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IRIN’s Top Picks: Siege gardening, Scientology and aid pledges

DUBAI, 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. full report

Which countries are failing to deliver Gaza aid?

JERUSALEM, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - Gulf Arab states and Turkey have spectacularly failed to fulfill their pledges to Gaza, contributing the bulk of a two-thirds shortfall in promised assistance to the beleaguered enclave, a new report reveals. full report

What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?

GENEVA, 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? full report

Donors asked to dig deep for Syria

KUWAIT CITY / DUBAI, 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. full report

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 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. full report

Taking the long run in Palestine

BETHLEHEM, 26 March 2015 (IRIN) - Three thousand people are preparing to run tomorrow in annual 'Right to Movement' marathon in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. IRIN's Annie Slemrod is among them. full report

After Israel's elections, what prospects for Middle East peace process?

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly confirmed he would block all bids for an independent Palestinian state, is the two-state solution dead? full report

What does the Boko Haram/IS alliance mean?

NAIROBI, 10 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nigeria’s insurgent group Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad), better known as Boko Haram, has declared allegiance to Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS. While commentators – perhaps some with the benefit of hindsight - say this had been on the cards, what does it actually mean? full report

Only five percent of pledged aid reaches Gaza

JERUSALEM, 16 February 2015 (IRIN) - Five months on from a conference that pledged over $5.4 billion to support the Palestinians and rebuild Gaza, just a fraction of the money has appeared. IRIN goes in search of the missing millions. full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

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