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  • The KSM Photo Round-Up

    09/09/2009 10:56:25 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,197+ views
    JARRET ^ | Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 3:25 am | Jarret Brachman
    SNIPPET: "How Did the Posting of the Photos Actually Play Out? 1. At some point in July 2009, International Red Cross delegates photographed Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his nephew, Ammar al-Baluchi. These photos were taken as part of a service that the ICRC has provided to at least the 107 detainees at Guantanamo who opted in. The service includes provide their families with photographed evidence that the detainee is alive and not being mistreated. 2. Specifically, each detainee selects their two favorite poses and print copies of those photographs along with a note from the ICRC are transmitted by the...
  • MA. Governor Patrick (DEM) Doing Fundraiser Today

    08/28/2009 12:20:17 PM PDT · by paul in cape · 5 replies · 465+ views
    Howie Carr Radio ^ | 8028-09 | Howie Carr
    Radio Host Howie Carr today revealed that Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick is holding a fundraiser on Cape Cod today at the residence of the Red Cross CEO today. Gov. Patrick will be speaking at Sen. Kennedy's "time" tonight.
  • Calls for Red Cross symbol to be axed over links to the Crusades

    06/10/2009 12:35:12 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies · 1,175+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | June 10, 2009 | Michael Lea
    A Labour minister has sparked controversy by claiming that an alternative symbol is needed for the Red Cross because of the logo's supposed links to the Crusades. Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant said that the historic emblem risked undermining the work of the humanitarian organisation. His intervention came as MPs debated the adoption of the 'red crystal' - a diamond
  • The Loch Ness Monster and the International Red Cross

    04/10/2009 11:31:41 AM PDT · by CMoran325 · 189+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | April 10, 2009 | Colette Moran
    I had a bit of back and forth with a reader regarding my last post (you can read the comments at the end ) -- It reached a point where I was told I was becoming irrational because I questioned the integrity of the International Red Cross and its report on the torture of prisoners by the U.S.Maybe I should explain. I have always respected the exceptional humanitarian work by the Red Cross. I have heard some folks make complaints about some of their actions, and how they no longer donate money to the IRC. My family has continued to make...
  • 'Red Cross seeking access to Schalit'

    03/25/2009 3:04:55 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 6 replies · 335+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/25/09 | HAVIV RETTIG GUR
    The International Committee of the Red Cross was "continuing its good faith efforts to seek access to and information about [captive IDF soldier] Gilad Schalit," William Daroff, the United Jewish Communities' vice president for public policy, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. Just hours after meeting with ICRC representatives in Geneva, "where the refusal of Hamas to allow access to the Red Cross was a major area of discussion," Daroff said he was satisfied that Schalit's 1,000-plus days in captivity without access to international humanitarian supervision was not the fault of the ICRC. According to Daroff, "the ICRC has discussed...
  • Red Cross Described 'Torture' at CIA Jails (Freepers Describe Terror at World Trade Center)

    03/15/2009 8:56:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 94 replies · 4,130+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, March 16, 2009 | Joby Warrick, Peter Finn and Julie Tate
    The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's treatment of al-Qaeda captives "constituted torture," a finding that strongly implied that CIA interrogation methods violated international law, according to newly published excerpts from the long-concealed 2007 document. The report, an account of alleged physical and psychological brutality inside CIA "black site" prisons, also states that some U.S. practices amounted to "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment." Such maltreatment of detainees is expressly prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. The findings were based on an investigation by ICRC officials who were granted exclusive access to the...
  • New testing discloses a deadly danger is in Bexar [Chagas in Texas]

    02/15/2009 10:07:35 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 29 replies · 1,554+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/15/2009 | Don Finley
    For a disease that begins with a bite from the deceptively sweet-sounding kissing bug, Chagas disease is a major killer in some parts of the world. The bug deposits a parasite that can lurk silently in the body for decades before causing the heart to enlarge — and sometimes the colon or esophagus as well. Chagas, which afflicts millions in Latin America, was long thought to be largely confined there. But a recently approved test to screen blood donors has identified hundreds of cases across the United States — including eight in Bexar County. The sudden appearance of these cases...
  • Red Cross: Nightmare Scenario Unfolding in Cholera-Stricken Zimbabwe

    01/27/2009 8:49:33 PM PST · by Clive · 21 replies · 726+ views
    Voice of America News ^ | 2009-01-23 | Lisa Schlein
    By Lisa Schlein Geneva 23 January 2009 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says a nightmare scenario is unfolding in Zimbabwe as the number of cholera deaths and cases continues to mount. The Red Cross says it is hit with a severe funding crisis and this is hampering its ability to contain the deadly disease. Senior health officer for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Tammam Aloudat, has recently returned from Zimbabwe. He says the cholera outbreak in the country is increasing in scale and it is claiming more lives. "The scenario...

