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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

Why bin Laden's thoughts matter

LONDON, 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. full report

BRIEFING: Third time lucky for Syria talks?

GENEVA, 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. full report

Whatever happened to Kobani?

BEIRUT, 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. full report

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE, 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. full report

The new buzzword in aid – and why agencies are slow to act

NEW YORK, 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 full report

Yarmouk - a timeline of suffering

BEIRUT, 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. 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

IRIN’s Top Picks: Aleppo, militarised aid and an end to poverty

DUBAI, 3 April 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly pick of journalism and research about the humanitarian world. full report

Syria pledging conference: Three key trends

KUWAIT CITY, 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. full report

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