the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

Weekend Reading

In human behavior on November 5, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Read this now-ish (via The New Yorker)—I’ll comment on it soon-ish: alms dealers

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  1. The humanitarian impulse often operates from an obscured viewpoint and without the long term in mind. “There are no humanitarian solutions to humanitarian problems” – yes. But how does disaster and war relief integrate with longer term (relatively) successful stability, health and wealth? We’re still learning these lessons today in Haiti, Myanmar, Pakistan…

  2. One of the most thought-provoking articles I’ve read this year. On par with the article in the summer about what a disaster the Senate currently is.

  3. […] advocacy NGOs, as Philip Gourevitch explains in┬áThe New Yorker (I posted his article a week ago here), seem convinced that their work is above (if not a pointed questioning of their methods) an […]

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