A new universalism

It is not rationality that unites us, but the fragility of our physical bodies. Tom Whyman finds a germ of optimism in the philosophy of the Frankfurt School.

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Where is home? A Rohingya refugee takes a moment’s pause, shortly after arriving in a makeshift camp at Teknaf, Bangladesh, last September. She is one of over 670,000 people to have fled over the border from Myanmar since August 2017. The high numbers and sheer rate of arrivals make this the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.

Rest for Rashida

The treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya people has been seen as a genocide in the making. Parsa Sanjana Sajid visits those trapped on the Bangladeshi border.

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‘Them, the governments’

Is the UN still capable of keeping the peace and protecting civilians? Was it ever? Ian Williams inspects the record.

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Catch! Will delivery drones really get aid to those who need it most?

The rise of the cyber-humanitarians

Aid-by-drone, what’s not to like? Plenty, as Nick Dowson explains.

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Three-year-old Kholod is admitted to hospital in Hudaida, Yemen suffering from severe acute malnutrition.* One of five children, her father is a teacher but he has not been paid for a year. Extreme hunger and disease are killing around 130 children every day in Yemen, according to Save the Children. [*We would not normally use a picture like this one in New Internationalist, but we felt that at a time when humanitarianism is under attack, it was important to show what is at stake, especially in an article that makes clear that famine is not just bad luck, it's political – ed.]

How can famines be ended?

Mass starvation is making a comeback as a weapon of war. To tackle this great evil we must stop talking about food and over-population, and engage with the politics, argues Alex de Waal.

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Special relationship: Turkish President Recep Erdoğan and his wife are welcomed to Mogadishu by then-President of Somalia, Sheikh Mohamoud in 2016.

How Turkey is winning hearts and minds

In 2011, Western donors sat back while 250,000 Somalis died of starvation. Then Turkey stepped in. Jamal Osman reports on the rise of aid from the Muslim world.

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