Lessons Learned from an Intervention by Médecins Sans
Maria Ximena Di Lollo, Elena Estrada Cocina, Francisco De Bartolome Gisbert, Raquel González Juarez, and Ana Garcia Mingo
the ones that have died? We contacted the authorities so that
these patients could be transferred immediately to more specialised
centres. Some of them died waiting, others were referred – it
seemed so unfair.
Coordinator, MSF care home intervention, Catalonia
Poor Coordination between Different Actors
The first months of the pandemic also exposed important structuralissues. The
A Response to the Journal of Humanitarian Affairs Special Issue on Innovation in Humanitarian Action (JHA, 1:3)
barriers to the success of humanitarian innovation at scale, as do Finnigan and Farkas. For Currion, unless we innovate a new financial model for the sector that will include mechanisms for generating financial returns, humanitarian innovation as it is currently structured is fundamentally unsustainable. For Finnigan and Farkas, substantive challenges exist around the meaning of innovation, the changing global context of emergencies, the need for an integrated structure to deliver innovation and how innovation is financed. It is to these more structuralissues that I now
This book contributes to the construction of an integrated analysis of Brazilian
foreign policy by focusing on the country's insertion into both the
regional and global system over the roughly twenty-five years through to the end
of Dilma's first term as president in 2014. An attempt is made to order the
discussion through exploration of a series of themes, which are further broken
down into key component parts. The first section presents the context, with
chapters on institutional structures and the tactical behaviours exhibited by
the country's diplomacy, which will be used to guide the analysis in
subsequent chapters. The second focuses on issues, taking in trade policies, the
rise of Brazilian foreign direct investment, security policy and
multilateralism. Key relationships are covered in the final section,
encompassing Latin America, the Global South, the US and China. A central
contradiction is the clear sense that Brazilian foreign policy makers want to
position their country as leader, but are almost pathologically averse to
explicitly stating this role or accepting the implicit responsibilities. The
recurrent theme is the rising confusion about what Brazil's international
identity is, what it should be, and what this means Brazil can and should do. A
repeated point made is that foreign policy is an important and often overloooked
aspect of domestic policies. The Dilma presidency does hold an important place
in the analytical narrative of this book, particularly with respect to the
chapters on trade, Brazil Inc., security policy and bilateral relations with the
US and China.
Urban legends and their adaptation in horror cinema
Mikel J. Koven
will take a step backwards, and explore the adaptive processes these
largely formless narratives (Georges, 1971 : 18) have undergone to be made into
mainstream cinematic horror narratives. I will expand on Paul
Smith’s typology (1999) by considering some of the structuralissues of the urban legend film – that is, films based primarily
or largely on orally circulated belief narratives. Much of my previous
which such interventions in
international affairs may be considered justifiable and legitimate.
Reflecting their importance in most assessments of the Kosovo crisis, these
issues are examined here in Chapter
Chapter 2 considers
structuralissues and looks at the impact of the conduct of Operation
Allied Force – the NATO bombing campaign of March–June 1999
– on both the
centred on structuralissues, such as location and admissions, and therefore little is
known about the daily practices of the schools, how they use their
freedoms, and how this is experienced by teachers, parents and
students. In this chapter, we have begun to address this gap, by
highlighting the endeavour of one particular free school in
developing inclusive strategies and the
The election of Barack Obama was a milestone in US history with tremendous symbolic importance for the black community. But was this symbolism backed up by substance? Did ordinary black people really benefit under the first black president? This is the question that Andra Gillespie sets out to answer in Race and the Obama Administration. Using a variety of methodological techniques—from content analysis of executive orders to comparisons of key indicators, such as homeownership and employment rates under Clinton, Bush, and Obama— the book charts the progress of black causes and provides valuable perspective on the limitations of presidential power in addressing issues of racial inequality. Gillespie uses public opinion data to investigate the purported disconnect between Obama’s performance and his consistently high ratings among black voters, asking how far the symbolic power of the first black family in the White House was able to compensate for the compromises of political office. Scholarly but accessible, Race and the Obama Administration will be of interest to students and lecturers in US politics and race studies, as well as to general readers who want to better understand the situation of the black community in the US today and the prospects for its improvement.
English radicalism has been a deep-rooted but minority tradition in the political culture since at least the seventeenth century. The central aim of this book is to examine, in historical and political context, a range of key events and individuals that exemplify English radicalism in the twentieth century. This analysis is preceded by defining precisely what has constituted this tradition; and by the main outline of the development of the tradition from the Civil War to the end of the nineteenth century. Three of the main currents of English radicalism in the twentieth century have been the labour movement, the women’s movement and the peace movement. These are discussed in some detail, as a framework for the detailed consideration of ten key representative figures of the tradition in the twentieth century: Bertrand Russell, Sylvia Pankhurst, Ellen Wilkinson, George Orwell, E.P. Thompson, Michael Foot, Joan Maynard, Stuart Hall, Tony Benn and Nicolas Walter. The question of ‘agency’ – of how to bring about radical change in a predominantly conservative society and culture – has been a fundamental issue for English radicals. It is argued that, in the twentieth century, many of the important achievements in progressive politics have taken place in and through extra-parliamentary movements, as well as through formal political parties and organisations – the Labour Party and other socialist organisations – and on occasion, through libertarian and anarchist politics. The final chapter considers the continuing relevance of this political tradition in the early twenty-first century, and reviews its challenges and prospects.
in Chapter 10 , recognition of inequality is not enough to actually drive change. There are still embedded, structuralissues to confront.
Some of these structuralissues are as a result of cultural workers’ seemingly shared experiences. These are the shared experiences of uneven and unequal cultural labour markets, or shared cultural interests and tastes. They might be shared experiences of marginalisation because of gender. They may also be shared experiences of a very different social situation for getting in and getting on in cultural occupations. By
the ranks quite quickly and then just say ‘Look, I’ve got this experience, I’ll land myself a good job here.’ I think that’s as much through luck as many other factors.
The contrast to Adam’s inequality talk is stark, although, as we have noted, not entirely unexpected. Awareness of structuralissues is often in contrast to biographical narrative, whether in terms of positioning oneself within a broader social hierarchy or in accounts of career success.
In some ways Adam is reiterating the individualised narratives of inequality that we saw from mothers in