    01/12/2009 1:38:28 PM PST · by Cindy · 51 replies · 2,418+ views
    IsraelMFA via ^ | Added to December 12, 2009 | n/a
    "HAMAS MISSILES FOR ISRAELI FOOD" (Added January 12, 2009) VIDEO DESCRIPTION - QUOTE: IsraelMFA January 12, 2009 Israel gives food, medicine and electricity to Gaza citizens and gets rockets in return. Category: News & Politics Tags: Israel Hamas war rockets missile humanitarian aid children shield Gaza
  • Red Cross blasts Israel

    01/08/2009 11:02:01 AM PST · by ChurtleDawg · 32 replies · 1,307+ views
    The NYT ^ | 1/08/09 | Alan crowell
    PARIS — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it had discovered “shocking” scenes — including small children next to their mothers’ corpses — when its representatives gained access for the first time to parts of Gaza battered by Israeli shelling. It accused Israel of failing to meet obligations to care for the wounded in areas of combat. In response, the Israeli military did not comment directly on the allegation. In a statement, it accused Hamas, its foe in Gaza, of deliberately using “Palestinian civilians as human shields” and said the Israeli Army “works in close cooperation with...
  • Red Cross Helps Soldier See Birth of Child

    01/03/2009 12:02:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Kiyoshi Freeman, USA
    Spc. Mario Aguirre witnesses the birth of his daughter, Gabriela, via Web camera at the Red Cross's Legacy Room, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 15, 2008. Photo by Spc. Kiyoshi Freeman, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). JOINT BASE BALAD — An Arizona National Guardsman recently witnessed the birth of his daughter from halfway around the world here at the Red Cross’ Legacy Room. Opened back in July, the Legacy Room allowed Spc. Mario Aguirre, an artilleryman with the 123rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, and native of El Paso, Texas, to communicate with his wife, who was delivering their second child in...
  • Somalia nearing a 'total famine' (pirates off the coast get all the coverage, situation dire)

    12/04/2008 11:32:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 909+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12/4/08
    Somalia is in danger of descending into famine while the world's attention is focused on the problem of piracy off its coast, the Red Cross has warned. BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut says agencies like the International Committee of the Red Cross are very wary about using words like famine. The ICRC's Alexandre Liebeskind said the violence had made it almost impossible for aid agencies to operate. About half of Somalia's population is dependent on food aid. Drought, floods and nearly two decades of conflict have driven many into destitution. Alexandre Liebeskind, head of the ICRC in East Africa, says...
  • Linguist says US intelligence spied on Blair

    11/24/2008 6:50:40 PM PST · by james500 · 35 replies · 1,552+ views
    Financial Times ^ | November 25 2008 00:31 | Demetri Sevastopulo
    The US government eavesdropped on Tony Blair while he was British prime minister, according to claims made by a former employee of the National Security Agency. ABC News on Monday reported that the NSA had eavesdropped on Mr Blair and Ghazi al-Yawer, the first Iraqi president following the 2003 invasion. The White House did not respond to inquiries. Making the allegations to ABC, David Faulk, a former NSA Arabic linguist who worked for the spy agency at Fort Gordon, Georgia, claimed to have had access to a top secret database called “Anchory” in 2006 that included personal details about Mr...
  • Holiday Mail for Heroes

    11/14/2008 6:37:07 PM PST · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 514+ views
    Red Cross ^ | Undated 2008 | Unattributed
    Holiday Mail for Heroes From the front lines to the home front, the American Red Cross provides service members, their families and veterans with the care and assistance they need. The Red Cross is partnering with Pitney Bowes this holiday season for the Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. For the second year in a row, we’re collecting holiday cards to distribute to American service members, veterans and their families in the United States and around the world. Pitney Bowes is generously donating technology, resources and postage to make this holiday card program possible. Our goal is to collect and distribute...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 21 September 2008

