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0 $2.4 billion raised for Syria crisis does not allay concerns

A Syrian teacher, left, teaches on the first day of classes at a private school built for Syrian refugees in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon.AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari International donors and charities pledged a total of $2.4 billion in aid for the Syrian crisis. It is only a fraction…

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1 For World Toilet Day Gates Foundation motto: Every shit has value

Ugandans transport a Swiss-made ‘diversion’ toilet – one of the Gates Foundation’s winners in its re-inventing the toilet competitionEawag It’s World Toilet Day so the world is awash with potty humor, bizarre videos and otherwise earnest organizations giddily celebrating the use of obscenity or fart jokes in support of saving…

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0 Why is the red line at chemical weapons?

allvoices US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke passionately about the abhorrent act of Syrian forces deploying chemical weapons to kill hundreds of people last week. “What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality,” said Kerry. “Let me…

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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…

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0 UN Rebuffs Haiti Cholera Lawsuit, Again

Francina Devariste, 3 years old, lies in a hospital bed in Dessalines, Haiti.UN The United Nations again refused to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti caused by a peacekeeping unit from Nepal. Legal claims against the UN were again rejected as the body reaffirmed its stance that it…

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