On September 14, the Women's Boat to Gaza set sail from Barcelona on the way to Gaza to draw attention to the Palestinian struggle. Two boats, the Zaytouna and Amal, will carry the all-female crews to Ajaccio, and then to Gaza, drawing international attention to the resistance of the women of Gaza in particular.
The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and ISIS. The question is often asked, "Should we put boots on the ground?" The answer is yes -- but not in the Middle East. We need tens of thousands of boots on the ground dealing with Ebola: boots of doctors, nurses, health professionals, dealing with this wholly preventable global health disaster.
Recently I declined to sign an ad on behalf of a clearly worthy cause, as I generally do. The organizers were lining up people they consider "prominent" or with a "profile." There are A-lists and much lower ones (where I reside) both for signers and causes but if you believe in it, why not do what you can?
The Real News' Lia Tarachansky reports on the Viva-Palestina land convoy en route to Gaza.
World Humanitarian Day is held annually on 19 August since 2008. The date was selected by the United Nations in memory of the 2003 attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad that killed 22 people. This day commemorates the aid work performed by humanitarians around the world, and the sacrifices that often accompany this relief work.
The 2012 “I Was Here” campaign encouraged individuals to celebrate World Humanitarian Day through local volunteer projects and other acts of kindness