national-security-council, #september-11-2001, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Afghan Economy Nears Collapse as Pressure Builds to Ease U.S. Sanctions

Afghanistan’s economy has crashed since the Taliban seized power, plunging the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

#afghanistan, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #food-insecurity, #humanitarian-aid, #taliban, #united-states-international-relations

Greece to Put Aid Workers Who Helped Migrants on Trial on Espionage Charges

The country’s conservative government is toughening its stance on migration and on groups working with migrants, aligning itself with a hardening climate across Europe.

#european-union, #greece, #humanitarian-aid, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mardini-sarah, #mardini-yusra-1998, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #smuggling