Category Archives: Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

Louisiana: 30,000+ Rescues

There were no winds, no storm surge. No pre-disaster emergency declaration of a named Atlantic Hurricane, and no pre-landfall mass sheltering operations. And yet, as the scale of Louisiana’s multi-day flood becomes more clear, what happened in Baton Rouge and … Continue reading

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Processing the Distress of the Present Moment

For many of us, if not the vast majority of us, experiencing exponential change with a mind wired for linear processing can be exceptionally disorienting. “Is this the ‘new normal’?” people often ask after yet another mass shooting, act of police … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Coup Attempt: Empty Set

In the immediate aftermath of Turkey’s attempt coup attempt on July 15, 2016, the outstanding journalist and Turkey analyst for the Huffington Post and Al Arabiya, Mahir Zeynalov, expressed this sentiment: Now things are relatively calm in Turkey, I gotta ask: … Continue reading

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Humanitarians, transform the archetype of what we stand for

In a recent podcast episode, when I asked the deeply admirable activist Kevin Hester what is the one message to convey to the global humanitarian community, he responded, “First, I would ask them to tell the bloody truth.” Indeed. Far … Continue reading

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Polynesia’s Abrupt Climate Disruption – 600 Years Ago

What climate change means to today’s Pacific Islands is well known–sea level rise, typhoons, coral bleaching, drought, food insecurity, migration, and very likely, urgent relocation. It is a sustainability issue; sovereignty issue; survival issue; and at its roots, a deep social … Continue reading

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La Nina Whiplash Coming? Watch for Cyclones in…the Arctic

The scale of the devastating 2015-2016 El Nino is just coming to light. In Southern Africa alone, 41.4 million people are food insecure, according to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), with 21 million needing immediate humanitarian assistance due to … Continue reading

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Maritime Search and Rescue: the Migration Emergency

In the 1990’s, the prolific author, journalist, and filmmaker Robert Young Pelton traveled throughout the so-called “World’s Most Dangerous Places” recounting the true dynamics of conflict areas, wars, and complex emergencies. With a special interest in emerging trends, Mr. Pelton … Continue reading

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