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  • Obama’s reckless disregard of ISIS, Hillary wants a reward for timidity

    08/15/2014 2:57:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-15-14 | Jennifer Rubin
    His remarks about Ferguson, Mo., and the Michael Brown incident got most of the attention, but the president’s comments on Iraq may be much more important in the long run — and certainly more depressing. The president has never recognized and still refuses to accept the threat posed by the Islamic State. ~snip~ So the bottom line is, is that the situation on the mountain has greatly improved and Americans should be very proud of our efforts. Because of the skill and professionalism of our military and the generosity of our people, we broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar,...
  • 'Humanitarian convoy' stops near border with Ukraine

    08/14/2014 12:09:18 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 17:09 14.08.2014 | Steve Rosenberg BBC
    KYIV, August 14 /Ukrinform/. Russia's "humanitarian convoy" stopped in a field before reaching the border with Ukraine, BBC Russian reported. “We have turned off the M4 highway, the turning to the Russian town of Donetsk near the border; lorries are parking in a field,” BBC's Steve Rosenberg wrote on his Twitter page on Friday.
  • Russian convoy vanishes on road to Ukraine

    08/13/2014 5:41:24 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 24 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 13, 2014 | Roland Oliphant
    Ukraine accused Moscow of mounting a cynical attempt to incite a pro-Russian rebellion on Wednesday, as uncertainty surrounded a 262-truck "aid convoy" that appeared to grind to a halt before reaching the border. The stand-off came as violence worsened in eastern Ukraine, with the United Nations announcing that the death toll in the four-month conflict had doubled in the past two weeks to more than 2,000. Government forces are seeking to press their advantage against the pro-Russian rebels, which has stoked fears that the aid convoy is part of a Russian plan to fend off the rebels' seemingly inevitable defeat....
  • Marchuk: Russian convoy splits into two. Eyewitnesses spot soldiers and weapons in one of the parts

    08/13/2014 1:53:41 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Wednesday 13 august, 2014, 15:44 | Yevhen Marchuk
    The column of Russian trucks, allegedly carrying humanitarian aid to Donbas, has split into two, with one of them heading for Donetsk. Eyewitnesses saw soldiers and weaponry in this column, Yevhen Marchuk, ex-premier and defense minister, wrote in Facebook a couple of hours ago Aug. 13. The column with soldiers may try to enter Ukraine via Russia-controlled border checkpoints, Marchuk writes. The other part, presumably with humanitarian aid, is heading for Rostov.
  • Russian Aid Convoy Nears Ukraine Border, Despite Kyiv's Warnings

    08/13/2014 1:13:56 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    A Russian aid convoy of nearly 300 trucks is nearing the Ukraine border, despite warnings from Kyiv the convoy may not be allowed in. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on August 13 denounced Russia's "cynicism" and said Ukraine will accept humanitarian aid only from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook: "No convoy of Putin's will be let through Kharkiv region. A provocation by the cynical aggressor on our territory is unacceptable." Russia says the route of the convoy has been agreed with Kyiv and that once it crosses the border, it will...
  • Russian soldiers brag on Internet about repainting 300 KAMAZ trucks to carry aid

    08/12/2014 11:05:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Aug. 12, 2014, 3:02 p.m. | | Novoye Vremya, Olena Goncharova
    Amid fears of a full-scale Russian invasion disguised as humanitarian assistance, the Kremlin announced on Aug. 12 that it was sending nearly 300 trucks of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Although the Russian authorities claimed there was no military cargo in the convoy, soldiers of the Russian army bragged in their social networks that even the trucks themselves were military vehicles, hastily repainted white.
  • Israel Is Not Committing War Crimes in Gaza, Int'l Law Group Responds to Red Cross Accusations

    08/12/2014 6:55:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/12/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The European Centre for Law and Justice has hit back against the International Red Cross for insinuating that Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza, arguing that it is the terrorist tactics of Palestinian militant group Hamas that are in clear violation of international law."It is deeply disturbing that the International Red Cross, which should be an objective relief organization, is engaging in an unbalanced and biased campaign to smear Israel," wrote Jay Sekulow, who serves as Chief Counsel of the ECLJ as well as the American Center for Law and Justice."While insinuating that Israel is committing war crimes as...
  • Kyiv Agrees To International Aid Mission Led By Red Cross