    09/21/2008 4:57:31 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 532 replies · 1,211+ views
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 21 September 2008 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, September 21st, 2008 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson; Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.; Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chair of the American Red Cross. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Paulson; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Paulson; Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.; Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.THIS WEEK (ABC): Paulson; Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.LATE EDITION (CNN) : Douglas Holtz Eakin, adviser to John McCain; Austan Goolsbee, adviser to Barack Obama; former Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.; Gene Sperling,...
  • Obama at $30,000 a plate Hollywood Dinner; Red Cross Says It's Going Broke

    09/16/2008 3:49:23 PM PDT · by pabianice · 27 replies · 281+ views
    Vanity | 9/16/08
    Tonight, Barack Obama will be the featured star at a $30,000 a plate dinner in Hollywood, hosted by Barbra Streisand. This as Obama is assaulting John McCain for "being out of touch with real Americans." Meanwhile, the Red Cross is pleading for money after announcing that it is broke from the financial demands of helping people who have been victims of the series of storms that have hit the U.S. This is a chance for Obama to do the right thing. Senator Obama, donate half of what your campaign raises tonight at Bab's place to the Red Cross. It is...
  • Red Cross fears for civilians in south Philippines

    09/06/2008 1:28:11 AM PDT · by skully · 1 replies · 169+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | September 6, 2008 | The Associated Press
    MANILA, Philippines: A Red Cross official appealed Saturday to government troops and Muslim separatist rebels not to harm civilians as they battle each other in the worst fighting in the southern Philippines in five years. Dominik Stillhart, International Red Cross deputy director of operations, urged both sides to comply with international humanitarian law "to spare civilian communities and allow delivery of relief assistance." Stillhart told reporters in southern Cotabato city that the Red Cross is increasing its relief operations in the southern Mindanao region, which he said was suffering from its worst clashes since 2003.
  • Txt GIVE to 24357 to help the gulf coast folks

    09/01/2008 1:07:26 PM PDT · by smith288 · 12 replies · 386+ views
    RNC | Me
    Donate today. Put your "American" hat on and show your support! Or go here to Red Cross' website.
  • Russian media, "Turkey supports Georgia"

    08/10/2008 7:51:45 AM PDT · by Flavius · 53 replies · 387+ views
    hotnews turkey ^ | 8/10/08 | hotnews turkey
    Russian media, "Turkey supports Georgia" Russian Izvestya newspapers has claimed that Turkey was among the countries that supported Georgia in the recent strife in South Ossetia, by supplying the country with weapons, CNNTurk reported on Sunday. The Russian newspaper cited a Russian Defense Ministry report published three months prior that claims over the past four years Turkey has supplied Georgia with $45 million in weapons and ammunition, as well as training Georgian army officers. Interfax Agency also reported that Turkish naval ship has entered in to Georgian territorial waters off the coast near the city of Batumi.
  • Red (Double) Crossed

    08/07/2008 6:13:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 272+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 7, 2008
    NGOs: Europe once urged Colombia to pay any price to free hostages. Now it pitches a fit when its own bill comes due. The International Red Cross' fury at Colombia for improper use of its emblem to save 15 lives is out of line.The argument goes that Colombia shouldn't have let an undercover soldier use a Red Cross bib over his Palestinian keffiyeh (a get-up that FARC found perfectly credible) to rescue 15 hostages on July 2, because it might make the FARC and groups like it distrustful of future Red Cross efforts. "If authenticated, these images could clearly establish...
  • Some saw dark side of accused anthrax killer Bruce Ivins

    08/01/2008 2:51:27 PM PDT · by Shermy · 31 replies · 229+ views
    AP ^ | August 1, 2008
    <p>FREDERICK, Md. - Bruce E. Ivins was a juggler, a gardener, a church musician, a Red Cross volunteer — and a suspected multiple murderer, according to federal authorities.</p> <p>Some people who knew him scoffed at the government’s assertion that Ivins sent the anthrax letters that killed five people and sickened 17 in the fall of 2001. But court documents indicate the outwardly mild-mannered Ivins had a menacing side.</p>
  • Colombia: FARC hands eight civilians over to ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross)

