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Debates over language: a dangerous distraction?
31 August 2015 (IRIN ), Migrants? Refugees? Or just "people" fleeing horror and hardship? All this attention on what terms we use for the thousands risking their lives to reach Europe is missing the point, argues Melissa Phillips, who says our energies would be better spent on a more coordinated response and a better understanding of why so many people are on the move.
So much for sanctuary: how an EU asylum rule 'results in death'
28 August 2015 (IRIN ), The discovery of dozens of dead migrants in a truck in Austria has shed fresh light on how the overzealous use of EU regulations can have tragic consequences.
When to use the M-word
27 August 2015 (IRIN ), Using the right terms when referring to Europe’s migration crisis has become a minefield for journalists. Al Jazeera’s recent decision to stop using the word ‘migrant’ entirely in reference to people crossing the Mediterranean is one reflection of the evolving debate, but there are still plenty of major media brands getting it wrong.
Ebola: Where are we now?
27 August 2015 (IRIN ), The Ebola outbreak appears to be winding down, but it isn't over yet. Here's where things stand.
Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics
26 August 2015 (IRIN ), The use of biometrics clearly has a role to play in humanitarianism. The challenge, says IRIN columnist Paul Currion, is to protect the vulnerable, whose identities may be vital for accessing government services, while preventing powerful states and private companies who may seek to experiment or exploit.
Do we still care about the F word?
24 August 2015 (IRIN ), Famine, one of the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, used to have the power to provoke global campaigns. Nowadays, the general public barely bats an eyelid.
What peace deal? No end to Mali conflict
19 August 2015 (IRIN ), The Malian government and Northern rebel groups signed a peace deal on 20 June that was supposed to end years of conflict. Two months later, the violence continues.
Whatever happened to those heroes?
19 August 2015 (IRIN ), World Humanitarian Day honours aid workers who have been killed in conflict zones around the world. But IRIN columnist Paul Currion argues the hero narrative avoids tough questions about who is really responsible.
On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers
18 August 2015 (IRIN ), The French NGO Action Against Hunger is proposing a radical new idea to protect aid workers from attack. But could it work?
Bright ideas for better aid
17 August 2015 (IRIN ), The World Humanitarian Summit is looking for bold, new ideas for improving the international response to crises. Here are some that caught our ear – some more feasible than others:
Progress but little punch in Libya talks
17 August 2015 (IRIN ), Almost a year into UN-led talks in Libya, progress has been excruciatingly slow - often appearing to slide backwards. But Mary Fitzgerald, who has been watching the talks closely, finds some reason for optimism.
The road to Damascus – key Syrian artery under threat
13 August 2015 (IRIN ), The M5 road, a key trade route for government-controlled Syria, is under fresh threat from the Islamic State. The impact could be huge.
Fact check: Is Turkey using ISIS as an excuse to fight the Kurds?
11 August 2015 (IRIN ), Is Turkey faking its commitment to taking on so-called Islamic State so it can go after its longtime Kurdish separatist foes?
Editor's take: What hope for reform?
5 August 2015 (IRIN ), The UN secretary-general is leading a global process to reform the way aid is delivered in crisis zones. IRIN’s Managing Editor Heba Aly reflects on whether the World Humanitarian Summit can revive a genuine empathy between aid workers and those they seek to help.
Aid reform: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas
4 August 2015 (IRIN ), Aid policy experts are talking about improving delivery and doing things better, finding new financing streams, and, most of all, localising response. But can you really just push money down the chain to local organisations and expect better results, or is it time to take a candid look at the entire humanitarian architecture and rethink the incentive structure?
Church v state: a worrying dynamic for Burundi
4 August 2015 (IRIN ), The growing schism between the Catholic Church and Burundi’s political leadership is a particularly worrisome aspect of the fallout from President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, which has already seen dozens killed in protests and 175,000 people, mostly women and children, flee the country since April.
IRIN’s Top Picks: Sea slaves, worm wars and risk-taking
31 July 2015 (IRIN ), Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share 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.
US food aid: Charity begins at home
30 July 2015 (IRIN ), More than 60 years after the US Food for Peace program was launched, vested interests continue to hinder reforms to allow for more local sourcing of food aid.
Pakistan floods expose response gaps
30 July 2015 (IRIN ), As Pakistan faces its fourth consecutive year of heavy flooding, relief workers are urging the government to do more to ensure inevitable future inundations do less harm.
Morocco: The forgotten frontline of the migrant crisis
29 July 2015 (IRIN ), Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean. In this multimedia special, IRIN talks to the migrants determined to cross, playing cat-and-mouse with the authorities, and explores Morocco's role as outsourced "Gendarme" for Europe.

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