    08/11/2014 3:04:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | Monday, August 11, 2014 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    U krainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has agreed to an international humanitarian mission for eastern Ukraine led by the Red Cross that includes cooperation from the European Union, Germany, and Russia. Poroshenko said the mission has the blessings of Russia and the United States. But he said any humanitarian mission must be "an international one without any military escort" by Russian forces.
  • Ukraine: Humanitarian mission into rebel-held territory will be led by Red Cross

    08/11/2014 10:30:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Winnepeg Free Press ^ | 8-11-2014 | Yuras Peter Leonard
    The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation with Russia and the European Union into the rebel-held city of Luhansk — a plan that Ukraine says the backing of President Barack Obama. The Kremlin earlier announced that it was dispatching the humanitarian convoy into eastern Ukraine. Ukraine had previously objected to Russia sending any aid into the region, and the West had strongly warned Russia that any attempt to send its military personnel into Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian assistance would be seen as an invasion. In the last week, Ukrainian government forces have been closing in...
  • Ukraine in civil war: Red Cross

    07/24/2014 10:48:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 7-23-2014 | AFP
    The International Committee of the Red Cross said Wednesday that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply with international humanitarian law, otherwise known as the law of armed conflict," ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in...
  • Ukraine war crimes trials a step closer after Red Cross assessment

    07/23/2014 8:06:58 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-22-2014 | Tom Miles
    The Red Cross has made a confidential legal assessment that Ukraine is officially in a war, Western diplomats and officials say, opening the door to possible war crimes prosecutions, including over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH-17. "Clearly it's an international conflict and therefore this is most probably a war crime," one Western diplomat in Geneva told Reuters. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the guardian of the Geneva Conventions setting down the rules of war, and as such is considered a reference in the United Nations deciding when violence has evolved into an armed conflict. "Within...
  • American Red Cross Hires Attorneys To Hide Hurricane Sandy Expenditures

    06/27/2014 6:06:37 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 27 2014 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The American Red Cross has employed an expensive New York law firm in an attempt to hide information about how it spent Hurricane Sandy donations, ProPublica reports. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to the Red Cross last June requesting information regarding how the organization spent the money it received for Hurricane Sandy relief. ProPublica filed a public information request for the information given to the attorney general’s office, but Red Cross attorneys stepped in. Gabrielle Levin, of New York’s Gibson Dunn, appealed the request and wrote to the attorney general’s office to block the release of information. Levin...
  • UKRAINE: Donetsk SEPARATISTS took Red Cross Hostages /441304.jpg?May%2010,%202014%2012:03:07%20AM">

    05/09/2014 2:40:41 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 3 replies
    24tv.ua ^ | 5-9-2014 aout noon EDT
    The specialists of the journalist "News of Donbass" SEPARATISTS took hostage seven employees of charitable organizations. ALL SEVEN - male. The women who were in office - was released. Three of the kidnapped - volunteers from Kyiv, 1 French, 3 - Donetsk team. All were in Donetsk office to deliver medication in the evening of May 9. Separatists took all medication and Has taken hostage in an unknown direction. Telephone "hotline" Donetsk "Red Cross" does not comply with 20.00.
  • US Commando's Body Expected in Pak City (MAJOR John Bolton?)

    11/05/2001 6:32:17 PM PST · by GreatOne · 46 replies · 275+ views
    The Times of India ^ | November 6, 2001 | Unknown
    QUETTA: The body of a U.S. commando captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan has been handed over to the Red Cross and is expected in this Pakistani border city, a Taliban official said here. Maulvi Hammad said the body of Major John Bolton, who Taliban sources Sunday claimed died of kidney failure at a hospital in Kandahar, would arrive here in a day or two, SADA reported Monday. He added that more than 20 US commandos, accused of spying, were being held by the Taliban. Bolton, who had apparently been arrested recently, had identified himself as Major Mohammad Ayub but ...
  • Gay men push to end 30-year blood donation ban

    12/02/2013 7:39:21 AM PST · by Gritty · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2013 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A push by activists to ease the 30-year-old blanket ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men faces a key test this week as a federal panel hears results of the latest research. The findings will be released amid growing pressure from politicians and advocates, including college students, to change the policy. Critics say the ban is a hangover from the early, fear-filled days of AIDS, stigmatizing gay men and ignoring advances in treatment and detection in the decades since...
  • Leaked Video Proves Red Cross Tested Miracle ZOT for Malaria… Surprise! It Works!

