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Humanitarian spending at record high despite financial crisis: report

LONDON (AlertNet) – Global spending on humanitarian aid hit a record $16.7 billion in 2010 despite the financial crisis, but devastating disasters and rising delivery costs meant almost 40 percent of needs still went unmet, new data showed on Wednesday. Governments poured $12.4 billion into emergency relief, up 6 percent…

Red Crescent in Libyan aid effort overstretched: EU

SOFIA – The Red Crescent, which is the only humanitarian aid organisation currently on the ground in Libya, is already overstretched and facing a severe shortage of medical supplies, EU’s Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said Thursday. “What particularly worries us is that with the exception of the local organisation…

Reid statement defends Israel, essentially blames activists for their deaths

Updates: AIPAC urges members to support “Israel’s right to self defense” and contact lawmakers regarding the flotilla incident; maintains list on congressional statements; attempts to link activists to Qaeda Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is facing a bruising battle this election year, and probably needs all the help he can get.…

Civil rights activist seeks to prove anti-terrorism law a violation of free speech

Ralph Fertig, a 79-year-old professor who has fought for civil rights most of his life, wants to be a public advocate for the oppressed Kurdish minority in Turkey. The problem? He's worried the US government, which calls the group a terrorist organization, will throw him in prison for 15 years…

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