On January 29, UNICEF released its most recent report detailing the plight of millions of children around the world. Afshan Khan, UNICEF director of emergency programs, spoke at the launch, making this point clear, “from deadly natural disasters to brutal conflicts and fast-spreading epidemics, children across the world are facing a new generation of humanitarian crises.”
Today, let's step through the looking glass for a moment and imagine what the reaction of the United States to the ongoing crisis in Syria might look like if the regime of Bashar al-Assad were an ally of the United States, rather than an opponent closely linked to our enemy du jour, Iran. Perhaps the media coverage might look something like this:
Like baseball great Yogi Berra, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had his own struggles with the English language, one of his best malapropisms was the coining of the term “unknown unknowns.” Rumsfeld was trying to make a valid point about the uncertain security situation at the time in Iraq – that there were unexpected contingencies that simply could not be prepared for; unfortunately for him (but perhaps fortunately for us), that thought came out as “unknown unknowns.”
Sri Lanka's long and bloody civil war may be over, but not all is back to normal in the tiny island country. In this report, Gibson Bateman discusses the lingering humanitarian issues that remain for millions of Sri Lankans, especially in the North where most of the heaviest fighting took place. The popularity of President Rajapaksa, who sees policy through an anti-terrorism lens, further muddies the complex situation.