    07/19/2013 2:46:24 PM PDT · by MMSwiki.org · 113 replies
    Health Freedom Alliance ^ | 7/10/13 | Daniel Bender
    In December 2012, the Red Cross and an affiliated organization known as the Water Reference Center (WRC) performed a medical field test in the African country of Uganda. The test was to determine if a popular “Miracle Cure” had any impact on malaria, a disease that is estimated to kill one child every minute in Africa alone. To the surprise of the Red Cross and their staff, it cured all 154 malaria patients that took part in the test―with no side effects.
  • Red Cross office in Afghanistan hit by suicide bombers

    05/29/2013 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    Guardian ^ | Wednesday 29 May 2013 13.13 EDT | Emma Graham-Harrison
    A squad of suicide attackers stormed the unprotected compound of the International Committee of Red Cross in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday shortly after a separate group of bombers attacked in the heavily guarded northern Panjshir valley. The International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) shuns armed guards employed by many foreign organisations in Afghanistan, relying instead on goodwill generated by healthcare to the very neediest, and protecting prisoners including Taliban detainees. But the attack, the largest in the restive east, comes a month after the killing of two Afghan Red Crescent workers, and amid rising insecurity. In a worrying sign...
  • Millions of Europeans Require Red Cross Food Aid

    03/12/2013 4:47:43 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 21 replies
    European Union families and individuals are increasingly reliant on charity organizations like the Red Cross for basic needs like food, water and shelter. While Germany is relatively unaffected, unemployment and austerity in countries like Spain make the problem even more severe. Two-thirds of national Red Cross societies within the European Union distribute food aid -- a sign that the economic crisis in Europe has an alarming effect on poverty. Yves Daccord, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said that the scope of food distribution is the highest since the end of World War II. The Spanish Red...
  • The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up

    11/02/2012 12:18:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | November 2, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    November 2, 2012 The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up By Pat Buchanan 11/2/2012   On June 6 of this year, a bomb planted at the U.S. compound in Benghazi ripped a 12-foot-wide hole in the outer wall. On June 11, the British ambassador's motorcade was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, wounding a medic and doctor. The next day, the ambassador was gone and the British Benghazi post was closed. At the same time, the Red Cross, after a second attack, shut down and fled the city. "When that occurred," says Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who headed the military...
  • Baltimore Red Cross employees plan strike

    11/12/2012 10:33:11 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 6 replies
    abc2news ^ | 11/08/2012 | abc2news
    "It is irresponsible for the union to give notice of its intent to strike at a time when Red Cross attentions are focused on relief efforts for Superstorm Sandy and helping those impacted by the Nor'easter," Tornetta said. "A strike in our area threatens to disrupt blood collection operations at a time when those impacted by these storms are unable to give and are relying on non-affected areas." Read more: http://www.abc2news.com//dpp/news/region/baltimore_city/baltimore-red-cross-employees-plan-strike#ixzz2C2CJO9aa
  • Red Cross pushes back on Sandy response, calls it 'near flawless'

    11/11/2012 8:37:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 11, 2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    The American Red Cross, which bills itself as “the world's largest humanitarian network,” is pushing back against critics of its response to Hurricane Sandy, with the head of the organization saying its relief effort has been “near flawless” despite criticism from stranded storm victims and elected officials. Two weeks after the superstorm slammed the East Coast, leaving millions of residents without power and in need of food, warmth and shelter, the venerable nonprofit has taken a public battering over what many victims and some officials saw as a lackluster and unfocused response. Thomas Donovan, a 43-year-old software salesman who was...
  • NAZIS, COMMUNISTS, ARAB NATIONALIST TERRORISTS: ONE CAMP, ONE KAMPF