    07/24/2008 10:20:50 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 186+ views
    Bogotá (ICRC) – Yesterday, 23 July, in a rural area of Vigía del Fuerte, Antioquia department, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) received eight civilians who had been held by the FARC-EP since 17 July 2008. The operation was the outcome of a strictly confidential dialogue between the parties concerned and the ICRC’s neutral and independent humanitarian action. The civilians were released following a request made by the FARC to the ICRC. The ICRC will continue to support efforts to find means of obtaining the release of other hostages and detainees in the hands of armed groups....
  • Problems Persist With Red Cross Blood Services

    07/20/2008 8:56:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 282+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 17, 2008 | STEPHANIE STROM
    For 15 years, the American Red Cross has been under a federal court order to improve the way it collects and processes blood. Yet, despite $21 million in fines since 2003 and repeated promises to follow procedures intended to ensure the safety of the nation’s blood supply, it continues to fall short. The situation has proved so frustrating that in January the commissioner of food and drugs attended a Red Cross board meeting — a first for a commissioner — and warned members that they could face criminal charges for their continued failure to bring about compliance, according to three...
  • Black Marks for the Red Cross (Is this a racist title?)

    07/20/2008 6:30:19 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 167+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 19, 2008 | Masthead Editorial
    One thing Americans do not want to hear when they are injured or facing surgery is that blood from the American Red Cross may actually harm them. So it was unnerving, to put it mildly, to learn that the Red Cross, which collects and distributes some 43 percent of blood given to patients in this country, has failed to follow quality-control measures ordered by a federal court 15 years ago. The organization’s sloppy procedures and its lethargy in investigating possible harm have put untold numbers of Americans at risk. These failures have been identified in reports and investigations by the...
  • CNN: Did Colombia Commit War Crime in FARC Hostage Rescue?

    Leave it to CNN to worry that the Colombian government committed a war crime in its recent rescue of FARC hostages, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.
  • Uribe: Betancourt rescuers used Red Cross

    07/16/2008 11:42:05 AM PDT · by Abathar · 24 replies · 136+ views
    CNN ^ | 07/16/08 | Karl Penhaul / CNN
    BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- Colombian President Alvaro Uribe says one Red Cross symbol was used in a daring and successful hostage rescue mission that took place two weeks ago. What seems to be part of a red cross is seen on a bib worn by a man involved in the rescue in this official image. One of the rescuers was wearing the symbol on a bib, Uribe said Wednesday in a nationally televised announcement that was also carried on radio. He described the wearing of the symbol as a slip-up. Such a use of the Red Cross emblem could constitute...
  • Colombia misused Red Cross emblem in hostage rescue (Columbia to give hostages back. /sarc)

    07/16/2008 11:13:29 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 21 replies · 349+ views
    yahoo ^ | 7/16/2008 | Reuters
    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia misused the symbol of the Red Cross in this month's military rescue of politician Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other guerrilla-held hostages, the government said on Wednesday, admitting a possible violation of the rules of war. "We regret that this occurred," President Alvaro Uribe said in a speech following reports that the Red Cross emblem was displayed on a vest or T-shirt worn by a Colombian intelligence officer who took part in the rescue mission. Falsely portraying military personnel as Red Cross members is against the Geneva Conventions as it could put humanitarian workers at risk when...
  • Colombian military used Red Cross emblem in rescue

    07/15/2008 6:58:44 PM PDT · by Non-Sequitur · 9 replies · 254+ views
    CNN Online ^ | 7/15/08 | Karl Penhaul
    Colombian military intelligence used the Red Cross emblem in a rescue operation in which leftist guerrillas were duped into handing over 15 hostages, according to unpublished photographs and video viewed by CNN. What seems to be part of a red cross is seen on a bib worn by a man involved in the rescue in this official image. Photographs of the Colombian military intelligence-led team that spearheaded the rescue, shown to CNN by a confidential military source, show one man wearing a bib with the Red Cross symbol. The military source said the three photos were taken moments before the...
  • Colombian military used Red Cross emblem in rescue (Load of CNN crapola)

    07/15/2008 6:40:11 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies · 610+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/15/2008 | CNN
    BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- Colombian military intelligence used the Red Cross emblem in a rescue operation in which leftist guerrillas were duped into handing over 15 hostages, according to unpublished photographs and video viewed by CNN. Photographs of the Colombian military intelligence-led team that spearheaded the rescue, shown to CNN by a confidential military source, show one man wearing a bib with the Red Cross symbol. The military source said the three photos were taken moments before the mission took off to persuade the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels to release the hostages to a supposed international aid group...
  • American Red Cross: Disaster funds are depleted

    06/16/2008 6:20:36 PM PDT · by LonghornFreeper · 26 replies · 141+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 16, 2008 | AMY LORENTZEN
    DES MOINES, Iowa - The American Red Cross said on Monday that its Disaster Relief Fund is wiped out and it's being forced to borrow money to help flood victims throughout the Midwest. Jeff Towers, the organization's chief development officer, said the balance for domestic disaster relief efforts is zero. He said the American Red Cross would borrow to keep workers and volunteers in the field helping flood victims. "The Red Cross remains committed to providing the scale of services that people expect of the Red Cross when disaster strikes, and the way that we are doing that right now...
  • Red Cross boat sinks in Myanmar

    05/11/2008 10:21:42 AM PDT · by Jewels1091 · 8 replies · 117+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/11/08 | unknown
    A Red Cross boat delivering supplies to help 1,000 victims of last weekend's cyclone sank Sunday when it hit debris in the Irrawaddy Delta region, as the U.S. prepared to deliver relief supplies to Myanmar. "The crew managed to get to the safety of an island, along with four Red Cross staff who were on the boat," Red Cross official Joe Lowry said. "But we've lost most of the cargo."
  • Board donates to Red Cross(county board of supervisors)

    04/15/2008 5:38:53 PM PDT · by fatrat · 3 replies · 84+ views
    Picayune Item staff writer ^ | 15 Apr 2008 | Amanda Miller
    My local board of supervisors donated $10K to the Red Cross, very generous with my tax money i suspect. Here is my letter to the editor: BOARD DONATES TO RED CROSS Let's see now 5 supervisors on the board donated a total of $10,000. that is a very generous donation of an average of $2000 each. I commend them for their generosity, assuming they personally made the donation and didn't use my taxes to make a donation in their name. If I was forced to participate in that donation against my will, I demand to know the specific law that...
  • Red Cross Admits Wildfire Lodging Errors

    03/01/2008 9:31:30 AM PST · by radar101 · 9 replies · 159+ views
    SAN DIEGO — The American Red Cross acknowledged that it lacks safeguards against paying for unused hotel rooms during natural disasters, a gap that may have cost it tens of thousands of dollars during Southern California's wildfires last year. The acknowledgment Friday came a day after the charity disclosed that blocks of rooms booked to accommodate volunteers in San Diego County went empty. "Our job was to be reviewing who we had in hotels every night and making sure the reservations matched who was coming and who was going," said Joe Becker, who oversees disaster services. "We had instances where...
  • Flood Pictures: MUST SEE photos of Sheridan

    12/08/2007 9:39:06 PM PST · by Lady J USA 1981 · 15 replies · 708+ views
    Picasa ^ | Lady J USA
    Monday Dec. 3. 2007 - Sheridan Oregon. Many Sheridan residents were effected by a flood that hit the city. Streets and homes were flooded. There was mandatory evacuations for some residents. The National Guard was called in to provide sand bags, and fire departments from surrounding communities came to help with mutual aid. The city was also hit by a flood back in 1996. View AlbumGet your own
  • Vast Nazi archive opens to public [16 Miles of Holocaust Documents]

    11/29/2007 9:17:35 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 11 replies · 189+ views
    BBC News ^ | Nov 29 2007
    A vast archive of wartime German documents on the Nazi Holocaust has been opened to the public. The 47m documents, kept in Germany, contain detailed records on 17.5m forced labourers, concentration camp victims and political prisoners. Previously, the files were only used to trace missing persons, reunite families and provide information for compensation claims. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) manages the files. The whole archive takes up some 26km (16 miles) of shelving in the town of Bad Arolsen in western Germany. Minute details The files are not expected to shed dramatic new light on the Nazi...
  • Red Cross CEO Everson Ousted

    11/27/2007 5:25:15 PM PST · by RDTF · 7 replies · 200+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Nov 27, 2007 | Philip Rucker
    American Red Cross president and chief executive Mark W. Everson resigned today because he engaged in a personal relationship with an employee. Everson, who previously was commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, took over the Red Cross on May 29 as the federally chartered disaster-relief agency struggled to restore a reputation damaged by its response to Hurricane Katrina. He oversaw a broad restructuring plan for the $3.4 billion organization. Everson's resignation is effective immediately. He was engaged in a personal relationship with a subordinate female employee, agency spokeswoman Suzy C. DeFrancis said. A senior executive at the Red Cross informed...

    11/27/2007 12:46:44 PM PST · by MarineMom613 · 124 replies · 222+ views
    MarineMom613 | ME
    Sorry for long title and caps. I am typing thru tears. My mom is dying of pancreatic cancer. She raised my son and I got thru to Red Cross & Hospice and they approved it. Military is denying it saying she is not loco parentis. On top of that nobody knows how to do the paper work. My son is her baby (30 Year Old Marine) and she is all she wants. Seems to be holding on for him. She just took a drastic turn for the worst yesterday. I need a congressman/senator anyone who I can call and try...
  • Red Cross president ousted over relationship with subordinate

    11/27/2007 11:38:40 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies · 84+ views
    AP via ^ | November 27, 2007 | David Crary
    Link only--site does not permit copy/paste function.
  • Red Cross Workers Kidnapped in Afghanistan

    09/27/2007 11:38:55 AM PDT · by smartin · 3 replies · 67+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 27, 2007 | By KIRK SEMPLE and CHRISTINE HAUSER
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 27 — Four employees of the International Committee for the Red Cross, who were on their way to help secure the release of hostages held by the Taliban, were kidnapped on Wednesday, officials said today. But a Taliban spokesman quoted by Reuters said the four might be released soon. The spokesman, who declined to be named, said it had not been known at the time that they worked with the Red Cross. The four employees, two foreign and two Afghan, were in Wardak Province, southwest of the capital, when they went missing, according to Graziella Piccolo, a...
  • What if a major earthquake hit the Bay Area today?

    08/20/2007 5:08:03 PM PDT · by bd476 · 171 replies · 2,545+ views
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 08/20/2007 | By Julie Sevrens Lyons
    RED CROSS USES GUERRILLA TACTICS TO URGE EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS First they handed out empty bottles of water that read: "Try living on this for three days." They parked mobile billboards in San Francisco that made it look as if a major earthquake had just rocked downtown. They even posted housing ads on craigslist for heavily damaged flats near the Presidio that exclaimed "Available immediately!" And now the American Red Cross - frustrated with its findings that a whopping 83 percent of Bay Area residents remain unprepared for the Big One - is unveiling its latest guerrilla marketing tactic today:...
  • Taliban free 2 South Korean hostages (turned over to Red Cross on a desert road)

    08/13/2007 6:21:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 577+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/13/07 | Amir Shah - ap
    GHAZNI, Afghanistan - Two South Korean women kidnapped by the Taliban burst into tears Monday after being turned over to the Red Cross on a desert road where the body of one of the original 23 hostages was dumped. The women's release was the first breakthrough in a drama that began more than three weeks ago when a busload of Korean church volunteers was seized. A second male captive also was shot to death in late July, meaning 14 women and five men are still being held. The handover came after two days of face-to-face talks between the Taliban and...
  • Johnson & Johnson sues American Red Cross over use of emblem

    08/09/2007 9:09:09 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 43 replies · 1,165+ views
    NEW YORK: Johnson & Johnson, the health-products giant that uses a red cross as its trademark, sued the American Red Cross on Wednesday, demanding that the charity halt the use of the red cross symbol on products it sells to the public. Johnson & Johnson said it has had exclusive rights to use the trademark on certain commercial products — including bandages and first-aid cream — for more than 100 years. It contends that the Red Cross is supposed to use the symbol only in connection with nonprofit relief services. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in New York,...
  • Gulf watch: Red Cross under fire for allegedly withholding aid from Katrina victims

    07/24/2007 11:26:56 AM PDT · by yorkie · 30 replies · 1,022+ views
    Facing South ^ | July 23, 2007 | Staff
    The People's Hurricane Relief Fund and Oversight Committee held a press conference this morning in front of their New Orleans office to protest the alleged withholding of funds from Hurricane Katrina victims by the American Red Cross. PHRF charges that the humanitarian aid organization is concealing money available through the Means to Recovery program, which is part of its third-phase recovery efforts for people who suffered losses in Katrina, Rita and Wilma. The first phase was emergency response, sheltering and feeding, while the second phase was financial assistance. According to PHRF, the Means to Recovery program is supposed to allocate...
  • 2 Red Cross Workers Shot Dead in Lebanon

