Recommended Reading

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Everyone should read this devastating article on the people struggling to provide medical care in Syria. Between the regime, the rebels, the Russians, the Iranians, ISIS and the Kurds, there aren’t a lot of clean hands in the country. The people doing their best to save lives are probably the country’s last heroes.

Ethan Zuckerman is always, always worth reading. This essay on the problems with technological solutions to complex problems casts light on both a core international development problem and helps us think about the way we approach problem solving. It fits in with my own personal worldview, that tech fixes are almost always downstream solutions to upstream problems.

Finally, Anders Kompass gave an exclusive interview to IRIN on exactly why he gave up on the UN.