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Four reasons Syrian ‘safe zone’ unlikely to work

BEIRUT, 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - Turkey has announced the creation of a "safe zone" in Syria. Here's why it might not work. full report

Yarmouk camp no longer besieged, UN rules

BEIRUT, 24 July 2015 (IRIN) - Despite not being able to deliver food to the camp since March, the UN has quietly dropped the Palestinian camp from its list of besieged areas in Syria full report

Joined-up aid thinking in Lebanon

BEKAA, 20 July 2015 (IRIN) - A country of only around four million citizens, Lebanon hosts more than a million Syrian refugees. With a global push to better link short-term and long-term aid, could the crisis be an opportunity to put theory into practice? full report

At Eid, Iraqi charities take the lead

ERBIL, 17 July 2015 (IRIN) - Iraq is one of the most poorly funded humanitarian crises in the world. As Muslims gather this Eid for family celebrations, local charities have stepped in to try to fill the gaps in UN funding, but food and basic necessities are scarce. full report

Memento Mori

LONDON, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - It is easy to laugh at aid workers, but every year, hundreds are killed, kidnapped or injured doing their jobs. We need to do more to honour them. full report

Fewer aid worker attacks. That’s good, right?

BEIRUT, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - Attacks on aid workers declined last year but were still the second highest on record, new data shows. Are aid organisations getting smarter or more risk averse? full report

Taking back the narrative from Islamic State

ABU DHABI, 9 July 2015 (IRIN) - As the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has spread, part of its success has been its ability to dominate the message online through slick propaganda. To defeat it, a coalition of states must first learn from it. full report

Can the UN's agency for Palestinians be fixed?

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - Facing what its commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl called its “most serious financial crisis ever,” this week the UN agency for Palestinian refugees let go some half of its international personnel. What, if anything, can be done to fix the frequently broke agency? full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Racism, corruption and oligopoly

BEIRUT, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. This week, racism in the development world, tackling corruption and the lessons of the Somalia success. full report

The most important aid organisation you've never heard of

BEIRUT, 2 July 2015 (IRIN) - Saudi Arabia has quietly launched a new behemoth in the international aid world. The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid looks set have a budget of hundreds of millions and could become the country's equivalent to USAID. As one UN expert said, "the era of the Saudis just giving money and disappearing is over." full report

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