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Who cares? Humanitarianism under attack

It’s official: the world is becoming more dangerous. Wars are on the rise, and humanitarian crises bloom like algae in their wake. Critically, these man-made disasters are happening at a time when the international community’s commitment to humane values – and ability to act – is increasingly in question.

This magazine advances our understanding of today’s changing world order. It asks, are we entering an age where far away suffering can be ignored? What tools and powers do institutions have to save lives in distant places. And considers how we go about restoring hope in international responses to shared global problems.

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Mixed Media: Books

No Turning Back by Rania Abouzeid; Beside the Syrian Sea by James Wolff; Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated...

And Finally: Meena Kandasamy

The writer and activist discusses domestic abuse, social media and politics in India with Graeme Green.

Kabyle football

The away team

Alessio Perrone reports on Algeria’s marginalized Kabylia region, where a minority’s struggle has spilled over into football.

Letter from Marabá: Toxic promises

Dan Baron Cohen’s debut column from the Brazilian Afro-indigenous community Cabalo Seco.

Mixed Media: Music

Mambo Cósmico by Sonido Gallo Negro and Forest Bathing by A Hawk and a Hacksaw.

Mixed Media: Film

Even When I Fall, co-directed by Kate McLarnon and Sky Neal; 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute), directed and co-written by Robin...

The other side of the Bitcoin

Bitcoin is more than premium bonds for hipsters or the veganism of finance, writes Omar Hamdi.

Worldbeater: Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia’s King-in-waiting – and his aggressive foreign policy – is put under the spotlight.

humanitarian drones

Humanitarian drones and other anachronisms

Aid-by-drone, what’s not to like? New tech in the sector brings many problems, Nick Dowson explains.

The Battle for ZAD: Victory for anti-airport movement

The Battle for ZAD: Victory for anti-airport movement

The French government has abandoned plans to build a controversial airport – but is still evicting the ZAD protesters. Claire...

Portraits of three Syrian cities: Huossen Hamod’s daughter looks out from a fifth floor balcony onto their decimated neighbourhood of Ansari al-Sharki, Aleppo

Portraits of war-torn Syrian cities

For those in government-held cities, only fragments of normality remain. Sally Hayden writes.

The new Turkish humanitarians

How Turkey is winning hearts and minds in Somalia

Jamal Osman reports on the rise of the new humanitarians in Somalia.

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