    02/15/2005 8:40:00 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Various ^ | Aug 11 2004 | Elliott A Green
    The most striking proof that the Arab anti-Israel cause is a common meeting ground for both Nazis and Communists --and that the Arabs welcomed supporters of both ilks-- lies in the friendship of Carlos, the notorious master terrorist who served the PLO, with Fran*ois Genoud, an old Nazi, one of the leading Nazis in pre-War Switzerland, later a financier who provided funds for Habash's faction of the PLO. "Carlos" (his nom de guerre) was what is called a "red diaper baby." His fabulously rich father, a Venezuelan lawyer and owner of estates, gave "Carlos" the name Ilich, Lenin's patronymic, as...
  • Obama uses hurricane to publish a free campaign video (Red Cross)

    11/02/2012 8:07:23 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 14 replies
    Red Cross/FEMA ^ | 10/30/2012 | DNC
    Fox News just played a 60-second commercial with Obama posing as President and making vacuous comments. This was ostensibly a Red Cross public-service commercial, but in reality it was a free campaign commercial. The same video was posted on the FEMA site on 10/30, apparently: http://www.fema.gov/blog/2012-10-30/sandy-update-4-staying-safe-how-help This is brazen and classless use of a disaster for political gain.
  • Staten Island Borough President: Don’t Give Money to the Red Cross

    11/01/2012 9:26:20 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 72 replies
    Politicker ^ | 11-1-2012 | Colin Campbell
    At a press conference this morning on Staten Island, a host of local officials, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, gathered to highlight the needs of the hard-hit borough in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And, although many pols spoke, no one was more impassioned than Borough President James Molinaro, who called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace” and even urged the public to cease giving them contributions. ..... (Read the whole thing)
  • MSNBC: Nobody Needs Your Hurricane Donations Mitt Romney

    10/31/2012 8:35:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 176 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/31/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    Yesterday Mitt Romney turned a previously scheduled campaign event in Ohio into a hurricane relief event. Romney asked supporters to bring canned goods and other supplies to help storm victims recover on the East Coast. He only spoke for ten minutes at the event and quickly jumped in to help load supplies. His campaign bus has been accepting hurricane relief donations since Monday in Northern Virginia. Sounds like a great idea right? Not according to MSNBC. Reporters and anchors at the far-left TV outlet were appalled at Romney's efforts to give back to the community, after all, his charity and...
  • Obama Visits Red Cross As Campaign Gears Back Up

    10/31/2012 7:37:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | Oct 30, 2012 | JORDAN FABIAN
    Obama Visits Red Cross As Campaign Gears Back Up By JORDAN FABIAN (@Jordanfabian) Oct. 30, 2012 President Barack Obama continues to spend his time overseeing the recovery from Hurricane Sandy as the presidential campaign begins to kick back into gear. On Tuesday he conducted a conference call with 20 mayors and governors from affected states to coordinate response efforts and paid a visit to Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C. to visit with staff and deliver remarks.
  • Remember Katanga!

    08/11/2003 6:48:14 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 900+ views
    David W. Neuendorf ^ | 1995 | David W. Neuendorf
    Fifty years ago today, the life work of Alger Hiss came to fruition. Hiss, a US State Department official, served the United Nations as its acting Secretary General during its founding conference in the spring of 1945. On October 24, 1945 the United Nations Charter became effective as a majority of the countries that had signed it ratified their signatures. Several years later, Hiss went to a federal penitentiary for committing perjury when testifying that he was not a Soviet agent. His personal career was over, but his most important work, the United Nations, lived on. Globalists everywhere are today...
  • Red Cross sets up blood drive outside abortion clinic

    08/08/2012 4:16:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.8.2012 | Jean McCarthy
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, August 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Local pro-lifers are seeing red after they discovered a Red Cross blood drive was held outside an Ohio abortion clinic on Tuesday. Ruth Yorston, Director of Columbus Right to Life, was taken aback when the American Red Cross rolled onto the grounds of the facility and began its one-day blood drive. She said that when a Red Cross worker was told that abortions were performed at Complete Healthcare for Women, where the blood drive was set up on August 7, the worker was shocked. “I had no idea,” he responded. Yorston believes that...
  • As blood donations decline, U.S. ban on gay donors is examined

