Franck AYNES – “Kibati” (feat. Alain TUMAINI – DR Congo – Goma)

April 30, 2012

My friend and former colleague, Franck Aynes, just posted this video on on YouTube. Franck wrote, performed, filmed, and produced this video from his base in Goma, DRC where he works for the World Food Programme. Humanitarian logistics officers are incredibly talented individuals. Enjoy. Be sure to stop by Franck’s Facebook page and say hello. […]

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BBC – Syria crisis: Red Cross trying to negotiate ceasefire

February 20, 2012

From the BBC World News site: The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is in talks with “all those concerned” in Syria’s conflict to negotiate a ceasefire. The group says it wants to negotiate a truce in the most affected areas to allow it to deliver aid packages. Correspondents say the fact that […]

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MSF (Live Online Event) – At Any Price? Negotiating Access to Crisis Zones

January 20, 2012

If you want to know how hard it is to save a life you should definitely tune in for this event on January 31, 2012. From the site: Humanitarian negotiations are life-and-death issues for people in need, but they also raise troubling political and ethical dilemmas for the organizations that are engaged in them. In […]

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Photo Adventure in Vietnam with William Thompson

December 22, 2011

For over 40 years my uncle, William Thompson, has been shooting photos for in some of the world’s most remote locations. He has shot throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, North South and Central America. He is well know for his work with National Geographic, the Marlboro cowboy and Wells Fargo. He even shot Bill Gates in […]

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Slowy App – A Great New App For Testing Your Sites In Low Bandwidth / High Latency Environments

December 2, 2011

I just came across this great little app on Y Combinator’s Hacker News site. Slowy markets itself as a “real-world connection simulator and bandwidth limiter” and it seems to work quite well. I am running it on a Mac and it was easy to install and switch on and off. I can test my sites in […]

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Tips For Finding A Job With A Humanitarian Aid Organization

June 23, 2011

I’ll update this post with more thoughts but, for now, please ask questions in the comments section. Be sure to take a look at my Humanitarian Job Info page for links to organizations. Don’t overlook the importance of an internship/volunteer position Internships and volunteer positions may not pay a lot but they are worth their […]

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WSJ – Scientists Find an Achilles’ Heel in AIDS Virus

June 20, 2011

The Wall Street Journal has an article detailing the efforts of researchers at the Ragon Institute, a joint enterprise of Massachusetts General Hospital, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University: Scientists using a powerful mathematical tool previously applied to the stock market have identified an Achilles heel in HIV that could be a prime […]

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Is Syria next?

June 10, 2011

I apologize for the slightly melodramatic title, and I know that some of you will point out that events have been unfolding for some time, but I am seriously wondering if those organized camps will soon swell with refugees. The Turks are well prepared for a large influx of refugees from Syria but those camps […]

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International Medical Corps Promo Video

June 8, 2011

Nicely done. Tweet

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BitMate – BitTorrent For the Less Privileged

March 6, 2011

Dritte‘s BitMate may solve the problems I touched in my last post and may serve as a solution for the mapping crowd including OSM HOT. Schuyler ran into this problem in Haiti as did Jeff and I in Indo. By circulating data locally it eliminates the need to burn up costly bandwidth. I am sure Aptivate […]

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