IRC in the News
Boarding school in Kathmandu and public school in New York City are thousands of miles apart in more ways than one. "The system how they teach is very different," said 18-year-old Pasang Sherpa, who arrived in New York four years ago. "In Nepal, we only memorized from the textbooks." Thousands of students like Sherpa enter the city's schools every year from countries where education systems differ widely from a U.S. schoolroom. Many know little English and some have had no formal schooling at all.
In what is now being called the largest exodus from a single conflict in a generation, more than 11 million Syrians are either displaced from their homes inside the country, or have fled across the border. "That is an implosion of absolutely fundamental, almost biblical proportions," says David Miliband, the president of the International Rescue Committee and a former British Foreign Secretary. "What the people are saying to us, to all of our staff there, is 'Has the world forgotten us?'"
The Obama administration and its European allies are confronted by multiple crises in an increasingly turbulent and violent Middle East — the Iran nuclear threat, a strengthening Islamic State and the disintegration of Iraq, Yemen and Libya as functioning nation-states. But no problem is as difficult, grave or pivotal as the brutal, bloody and worsening civil war in Syria.
The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen took a deadly turn for the worse this week, with nearly 200 killed on Monday alone as a senior international aid official said the country's situation is a "catastrophe."
In an article entitled “Can Jobs Deter Crime?” the Atlantic explores the relevance of findings uncovered by researchers from Columbia University and the International Rescue Committee who teamed up with London-based Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) to study former soldiers from the West African country of Liberia.
When July Fourth rolls around, I always think of my grandparents, who emigrated to the "land of the free" from Russia, which undoubtedly saved their lives and enabled mine. Needless to say, I believe immigrants are a source of America's strength. But this year, when musing on immigration, my thoughts turn to the record numbers of desperate migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean in flimsy boats organized by Libyan smugglers. More than 137,000 refugees crossed from January to June, landing in Greece, Italy, Malta, and Spain, an 83 percent increase from the same period in 2014. Last year, more than 3,200 drowned.
The past year has produced evidence on some of the most successful anti-poverty programs in history. “Cash, livestock, and training” seems to be a simple and scalable way to help thousands and maybe millions out of poverty. This is great news. But while we should celebrate, we should pause before pouring millions into these programs. Paternalism and high price tags could mean that the charities are helping only one person when they could be helping two, three or four.