    07/07/2012 7:29:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/6/2012 | Jen Christensen
    The American Red Cross says power outages created by recent storms in the East and Midwest cut blood donations, which were already low this summer. In June there was a nationwide shortfall, with donations down more than 10% across the country. "We are asking people to please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit us at redcrossblood.org to find a way to donate if they can," said Stephanie Millian, Red Cross director of biomedical communications. "We need people's help." One group that would like to help, but legally can't, may be moving one step closer to eligibility. Since the 1980s, when the AIDS...
  • Red Cross doctor found beheaded in Pakistan

    04/29/2012 3:28:45 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    msnbc ^ | 4/29/2012 | Reuters
    The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside on Sunday in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, police and Red Cross officials said. Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants on Jan 5 while on his way home from work. "The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act," ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement. "All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Cross share the grief and outrage of Khalil's family and friends." British Foreign Secretary...
  • Man (shouting: down with Communism”) arrested in Santiago de Cuba during Pope’s first mass

    03/27/2012 2:09:34 PM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    Univision News ^ | March 27, 2012
    UNIVISION NEWS Channel: Latin American Affairs As Pope Benedict XVI got ready to deliver his first mass in Santiago de Cuba to tens of thousands of people on Monday, a man in the crowd burst out yelling “down with Communism” and “there’s no freedom in Cuba.” Univision’s cameras caught the moment as the man was whisked away from the plaza by plain clothes security agents. He was subsequently beaten with a stretcher by another man wearing a Red Cross vest, prompting speculation on whether this man was falsely using the Red Cross’s insignia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iE76glqzt2g
  • Ford helping victims in tornado-ravaged midwest

    03/10/2012 9:50:22 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies
    WXYZ.com ^ | 03/09/2012 | staff reporter
    (WXYZ) - Ford Motor is stepping up to help the victims of the recent wave of tornadoes. The Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $75,000 to the American Red Cross and the Dare to Care food bank in Louisville. Ford employees are expecting to raise another $25,000 through donations to help their neighbors. The money will be used to help victims of the tornadoes in southern Indiana and Kentucky. Other employees are volunteering their time to help victims rebuild in southern Ohio.
  • Video: Hamas Members Nabbed in Red Cross Hideout

    01/24/2012 1:10:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/1/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Security cameras filmed the raid on Monday by security officials on the Red Cross building in Jerusalem, where two Hamas officials hid for 18 months. Video
  • Red Cross: ‘Safe abortion’ is essential to maternal health

    12/19/2011 8:29:59 AM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/red-cross-safe-abortion-is-essential-to-maternal-health ^ | 12/19/2011 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D., and Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
    NEW YORK, December 19, 2011 (C-FAM.org) - A recently issued report from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has caused concerns that the organization may start advocating for abortion rights. In a section of the report on human rights IFRC quotes a widely criticized document issued by Anand Grover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, which said, “States must take measures to ensure that legal and safe abortion services are available, accessible, and of good quality.” The IFRC report goes on to editorialize, “But the real challenge is to find out how many...
  • Six hundred million gamers could be war criminals, Red Cross says

    12/09/2011 2:39:49 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 42 replies
    News.com.au ^ | December 08, 2011 | Claire Connelly
    THE Red Cross is investigating whether 600 million gamers are violating the Hague and Geneva conventions when they kill and blow stuff up for fun. Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised the concerns over the potential “International Humanitarian Law” violations – which can constitute war crimes - during a workshop in Geneva. “Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games,” the Red Cross wrote in its...
  • Red Cross workers on strike

    11/03/2011 10:24:07 AM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    American Red Cross blood service workers in Connecticut are on strike and walking a picket line. The union that represents the workers says they've been working more than two years without a contract. Talks broke down Wednesday night, not over pay, but health care, scheduling, and a dispute over how many licensed nurses are needed at blood drives. About 200 workers, who are members of AFSCME Council 4, hit the picket lines this morning in Norwalk and Farmington. "It's a matter of many things," union spokesman Larry Dorman said. "This is a company the engages in unlawful practices. They've been...
  • U.S. to Take Another Look at Gay Blood Donation Ban

