Table of contents


  1. Why southern Lebanon still matters
  2. Five food issues to watch out for
  3. Ten ways to develop southern Lebanon
  4. The use and abuse of humanitarian principle
  5. Libya’s displaced Tawergha threaten unilateral return
  6. Diseases spreading in Syria as WASH systems collapse
  7. Egyptian farmers fearful as locust threat looms


Why southern Lebanon still matters
WAZZANI، 15/2/2013 (IRIN) - Southern Lebanon has been the scene of occupation and conflict for decades. Now, it is experiencing what might be the calmest period in its history. This provides a chance to finally sustainably develop the area and stabilize the border with Israel. But are donors, UN agencies and the government interested? full report
Five food issues to watch out for
JOHANNESBURG، 15/2/2013 (IRIN) - Who or what do you blame when the price of maize seems to keep going through the roof? If you did not mention fuel subsidies, then you need to read this list of emerging food issues in Africa. full report
Ten ways to develop southern Lebanon
TYRE، 15/2/2013 (IRIN) - For many residents of southern Lebanon, economic development in their region is a fool’s dream. The central government in Beirut, paralysed by political crisis, has done little to develop the peripheries of Lebanon, especially in the south, which is dominated by militant and political group Hezbollah. full report
The use and abuse of humanitarian principle
DAKAR، 19/2/2013 (IRIN) - Following the 9/11 attacks and the launch of the Global War on Terror, many humanitarian policy wonks spoke of a new era of heightened aid instrumentalization - that is the use of humanitarian action or rhetoric as a tool to pursue political, security, development, economic, or other non-humanitarian goals, which would muddy humanitarian principles and constrain access to those in need. full report
Libya’s displaced Tawergha threaten unilateral return
TRIPOLI، 19/2/2013 (IRIN) - Two years on from the start of the Libyan revolution, one major humanitarian issue awaits resolution: the internal displacement of around 60,000 Libyans accused of close ties to the Gaddafi regime and committing abuses during the nine-month conflict. full report
Diseases spreading in Syria as WASH systems collapse
DUBAI، 21/2/2013 (IRIN) - After two years of conflict in Syria, waterborne diseases are on the rise, compounding a growing humanitarian crisis. Typhoid and hepatitis A are spreading because water pumps are not running, sewerage systems have broken down, and chlorine for purifying water is running out. full report
Egyptian farmers fearful as locust threat looms
CAIRO، 21/2/2013 (IRIN) - Scattered pockets of locusts in southern Egypt and northern Sudan are a threat to agricultural land, warns the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Countries along the Red Sea should remain on “high alert and make every effort to find and treat all infestations”, it says. full report