    06/11/2007 8:24:01 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies · 536+ views
    AP on Verizon Central ^ | June 11, 2007 | ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Two local Red Cross workers helping coordinate negotiations between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp were shot to death on Monday, hospital officials said. The workers were killed in their vehicle as they tried to escort a Muslim scholar trying to mediate an end to fighting between the Lebanese army and Fatah Islam militants, out of the Nahr el-Bared camp, the officials said.
  • NATO brushes aside Taliban's offer on Red Cross

    06/04/2007 3:28:10 PM PDT · by Clive · 1 replies · 228+ views
    CanWest News Service via National Post ^ | 2007-06-04 | Tom Blackwell
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Red Cross is welcoming a statement by Mullah Omar, the fugitive head of the Taliban, that calls on the humanitarian group to be part of an independent commission on civilian casualties in the Afghan War. It appears to be Mr. Omar's first-ever public mention of an international organization, and is a sign of "movement" in the Taliban's brutal conflict against foreign forces, the Red Cross says. But on a day that the insurgents allegedly mortared a military hospital set up to help civilians, NATO strongly dismissed the Taliban chief's missive. "He is a criminal who has...
  • 2 Sri Lanka Red Cross workers killed

    06/03/2007 7:50:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 342+ views
    AP via CoCoTimes ^ | 6/3/7 | BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka- Two Sri Lankan Red Cross workers abducted from the capital two days ago were found shot to death, the aid group said Sunday. The bodies of the two ethnic Tamil men were found Saturday in Ratnapura district, about 60 miles southeast of the capital, Colombo, Red Cross Director General Neville Nanayakkara said. Nanayakkara said the two men, S. Shanmugalingam and K. Chandramohan, had been in the capital for a workshop and were at a train station on their way home when they were taken away by men who claimed to be police. He said the two were...
  • Nazi Eichmann's passport found in Argentina

    05/29/2007 7:42:04 PM PDT · by OneHun · 52 replies · 1,685+ views
    ABC NewsOnline (Australia) ^ | Wednesday, May 30, 2007. 5:49am (AEST) | AFP
    Nazi Eichmann's passport found in ArgentinaThe passport used by notorious Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann to enter Argentina in 1950 has been found by accident in an archive in Buenos Aires. The passport, still in good condition, was issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Eichmann was one of the main executors of Adolf Hitler's 'final solution', the Nazi genocide of Jews during World War II. A judge, Maria Servini de Cubria, stumbled upon the document in court archives. The passport has been handed over to the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires, which confirmed the discovery....
  • Rockford Red Cross office used to distribute Mexican 'matricula' cards (Rockford, Illinois)

    05/09/2007 8:19:23 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies · 850+ views ^ | 5-9-07 | Chad Groening
    An immigration-reform activist says an Illinois branch of the American Red Cross should be taken to task for allowing the Mexican government to use its office to pass out consular identification cards to illegal aliens in the community.
  • DoD, State Department Criticize Red Cross Law of War Study

    03/08/2007 5:00:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 289+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 8, 2007 – The top lawyers in the State Department and DoD have sent a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross criticizing the methodology authors used in compiling a study that purports to be a definitive explanation of the laws of war. The letter, signed by John B. Bellinger III, the legal adviser for the State Department, and William J. Haynes II, DoD’s general counsel, says the books, titled “Customary International Humanitarian Law,” – while noble – are flawed in execution. Jean-Marie Henckaerts and Eric Mongelard, members of the ICRC’s legal division, authored the...
  • Military Blood Program Web Site Has New Look, Updated Content (The Red Cross Charges $$$)

    02/12/2007 3:30:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 268+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2007 – The Armed Services Blood Program Web site has been redesigned, offering updated content as well as a new look, officials said. The new Web site,, features information on how to join a “Life Force” team of donors, volunteers and supporters. Topics include blood facts, donor eligibility criteria, donor center locations, and more. Other information offered involves the ASBP “Specialist in Blood Banking” program, its curriculum and how to apply. Convenient links direct users to online blood donation appointment scheduling via the “Click to Save Lives” blood drop button on the ASBP home page....