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Islamic State left 'booby-trapped corpses' in Kobani
27 May 2015 (IRIN ), Four months after the militants of so-called Islamic State were driven out of Syria’s Kobani, returning residents are still struggling to deal with the awful mess left behind, including, as a new report highlights, booby-trapped bodies. World attention appears to have moved on. Has Kobani been forgotten?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101548/Islamic-State-left-booby-trapped-corpses-in-Kobani
An ‘almost impossible job’ - 10 tips for the UN's next humanitarian boss
26 May 2015 (IRIN ), Former UN humanitarian chief John Holmes has a few words of advice for the next person to take up the job, British politician Stephen O'Brien.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101540/An-almost-impossible-job-10-tips-for-the-UN-s-next-humanitarian-boss
The case that exposes Jordan's deportation double standards
25 May 2015 (IRIN ), The case of Wael al-Sahlee, who was nearly sent deported to Syria last week after spending two weeks sleeping in an airport, has shone fresh light on the Jordanian government's dubious deportation practices.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101539/The-case-that-exposes-Jordan-s-deportation-double-standards
IRIN’s Top Picks: Siege gardening, Scientology and aid pledges
22 May 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101532/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Siege-gardening-Scientology-and-aid-pledges
Why bin Laden's thoughts matter
21 May 2015 (IRIN ), Osama bin Laden's recently released writings on humanitarian aid were treated with skepticism and scorn by many observers. Here's why you should pay attention.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101526/Why-bin-Laden-s-thoughts-matter
BRIEFING: Third time lucky for Syria talks?
14 May 2015 (IRIN ), A new round of talks are underway in Geneva in a bid to find a way to end to the war in Syria. Now in its fifth year, the conflict has claimed at least 220,000 lives and driven more than nine million people from their homes. In this briefing, we look at what has been tried so far and what chance this latest effort has of making any difference.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101493/BRIEFING-Third-time-lucky-for-Syria-talks
Whatever happened to Kobani?
7 May 2015 (IRIN ), Four months on from the Islamic State retreat from the north Syrian town of Kobani, residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of aid.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101465/Whatever-happened-to-Kobani
Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?
15 April 2015 (IRIN ), In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101314/Why-are-humanitarians-so-WEIRD
The new buzzword in aid – and why agencies are slow to act
9 April 2015 (IRIN ), 'Urban' is a new buzzword in humanitarian circles, but aid agencies, accustomed to working in more remote war zones or in the aftermath of natural disasters, have been slow to turn it into action
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101343/The-new-buzzword-in-aid-and-why-agencies-are-slow-to-act
Yarmouk - a timeline of suffering
8 April 2015 (IRIN ), The Islamic State has now entered the Yarmouk camp for Palestinians on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. An interactive timeline of four years of suffering in the camp.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101337/Yarmouk-a-timeline-of-suffering
What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?
7 April 2015 (IRIN ), Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101332/What-future-for-the-humanitarian-capital-of-the-world
IRIN’s Top Picks: Aleppo, militarised aid and an end to poverty
3 April 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's weekly pick of journalism and research about the humanitarian world.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101318/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Aleppo-militarised-aid-and-an-end-to-poverty
Syria pledging conference: Three key trends
1 April 2015 (IRIN ), On Tuesday, International donors pledged a record US$3.8billion towards humanitarian relief for the Syrian crisis, now into its fifth year. Here are three key trends from the conference.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101308/Syria-pledging-conference-Three-key-trends
What Jews, Syrian refugees and a Swedish King have in common
31 March 2015 (IRIN ), With 1.7 million Syrians, Turkey is now the country hosting the largest number of refugees in the world. But this so-called “Turkish hospitality” dates back much further – from Jews fleeing the Inquisition in the 15th century to asylum-seekers from Kosovo in 1999.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101307/What-Jews-Syrian-refugees-and-a-Swedish-King-have-in-common
Donors asked to dig deep for Syria
31 March 2015 (IRIN ), High-level officials from 78 countries and more than 40 international organisations are gathering in Kuwait City to take part in the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria on Tuesday, amid major concerns of funding shortages.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101298/Donors-asked-to-dig-deep-for-Syria
Map: Which countries are doing their fair share for Syria?
31 March 2015 (IRIN ), On Monday Oxfam released a report outlining what each country ought to have given to Syria in 2014 based to the size of their economies. It called this amount their 'fair share' of the $7.7 billion sought for the over three million refugees in neighbouring countries plus millions in need inside the country.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101299/Map-Which-countries-are-doing-their-fair-share-for-Syria
Killing us softly
27 March 2015 (IRIN ), Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101285/Killing-us-softly
Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings
26 March 2015 (IRIN ), Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101279/Millions-of-aid-dollars-lost-in-currency-swings
IRIN’s Top Picks: Bad jokes, innovation and apathy
20 March 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101257/IRIN-s-Top-Picks-Bad-jokes-innovation-and-apathy
Syrian aid groups seek greater role
18 March 2015 (IRIN ), Local NGOs and diaspora groups involved in frontline aid delivery in Syria want more recognition from the wider humanitarian community as well as the chance to access direct funding, rather than working merely as silent implementers for international NGOs. Limited communication due in part to language and cultural barriers, but also to concerns around terrorism, has led to parallel and duplicated operations, competition for donor funding, staff poaching and a general feeling of mistrust.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/101246/Syrian-aid-groups-seek-greater-role

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