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0 Revealed: USAID’s Twitter-like attempt to foment unrest in Cuba

A report by the AP today reveals that a US-backed program attempted to develop a Twitter-like service with the goal that it would help spark political unrest in Cuba. Most surprising is that it was backed by the humanitarian arm of the US government, the United States Agency for International…

1 The shortcomings of celebrities as humanitarian heroes

Secretary-General Meets Actor and Humanitarian Sean Penn at Haiti IDP CampUN Actor Sean Penn transformed into heroic aid worker Sean Penn in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. His brash style and celebrity persona conspired to give him quick access to big players and media. In some cases…

0 Cholera Concerns Mounting in Sierra Leone

A cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone that made its way to the capital city of Freetown is spreading at an alarming rate. MSF reported an estimated 1,500 cases and 17 deaths in a July 31 press release. The WHO released new numbers yesterday that cholera has infected 5,706 people since…

0 Catching Up on Cholera in Haiti

When cholera broke out in Haiti in October 2010, reporter Jonathan Katz* was the first to break the story connecting UN peacekeepers from Nepal to the outbreak. Nearly two years later, Haiti is still struggling to address the issue of cholera and the UN has yet to admit that it was…

0 Battle of perception between Global Fund and AP continues

I can’t quite tell what’s going on here, so I will merely report the two polar opposite viewpoints. The Associated Press is reporting in an “exclusive” (which so far has seemed to indicate a perspective on this story shared by few others) that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis…