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Trying To Help Without Enabling The Occupation Of Palestine
The goal of Doctors Without Borders is to provide help and assistance to young children suffering the ramifications of a life lived in a war zone. But how did they heal the wounds of war without lending their hand in support to the Occupation?

“What our staff sees, day in and day out, are the medical consequences of the occupation. But while we can treat some of our patients’ symptoms, we can’t alter the underlying causes of their suffering. And as the suffering has become normalized, we have been questioning the wisdom of our presence. This is the humanitarian’s dilemma: how to alleviate the suffering of a population while not enabling the powers at the root of the pain,” contends Jason Cone, a member of the group.

Humanitarian groups’ actions often are seen through a skeptical eye by residents of the territories, but Cone defends their role.

“Ultimately, though, our humanitarian action has been consistently justified as a response to the needs of Palestinians trapped by this endless war,” he argues.

Iran Deal Is Beginning Of US Departure From Middle East
Supporters and critics continue to debate the details of the Iran nuclear agreement hammered out in Vienna and the impact it will have for years to come.

Eli Lake of Bloomberg News is not a fan of the deal, even though he concedes that despite its weaknesses. He argues that the agreement could be a net positive if Iran keeps its word and the country sets forth on a more moderate path.

Supporters and critics should recognize, Lake asserts, that the deal actually represents “an abandonment of traditional American leadership” in the Middle East.

“Maybe the real benefit, at least from Obama’s perspective, is that the nuclear deal will pave the way for America’s full exit from the Middle East. After more than a decade of war and nation-building, the region is less stable and more dangerous than it was on 9/11,” Lake writes, adding that it “is not an affirmation of American leadership,” but a “recognition of American exhaustion.”

A Refugee’s Journey From Rwanda  To Chicago
Clemantine Wamariya, a refugee who fled the Rwandan genocide, describes her journey from her genocide-riven homeland to the United States and her struggle to come to terms with what she’s been through.

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