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46% of Americans Say Torture Is Acceptable

Red Cross poll finds surprising results

(Newser) - Torture: OK or not OK? According to a new Red Cross poll, 46% of Americans find it acceptable to torture enemy combatants, the Guardian reports. The same poll found that 33% of Americans consider torture "a part of war." But, if you're surprised by those numbers, the... More »

Red Cross Swimming Safety Poster Deemed 'Super Racist'

Organization has apologized

(Newser) - The Red Cross is apologizing after one of its water safety posters was called out as racist. The poster, which was spotted at multiple Colorado public pools, shows swimmers engaging in "cool" and "not cool" behavior in order to illustrate what is and is not OK to do... More »

Red Cross Takes Flak Over Big-Tobacco Money

International parent group pressures US affiliate to stop taking the donations

(Newser) - When a parent tells you to do something, it's advisable to take heed. But a Reuters exclusive shows that despite private pressure from the International Red Cross, the American Red Cross continues to accept donations from Big Tobacco. The IRC says that by taking in tobacco dollars, the ARC... More »

After Storm, Empty Red Cross Trucks Drove Around for Show

ProPublica, NPR team up for investigative report

(Newser) - ProPublica and NPR are out with a joint investigative piece about the American Red Cross, and it's not pretty. You won't get very far into it before encountering this nugget regarding relief efforts on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Isaac in 2012:
  • "During Isaac, Red Cross
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Russia Sends Controversial Convoy Into Ukraine

Kiev calls it an 'invasion'

(Newser) - Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine today without Kiev's approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion." The move sharply raised the stakes in eastern Ukraine, for any attack on... More »

Red Cross Calls Sandy Spending 'Trade Secret'

Won't say how it spent the $300M it raised

(Newser) - The Red Cross raised more than $300 million for Superstorm Sandy disaster relief, but it is refusing to say how it raised or spent the cash. After ProPublica filed a public records request for the information, the Red Cross hired a law firm to block the release of some documents.... More »

Red Cross: At Least 1.2K Dead in Philippines

Toll from Typhoon Haiyan rising quickly

(Newser) - The devastation from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is becoming clearer: The Red Cross now estimates that 1,000 were killed in the coastal city of Tacloban alone, and another 200 in Samar province, reports CNN . The first images from the region show widespread damage. The typhoon, which might end... More »

7 Red Cross Workers Kidnapped in Syria

Team was trying to bring medical aid to dangerous rebel-controlled area

(Newser) - Another high-profile kidnapping in Syria's civil war: Gunmen have abducted a team of seven workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross, after stopping their convoy early today in northern Syria, according to an ICRC spokesman. The abduction took place near the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province... More »

Koreas Agree to 1st Reunions Since 2010

But Pyongyang wants a carrot

(Newser) - North Korea today accepted a South Korean offer for talks on reuniting families separated by war, but proposed separate talks on resuming lucrative tours to a scenic North Korean mountain in an apparent effort to link the two discussions. Last week, the two Koreas agreed to work toward a resumption... More »

Red Cross Sitting on a Third of Sandy Donations

$110M remains unspent

(Newser) - The Red Cross was the top recipient of donations after Superstorm Sandy, bringing in $303 million to help victims. But as of mid-April, $110 million of that remained unused, the organization says. Though the Red Cross—and some disaster relief experts—says that's a good move, allowing it to... More »

Gitmo Hunger Strikers Forced Into Single Cells

US troops battle prisoners in pre-dawn raid

(Newser) - Over two months into their hunger strike , detainees at Guantanamo Bay today clashed with US forces who moved them from communal cell blocks to maximum security single cells. "Some detainees resisted with improvised weapons, and in response, four less-than-lethal rounds were fired," the prison camp said in a... More »

As Hunger Strike Grows, Red Cross Heads to Gitmo

31 detainees now refusing food: military

(Newser) - The latest Guantanamo Bay hunger strike has expanded to at least 31 of 166 people, according to the military, and the International Committee of the Red Cross is hurrying its efforts to address the situation. The plan had been to send representatives next week, the BBC notes; instead, a doctor... More »

Another Loser in Sandy's Wake: the Red Cross

Its slow reaction has left some victims fuming

(Newser) - Despite massive fundraising efforts , the Red Cross' response to Hurricane Sandy has left many victims unsatisfied, reports Reuters in a lengthy look at the group's efforts. It finds several factors fueling the disappointment:
  • In advance of the storm, the Red Cross set up five staging areas in places it
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Red Cross on Syria: We 'Can't Cope'

Its operation is increasing in scope, but the situation is worsening

(Newser) - The situation in Syria has deteriorated to the point that the International Committee of the Red Cross "can't cope," its president announced today. "The humanitarian situation is getting worse despite the scope of the operation increasing," said Peter Maurer, who outlined the obstacles, as per... More »

Phony Relief Worker Busted in NYC

He posed as Red Cross volunteer to break into homes

(Newser) - A New York City criminal who spied opportunity after superstorm Sandy struck has been arrested for allegedly posing as a Red Cross worker to break into evacuated homes, the New York Daily News reports. The 49-year-old, who has a criminal record going back decades, was arrested after cops spotted him... More »

Romney Bought Prop Donations for Relief Event

Red Cross says it's grateful, but would really rather have money, blood

(Newser) - When Mitt Romney's campaign made the hasty decision to transform yesterday's planned Ohio campaign event into a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief rally, they were afraid no one would get the message in time to bring donations, hence ruining the photo-op. So campaign aides ran to Walmart the night... More »

Record 100K Fled Syria Last Month: UN

And that's just the registered asylum seekers

(Newser) - Not only was August Syria's deadliest month yet , it was also the month that saw the highest number of refugees fleeing the country since the uprising began. Some 103,416 people "sought asylum in neighboring countries" last month, according to the UN, bringing the total number of registered... More »

Red Cross: Syria Now a Civil War

Move comes as regime denies using heavy weapons on civilians

(Newser) - The International Committee of the Red Cross says it now considers the conflict in Syria a civil war, meaning international humanitarian law applies throughout the country. The Geneva-based group's assessment is an important reference that helps parties in a conflict determine how much and what type of force they... More »

UN Team: Syria Targeted Rebels in Tremseh

But the massacre violated Syria's commitment to peace

(Newser) - A visiting UN mission said today that Syria's assault on the village of Tremseh targeted mostly activists and rebels, not civilians, as some reports had claimed. But the attack did violate Syria's peace commitment to the UN and the Arab League by using heavy weapons such as artillery... More »

British Doc Beheaded in Pakistan

Body found in orchard near Quetta, four months after kidnapping

(Newser) - A British doctor working for the Red Cross in Pakistan has been found beheaded after being kidnapped in January, reports the Guardian . The body of Khalil Rasjed Dale was found in an orchard just outside of Quetta, with a note saying he had been killed by the Taliban. Dale was... More »

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