    07/26/2011 6:29:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 101 replies
    National Journal ^ | 7/26/11 | Maggie Fox
    A policy that bars gay men from donating blood for life is “suboptimal,” advisers to the Health and Human Services Department said on Tuesday, and needs another look. HHS asked a committee of experts on blood and tissue donations to reexamine the policy and see if there is a way to let at least some gays donate blood. (snip)Men who have sex with other men, including gay and bisexual men, have an HIV infection rate 60 times higher than that of the general population
  • Refugee camp overwhelmed as people seek food and water [ Kenya, Somalia ]

    07/05/2011 7:58:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, July 5, 2011 | Ben Brown et al
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says there are unprecedented levels of malnutrition among children fleeing Somalia to escape the severe drought in East Africa. Oxfam, Save the Children and the Red Cross are all launching emergency appeals. Rains have failed for the past three seasons, and aid agencies say more than 12 million people across large parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya are facing dire shortages of food, shelter and health services. The BBC's Ben Brown reports from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
  • Afghan officer shoots dead US soldier

    05/12/2011 2:07:56 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 20 replies
    PressTV ^ | May 12th 2011 | Staff
    An Afghan policeman has shot dead an American soldier and wounded three others in the southern province of Helmand. A member of the Afghan national police opened fire on the Americans on Thursday during a full scale scuffle in the provincial capital city of Lashkar Gah, located about 555 kilometers (344 miles) south of Kabul, a Press TV correspondent reported. The shooting marks the second incident of its kind in less than a month. On April 27, a veteran Afghan army pilot opened fire on foreign troops at Kabul airport, killing eight US-led soldiers and a contractor. Several US-led foreign...
  • Red Cross To Israel, UN, EU: There Is No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

    04/20/2011 1:26:41 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 8 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | April 20, 2011 | Joel Leyden
    Red Cross To Israel, UN, EU: There Is No Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency Jerusalem, Israel ---- April 20, 2011 ...... Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Defense Forces to the Israel News Agency. Mathilde Redmatn serves as the deputy director of the Red Cross in the Gaza Strip. Redmatn has had the opportunity to see with her own eyes what most of us only see on television screens. On previous assignments, Redmatn has lived in the Congo and in Colombia. Her activities in Gaza are completely different, she says. "Of course...
  • Request to Japanese/Japan-based Freepers: What's best, fastest way to send aid to most affected?

    03/17/2011 6:30:25 AM PDT · by quesney · 142 replies
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    To Japanese and Japan-based Freepers: What's the best, quickest way of getting aid to people on the ground directly -- via local groups, religious instutitons, etc. I'd rather not give it to an international bureaucracy like the Red Cross (Japanese website was confusing), other NGO's or government. This is being posted Front/Breaking because I imagine a lot of other Freepers want this info and, let's face it, it's an emergency over there and these people need quick, effective help as soon as they can get it. I've seen too many stories of waste, corruption and abuse (Haiti, Katrina, etc.) and...
  • Sandra Bullock donates $1 million for Japan relief

    03/17/2011 1:51:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 87 replies
    The Scoop ^ | 3-17-11
    dra Bullock has donated $1 million to the Red Cross for Japan disaster relief, her rep confirms to Scoop. While other celebrities have made various gestures to encourage donation and raise money, this is the largest known donation made by a celebrity since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. This isn't the first time that Bullock has risen to the occasion charitably. She was honored for her contributions in rebuilding a New Orleans public school after Hurricane Katrina and last year donated $1 million for earthquake victims in Haiti.
  • I Am In Awe of Such Faith

    02/15/2011 5:17:17 AM PST · by marcbold · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 2-15-11 | Matt Archbold
    An Afghanistan Christian and father of six, is imprisoned and scheduled to die. His crime? He believes Christ is his Savior. And he is scheduled to die because of it. No defense lawyer will take his case for fear of retribution. And he has been told that if he renounces Christ things would go easier. But he doesn’t. He won’t. Said Musa, who lost his leg from a landmine in the 1990’s and has worked since then as a medical worker for the Red Cross fitting children with prosthetics, has been in jail for eight months. According to a public...
  • Afghanistan: Red Cross worker to be hanged for converting to Christianity

