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Words matter
13 October 2015 (IRIN ), Words matter. In the business of saving lives, they should matter even more. IRIN has developed a buzz-o-meter of the most popular buzzwords in humanitarian literature by analysing reams of recent policy documents. Can you sort out the cliché from the jargon?
Greek aid worker busts seven refugee myths
13 October 2015 (IRIN ), Greek humanitarian worker Fotini Rantsiou has spent the last two months as a volunteer on the island of Lesvos. Based on conversations with hundreds of refugees there, she busts seven of the most prevalent myths about the new arrivals.
Is the Yemen peace deal for real?
8 October 2015 (IRIN ), Yemen's Houthi rebels say they are committed to peace, but is the deal for real? IRIN asks the experts.
Can new governors turn the Taliban tide in northern Afghanistan?
8 October 2015 (IRIN ), The replacement of four provincial governors in northern Afghanistan could stem years of steady gains made by the Taliban in the region, where thousands of people have been displaced by violence.
Hospitals and war crimes: a patchy record
7 October 2015 (IRIN ), MSF says the bombing of their hospital in Kunduz by a US warplane was a war crime. The four separate enquiries that have been launched into the incident, which killed 22 people, should show whether the medical charity is right. But precedent suggests that whatever their findings, criminal prosecutions are unlikely.
Central African Republic goes back to square one
6 October 2015 (IRIN ), Six days of fighting that ended in Central African Republic’s capital last week has left a heavy toll: dozens dead, hundreds wounded, thousands displaced, and hope of an imminent resolution to the country’s protracted and complex political crisis fading fast.
Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light
5 October 2015 (IRIN ), It’s the dark web’s currency of choice: for drugs, blackmail and worse. Its exchange rate has been wildly volatile. Why then are aid agencies, child rights advocates and land activists getting their heads around Bitcoin?
Bomb it, fix it: Saudi aid to Yemen
2 October 2015 (IRIN ), Saudi Arabia's aid to Yemen looks like an enormously charitable humanitarian gesture in the account books, but it takes on a starkly different perspective when global politics are brought into consideration.
The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram
1 October 2015 (IRIN ), Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work.
Is Burkina Faso’s elite guard still a threat?
1 October 2015 (IRIN ), Burkina Faso's transitional government has dissolved the RSP, but will the elite security force responsible for last month's coup finally go away? OSIWA's Mathias Hounkpe looks at what must happen next to keep the country on its path to civilian rule and democracy.
Is the Philippine army turning a blind eye to murder?
29 September 2015 (IRIN ), Has the Philippine army been in cahoots with armed groups accused of murdering civilians in the southern region of Mindanao? That’s the focus of an investigation the government has finally agreed to undertake.
Bad time to change UN refugee supremo?
28 September 2015 (IRIN ), Around the world, more people are being driven from their homes by wars and persecution than ever before. At the same time there appears to be less agreement than ever about how to deal with simultaneous refugee crises of unprecedented scale and duration.
The hurdles awaiting the new SDGs
25 September 2015 (IRIN ), No one does summits like the UN, and this weekend will be a big one, as the world celebrates the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals – a new set of targets that global leaders have signed up to, including Shakira, David Beckham, and Pope Francis.
SDGs and the dangers of data
25 September 2015 (IRIN ), Amid the fanfare of hope surrounding this weekend’s adoption of a 17-point blueprint to end world poverty, there are murmurs of caution not to let the benchmarks obscure the real priorities ahead.
The right way to reinvent the wheel?
24 September 2015 (IRIN ), Despite an EU agreement to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers over the next two years, the best hope for meeting the immediate needs of the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees already making their way across Europe often comes from volunteers working for recently formed grassroots organisations. Paul Currion looks at how one such initiative took the lead in responding to Europe’s refugee crisis.
The refugee crisis: time for some perspective
24 September 2015 (IRIN ), At the end of a long summer that has seen record numbers of migrants and refugees arriving on Europe’s shores, EU member states are still deeply divided in their response to the crisis. This week, they agreed to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from over-burdened frontline states like Greece and Italy to other EU countries over the next two years, despite four countries voting against the deal. This IRIN film puts this latest figure into a bit of perspective.
When the war hits home
22 September 2015 (IRIN ), Almigdad Mojalli has been reporting from Yemen's civil war for six months. Last week, the conflict finally dragged his family in.
The rocky road to democracy in Burkina Faso
22 September 2015 (IRIN ), Negotiations are under way to return Burkina Faso to civilian rule following last week's coup, but a proposed amnesty for the coup plotters would leave many people unhappy.
Local dwarfs global in Serbia refugee response
21 September 2015 (IRIN ), In Serbia, a collection of local NGOs and charities are working together to respond to the thousands of migrants and refugees passing through the capital who are in need of food and shelter.
What Chile did right
18 September 2015 (IRIN ), Earlier this year, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people. A few days ago, an earthquake significantly more powerful struck Chile. The epicentre was just 175 miles north of the capital Santiago, yet only 11 people died and only a few hundred houses were damaged. What did Chile do right?

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