    02/07/2011 12:51:20 PM PST · by rdb3 · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7 FEBRUARY 2011 | Robert
    Afghanistan: Red Cross worker to be hanged for converting to Christianity "Hello, Hamid? It's Hillary...Yes, yes, peace be upon those who are rightly guided indeed...Fine, thanks, and you?...A double eagle on a par-5 hole! Wow, that's terrific...Yes...Look, Hamid, about this Said Musa character, or Musa Sayed, or whatever. You know who I mean? Yes, that's right, the accursed murtadd dog. Look, Hamid, I know how you feel, and you know how much I respect Islam, but you guys are making it harder for me to keep on saying how peaceful and tolerant Islam is. Can you cut me some...
  • One-legged Afghan Red Cross worker set to be hanged after converting to Christianity

    02/06/2011 10:19:07 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 38 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | February 7, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Snips from Excerpt only website: An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity. Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards. He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.
  • Detainees or POWs?

    01/24/2002 11:40:25 AM PST · by stop_fascism · 22 replies · 204+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2002 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Detainees or POWs? Ancient distinctions. By Mackubin Thomas Owens is professor of strategy and force planning at the Naval War College in Newport. His views do no necessarily reflect those of any agency of the U.S. government. January 24, 2002 8:55 a.m. as President Bush's decision launch a "war against terrorism" in response to September 11 now hoisted the United States on its own petard? That would seem to be the case as international organizations and even officials of allied countries such as Great Britain have intensified criticism of the United States concerning its treatment of captured al Qaeda and ...
  • The Red Cross bans Christmas (to avoid offending Muslims)

    12/16/2010 1:36:06 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 16, 2010
    Christmas has been banned by the Red Cross from its 430 fund-raising shops. Staff have been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Moslems. The charity's politically-correct move triggered an avalanche of criticism and mockery last night - from Christians and Moslems. Christine Banks, a volunteer at a Red Cross shop in New Romney, Kent, said: 'We put up a nativity scene in the window and were told to take it out. It seems we can't have anything that means Christmas. We're allowed to have some tinsel but...
  • US memos: Iran armed Hezbollah through ambulances

    11/29/2010 2:26:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Associated Press via Google News ^ | 11/29/2010 | Associated Press via Google News
    Iranian Red Crescent ambulances were used to smuggle weapons to Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group during its 2006 war with Israel, according to newly leaked U.S. diplomatic memos, which say the "IRC shipments of medical supplies served also to facilitate weapons shipments." According to one of the documents, a person whose name was not published "had seen missiles in the planes destined for Lebanon when delivering medical supplies to the plane." The plane was allegedly "half full" prior to the arrival of any medical supplies, according to the memo. Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war that killed 1,200 Lebanese and...
  • FDA fines Red Cross for sloppy blood screening

    06/17/2010 4:57:05 PM PDT · by jackspyder · 9 replies · 268+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 17, 2010
    WASHINGTON – Federal health regulators on Thursday fined the American Red Cross $16 million for sloppy screening of donated blood, the latest in a series of violations that have cost the group millions of dollars. The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement that the group failed to take precautions to assure the safety of blood donations. Despite those oversights, the FDA says the U.S. blood supply appears to be safe... The Red Cross said in a statement that 98 percent of the violations cited by the FDA occurred before 2008, and that the group has made significant improvements...
  • U.K. Guardian: “neutral” International Red Cross is training Taliban in life saving first aid

    05/28/2010 7:08:58 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 4 replies · 154+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Is this stupidity or treachery? The local Afghan Red Cross, an arm of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has been training Taliban fighters in basic first aid and supplying the same people who are killing American and Allied soldiers everyday with the necessary equipment to do the job. In April the (ICRC) trained more than 70 of these murderous thugs who have also been killing Afghan police officers and soldiers. When pressed for an explanation of its atrocious conduct the ICRC said it had instituted the life saving classes because the countryside is strewn with landmines and...